Team news for Glentoran game

Competitive football returns to The Showgrounds on Monday night as Sligo Rovers take on Premiership side Glentoran in the first leg of our Setanta Cup quarter final.

The Bit o' Red go into the game on the back of an impressive pre-season campaign which saw them score 23 goals in six games while only conceding twice.

Glentoran are also enjoying a purple patch having won four of their last five games in all competitions and are unbeaten in eight. The Belfast side sit in fourth spot in the Premiership and will be buoyed by their recent 1-0 aggregate win over St Patrick's Athletic in the opening round of this year's Setanta Sports Cup.

Both teams will be familiar with each other having met at the same stage of the competition in 2012 when Rovers progressed to the semi-finals on a 3-1 aggregate score before being knocked out by eventual cup winners Crusaders.

Rovers boss Ian Baraclough has new signings Evan McMillan and Anthony Elding available while Aaron Greene could also play his first competitive game since returning from Shamrock Rovers during the winter.

Danny North is ruled out for Rovers with a knee injury. Seamus Conneely misses out with a minor knock and will return to training this week. Iarfhlaith Davoren made a comeback from a hamstring problem this weekend and is in the squad for Monday night’s game.

Rovers boss Ian Baraclough said: "We’ve come through the pre-season quite well and at this stage there is a real sense of excitement to get the season underway. There was a buzz in training and there is a lot of intrigue and a good level of interest amongst the supporters to see the lads in action and get our season underway.

"Glentoran are a physical, hard-working and talented side and the result against St Patrick’s Athletic showed what type of proposition they provide. It is a bit of a strange one in that they played on Saturday in their domestic cup and the team we may see on Monday could be as we expect or that bit different.

"There are two matches in four days for ourselves and seven in 28 days in this beginning of the season. That will test any squad and over that month the entire group will be needed."

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