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Date: 7:45 p.m. June 8, 2019
Venue: The Showgrounds
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Att: 2,336
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Jack Keaney 80' -
Scored: 80'


Scored: 81'
- Kevin Toner 81'



League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- St Patrick's Athletic

Sat, Jun 08 2019

Cian Coleman provided the assist for Simon Madden's leveller for Pats against Cork last week. Credit: Darragh Connolly

SLIGO ROVERS

A true mid-table clash sees sixth-placed Sligo Rovers entertain St Patrick’s Athletic at the Showgrounds on Matchday 20 (kick-off 7.45pm).

Sligo are just three points behind their Dublin rivals with a game in hand and will be hoping to bounce back after a seven-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 4-0 trouncing in Oriel Park on Friday.  

Defender Dante Leverock will be missing as he is away with Bermuda squad, whom he will captain in the Gold Cup this month.

Regan Donelon and Johnny Dunleavy will undergo pre-match fitness tests to assess their muscle injuries.

Bit o’ Red boss Liam Buckley (who last year sat in the opposition dugout) told Sligo Rovers media team he felt they deserved more from the Dundalk game last week.

“We felt the scoreline was harsh last week,” said the Dubliner.

“That said, we have to respond now because it’s another game and we’re back at home. There’s three points between ourselves and Pats so it’s an important match.

“We’re missing Dante but Regan and Johnny are coming along so they may come into play.

“We have been utilising the entire squad recently and that’s going to continue. We have quality players within our ranks.”

Sligo will enjoy home advantage for their next two matches, after difficult away assignments at Oriel and Dalymount Park.

Buckley, who felt both Dundalk penalties last week were ‘soft,’ hopes this will stand his team in good stead.

“It’s good to be back in the Showgrounds but it’s a hard game so have to be at. I don’t think there has been much between the sides this year.

“We’ll give it our all and see where it takes us. We want to show the progress we feel we are making.”

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

It was a frustrating night for St. Patrick’s Athletic at home to Cork City last week but Simon Madden salvaged a point with practically the last kick of the game.

"It has always been tough against them [Sligo],” said midfielder Cian Coleman’s who provided the assist for Madden’s equaliser.

“Mikey's [Drennan] late goal was the difference earlier in the season, and we also won a tight game that finished 2-1.

“Every game in this league is tough but we know we need to start picking up three points week in, week out to start climbing the table.”

Cork native Coleman was delighted with the role he played against his hometown club in his first league start of the season, and the role he played in the equaliser.

"We didn't play our best against Cork last week but we kept going to the end and whatever it was, 95th minute, I got a flick on the ball and Simon was in the right place to finish it to the net.

“I wasn't sure if we were going to get another chance late on, so I just gambled on that long ball, got a header to it and Simon took the chance."

Jamie Lennon won’t be involved as he is on Ireland under-21 duty but Rhys McCabe will be back in the engine room after missing the Cork tie due to suspension.

"Consistency is the key and that is what Harry [Kenny] has been telling us so if we can do that, we can win on Saturday against Sligo and hopefully start to push up a few places in the table,” said Coleman.

Referee: John McLoughlin

MATCH STATS

Both of these teams have been relatively goal-shy this term.

Only UCD have scored fewer goals than Pats’ 16 while Sligo’s 18 goals only match bottom club Finn Harps.

Pats have won both league encounters between the sides this season. In February, Mikey Drennan plundered all three points for the Inchicore men with an injury time header at the Showgrounds.

In April, Drennan was on the mark again along with Chris Forester as those two first half goals saw Pats safely home.

Along with Derry City, Pats and Sligo are the division’s draw specialists with six each.

Romeo Parkes and Mikey Drennan are the club’s respective top scorers with six apiece.

St. Patrick’s Athletic boast a pretty good record in Sligo. The Bit o’ Red’s last home win against the Dubliners came nearly three years ago.

FORM

Sligo Rovers: WDDWL

St. Patrick’s Athletic: WLWLD

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 7/4; Draw 2/1; St. Patrick’s Athletic 6/4.

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 1 – 1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers

Injured: None

Doubtful: Regan Donelon, John Dunleavy.

Suspended: None.

St. Patrick’s Athletic

Injured:  Conor Clifford.

Doubtful: Lee Desmond.

Suspended: None.



Sligo Rovers
Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
Lewis Banks
Defender
Kyle McFadden
Defender
Niall Morahan
Defender
Sam Warde
Defender
David Cawley
Midfielder
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
Jack Keaney
80Scored: 80'
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan
Forward
Ronan Murray
Forward
Romeo Parkes
Forward

Substitutes
Liam Kerrigan
Midfield
Scott Lynch
Defender
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Brian Morley
Midfield
John Russell
Midfield
Ryan Smith
Defender
Kris Twardek
Forward
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kevin Toner
Defender
81Scored: 81'
Simon Madden
Defender
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
David Webster
Defender
Rhys McCabe
Midfielder
Darragh Markey
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
Midfielder
Gary Shaw
Forward
Michael Drennan
Forward

Substitutes
Jake Walker
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Cian Hughes
Midfield
Chris Forrester
Midfield
James Doona
Midfield
Paul Cleary
Defender
Dean Clarke
Forward


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