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Date: 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23, 2018
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 2,319
TV:

Adam Morgan 74' -
Scored: 74'


Alistair Roy 82' -
Scored: 82'


Scored: 89'
- Ronan Curtis 89'



League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- Derry City

Thu, Feb 22 2018

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers take on Derry City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds on Friday night, kick-off 7:45pm.

 

Gerard Lyttle wouldn’t have been impressed with his side’s performance last week, which saw a second-half goal by Limerick’s Darren Dennehy serve a huge sucker punch for the Bit O’Red and it wouldn’t have been the start Lyttle and his staff would have hoped for.

 

To be honest, Rovers posed very little threat against the Shannonsiders and if it wasn’t for the excellent goalkeeping by Micheál Schlingermann throughout the second half it could have been a heavier deficit.

 

The defeat on Friday may have influenced Lyttle to add to an already packed squad, but the additions of Patrick McClean, Calum Waters and Mitchell Beeney, who all joined the club this week, can only be a positive.

 

This fixture was originally scheduled to be the first at the newly refurbished Brandywell Stadium, but due to delays, it was later rescheduled to the Showgrounds in Sligo.

 

A home victory against a local rival will surely be enough of an incentive for Rovers to perform better. Of course, it was only the first week for what was a fairly new-look Rovers side under the guidance of Lyttle and Kevin Deery.

 

Speaking before the game, Lyttle said: “The focus is to get points on the board. It was a disappointment last week. But I don’t think it was all doom and gloom in terms of performance. 

 

“There were some positive signs and the lads did some of what we asked. But we need to create more chances and improve on other elements.

 

“Even before our signings this week, we had good players. Now you see it further with strength in the squad and from the day I came to the club, I’ve wanted it.

 

“There has been a good feeling around the club this week on the back of the signings and it has lifted us. The players who get the spot in the team know they have to do enough to keep it every week,” he said.

 

On Derry City, he added: “They had the same disappointment as us and they’re a very good side. Kenny also has a lot of new players in the squad and they have a lot of quality.

 

“We have to improve and we’ve been working throughout the week with that in mind.

 

“We'll see where we are with the new boys and if they will be able to figure.”

 

 

DERRY CITY

It hasn’t gone to plan for the Candy Stripes so far this year. The stadium delay didn’t help their pre-season plans, while a waterlogged pitch at Waterford last Friday meant playing in the most difficult of circumstances.

 

New signing Armin Aganovic gave Derry City the lead in the south east, but they failed to capitalize on their advantage and conceded two sloppy goals against Alan Reynolds newly promoted, Waterford United.

 

The departures of Aaron Barry, Dean Jarvis, Barry McNamee and Lukas Schubert means it may take this squad some time to adapt, but they need too pick up points and quickly with another away trip to Bohemians on Tuesday night.

 

Kenny Shiels will hope to return to the Brandywell for Dundalk on March 2, but the club hasn’t confirmed that at this time.

 

A busy transfer week for Derry City who brought in defenders Niall Logue and Jack Doyle (on loan from Blackburn Rovers), while fullback Conor McDermott extended his stay until 2020.

 

Speaking on Twitter, McDermott, said: “Delighted to extend my deal with Derry until 2020! Looking forward to the rest of the season starting with a big game tomorrow against Sligo!” 

 

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

 

 

MATCH STATS

The last affair at the Showgrounds ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.

 

There have been 12 goals in the last five games between the two.

 

Since 2015, Sligo Rovers and Derry City have both won three apiece, while there have been four draws in all competitions.

 

 

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 19/10; Draw 21/10; Derry City 6/4

 

 

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 1 - 1 Derry City

 

 

Home Team

Injured: Regan Donelon (Hamstring); Raff Cretaro (Hip); John Mahon (Knee)

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Derry City

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: N/A.



Sligo Rovers
Mitchell Beeney
Goalkeeper
Seamus Sharkey
Defender
Eduardo Pincelli
Defender
Kyle McFadden
Defender
Patrick McClean
52Booked: 52'
Defender
Gary Boylan
26Booked: 26'
Defender
Rhys McCabe
Midfielder
Caolan McAleer
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Midfielder
David Cawley
Midfielder
Alistair Roy
82Scored: 82'
Forward
Adam Morgan
45Booked: 45'
74Scored: 74'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Wixted
Midfield
Calum Waters
Unknown
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Craig Roddan
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Lewis Morrison
Forward
Greg Moorhouse
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Forward
Jack Keaney
Midfield
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Conor McDermott
Defender 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Ben Doherty
Defender
Darren Cole
Defender
71Booked: 71'
Armin Aganovic
Defender
Aaron McEneff
Midfielder
Nicky Low
Midfielder
30Booked: 30'
Rory Hale
Midfielder 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Ronan Hale
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
Forward
Ronan Curtis
Forward
89Scored: 89'

Substitutes
Chris Turner
Midfield
Eoin Toal
Defender
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Jamie McDonagh
Midfield
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
Niall Logue
Defender
Dapo Kayode
Defender
Eric Grimes
Goalkeeper
Evan Tweed
Midfield


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