Preview: Limerick vs Sligo Rovers

 

Limerick  vs  Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricity League

Thomond Park

October 17th, 7:45

 

Sligo Rovers have the final away game of the season tomorrow when travelling to take on Limerick in Thomond Park.

Rovers followed up Gavin Dykes his first win as interim manager over UCD two weeks ago with a 2-2 draw against Bohs last weekend.

Paul O’Conor put the Bit o’Red in front with his second in two games. Eamon Zayed scored a late equaliser, also his second game in a row to score in.

Limerick come into the game on the back of consecutive wins over Athlone Town and Derry City. They sit five points and two places behind Rovers in the league in fifth.

Rovers have had the better of the clashes so far this year with two wins. On the previous visit to Limerick Paul O’Conor, Aaron Greene and Seamus Conneely made it a 3-0 win. When Limerick came to the Showgrounds the score was 2-0 thanks to Sean Maguire and Danny North goals.

None of the players who missed the last game with injury return for this game. Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson, Iarfhlaith Davoren and John Russell are all still absent with injuries.

Gavin Peers is also a doubt for the game as he has been troubled by a rib injury this week.

Regan Donelon is back in the squad after returning from Ireland under-19 international duty.

David Cawley returns for the game having served his one game suspension against Bohs. No players are suspended for this game.

Gavin Dykes spoke ahead of the game: “We didn’t get the win last week against Bohs but we still came away with plenty to build on. Feelings were mixed after the game as I thought we done well enough to win it. We worked our way into the game and got ahead but didn’t push on from there. Looking back at the goals we conceded they were very disappointing from our perspective. But we got a good response and the players showed great determination. We definitely deserved to come away with something from the game.

“I still seen plenty in the game we can build on and hopefully we will take that into tomorrow against Limerick. It’s a difficult situation for the players at the moment with no manager but they are doing really well.”

The form of Ruairi Keating has caught the eye with him creating the equaliser against Bohs and netting a hat-trick in Sunday’s friendly with Accrington Stanley. Dykes said “He’s close to getting a start, we have to make sure all the players in the squad keep fresh and are involved. It’s good for the young players to be given a taste and play a part. It’s really all about building a base for them for next year. But it is great to see Ruairi and the other young players doing so well.”

On opposition Limerick he said: “Martin Russell has done really well since he has gone there. He is a great footballing man and also a good friend of mine. It will be a tough game but we have a very good recent record against them. We will have to keep a close eye on Rory Gaffney who has been in fantastic form lately. So I think it will be a difficult game but we have a good chance of getting the win.”

 

Head-to-head:

Sligo Rovers wins             14

Limerick wins                   17

Draws                                 12

 

Last three meetings:

27/7/14   Sligo Rovers   2-0  Limerick            SSE Airtricity League

25/4/14   Limerick  0-3  Sligo Rovers             SSE Airtricity League

31/8/13   Sligo Rovers  2-0  Limerick             SSE Airtricity League

 

Match stats:

Since Limerick returned to the top division in 2013 Rovers have won four of the five meeting with the other ending a draw.

In total its 10 games since Limerick defeated Rovers which was back in November 2004

The Bit o’Red’s away record this year is five wins, two draws and nine losses.

 

Form:

Limerick                                              

Sligo Rovers

Bohs

(A)

L

0-2

Cork City  

(A)

L

1-2

Athlone

(H)

W

4-2

UCD

(H)

W

4-0

Derry City

(A)

W

2-1

Bohs

(A)

D

2-2

                               

Match officials:

Referee                             Kevin O’Regan 

Assistant referees           Dermot Broughton & Ralph Pieper

Fourth official                  Robert Hennessey

 

Coverage:

Ocean FM will have live radio commentary from 7:45 with Alan Keane and Keith O'Dwyer.

There will be live updates from the game on our Twitter page @sligorovers

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