Fringe benefits for Hoops
Stephen Bradley has challenged the fringe players at Shamrock Rovers to prove their worth in tonight's EA Sports Cup battle with Longford Town.
Rovers, without a win in four league games, face up to a Longford side managed by ex-Hoop Neale Fenn, Bradley wary of a side who had been on form before their weekend defeat to UCD.
"Longford are a good side, we played them in pre season so we know they've a good squad and what they can do. They're competing in a very close First Division so it won't be an easy game," says Bradley.
"We'll have to take a look at the squad to assess where we are, a couple of knocks were picked up on Friday and there's some players still coming back from injuries so we're still uncertain about some of the lads.
"We have a very busy schedule coming up so it's going to be difficult but we have the depth and the lads are ready to step in."
Shelbourne are also in EA Sports Cup action, at home to Drogheda United, with boss Owen Heary keen to check on his younger players as Shels try to build on some good league form.
"We have players that haven't had much game time and it's important that we play them, because they can't play U19 football and there's no reserve football so we use the likes of these cup competitions to give them a game," Heary says.