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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 9, 2019
Venue: The Showgrounds
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Att: 2,103
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Romeo Parkes 6' -
Scored: 6'




League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- UCD

Sat, Mar 09 2019

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers will look to pick up their first home points of the season at the Showgrounds when they welcome UCD to the west for their league fixture this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

They currently sit in seventh place with four points from a possible twelve, all of which they have picked up away from home, with an impressive draw away to title holders Dundalk and, last Friday, earning all three points away to Finn Harps.

Having picked up his first win as Sligo Rovers manager last Friday night, manager Liam Buckley is expecting another tough game but is confident another big crowd will come out to support the Bit O’ Red.

“There was a small improvement in our play in Ballybofey and we really had to dig to get that win, which we did so very well.” reflected Buckley on last week’s win against Finn Harps. 

“It’s going to be difficult to pick up results every ground you go to, so it was brilliant to get that first three points.

“We’d like to build on that now and we’ve worked on that because we were back at it straight away after the Harps game.

“The next few weeks are just one game a week so it gives us a chance from that end to prepare properly.

“UCD may be down the bottom right now but you look at their performances, particularly last week, it’s clear they’ll be as good as many of the teams in this league. We know what we’re up against. 

 “I’ve no doubt there’ll be a big crowd behind us again and we’ll need them fired up like the two previous matches. We’d love to get that win, it’s not going to be easy and we’ll have to be at it from the start.”

 

UCD

Last season’s First Division champions head for the west of Ireland rooted at the foot of the table having managed just one point from a possible twelve after four league games.

Their performances in games have been very promising with manager, Collie O’Neill, as always, encouraging his team to keep the ball on the ground and play football.

The team will be encouraged by their result last weekend, holding St. Patricks Athletic to a draw, and will hope to use that result to push on against Sligo.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game O’Neill seemed happy to get their first point of the season last week but knows they will have to work just as hard this evening to take anything from the game against Sligo.

"It was great to finally get points on the board on Friday night. Our performances have been improving with each game and it was a reward for that. However it is important now that we look to push on over the coming weeks and start looking at moving up the table.

"We know Sligo will be up for it, in front of what will be a big home crowd. They'll be looking for build on last week's win against Finn Harps, and I'm sure they'll be thinking that this game is a great chance to do just that.”

 

Referee: John McLoughlin.

 

MATCH STATS

Sligo have played and lost both of their home games at the Showgrounds this season with UCD losing both of their away games so far.

Sligo lost ten of their eighteen league games at the Showgrounds last season and picked up all three points on just four occasions.

UCD had a strong enough record on the road last season on their way to winning the league title. They managed to win eight of their fourteen away games around the country.

 

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 10/11; Draw 23/10; UCD 3/1.

 

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 1-1 UCD,

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: Regan Donelon (hamstring), Ed McGinty (finger).

Doubtful: Kyle Callan-McFadden (back).

Suspended: None.

 

UCD

Injured: Evan Osam (achilles), Paul Doyle (ankle).

Doubtful: Timmy Molloy (back), Neil Farrugia (knee).

Suspended: None.

 



Sligo Rovers
Mitchell Beeney
Goalkeeper
John Mahon
Defender
John Dunleavy
58Booked: 58'
Defender
Lewis Banks
Defender
Liam Kerrigan
Midfielder
Jack Keaney
Midfielder
Niall Morahan
Midfielder
Sam Warde
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Midfielder
Ronan Murray
Forward
Romeo Parkes
6Scored: 6'
Forward
Kris Twardek
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Forward

Substitutes
Scott Lynch
Defender
Daryl Fordyce
Midfield
Rónán Coughlan
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Forward
Darren Collins
Forward
David Cawley
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Midfield
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
John Russell
Midfield
UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Mark Dignam
Defender
Josh Collins
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Jason McClelland
Midfielder
Kevin Coffey
Midfielder
81Booked: 81'
Timmy Molloy
Midfielder
Richie O'Farrell
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Yousef Mahdy
Forward 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'

Substitutes
Sean McDonald
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Evan Farrell
Defender
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Luke Boore
Defender
Gavin Sheridan
Goalkeeper


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