Match Preview: Rovers host Derry tomorrow night

Sligo Rovers take on Derry City tomorrow (Monday) night in our penultimate home game of the 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division season.

It will be Rovers’ second game in three days following our 3-3 draw in Dundalk on Friday night.

The Bit O’ Red were twice ahead in the game after Frank Liivak opened the scoring after twenty minutes and Max Mata put us ahead again with seven minutes remaining after Aidan Keena had brought us level following two Dundalk goals in between his and Liivak’s strikes.

Former Rovers player Keith Ward got on the end of a John Martin knock down in stoppage time to bring Dundalk level but, Rovers can be happy with their overall performance and manager John Russell looks forward to another game tomorrow night.

‘’We were all disappointed to concede a late equaliser on Friday night but, the players put in a really good away performance and there were good signs again on our progress.

‘’Tomorrow night we welcome Derry who have been in great form in recent months.

‘’It will be a tough game but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.

‘’We want to finish the season strong’’.

The sides have met on three occasions so far in 2022 and nothing separates them in terms of results. A 0-0 draw back in February was followed by a 2-1 win at The Showgrounds for Rovers thanks to a 90th minute Seamas Keogh winner.

Will Patching’s free kick back in September was enough to earn his side a 1-0 win at The Ryan McBride Brandywell in the last meeting of the teams.

Garry Buckley (Knee), Mark Byrne (Knee), David Cawley (Hip), Shane Blaney (Ankle) and Luke McNicholas (Knee) remain out with injury.

After a tough 90 minutes on Friday night, Russell may make some changes to freshen the team up as we go into our final three games of the season and remain in fifth spot in the League table.

We will remember our former security member Rodney Horan before the game with a minute silence after his passing this week. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time.

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