Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 4, 2015
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 1,698

Dinny Corcoran 16' -
Scored: 16'


Scored: 10'
- Ryan Connolly 10'


League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- Galway United

Sat, Jul 04 2015

Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Galway United travel to Sligo Rovers this Saturday evening with both teams hoping a win could push them away from relegation trouble. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

 

SLIGO ROVERS

Despite a run of three straight losses, Sligo’s relegation troubles can be eased with a victory over their Galwegian opponents. The Bit O’Red occupy the relegation play-off place at the moment but are only two points behind Bray Wanderers and just a further point away from Derry City. This time last week, Sligo were actually above Bray before they faced each other.

 

Sligo played well against the Wanderers but a combination of Stephen McGuinness and Niall Cooney saw them leave the Carlisle Grounds empty handed as an Alan McNally goal secured a 1-0 win for Bray. The oddity of Raf Cretaro starting at right back while Alan Keane sat on the bench showed that problems still exist in spite of Heary’s sacking.

 

For the match against Galway, there is a very long injury list with John Russell, Jeff Henderson, Kevin Devaney and Stephen Folan all missing out. Ruairi Keating will also be sidelined after returning from Finn Harps with a hamstring problem.

 

The good news for Sligo is that Sander Puri is back after an illness ruled him out for the Bray match and Regan Donelon is fit to play after his own return from Finn Harps.

 

GALWAY UNITED

Galway may look safe enough in eighth place at the moment but a loss against Sligo could see them become embroiled in the battle to stay in the Premier Division. They are only three points above Derry City and a defeat could see them be within three to four points of the relegation play-off spot. Losing to Shamrock Rovers last weekend didn’t help their cause.

 

Galway boss Tommy Dunne spoke to galwayunitedfc.ie and said the 2-1 loss was a “disappointing result against Shamrock Rovers,” but he then added, “We’ve dusted ourselves down and we’re moving on quickly to Sligo Rovers now.”

 

On the match against their North-Westerly rivals, the manager said, “They’ve got a strong squad of players so we’re under no illusions, it will be a battle, but we’re looking forward to going to Sligo, we’re hungry to do well and it’s a great place to play.”

 

Galway will have Andy O’Connell and Jason Molloy missing through injury, while defender Sam Oji has been rated highly doubtful.

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

 

MATCH STATS

The earlier fixture between these sides ended as a 1-0 victory to Sligo Rovers, one of their two wins this campaign. A fifth minute penalty from Dinny Corcoran settled the match.

 

Galway are still yet to draw a match this season and whenever they have played away this season, it has always finished the game with only one side scoring.

 

Sligo have only conceded ten goals at home this season, while Galway have only scored eight away from home this season.

 

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 4/5; Draw 12/5; Galway United 7/2.

 

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 2 – 3 Galway United

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: Jeff Henderson, John Russell, Kevin Devaney, Stephen Folan, Ruairi Keating

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 

Galway United

Injured: Andy O’Connell, Jason Molloy

Doubtful: Sam Oji

Suspended: None


Sligo Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Alan Keane
Defender
Gary Boylan
Defender
Daniel Ledwith
55'
55Subbed Off: 55'
Defender
Gavin Peers
Defender
David Cawley
Midfielder
Sander Puri
Midfielder
Eoin Wearen
51Booked: 51'
Midfielder
Raffaele Cretaro
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Forward
Dinny Corcoran
16Scored: 16'
Forward
Morten Nielsen
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Forward

Substitutes
Liam Flatley
Midfield
Jake Dykes
Defender
Regan Donelon
55'
55Subbed On: 55'
Defender
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Gary Armstrong
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Forward
Ryan McManus
Midfield
Keith Ward
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Midfield
Galway United
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Marc Ludden
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Kevin Garcia
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
10Scored: 10'
74Booked: 74'
Alex Byrne
Midfielder
David O'Leary
Midfielder
Paul Sinnott
Midfielder
Jake Keegan
Forward
Enda Curran
Forward 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'

Substitutes
Ger Hanley
Goalkeeper
Padraic Cunningham
Forward
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Kilian Cantwell
Defender
Conor Barry
Forward
Colm O'Donovan
Forward
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Gary Shanahan
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'