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Sligo Rovers vs Longford Town  

SSE Airtricty League

Game 09

Saturday April 23 7:45pm

The Showgrounds 



Rovers take good form into this meeting with Longford Town but a first three points of the season will be the aim.

Both teams come into the game with four points so far this season with Rovers having come from four draws with Longford winning one and drawing one.

The Bit o’Red will hope the good historic record against the midlands team can remain tonight.



Longford Town, under manager Tony Cousins for the seventh successive year, made a good start to the season by beating Wexford Youths 2-0.

They have seen a dip since with six losses and one draw which came at home to fellow strugglers Bray Wanderers.



However most recently a point was earned when Derry City visited City Calling Stadium.


Last game

A last minute Anthony Elding goal secured Sligo Rovers a vital point as the Bit O'Red drew 1-1 with Longford Town at City Calling Stadium.

Town substiute Kaleem Simon had given the home side the lead with eight minutes remaining however Elding sent a looping header over Paul Skinner on the stroke of full-time to earn Rovers a share of the spoils. 

It was no more than Micky Adams' side deserved as Rovers went close to taking the lead on several occasions. Both Gavin Peers and Dinny Corcoran saw goal bound efforts cleared off the Longford line while Raffaele Cretaro hit the post with a well struck effort, all during a busy first period. 

Rovers' task was made that bit tougher when Tim Clancy was dismissed by referee Sean Grant after an altercation with a Longford player on 25.



Tony Cousins' charges took the lead on 82 when Simon latched on to Philip Gannon's cross from the left.

Longford looked like they might hang on for their first win over Rovers this season. But Elding managed to out-jump his marker and headed Jason Hughes' long ball over the outstretched arms of Skinner with 90 minutes played. 

Rovers: Richard Brush; Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon; Raffaele Cretaro (Anthony Elding 78), David Cawley, Gary Boylan,  Jennison Myrie-Williams; Dinny Corcoran (Jason Hughes 71), Morten Nielsen (Danny Ledwith 79).


Team news

Rovers: Injured – Gavin Peers

Longford Town: Unknown



Dave Robertson:

“We will be looking to have a shift in mind-set. Our focus will be on scoring more and taking more of the chances that we are creating. There is no better time to do that than in our nest game at The Showgrounds. We are unbeaten in our last three games at home, that bodes well and gives us confidence. We won’t be burying our heads in the sand about what we need to do and that is to go out tomorrow and score the goals to help us win the game.”









Rovers wins



Longford Town wins











Rovers wins



Longford Town wins










Referee: David McKeon

Assistant referees: Ciaran Delaney & Darren Carey

Fourth official: John McLoughlin



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Match: Dunnes Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon

Ball: Feericks Hotel, Rathowen



Mascots: Ballymote National School

Ballkids/Half-time game: Carrick Town



Tickets will be available at the gate at the following prices:

Adult: €15

Student/OAP: €10

Kids under 12: €5

All major credit and debit cards will be accepted at the gate.




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