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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 29, 2019
Venue: The Brandywell
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David Parkhouse 59' -
Scored: 59'


Ciaron Harkin 90' + 3' -
Scored: 90'




League Preview: Derry City -v- Sligo Rovers

Fri, Mar 29 2019

Greg Sloggett of Derry City in action during their 2-0 defeat to Dundalk two weeks ago. Credit: John-Paul McGinley

DERRY CITY

Derry City will look to pick up their first win in more than a month when they entertain Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Declan Devine’s side were beaten 2-0 by Dundalk last time out at Oriel Park, with goals in either half from Sean Murray and Patrick Hoban doing the damage.

Last week’s meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic was postponed due to international call-ups for David Parkhouse and Eoin Toal, and they both come back into contention.

Jamie McDonagh also comes back into the squad for the first time since copping a four-match ban for lashing out at Shamrock Rovers’ Trevor Clarke in round two.

"It's 17 games in little over 8 weeks which will test most teams but it'll be great for the supporters,” said manager Declan Devine, who described McDonagh’s ban as ‘crazy.’

“Every match is big and we have to utilise our squad as best we can to cope with that.

"Sligo have drawn in Dundalk and won at Harps so they'll be keen to take their form on the road with them.

“As with every time we go out, we have to be prepared for anything and be at our best if we want to win.

"I've said many times this season that our supporters have a huge role to play. They've been brilliant so far and I hope they're back in numbers for this one as that will lift the players for sure."

Patrick McClean is unlikely to feature against his old club, having just returned to training, while Michael McCrudden is out long-term with a broken metatarsal.

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers return after the international break with a point to prove after a 3-0 hammering away to Shamrock Rovers in their previous game.

They saw last Friday’s meeting with Waterford postponed due to international call-ups, meaning they didn’t miss out on Dante Leverock, who was away captaining Bermuda.

The time off has allowed Liam Buckley’s side, who haven’t fully gelled this season, some extra time to work on consolidating their playing style.

“We were quite disappointed with our performance last time out,” Buckley told the club’s media team.

“I didn’t particularly view the break as a good or bad thing but it did gives us a bit more time to work on certain things and try to get better in areas.

“We are much better than that display last game and we have to show that. There isn’t much between Derry and ourselves in the table and that big, slick pitch will lend to a good game.

“I have no doubt it’ll be another hard one but one we can do well in. We’ve had a bit of time to work on things and Dante Leverock and Niall Morahan have returned okay from international duty.

“We’ve eight games in a month after this with a tight squad. You can be sure everyone will play their part and we have nobody in the squad not capable because they are all good players that will demonstrate as much.

“They can show that against Derry and it’s a game we’re really keen to get stuck into.”

Ed McGinty is ruled out with a finger injury, while David Cawley and Ronan Murray will both undergo fitness tests after picking up knocks.

Referee: Tomás Connolly

MATCH STATS

The sides met five times last season under different managers, with Sligo winning three of the four league meetings while Derry triumphed on their way to lifting the EA Sports Cup.

Remarkably, three of those wins came away from home, with Sligo’s 2-1 win in the opening league fixture the only home win as they did the double in the Brandywell.

Gerard Lyttle and Kenny Shiels were both dismissed in the off-season, leaving Liam Buckley in charge of Sligo and Declan Devine in the Derry City hotseat.

BETTING

Derry City 8/13; Draw 11/4; Sligo Rovers 4/1.

PREDICTION

Derry City 1 – 1 Sligo Rovers

Derry City

Injured: Michael McCrudden (metatarsal).

Doubtful: Patrick McClean.

Suspended: None.

Sligo Rovers

Injured: Ed McGinty.

Doubtful: David Cawley, Ronan Murray.

Suspended: None.



Derry City
Nathan Gartside
Goalkeeper
Eoin Toal
Defender
Ally Gilchrist
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Darren Cole
Defender
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Ciaron Harkin
90Scored: 90'
Midfielder
Eoghan Stokes
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Forward
David Parkhouse
59Scored: 59'
89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Forward
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe
Forward

Substitutes
Evan Tweed
Midfield
Gianni Seraf
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Midfield
Shane McNamee
Forward
Ronan McKinley
Midfield
Josh Kerr
Defender
Daniel Houghton
Goalkeeper
Gerardo Bruna
89'
89Subbed On: 89'
Unknown
Sligo Rovers
Regan Donelon
Defender
74Booked: 74'
John Dunleavy
Defender
Dante Leverock
Defender
Kyle McFadden
Defender
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
Jack Keaney
Midfielder
Liam Kerrigan
Midfielder 81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Sam Warde
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Rónán Coughlan
Forward
Kris Twardek
Forward 81'
81Subbed Off: 81'

Substitutes
Lewis Banks
Defender
Mitchell Beeney
Goalkeeper
John Mahon
Defender
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Niall Morahan
Midfield
Ronan Murray
Forward
Romeo Parkes
Forward
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
John Russell
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'


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