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Sunday 25 February 2018

UCD v Shamrock Rovers

(Belfield, Tonight 7.45)

SHAMROCK Rovers may have gone back to the top of the league on Saturday, but it has come at a cost as they are severely depleted for tonight's FAI Cup replay.

Dean Kelly (groin), Ken Oman (knee) and Conor McCormack (knee) are all ruled out; Enda Stevens is unavailable due to a family bereavement; Pat Flynn is suspended; Karl Moore is cup-tied; and Jim Paterson and Rohan Ricketts are not eligible. There are doubts over Ryan Thompson (thigh), Gary Twigg (hip) .

For UCD , Sean Harding (knee), Ger Barron (neck) and David O'Connor (hamstring) are doubts, while Ciaran Nangle is out with a shin injury.

UCD's pace troubled Rovers last week in the final third of the pitch and they'll give it a go, but the Hoops should have enough to reach the quarter-finals even though manager Marttin O'Neill has admitted the competition is down the list of his priorities.

Verdict: Away win

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent

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