Preview: Longford vs Rovers
Longford Town vs Sligo Rovers
SSE Airtricty League
Saturday October 10th 7:30pm
City Calling Stadium
With four weeks to the end of the 2015 season Rovers play Longford Town in a game that will have a major bearing on the positions towards the bottom end of the table.
The Bit o'Red are trying to bounce back from a narrow loss to Galway United last Friday that gave a first league defeat in five games.
Longford are yet to beat Rovers this year with a 3-2 win the last time the teams played and a draw on the previous clash at City Calling Stadium.
Rovers: John Russell remains absent due to his hip injury with Jeff Henderson and Devaney along with Sander Puri who is on international duty.
Jason Hughes is fit again having missed out at Galway.
Longford Town: Stephen Rice misses out due to suspension.
Alan Rogers: “We have had a look at Longford and they are not a bad side. We just have to concentrate on ourselves and do our own thing and if we can do that hopefully the wins will come.
“The players have been handling the situation well. Training has been good again this week, there has been a good buzz and good banter at the sessions.”
Longford are currently battling to ensure survival in the Premier Division in their first year back in the country's top league.
After a solid start they have found themselves struggling with just one win in the last eleven, that was a 1-0 home win against Bray Wanderers on August 29th.
They were knocked out of the FAI Cup at the semi-final stage last weekend to Dundalk with a 3-0 home loss to St. Pat's last time out in the league leaving them in 8th palce.
17/04/15 Longford Town 1 Sligo Rovers 1
But whatever O'Connor could do, Cawley could match. Rovers levelled the game on the stroke of half-time following patient play from Alan Keane and Kevin Devaney. Keane did well to control an over cooked cross from Cretaro before supplying Devaney. And instead of attempting a cross into the area, the young winger opted to play the ball calmly back to Cawley in front of the area whose vicious goal-ward strike flew beyond the grasp of Skinner for his first goal of the season.
Referee: Sean Grant
Assistant referees: Ciaran Delaney & Darren Carey
Fourth official: Ray Matthews
Commentary: Live radio updates on Ocean FM (oceanfm.ie)
Updates: Live updates on our Twitter account @sligorovers