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14 July 2017 Venue Tallaght Stadium Attendance

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4-4-2
  • 25
    Kevin Horgan
    GK
  • 29
    Sam Bone
    DF
  • 26
    Cian Collins
    DF
  • 2
    Dean Carpenter
    DF
  • 16
    David McAllister
    DF
  • 10
    Richie English
    MF
  • 21
    Aaron Bolger
    MF
  • 22
    James Doona
    MF
  • 9
    Michael O'Connor
    MF
  • 19
    Sean Boyd (C)
    FW
  • 5
    Tim Linthorst
    FW

Substitutes

  • 30
    Luca Gratzer
    SUB
  • 18
    Conor Gleeson
    SUB
  • 24
    Dean Dillon
    SUB
  • 31
    Kenny Cunningham
    SUB
  • 11
    Darren Meenan
    SUB
  • 32
    Sean Callan
    SUB
  • 15
    Daragh Gibbons
    SUB
  • 20
    Darren Clarke
    SUB
  • 27
    Harry Cornally
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Stephen Bradley

4-4-2
  • 1
    Nick Pope
    GK
  • 27
    Matt Lowton
    DF
  • 5
    Kevin Long
    DF
  • 6
    Stephen Ward (C)
    DF
  • 12
    Robbie Brady
    DF
  • 41
    Jeff Hendrick
    MF
  • 16
    Ashley Westwood
    MF
  • 32
    Fredruik Ulvestad
    MF
  • 17
    Tom Anderson
    MF
  • 7
    Ashley Barnes
    FW
  • 19
    Jonathan Walters
    FW

Substitutes

  • 41
    Aiden O'Neill
    SUB
  • 27
    Tendayi Darikwa
    SUB
  • 32
    Daniel Agyei
    SUB
  • 24
    Chris Long
    SUB
  • 36
    Conor Mitchell
    SUB
  • 19
    Jonathan Walters
    SUB
  • 9
    Sam Vokes
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Sean Dyche

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Match Previews

Fitness Is The Focus For Dyche In Pre-Season Opener

Match preview for Shamrock Rovers v Burnley

14 July 2017

Sean Dyche insists fitness is his only focus as Burnley kick-off their pre-season campaign in Dublin tonight.

Opponents Shamrock Rovers are expected to make a host of changes to the side that lost 2-3 at Tallaght Stadium in their Europa League second qualifier, first leg, against Czech side Mladá Boleslav on Thursday evening.

The Clarets, meanwhile, plan to give as many players as possible a maximum of 45 minutes each at the culmination of a week-long training trip on the Emerald Isle.

The gaffer said: “It’s getting them a bit of game time and game-feel as much as anything.

“When you've been off over the summer it’s that little reminder, but it’s about fitness and well-being in the sense of getting back on the horse and riding it.

“They will play a maximum of 45 minutes. We’ve bought enough bodies to do that and if anyone goes down we’ll fly someone out if it’s needed.”

Dyche, whose pre-season training camps have always been European-based, added: “It was part of our thinking to come here, that Burnley fans could make it.

“If you look over the number of years I’ve been here we try and do games that fans can get to.

“I know there’s been a couple of tricky ones, certainly in Austria, but generally we try and choose places that are accessible and this one obviously is.

“Shamrock kindly gave us a game and unfortunately they had a game the night before, but we knew that might happen when we planned the trip.

“However, they said they would definitely get a game on for us and we’re thankful for that.” 

The game at Rovers is expected to draw a large crowd, with the Clarets now having five full Republic of Ireland internationals in the camp.

Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward, Jonathan Walters and Kevin Long have all been the centre of attention for a steady stream of locals, eager to snatch an opportunity to watch their heroes train. 

Brady and best mate Jeff Hendrick even found themselves mobbed by young fans when news quickly spread on social media that they had popped into a local village for a haircut!

And for Ward, in particular, Friday’s game has a special resonance, as it comes against the local rivals of his former club in Ireland, Bohemians.

"I know the club very well,” he explained. “I’ve played there a few times as it was a local derby for Bohemians, the club I played for in Dublin, so it will be nice to go back there. 

“I always have fond memories of the Irish league as it gave me my grounding and helped me grow as a player, a man and an individual.

“That gave me the foundations I needed to go and be a success in England.

“It’s been brilliant to see them playing in Europe this week. Dundalk put Irish football on the map last season with their run to the Europa League group stages and any time an Irish side plays in Europe, as I did when we were at Bohemians, they have the support of the whole league.”

Kick off at Shamrock Rovers’ 6,000 capacity Tallaght Stadium is 7pm and Clarets fans can keep up with news of the game via the website and our social channels.

Highlights and post-match reaction will follow on Clarets Player HD.

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Match Reports

Shamrock Rovers 0 Burnley 4

Irish stars Jon Walters and Robbie Brady on target as Clarets win in Dublin

14 July 2017

Jon Walters needed just nine minutes to make his mark in a Burnley shirt as the Clarets’ Irish eyes were smiling in Dublin.

New signing Walters set the Clarets on their way to a comfortable opening pre-season win, perfectly steering home a precision pass from fellow ‘debutant’ Jack Cork.

And with Republic of Ireland team-mate Robbie Brady coming off the bench to add one of three second-half goals – tucked in between efforts from Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes – it was a successful night for Sean Dyche’s men in a gentle loosener against the League of Ireland side.

All three of the Clarets’ new summer arrivals started at the Tallaght Stadium, with former Leeds United full-back Charlie Taylor joining Walters and Cork in the side sent out for the opening half by Dyche.

The plan from the Burnley boss was always to utilise his squad by playing two separate sides either side of the break to supplement their week of work at the Clarets’ impressive Carton House training base on the outskirts of Dublin.

Walters, in fact, was given only the opening 33 minutes but that was sufficient for the striker to make a positive impression on his first outing in a claret shirt.

The Irish international, one of five in the Burnley squad who were warmly welcomed home by the locals in a crowd significantly swelled by an impressive travelling support, missed an early chance when he lifted a shot over the bar.

But when Cork slipped him through with the perfect pass moments later, Walters steadied himself and coolly slotted the ball home to open his account.

Shamrock also went into the game on the back of a heavy workload, having lost 3-2 to Czech side Mlada Boleslav in the opening leg of their Europa League second qualifying-round tie 24 hours earlier.

As a result, Rovers fielded a completely different side with the return leg in the Czech Republic coming next Thursday before they resume their League of Ireland campaign, which currently sees the 17-times champions sitting fifth in the table with 21 of their games gone.

Former Sheffield United and Shrewsbury midfielder David McAllister was given a run-out, having come off the bench late on in the European tie, to provide some experience to the home ranks following a recent 9-0 beating by Celtic as the match-sharpened Scottish champions warmed up for the start of their own European campaign.

But it was a largely youthful side which gave the Clarets a handy work-out to begin their public preparations for the start of the Premier League season, which is just under a month away.

Robbie Brady

Inevitably, in perfect conditions and on a decent pitch, Burnley dominated possession without being able to add to Walters’ early goal before the raft of half-time substitutions.

Cork, who slotted seamlessly back into Burnley duty, steered an effort into the side-netting at full stretch before midfield partner Steven Defour delivered a delightful cross which Andre Gray headed wide with Walters poised behind him in search of his second goal.

Walters’ exit gave Dan Agyei an early chance to stretch his legs and the young striker twice went close before the break as Rovers keeper Kevin Horgan was forced into a sudden burst of activity.

After keeping out a low effort from Agyei, Horgan repeated the feat to deny Gray following a through-ball from the lively Johann Berg Gudmundsson and then got down well again to block another chance from Agyei after Taylor had again surged clear down the left.

Tom Heaton was kept honest with one smart save to keep out a skidding drive from Michael O’Connor.

And after the Clarets’ skipper had made way for Nick Pope to get 45 minutes under his belt, the Dublin side had one further sight of goal through O’Connor, who again showed his shooting power with another long-range effort which Pope saved in spectacular style.

By then the Clarets were 2-0 up thanks to a tidy finish from Barnes after he had been released by Tom Anderson's fine ball from the back six minutes after the break.

And the goal as many of the home fans had come to see as those from Lancashire arrived with 20 minutes to go through Brady.

Ireland’s current international player of the year is a big favourite in his home city and showed a touch of class and sleight of foot to finish a chance created by a combination of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward and Vokes.

Vokes then got himself on the scoresheet with a couple of minutes to go but even his goal needed the luck of the Irish as a thundering strike from Jeff Hendrick cannoned up off the back of the Wales international and looped in off the underside of the bar to complete a good night's work.

Burnley (first half): Heaton, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Defour, Cork, O'Neill, Gudmundsson, Walters (Agyei 34), Gray.

Burnley (second half): Pope, Lowton, Anderson, K Long, Ward, Ulvestad (Agyei 78), Westwood, Hendrick, Brady, Vokes, Barnes (C Long 85).

Shamrock Rovers: Horgan, Bone, Collins, Carpenter, McAllister, English (Dillon 61), Bolger (Cornally 40), Doona (Clarke 61), O'Connor, Boyd, Linthorst.

Referee: Ben Connolly

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