Preview: Rovers vs Pats
Sligo Rovers vs St. Pat's
SSE Airtricty League
Friday July 25th 8:00pm
Sligo Rovers come up against St. Patrick's Athletic in a key SSE Airtricity League clash with the FAI Cup holders.
Rovers dropped back to 11th palce with the loss to Bohs a week ago and now are level on points with north-west rivals Derry City.
The Bit o'Red will look to end a long winless league run against Pat's which stretches back to October 13th 2012, the day the Rovers beacme league champions for the third time.
Rovers: John Russell, Jeff Henderson, Morten Nielsen, Dinny Corcoran and Kevin Devaney again are ruled out of this game with a worry over Regan Donelon.
However Gavin Peers, Danny Ledwith and Liam Flatley are fit again and could take part.
Pats: Saints' defender Sean Hoare is back in contention, Christy Fagan remains out with a knee injury for the Saints, while James Chambers returns having picked up a back injury late last week. The Saints' hope to include new signing Ian Morris.
Joseph Ndo: “We have to forget about where we are playing. We want to play the same way in every game, it shouldn’t be different if it is home or away. Even in the Longford game I was not satisfied with how we played in the first 20 minutes.
“I know how good this team can be and I have to keep telling them that. They do not know themselves how good they are. We have a great squad. It doesn’t matter what players leave talent-wise we are not lacking, we just have to produce.”
Gavin Peers: “I think every game is massive now. We need to start winning and I don’t think one win is going to turn anything.
"We need to go on a run of games and that will get us out of it. So we have to keep working hard and hope that things will turn for us.”
St. Pat's are on a strong run of form with five league wins in a row and one in the FAI Cup over Shamrock Rovers in domestic action.
In that time they were eliminated from european competition by Latvians Skonto FC who won both legs to go through 4-1 on aggregate.
Before that the Saints had picked up just one point from three games with loses to Bray and Dundalk leaving them 13 points off top place in the division.
Their top scoroer has been midfielder Chris Forrster who has seven goals.
14/04/14 St. Pat's 1 Sligo Rovers 5
Aaron Greene scored twice to help Sligo Rovers defeat St Patrick’s Athletic 5-1 and reach their first Setanta Sports Cup final with a 7-1 aggregate victory.
Greene struck twice, while goals from Joseph Ndo and John Russell along with a Derek Foran own goal saw the Bit o'Red march on.
Former Pat’s midfielder Joseph Ndo, playing behind lone striker Greene, instigated the first before scoring the second.
The opener came on 21 minutes from a fine passing move. Begun by Ndo, David Cawley’s killer ball then put Kieran Djilali away on the right and the low cross was finished emphatically at the back post by Greene.
The second, five minutes later, exposed St. Pat’s down their opposite flank. Ross Gaynor sent Danny Ledwith to the end line and his cross was controlled and then blasted to the net by Ndo.
Further defensive frailties haunted the home side as Sligo added a third on 38 minutes.
Cawley’s ball over the top all too easily put Greene in the clear and his finish was sublime as he shot left-footed across Brendan Clarke to the back of the net from a tight angle.
Lynch scored a fine goal from distance on 68 minutes for a Saints consolation.
But three minutes later Derek Foran turned a cross from Ledwith into his own net to just about sum up the Dublin side’s night.
John Russell, who won a title at Inchicore last season, added further woe when poking home a fifth ten minutes from time after Clarke could only parry a McMillan header from Danny North's corner.
St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Conor McCormack, Ken Oman (Sean Hoare h/t), Derek Foran, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Keith Fahey (Sam Verdon h/t); Daryl Kavanagh, Lee Lynch, Chris Forrester (Marco Chindea 77), Ian Bermingham; Mark Quigley.
Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Evan McMillan, Kalen Spillane, Ross Gaynor; Kieran Djilali (Eric Odhiambo 77), Paul O’Conor, David Cawley, Danny Ledwith; Joseph Ndo (John Russell h/t); Aaron Greene (Danny North 65).
Referee: Graham Kelly
TV: Live on Setanta Ireland with coverage beginnings at 7:30pm
Commentary: Live radio updates on Ocean FM (oceanfm.ie) from Darragh Cox
Updates: Live updates on our Twitter account @sligorovers
Match sponsor: Senator Susan O'Keeffe
Ball sponsor: Diamond Coast Hotel Enniscrone