Preview: Sligo Rovers v St. Pat's

Sligo Rovers  vs  St. Patricks’s Athletic

SSE Airtricity League

Showgrounds

October 24th, 7:45

 

The final game of the season takes place tomorrow night in the Showgrounds with the visit of St. Patricks’s Athletic.

A win would confirm Rovers finish the season in fifth place though a draw is likely to be enough.

The Bit o’Red will be looking to bounce back from losing 1-0 to Limerick in Thomond Park at the weekend.

The last game in the Showgrounds ended with a resounding 4-0 win over UCD.

St. Pat’s are all but guaranteed to finish their title-defending season in third place. They lost weekend at home when Athlone Town took a 2-0 victory from Richmond Park.

There has already been five meetings between the sides in all competitions this year. Both teams have had two wins with one game drawn.

Both of Rovers wins came in the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final with 2-0 and 5-1 wins over the two legs.

The league matches have seen a 2-2 draw in the Showgrounds earlier in the year and Pat’s getting three points when the teams last played in August.

Rovers are hopeful of having keeper Gary Rogers back for the game as he has returned to training this week.

Gavin Peers is definitely out of the game after being diagnosed with a broken rib. He joins Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson, Iarfhlaith Davoren and John Russell on the sidelines.

Raf Cretaro will also be out as he is suspended.

Gavin Dykes said he will be looking for a result to end the season on a high: “Last week’s result against Limerick was very disappointing. The conditions on the night were poor and we were disappointed at giving away a poor goal. But we did create chances especially towards the end of the game which could have got us back into it. It left us a little open at the back but thankfully Brushie made some great saves. I don’t like losing so it was a disappointing result.”

On the game with St. Pat’s: “We still have a lot to play for in the last game. We will go out and have a go and I think we can get the win. There is a lot of talk of other games that are on but I would like to see a good crowd turn out and support the team for the final game of the season. There will be two good sides on show so I would expect a very entertaining game. The matches between us so far this year have all been good to watch.”

Speaking on the opposition the interim manager said: “They are in the same position as we were a year ago. We had won the league but didn’t quite push on to retain it. But they have a cup final to look forward to last week like we did too. I still think on their day they are the best side in the country. They have some fantastic players, we know all about them. But we don’t fear them and on our home patch we will be going for the win to give the fans one last performance for the season.”

 

Last three meetings:

01/8/14                Pats   1-0  Sligo Rovers    SSE Airtricity League

03/5/14                Sligo Rovers  2-2  Pats     SSE Airtricity League

14/4/14                Pats  1-5  Sligo Rovers     Setanta Sports Cup

 

Form:

 

Sligo Rovers                       

Pats

UCD

(H)

W

4-0

Finn Harps

(H)

W

6-1

Bohs

(A)

D

2-2

Drogheda

(A)

W

3-2

Limerick

(A)

L

0-1

Athlone

(H)

L

0-2

                               

Match officials:

Referee                               Ben Connolly

Assistant referees            Alan Sherlock & Brendan Kelly

Fourth official                    Derek Tomney

 

Coverage:

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

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