Preview: Sligo Rovers v UCD

 

Sligo Rovers  vs  U.C.D.

SSE Airtricity League

The Showgrounds

October 4th, 7:45

 

Sligo Rovers play the penultimate home game of the season on Saturday with UCD the visitors at 7:45.

It will be a third game in charge for interim manager Gavin Dykes. He will be looking for his first win after last week’s 2-1 loss to Cork City and also losing to Drogheda United the week previous.

The Bit o’Red are currently 5th in the league and have been since early August.

UCD are battling to avoid the drop and currently occupy the promotion/relegation play-off spot in 11th five points adrift of Bray Wanderers.

There have been two games between the clubs this year already and which has seen one win each.

When the Students came to the Showgrounds in April they were comprehensively beaten 5-0. But in the meeting at the Belfield Bowl in July Rovers slipped to a 1-0 loss.

There is again a long injury list for the Bit o’Red to deal with for the game.

John Russell and Iarfhlaith Davoren are still out with their foot and calf injuries. Russell has had scans and will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of his injury.

Kalen Spillane may return from his back injury after training for the first time yesterday.

There is a big doubt over Gary Boylan who injured his ankle in training on Tuesday while there is also doubts on the fitness of Gary Rogers (ankle) and Raf Cretaro (back) but both are expected to be fit.

Long-term absentees Alan Keane and Jeff Henderson remain out though Henderson has returned to running and it is still hoped he will feature before the season ends.

Seamus Conneely will miss the game after picking up his fourth booking of the season against Drogheda.

Gavin Dykes said despite low number he has been pleased with the reaction from his side in training this week: “We were disappointed with the result against Cork but we played well. We just didn’t take our chances on the night. But the players didn’t perform poorly or let themselves down.

“The approach against UCD will be different to playing Cork where we played more on the counter. We will look to press UCD and play football and beat them in the right way. With any game it’s about going out and winning individual battles. Myself and Ciaran have a plan for the game and we feel we can go and win the game with it.”

Dykes doesn’t fell Rovers good record against UCD recently will have any bearing on the game: “We have lost our last two games and confidence is at a bit of a low ebb at the moment. And the injuries haven’t helped. But the players aren’t feeling sorry for themselves and will be well prepared to win the game.”

The former Rovers captain gave credit to UCD for the club’s football philosophy: “We won’t underestimate them. They are a good footballing side and will come here and try to play regardless of their position in the league. They are a credit to the league and have been for years. Going back through when Martin Russell and the different managers have been there the approach is always the same. Many of the players who have done well in the league have come through there and they are a victim of their own success in many ways. They are producing another good crop of players now. I expect it to be a very entertaining game”

 

Head-to-head:

Sligo Rovers wins               25

UCD wins                             25

Draws                                   11

 

Last three meetings:

13/7/14                UCD   1-0  Sligo Rovers   SSE Airtricity League

18/4/14                Sligo Rovers  5-0  UCD    SSE Airtricity League

20/9/13                UCD  0-3  Sligo Rovers    SSE Airtricity League

 

Match stats:

Rovers have won the last eight at home to UCD and are unbeaten 11 against them at the Showgrounds.

The all-time head-to-head between the sides in league games is level at 25 wins each.

UCD haven’t won any of their last 10 games since beating Rovers with eight of those games ending in defeat.

 

Form:

Sligo Rovers                                       

UCD

Bohemians  

(H)

W

3-2

Limerick    

(H)

L

1-3

Drogheda Utd

(H)

L

0-2

Dundalk  

(H)

L

0-2

Cork City

(A)

L

1-2

Shamrock Rvs

(A)

L

0-3

                               

Match officials:

Referee                               Ray Matthews

Assistant referees             Matt Farrell & Ciaran Delaney

Fourth official                    Robert Rogers

 

Tickets:

Tickets for the game will be available at the turnstiles on the night. Prices are as follows:

Adult                     €15

OAP/Student       €10

Child under 12    €5

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