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Sligo Rovers will meet Shamrock Rovers in the final match of the first series of matches in the Airtricity Premier Division in Tallaght Stadium, with kick-off 8pm.

The Bit o’ Red are two points clear at the top of the table ahead of the trip to Dublin. 
 
Seamus Conneely, Danny North (both knee) and Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum) are out with injuries. Raffaele Cretaro is a doubt with a thigh problem. Iarfhlaith Davoren and Ross Gaynor are suspended.
 
Ian Baraclough has said Rovers will be able to cope without the suspended duo that regulary feature at left back.
 
He said: "We have a squad with many left-sided players and many versatile players so we have two or three options for that side. It was our intention when building the squad to have versatile players so we are adequately covered."
 
Last Saturday's battling 2-2 draw with Drogheda United was a thrilling encounter in The Showgrounds where Rovers constantly rallied and were cruelly denied victory. The Rovers boss hopes to see his side take the spirit of that game to Dublin.
 
"We went a goal down, we also went a man down and we never let our heads drop. It galvanised us and in the final 20 minutes we probably played the best we have done all season. There was no suggestion of giving up, it could have knocked us but we didn‘t let that happen. It showed we are a match for any side and we have players and a squad with great spirit. Conceding a late equaliser was disappointing but we take the same fighting spirit and ambition to find that level of performance for the entire game to Tallaght. 
 
"A match with opposition like us is something they are probably looking for. When you’re trying to recover from a couple of bad results the visit of the league leaders can be seen as a good way to try to recover from it. They are a team that must be respected, a squad filled with talented players and it is a tough journey to the capital for us.
 
"In a lot of games that I have watched them play or looked at, the results could have been different with missed chances or a mistake where their total could be eight or nine points higher than it is now.
 
"It will be a good atmosphere and it should spur on the players. We have had a good couple days getting ready and I’m confident that the bigger the game, the better the performance from our players."

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