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The Preview: Shamrock Rovers v Blues

Posted: Mon 08 Jul 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Shamrock Rovers v Blues

Image by: Pete Stanley

bcfc.com looks ahead to this evening's pre-season fixture against Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium (8pm kick-off).

Blues boss Lee Clark on what he expects from Shamrock Rovers:

"Shamrock are midway through their season and that's exactly why we chose this sort of test both technically and physically. They had a league game Friday evening against Bray Wanderers so they'll be in good physical condition so it'll be a real tough game for us.

"I've been across a couple of times over the years to watch them play both as a coach and manager and it's a very well respected club over here. They've been involved in UEFA Champions League qualifiers and Europa League qualifiers in the past so, definitely, it's going to be a good game.

Clark on his own plans for the game
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"What we'll probably do is give a certain group of players a little bit of game time, probably around the hour mark, with the rest of the lads getting around 30 minutes. We'll then look to reverse that on Wednesday (during a behind-closed-doors fixture against MK Dons). We'll have a hard training session in the morning. As I've said previously, these games over here are only an extension of the training sessions for us so there might be signs of fatigue in the players but it's important that we get them through that."

Team news:

Clark has confirmed that the new trio of Matt Green, Dan Burn and Kyle Bartley won't start the match but will be given at least half-an-hour of game time in line with their individual training schedules.

Fellow new recruit Tom Adeyemi won't play any part as he'll sit out as a precautionary measure due to a tight hamstring. The midfielder's first taste of action is likely to be during the trip to Swindon Town on Wednesday 17 July when the squad return to England. 

Tickets:

Tickets are available on the gate at the Tallaght Stadium at a cost of €10 for adults and €5 for children (under-14s).

Factpack:

 - Shamrock Rovers are the most successful club side in the Republic of Ireland.

 - Shamrock has won the League of Ireland title a record 17 times and the FAI Cup a record 24 times.

 - In August 2011, Shamrock became the first Irish side to reach the group stages of either of the two major European competitions by beating Partizan Belgrade in a play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.

 - Shamrock's home ground of Tallaght Stadium is owned by South Dublin County Council and has a capacity of 6,000. 

 - Shamrock's mascot is a superhero called Hooperman.