Team news for Setanta semi-final
Sligo Rovers face St Patrick’s Athletic in The Showgrounds on Tuesday night in the semi-finals of the Setanta Sports Cup, kick-off at the later time of 8pm.
This will be a 14th cup semi-final for the Bit o' Red since 2009.
From the previous 13 semi-finals, five have seen Rovers reach a final.
In the Setanta Sports Cup it will be a fifth successive semi-final to compete in.
That is the most semi-finals that any club has reached in this competition
In team news, Danny Ledwith (hamstring), Joseph Ndo (leg), Gavin Peers (knee) and Raffaele Cretaro (calf) are out injured.
Manager Ian Baraclough said:
“We looked back on 80 minutes after the red card where we played with 10 men and stayed strong, matching a Dundalk side physically and tactically even with a man down.
“Yes we were beaten, but there were a lot of positives to take. There was a big disappointment in the dressing-room after the game but a couple of days later, we reflect and can be pleased with how we reacted and now comes an opportunity to reach a Cup final.
“I think it will be a tight affair. It could be cagey - both sides know each other very well. We know it’s a big time in our season. It’s so early in the year but here we are with a Cup semi-final and a match away to Shamrock Rovers in the league on Friday that will be important and we can’t wait to play the games.
“It is where we want to be, in semi-finals and in contention to win trophies, and the record of the club shows that.
“We’ve been so close to reaching the Setanta Cup final before and we know if we perform over the two matches it will give us a great opportunity to be there.
“We’d like to take a lead to Richmond Park. We’ll be targeting that but in two-legged ties anything can happen. You look at Manchester United last week, they might not have envisaged the scenario of getting through in that manner. It shows a tie is over 180 minutes and you have to do all you can to come out top right until the final moment."