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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 19, 2019
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 1,909

Lewis Banks 13' -
Scored: 13'


Scored: 34'
- Jamie McDonagh 34'

Scored: 42'
- Barry McNamee 42'


League Preview: Sligo Rovers -v- Derry City

Sat, Oct 19 2019

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers will be hoping to round off their home Premier Division campaign in style this evening when they welcome Derry City to the Showgrounds (kick-off is at 8pm).

The Bit O’Red currently lie in 6th position in the Premier Division table, seven points behind 5th placed St Patrick’s Athletic.

Sligo have only been defeated four times at home all season in the league, with manager Liam Buckley left pleased with his side’s efforts on their home patch.

“I am pleased that we’ve made it a difficult place to come as that was the intention when we started the season,” the former Shamrock Rovers boss admitted.

“There was a slow start as we tried to get things up to speed, this was a new group but over time we have improved. Some of those early loss’ things were going against us.

“That said, there is a base to get it better and turn some of the draws we’ve had into wins. There is still more to come from that end. It’s not easy in this league but that is the challenge ahead next year.

“It is good to have a lot of players back this week. We were up against it in Waterford in the circumstances.

“I would like to finish off the season in a good manner. It’s going to be a difficult game. Derry are chasing a European spot and they’ve done really well this year.”

Buckley added; “The supporters have been very good because when it didn’t start well they really stuck with us and encouraged the lads which is what you need. 

“I would like them to come out once more, as they have done all season, because the players have worked extremely hard and we are gearing up to try to put in a performance to finish it off well. 

“It will be tough but the lads are looking forward to it.”

In team news, Daryl Fordyce and Kyle Callan-McFadden are back from suspension for the hosts, while Romeo Parkes remains out.

However, Dante Leverock and Ronan Coughlan both return to the squad after international duty and suspension respectively. Ronan Murray is out with suspension. 

DERRY CITY

With Europa League qualification within their sights, Derry City make the short trip Westwards to face Sligo Rovers.

With Bohemians securing their European position last night, Derry can all but end the hopes of St Pats to make Europe with a win away to Sligo.

A win would leave the Candystripes needing just a point on Tuesday evening over the Sainst to secure their European spot.

However, boss Declan Devine has refused to look ahead and will be taking the challenge of Sligo Rovers on its own merits.    

“We’re concentrating on the Sligo game and nothing else. There are three games left and if we win those we qualify for Europe. It is vital to prepare for each one in turn.

“We haven’t dwelt on results over the course of the season. We’ve evaluated performances and moved on to the next match and there’s no reason to do anything differently now.

“We have given ourselves a decent chance of Europa League football next season. There’s a long break at the end of next week and we’ desperately want to go into that having finished the job we set out to do,” Devine finished.

Jack Malone and Darren Cole remain side-lined for Derry ahead of their trip to Sligo.

Referee: Paul Tuite.

 

MATCH STATS

Derry City have won one of their previous four league outings – with a 4-0 win at home over Cork City being their only victory.

Sligo Rovers however have only lost once in their previous four league games, with the recent defeat to Waterford at the RSC ending their unbeaten run.

Derry City have the worst away defensive record in the top-half of the Premier Division table with 18 goals conceded on their travels this term.  

BETTING

Sligo Rovers 4/1; Draw 3/1; Derry City 4/7.

PREDICTION

Sligo Rovers 1 - 2 Derry City

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: Romeo Parkes.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Ronan Murray.

 

Derry City

Injured: Darren Cole, Jack Malone.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Sligo Rovers
Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
Lewis Banks
13Scored: 13'
Defender
Danny Kane
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Defender
John Mahon
Defender
© Kyle McFadden
Defender
David Cawley
63Booked: 63'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Midfielder
Regan Donelon
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Midfielder
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
Niall Morahan
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan
Forward
Kris Twardek
Forward

Substitutes
John Dunleavy
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Defender
Dante Leverock
Defender
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Brian Morley
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
Midfield
John Russell
Midfield
Sam Warde
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Niall Watson
Unknown
Derry City
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Ally Gilchrist
Defender
Eoin Toal
Defender
Grant Gillespie
Midfielder
Ciaron Harkin
Midfielder
Jamie McDonagh
Midfielder
34Scored: 34'
Barry McNamee ©
Midfielder
42Scored: 42'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe
Forward 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
David Parkhouse
Forward 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'

Substitutes
Ronan Boyce
Defender
Conor Davis
Forward
Adrian Delap
Midfield
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Nathan Gartside
Goalkeeper
Darren McCauley
Midfield
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Mark McChrystal
Defender
Michael McCrudden
Forward
90Subbed On: 90'
90'