Preview: Rovers vs Drogheda
Sligo Rovers vs Drogheda United
SSE Airtricity League
Saturday May 16th, 7:45pm
Sligo Rovers face Drogheda United in The Showgrounds.
A win would put the Bit o'Red ahead of their opponents and give a first home win of the league season.
Owen Heary's team go into the game on the back of a narrow defeat in a fantastic game with Cork City last weekend.
Drogheda have already played twice this week with Cork City also getting the three points against them on Monday.
Rovers: Jake Dykes joins Jeff Henderson in missing the game with an injury, he has a hamstring issue.
But there is better news as Gavin Peers returns from six weeks on the sidelines and Morten Nielsen is over the groin injury that ruled him out of the Cork game.
Limerick: Shane Dunne, Alan Byrne and Darly Kavanagh are all out suspended. There is a doubt over Lloyd Buckley with the flu with Neil Yadolahi and Stephen Maher definitely out.
Owen Heary: “Looking back at the game against Cork City we played very well. We kept the ball well and we passed it well. We created plenty of chances in the game which was good and scored two goals against one of the best and most organised defences in the league. And we had some good chances to score more. But the negative is that we come away from the game with nothing having played well.
"They are a young team a bit like us so with them missing some experienced players like Alan Byrne and Daryl Kavanagh hopefully that’s something we can take advantage of. I think we are going into this game with a good chance of getting the three points.”
Jake Dykes: “We just need to get going now. Drogheda is a massive game on Saturday. I’d just encourage supporters to come, they have a massive impact with the future of this club in terms of budgets and stuff like that. It would be great for us if we could get as much people out as possible Saturday. It’s a big game, we need everyone behind us and hopefully we can get the three points.”
Drogheda United are currently ninth in the league table, one place and three points ahead of Rovers with one extra game played.
Their season got off to a great start under new manager Johnny McDonnell with an away win on the opening night of the season followed by beating Rovers 3-2 at home.
After that they picked up just two points from the next nine games with draws against Limerick and St. Pat's. The run ended by getting another win over Bray 4-2 last weekend.
Leading scorer has been former Rovers man Daryl Kavanagh with three goals.
27/06/14 Drogheda United 1 Sligo Rovers 2
Referee: Graham Kelly
Assistant referees: Ken Hennessey & Trevor Conlon
Fourth official: Marc Lynch
Commentary: Live radio updates on Ocean FM (oceanfm.ie) from Darragh Cox
Updates: Live updates on our Twitter account @sligorovers
Match sponsor: Sligo Fleadh
Ball sponsor: Blair Feeney Ltd Topaz
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.