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Preview: Buckley talks of ‘reward’ still there for Rovers

Sligo Rovers return to action on Sunday in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division as they venture to Dublin to take on Shelbourne in Tolka Park, kick-off 5pm.

After a two-week break, the Bit O’ Red resume the final stages of the league against a side just three points behind in the table.

That difference came from a 2-1 win for Rovers back in August as Jesse Devers and David Cawley scored in The Showgrounds.

In team news, Kyle Callan-McFadden serves a one-game suspension. Regan Donelon (groin) and Ronan Murray (toe) are doubtful.

Danny Kane returned to training this week. He’s unlikely to feature on Sunday and more likely will be in contention next week. The news is better for Sigitas Olberkis who is back involved after a hamstring injury. 

Johnny Dunleavy is out with a knee injury. There are no other injury concerns.

Liam Buckley said: “After two weeks, we’re really eager it because there is a lot to play for in the season. If you even just look at the teams we have to face, Shelbourne need a result to secure their safety, Cork are looking for that one win to move them up off the bottom and Dundalk are looking to seal a European spot. That’s just one example and it really is all to play for in every game in the league.

“There is a reward there for us, for all of our effort, if we can produce a run of results in these matches. We’ve got the FAI Cup as well so it could be up to six games I hope. We’re in the mix for the things we want to be in and that’s what you want at this stage of the season. We’re looking for one result on Sunday and then see where it can leave us.

“Over the two weeks we have had time on the training pitch, rejigging and working on a couple of things. We’re aware there are prizes on offer still for all of the teams in the table, be it avoiding relegation, European places. It’s going to take a gigantic effort over the next month or so but we’ve shown we’re capable of putting results together.

“There wasn’t much in it in the game earlier in the season. We came out on top by the one goal and Shelbourne have been a hard opponent for every side this campaign. It’ll be a tough game. But as I said, there’s lots on the line and we go there knowing the result we want.”

Out: Kyle Callan-McFadden (suspended), Danny Kane (lack of match fitness), Johnny Dunleavy (knee)

Doubtful: Regan Donelon (groin), Ronan Murray (toe)

The match is live on WATCHLOI and OceanFM

Last Man Standing resumes

After a 3 month break, our Last Man Standing competition resumes this week, with games returning on Friday evening.

Norwich host Southampton at Carrow Road while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur host his former club Manchester United at the new White Hart Lane.

Game continue Saturday, Sunday & Monday as kick offs are spread out to allow for games to be all televised live.

Week 1 and 2 of the competition wiped out over 500 players, with just 25 players remaining.

All entrants are listed below and players are reminded to send their selections in by Friday at midday.

Name week 1 week 2
Dylan Gilmartin wolves Sheffield United
Evan Dolan west ham liverpool
Wesley Feeney west ham Arsenal
Mark Feeney west ham Sheffield United
Therese Foley west ham liverpool
Paddy Houze watford liverpool
Sean Murphy Wolves Sheffield United
Frank McGee Palace liverpool
Donald Kelly palace leicester
Sean Hunt west ham liverpool
Anthony Quinn palace liverpool
Andrew Dodd wolves liverpool
Eoin McHugh west ham Sheffield United
Martin Heraghty Norwich liverpool
Des Kelly west ham liverpool
Donal Kelly west ham liverpool
Robert Fitzpatrick wolves Arsenal
Gerry Higgins west ham liverpool
Lewis Banks west ham liverpool
Des Kavanagh west ham liverpool
Patricia Cryan wolves liverpool
Kathya Rouse west ham leicester
Noel Farry west ham liverpool
Martin Bracken west ham liverpool
John Lunny Wolves Arsenal

New security measures at Showgrounds

The installation of state of the art CCTV has taken place this week in The Showgrounds. 

Power Right Fire, Energy and Security are the leading business in Sligo for fire, energy and security services. 

A pan–tilt–zoom camera has been installed by Power Right to monitor three sides of the stadium. It will be used throughout match night. 

This measure is being taken to increase safety and care to all fans in the ground and is part of the terms of entering The Showgrounds. 

The new CCTV is also a preventive measure to identify those that use pyrotechnics and anyone found doing so will be removed from the ground and banned from future games.

We thank Power Right Fire, Energy and Security for their services and recommend them to our fans.

Bit O Red Wall Proving a big success

‘What’s the story with this wall?’ has been a prominent question over the last ten days with Sligo Rovers supporters since the launch of the new Bit O’ Red Wall.

The black granite tile, which you can have you or your family’s names engraved, will be placed behind The Treacy Avenue Stand outside the player’s tunnel in the ground. Supporters have been quick to snap up their tiles in the last week and demand is growing.

Chief executive of Sligo Rovers, Colin Feehily, said: “The reaction has been really good actually. People are very interested and it’s getting supporters thinking about what they could have on them. So far, the majority of sales have been as Christmas and birthday presents, or families wanting to show their support and having their own family tile.

“We have had supporters in America, Australia and the UK all taking tiles through our online store.

“A couple of people have also got one to remember a loved one who passed on, but it’s not just a ‘memorial wall’, it’s very much a wall for supporters past or present and it’s something that will continue to grow over the years.”

Buy your Bit O’ Red wall tile here

This initiative is another way the club are looking to improve the overall look of The Showgrounds and follows on from the recent outdoor museum launch which took place in October.

Tiles are available from The Showgrounds office, or at Barton Smiths in town where the club have their annual Christmas Shop set up for the festive period.

The club have put together a gift pack in which supporters buying presents can take to give to the person they’ve bought for.

Tiles cost €100 and there is no end date, the wall will be there for many years to come and it really gives Bit O’ Red Supporters the chance to have their own spot in the ground.

Preview: FAI Cup vs Limerick

Sligo Rovers are in action on Saturday night when Limerick visit The Showgrounds in the Extra.ie FAI Cup.

The Bit O’ Red won 8-0 in the first round against Glebe North but narrowly lost to St Patrick’s Athletic, 2-1, in Inchicore. 

In team news, Niall Morahan (knee) is out. Johnny Dunleavy and Danny Kane are doubtful with minor knocks and will be tested pre-game.

Liam Buckley said: “We were disappointed last week, especially in the second half. We lifted ourselves this week and this is a very important game. We’re acutely aware that if we win we’re in the quarter-finals so that’s what we are aiming for. 

“It might be a Premier Division team against a First Division but upsets happen. We have to make we apply ourselves, make sure our preparation is right which we have tried to do throughout the week.

“Someone will win the Cup and we have to be in it to give ourselves that chance. I’d love to get The Showgrounds crowd behind us, there is a big tradition up here for the Cup. 

“That said, that is not going to win us the game. Application, drive, will to win and enthusiasm are imperative and if those are at 100% we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”

International recognition for Rovers WU17 players

Three Sligo Rovers Under 17 women’s players have received international recognition.

Muireann Devaney, Kate O’Dowd and Emer O’Neill have all been selected for the upcoming Women’s Under 16 Development tournament in the Czech Republic.

The camp takes place from May 18th-25th.

L-R Emer O’Neill, Kate O’Dowd and Muireann Devaney.

Head-coach Darragh Healy congratulated his players: “It’s a great honour for any player to represent their country and I’m delighted to see the girls once again be selected in the squad.

“As a club we take great pride in seeing players playing at this level and it shows the great work that is being done by all coaches. We wish the girls the best of luck and hopefully they enjoy the experience.

“They have been fantastic since I have come in as head-coach this season and I’m not surprised that they have been called into the squad for this training camp.

“Let’s hope we have more girls going on to represent their country in the near future.”

The Bit O’Red girls are enjoying a fine season so far. With five games played they have picked up three victories (including a 5-3 defeat over Athlone on Saturday), one draw and one defeat.

New match night information

As we begin a new home season, the club have some new guidelines to follow on Friday night for the game with St Patrick’s Athletic.

Clubhouse / Refreshments:

The Bit o’ Red Supporters Trust-built clubhouse will be open for the first time. Tea and coffee will be sold in the clubhouse from €2. Alcohol is not available.

The main hospitality building will no longer be open except for club and match sponsors and current volunteers and committee, nor will refreshments be available.

That building will now be a base for our match night team who operate the running of the match event so we ask you to respect this guideline.

The sale of tea and coffee in the clubhouse will go to Sligo Rovers through the work of the Bit O’ Red Supporters Trust. The building has been funded through the Trust and refreshment sales are a means of financing improvements in facilities. Thank you for understanding and enjoy the great new facility which has long been needed and will be bettered as time goes on.

Season tickets / online sales:

All season tickets must be scanned upon entry from now as we use a new technology for the first time this Friday. The club’s ticketing partner will be assisting in the scanning of tickets on Friday. Two turnstiles will be dedicated to doing this.

We ask you for patience and to arrive early on Friday if possible. Given a large crowd is expected and this is a new departure for our volunteer turnstile operators, we ask you to respect the procedure and that entry to the ground may take slightly longer than usual.

Online tickets will be scanned. We have had lots of sales in advance of the game and we encourage you to buy here.

Cash turnstiles will also be open.

Media passes will not be accepted without applying to media@sligorovers.com as a list is operated.

Thanks

And enjoy the game!

AGM tonight

Sligo Rovers can confirm that our Annual General Meeting will take place tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel.

The AGM will see the election of the 2019 management committee, a presentation of 12 months of club finances and the chairman and secretary’s report.

Meanwhile the Annual Voluntary Member Contribution of €100 can be made on the night if desired or here for members or non-members.

For more, email administrator@sligorovers.com