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Derry City vs Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricty League

Game 10 

Friday April 15 7:45pm

The Brandywell

 

Lowdown

Sligo Rovers will go to The Brandywell looking to build on the win against Longford Town last weekend which was the first this season.

Opposition Derry City are something of a surprise package this season under manager Kenny Shiels.

With The Candystripes having won 2-0 in a recent EA Sports Cup meeting The Bit o’Red will be hoping to turn the fortunes around.

 

Last Five

 

 

Opposition

Derry City have made a better than expected start to their SSE Airtricty League Season to sit second.

After losing on opening night at Finn Park they went on a four game winning run that was only halted by a draw away to Dundalk.

They did drop two points most recently when Longford Town held them to a 1-1 draw at City Calling Stadium. A 1-0 win at the weekend over Bohemians has kept them two points behind top placed Dundalk however.

 

 

League Table

 

 

Last game

Sligo Rovers recorded a second SSE Airtricity League win in four days as Tim Clancy's first-half goal beat ten-man Derry City at the Showgrounds.

Clancy's headed effort mid-way through the first half sees the Bit o'Red move level with the tenth-place Candystripes, who had Philip Lowry sent off just shy of the hour mark for a stamp on Raffaele Cretaro.

 

 

Rovers started the brighter, Jason Hughes almost found the top corner from the edge of the area on 13 while John Russell lacked the pace to meet Cretaro's searching ball from the right after the winger's cross somehow made its way through a group of Derry defenders shortly after.

Rovers' early pressure told on 19 minute. Man of the Match Clancy found himself in the right place at the right time to nod Regan Donelon's corner from the left beyond the helpless Ger Doherty. The Shamrock Rovers loanee netting his maiden goal for the Bit o'Red on his fourth appearance.

Rovers: Richard Brush; Gary Boylan, Alan Keane, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon; Sander Puri, David Cawley, Jason Hughes, John Russell, Raffaele Cretaro (Rob Lehane 82); Morten Nielsen.

 

Team news

Rovers: Injured – Gavin Peers & Tim Clancy

Derry City: Injured – Harry Monaghan & Gareth McGlynn

 

Quotes

Dave Robertson:

“We had a really good conversation with the players on Wednesday and they have come in and worked very hard this week the same as ever. What we said was that the Longford game is only really of benefit to us if we do build on it. And all the players have bought into that and understand what is expected of them to do so.”

Full interview

 

 

Head-to-head

Overall

Total

Last

Rovers wins

18

17/08/15

Derry wins

16

05/09/14

Draws

24

22/05/15

 

 

The Brandywell

Total

Last

Rovers wins

9

02/08/13

Derry wins

10

05/09/14

Draws

10

22/05/15

 

 

 

Officials

Referee: Robert Rogers

Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith & Robert Clarke

Fourth Official: Adriano Reale

 

Coverage

Live radio commentary on Ocean FM, also available worldwide on oceanfm.ie

Live updates of every kick on our Twitter account, @sligorovers

 

 

 

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