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RED ALERT: Aaron Greene was sent-off for this tackle on Bohs’ Keith Ward last Monday night. Photo: SPORTSFILE

RED ALERT: Aaron Greene was sent-off for this tackle on Bohs’ Keith Ward last Monday night. Photo: SPORTSFILE

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RED ALERT: Aaron Greene was sent-off for this tackle on Bohs’ Keith Ward last Monday night. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Aaron Greene will return to action for Shamrock Rovers tonight, still sore about the red card that had a dramatic impact on last Monday's Dublin Derby defeat to Bohemians.

The first half red card handed out to Greene tipped the balance in favour of Bohemians who went on to claim the three points. The Rovers attacker was shocked to receive the punishment and was deeply unimpressed with the reaction of Bohs' playmaker Keith Ward after the tackle.

"I couldn't believe the amount of rolls he did," said Greene. "I'm actually surprised. He nearly rolled out of the bleeding stadium.

"I wouldn't mind if I got a red for a foul or I done something stupid, I'd rather get a red card for doing something bad. Not that I want to say I want to do something bad."

"But if I'd done something to get red carded, I'd hold my hands up. It was a 50-50. I think what makes it look worse is I'm running full pace and Wardy is standing there.

"When you watch it, he actually hits me arse and he's off balance and he goes with it, I can't stop the momentum, but I don't know where he gets the roll from.

"All I said to the referee when I left the pitch was I've played in this league 11 years and I've never been red carded. I've never been red carded as a schoolboy. I know that has nothing to do with it but put that into your thoughts because I just didn't it was a red."

Rovers have appealed the decision in an attempt to ensure that Greene's suspension stays at one match - Friday's scoreless draw with Dundalk which he watched from the stands.

He returns for tonight's meeting with Finn Harps in Tallaght.

LoI Premier Division, Shamrock Rvs v Finn Harps, Tallaght Stadium (Ko 8.0)

Team News: Rovers welcome Aaron Greene back from suspension but Ethan Boyle remains out of the equation. Ronan Finn, Dylan Watts and Joey O'Brien are expected to be fit. Harps are without Harry Ascroft, Mark Timlin and Sam Todd while Gareth Harkin is a doubt, Mark Coyle misses out due to exams and loanee Sean Boyd - who is on loan from Rovers - cannot play under the terms of his deal.

Talking Point: Finn Harps succeeded in frustrating St Patrick's Athletic last Monday but it's harsh on the part-time team to find themselves back in the capital again to play a fixture that was brought forward due to Tallaght's central role in May's U17 Euros. Ollie Horgan has correctly pointed out that it's very unfair.

Ref: B Connolly (Dublin)

Betting: Shamrock Rovers 1/3, Finn Harps 8/1, Draw 7/2

Verdict: Rovers win


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