Rovers vs Bohs: the Dublin Derby

We teamed up with Copa90 to tell you why you need to look out for Shamrock Rovers versus Bohemians.

It’s only the second matchday in the League of Ireland season but it brings the biggest game in Irish football, the Dublin Derby between Rovers and Bohs.

Tallaght Stadium hosts the northside-southside rivals from across Dublin’s River Liffey divide.

Bohs hail from Phibsboro in north Dublin while Rovers were founded in Ringsend but had a nomadic existence moving from ground to ground since the controversial sale of their Glenmalure Park home in 1987 until taking up residency in Tallaght in 2009.

The fixture is over 100 years old. The first game played between the two sides was played on Saturday, 9 January 1915.

Shamrock Rovers are Ireland’s most successful club, with 17 league titles, and 24 FAI Cups. They’re also the first Irish side ever to reach the group stages of a UEFA competition, the Europa League.

Bohemians have 11 league wins and 7 FAI Cups. 2017 is a huge season for Bohs, their last in the iconic Dalymount Park before the ‘spiritual home of Irish football’ undergoes redevelopment.

The Dublin Derby is renowned for the passion of both sets of fans, whose numbers swell whenever the fixture comes around.

Both teams come into the game on the back of defeats. Bohemians fans will feel their performance was better than the 4-1 loss at home to Derry. On the other hand, Rovers pushed champions Dundalk close before going down 2-1, their first opening day loss for 12 seasons.

Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has brought in new players including Ronan Finn from Dundalk, and Roberto Lopes who joins from Bohs (no doubt to a hostile away reception on Friday). Many see Shamrock Rovers as mounting a title challenge this season to disrupt the Dundalk-Cork City one-two.

Bohs finished eighth last term and with three teams being relegated from the Premier Division this year, the Gypsies will need a strong start to avoid looking over their shoulders. Manager Keith Long, with ex Rovers boss Trevor Croly as his assistant, will aim to kickstart their season by avenging last year’s 3-1 loss in Tallaght.

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