Match Preview: Rovers host St Patrick’s Athletic tonight

Sligo Rovers host St. Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow night at The Showgrounds in our final home game of the 2022 season.

Rovers were last in action on Monday night at the same venue, drawing 0-0 with Derry City, three days after a 3-3 draw against Dundalk away from home.

The sides met at The Showgrounds back in May which saw the game end in a 1-1 draw, Aidan Keena on target for the Bit O’ Red.

Both sides have a win to their credit in the other two fixtures between the sides this year, with Rovers winning 2-1 back in February and Pats winning 1-0 in August, both at Richmond Park.

Sligo Rovers Manager John Russell expects another tight game on Friday night:

‘’All our games against St Pats this season have been tight encounters.

‘’We’ve been in good form and it’s important we carry that into the game tonight as we know it’ll be a tough test with St Pats chasing third spot in the table.

‘’Our supporters have been brilliant this year so the players will be eager to put on a top performance in front of them in what is our last home game of the season’’.

In team news, Rovers are without long-term absentees Garry Buckley, Mark Byrne, Luke McNicholas and David Cawley.

Niall Morahan is not expected to be fit in time and Shane Blaney, who limped off against Derry on Monday night is in a race against time to return to the side on Friday.

Friday night will see a number of presentations made before the game and at half time.

Our Academy Players of The Year will be presented with their awards and our Senior Men’s and Young Men’s Players of The Year will also receive their accolades prior to kick off.

Gates open at 6.30pm.