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Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 10, 2012
Venue: The Showgrounds
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Att: 3,265
TV:

Mark Quigley 10' -
Scored: 10'


Gavin Peers 49' -
Scored: 49'


Liam Buchanan 86' -
Scored: 86'




Sligo Rovers -v- Dundalk

Sun, Sep 09 2012

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers will hope to edge a further three points closer to their third league title as they take on Dundalk in the third league game to take place in the Showgrounds this season on a Monday. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

 

The Bit O' Red will enter tomorrow night's game without the services of Danny North and Iarfhlaith Davoren, with both players missing the game through injury. North has recently had surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament tear which cruelly ended what was certain to be a record breaking season for the striker, and his recovery is now officially in full swing. 

 

Davoren is also ruled out with an injury that could potentially see the left back ruled out until the beginning of next season. He'll be requiring a heel operation in a couple of weeks time.

 

Rovers have beaten Dundalk home and away already this season, and are unbeaten in eight games against the men from Oriel Park.

 

Ahead of the game, Rovers manager Ian Baraclough let it be known that he will not be underestimating the side who lie seven points adrift at the bottom of the table. "I was in Oriel Park on Friday and I’m not sure Dundalk deserved to lose. There was a contentious penalty decision and when you’re down the bottom sometimes things don’t go for you. They have some dangerous players and we’ll have to work very hard to get the result," said the manager. 

 

“I think we want the games coming thick and fast now. We had a break on Friday while the other teams were in action so this is a match we’re looking forward to. There are just seven games left and obviously each game gets more and more important as the season winds down."

 

DUNDALK 

This really is a game of do or die proportions for the Lilywhites. After what looks to be a landmark defeat against UCD, they lie a massive seven points away from the Students. A win against the side who have earned three times as many points as the Lilywhites over the course of the season so far would not only bring the side from Louth into contention for survival, but would inspire the Lilywhites with confidence. 

 

The man trusted with keeping the Lilywhites up, Darius Kierans, will be looking at his injury and suspension list and hoping that the rest of his depleted squad can get a positive result in the Showgrounds.

 

Both John Mountney and Mark O'Brien are suspended while the injury list is long and varied. Lorcan Shannon and Peter Thomas will miss the game with thigh injuries, Robbie Gaul will be out with a knee problem while Garreth Brady will sit it out as a result of his ankle. The great Oriel hope, Mark Griffin, is a doubt for the game with a groin problem.

 

“It will be a very difficult game in Sligo,” Darius Kierans said ahead of the game.“Sligo are in top form at the minute and they’re champions-elect, but we have nothing to lose" 

 

He's well aware of the challenge that is ahead of him though. "Seven points is a big gap but you’re just hoping if you get that first win you can string them together, because we’re playing well and creating chances."

 

Referee: Tom Connolly.

 

 

MATCH STATS

No away team has kept a clean sheet in the Showgrounds in 24 games. The way the Dundalk defence has been leaking goals, the Bit O' Red are certainties to stick at least one past Peter Cherrie. 

 

Dundalk have conceded more goals away from home than anyone else in the league conceding 25, while only scoring 11 goals away from home. For contrast, Sligo Rovers have only scored four more goals away from home, but conceded 17 less. 

 

If Nathan Murphy starts for the Lilywhites, it will be his 50th league start.

 

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 1/6; Draw 11/4; Dundalk 9/1.

 

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 4-1 Dundalk.

 

 

Sligo Injury News: Danny North (Cruciate Ligament), Iarfhlaith Davoren (Heel).

Sligo Suspension News: None.

 

 

Dundalk Injury News: Lorcan Shannon (Thigh), Robbie Gaul (Knee), Garreth Brady (Ankle), Peter Thomas (Thigh) - Doubtful: Mark Griffin (Groin)

Dundalk Suspension News: John Mountney, Mark O’Brien.

 



Sligo Rovers
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Ross Gaynor
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Defender
Gavin Peers
49Scored: 49'
Defender
Seamus Conneely
Midfielder
Raffaele Cretaro
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Danny Ventre
Midfielder
Mark Quigley
10Scored: 10'
Forward

Substitutes
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Liam Buchanan
86Scored: 86'
Forward
David Cawley
Midfield
Ryan Connolly
Midfield
John Dillon
Midfield
Jeff Henderson
Defender
Pascal Millien
Forward
Dundalk
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Paul Whelan
Defender
41Booked: 41'
Nathan Murphy
Defender
Derek Foran
Defender
Liam Burns
Defender
Chris Shields
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Stephen McDonnell
Midfielder
Stephen Maher
Midfielder
33Booked: 33'
Michael Rafter
Forward
Marc Griffin
Forward
79Booked: 79'

Substitutes
William Woods
Midfield
Paul Walsh
Midfield
Chris Reilly
Forward
Bob McKenna
Forward
Conor McDonald
Midfield
Philip McCabe
Defender
Barry Conlon
Forward


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