Team news for Cork game
Sligo Rovers face Cork City this Saturday night in The Showgrounds in the FAI Cup.
The Bit o’ Red, winners of the competition in 2010 and 2011, beat Waterford United 2-0 in the second round.
The clubs were last paired together in this competition in 2009. Rovers won a replay in The Showgrounds with Raffaele Cretaro scoring both goals as the home side progressed after extra-time.
A win would put the Bit o’ Red into the quarter-finals for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons.
The squad is unchanged from last week’s 2-0 defeat to Dundalk in the Airtricity Premier Divison.
Rovers will be without Evan McMillan, Ross Gaynor and Iarfhlaith Davoren with injury.
Defender McMillan will be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury, with Gaynor (knee) and Davoren (calf) also remaining out because of injuries picked up in recent weeks.
David McMillan is cup-tied and is also still recovering from an infection.
Rovers manager Ian Baraclough said: “We are hoping to have a long run and prosper in this competition. We’re fully aware of what it means to supporters and our history and association with the FAI Cup. A good run would give us a real boost for the rest of the season.
“It is a home game and I can’t imagine Cork are relishing the long trip up to the North-West. We have to make that count on Saturday. Hard-work and the right approach to the game will get us a long way. Cork have moved into the top half of the Premier Division and I feel this is the tie of the round. We have to be at it from the off.
“The club were cup holders for two years prior to an early exit last season and I would very much like to do well in it again.”