Preview: Rovers vs Derry
Sligo Rovers vs Derry City
SSE Airtricty League
Monday August 17th 7:45pm
The Bit o'Red try to make it a perfect weekend by getting a second win and hopefully moving up the league table.
Micky Adams team ended a bad run with a massive 4-0 demolition of Drogheda away from home on Friday night,
Tonight the Bit o'Red come up against another of the rivals in a North-west Derby against Derry City.
Rovers: There is almost a full-fit squad with Jeff Henderson and Kevin Devaney the only players out.
David Cawley is available again and Danny Ledwith has returned to fitness. Gavin Peers is out with suspension.
Derry: Ryan McBride and Stephen Dooley are serious doubts along with Pat McEleney. Conor McCormack is definitley out of the game but Cillian Morrison and Ciaran O'Connor return.
Micky Adams: “We are not the finished article by any means. Friday night was very much a welcome three points for us – it has given a huge lift to everyone. But we know that if we don’t reach the same levels against Derry we will be beat.
“I watched Derry in their game against Galway and they were very, very good. So I will be expecting nothing else than that from them tomorrow night.”
Anthony Elding: “The game on Friday was great and the feeling with the cheer when I came on was something else. But you’ve got to go and get a win against Derry because if not the win in Drogheda was a waste of time. The home games are massive for us. When the fans come out and support the team The Showgrounds is an exceptional place to play. Let’s try to forget what’s happened and move forward from now."
Derry City, like Rovers, are currently in the middle of a battle towards the wrong end of the table.
After a decent first series of games where Peter Hutton's games lost just three times in the first nine the Candystripes were well placed in mid-table.
However after a win over Limerick on April 20th they went on a 12 game winless run they found themselves struggling towards the bottom of the table.
Two big wins over Longford Town (3-0) and Galway United (4-0) improved the situation before most recently losing to Dundalk on Friday.
22/05/15 Derry City 1 Sligo Rovers 1
Sligo Rovers had to settle for a point in a game they dominated for the most part at the Brandywell against Derry City as it finished 1-1.
It wasn’t until the 33rd minute that Rovers again came close and they couldn’t have come much closer. Dinny Corcoran found his way past his man on the left of Derry’s box following a neat lay off from Eoin Wearen but his effort came off the post and went wide.
Sander Puri had the final chance of the first half on 40 minutes which again was inches away from a goal. His cut in from the right side and struck the ball sweetly towards the near post but an excellent diving save from Shaun Patton allowed him to get fingertips on it and divert wide.
Early in the second half with 51 minutes gone Puri did get a goal, his first in the SSE Airtricity League for Rovers, to give the lead. He picked up the ball just inside the Derry penalty area and calmly took the ball round the keeper and then rolled the ball into the empty net.
However the lead was short lived and the home team responded after two minutes. The ball found its way to Seanan Clucas at the edge of the box and he hit a shot that sailed high into the net beyond the reach of Brush.
A heavy tackle from Derry’s Mark Timlin on Kevin Devaney on 67 minutes resulted in him getting a straight red card, the second time this year he has been sent off against Rovers. Devaney would leave the game to be replaced by Morten Nielsen as Rovers went with two up front.
Then with eight minutes remaining a shove from Aaron Barry to the back of Corcoran led to a penalty for Rovers and a booking. After a short delay Alan Keane took the penalty but the unfortunate Keane saw his powerfully hit spot kick smash off the bar and away to safety.
The last chance came as the game entered stoppage time when a cross played into the box by Keane was headed out but as far as Puri. He struck a good volley but it just rose too high and the keeper watched it go over.
Derry City: Shaun Patton; Shaun Kelly, Shane McEleney, Seamus Sharkey (Patrick McEleney HT), Aaron Barry; Mark Timlin, Seanan Clucas, Philip Lowry (Sean Houston 86), Barry McNamee, Dean Jarvis; Cillian Morrison (Ryan Curran 74).
Subs not used: Gerard Doherty, Anthony Elding, Joshua Daniels, George Kelly.
Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush; Alan Keane, Stephen Folan, Gavin Peers, Danny Ledwith; Steven Beattie, Kevin Devaney (Morten Nielsen 68), Eoin Wearen, Ryan McManus, Steven Beattie; Dinny Corcoran.
Subs not used: Ryan Coulter, Raffaele Cretaro, Gary Boylan, Keith Ward, Gary Armstrong.
Referee: Padraigh Sutton
Assistant Referees: Allen Lynch & Emmet Dynan
Fourth Official: Robert Hennessey
Commentary: Live radio updates on Ocean FM (oceanfm.ie) from Darragh Cox
Updates: Live updates on our Twitter account @sligorovers
Tonight's match programme will be on sale for €4 at the game and has all the usual features including and interview with new assistant manager Alan Rogers.
Match sponsor: The Embassy Steakhouse
Ball sponsor: Beach Bar Aughris
Tickets will be available at the gate at the following prices:
Kids under 12: €5
All major credit and debit cards will be accepted at the gate.