Rovers begin FAI Cup defence

Sligo Rovers begin the defence of the FAI Cup against Dundalk in Oriel Park on Friday night. 
 
Rovers have won the trophy in three of the last four seasons and will be looking to repeat the back-to-back wins of 2010 and 2011 following the 2013 Cup victory. 
 
Rovers have scored the first goal in 16 out of the last 19 FAI Cup ties.
 
The last time the Bit o' Red lost an FAI Cup game away from home was against Shamrock Rovers in 2008.
 
Gary Rogers can make his 100th appearance for Sligo Rovers in the game with Dundalk. In the 99 games he has played since joining, he has kept 43 clean sheets. 
 
In team news, Gavin Peers (knee ligament injury) and David Cawley (suspension) are ruled out.
 
There are some other fitness concerns with final assessment to be made on Friday.  
 
Manager Ian Baraclough said: “This is one of the trophies that has been a big part of the club’s success. It has been very important to Sligo Rovers with many great days within that and we travel to Dundalk with it in mind, as FAI Cup champions. 
 
“We have been written off before and stood up and shown what we’re made of. 
 
"You look at the Cork City game earlier in the season when we weren’t given much hope and we produced a performance that was dominant and on that night should have won the game. That’s the type of performance we’re looking for and believe we can produce. 
 
"We need to fight for it and win the individual battles over the pitch. We have to make sure we go there with pride and give absolutely everything we possibly can."

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