Match Preview: Rovers take on Derry City on Friday

The Bit O’ Red take on Derry City on Friday night at The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and will be the third meeting of the North-West sides so far this season.

Back in March at the same venue, Max Mata headed Rovers in front in the first-half but the goal was cancelled out by a late Ciaran Coll header to ensure the points were shared.

Will Fitzgerald’s early goal at The Showgrounds in May meant that Rovers took all three points in the most recent meeting.

Manager John Russell is keen for his side to kickstart a run of positive results this July, starting on Friday night:

‘’I feel we got back to what we’re about as a team last weekend.

‘’The key to our style of play is intensity.

‘’You need to play with high energy, work extremely hard, and show a desire to compete and win football matches.

‘’We know the quality we have in our group so it was nice to see us deliver a top performance’’.

The game is Live on LOI TV and Ocean FM will provide match commentary.

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Russell wants to build on a positive performance and win in last week’s Showgrounds win over Bohemians:

‘’We now face into a big month of July. First up is a tough away fixture against Derry City.

‘’They have some top players and have already strengthened in the transfer window, so we know we’ll need to be at our best.

‘’It’s important we approach the game with the same mindset as last week’’.

In team news, there are no fresh injury concerns from last week’s game with Frank Liivak declaring himself fit after coming off at half-time against Bohemians.

Eanna Clancy has departed for UCD this week.

Garry Buckley, Karl O’ Sullivan and James Finnerty are all progressing and continuing their rehabilitation programmes with the hope to return in the next three weeks or so.

Gary Boylan will miss the rest of the season while Mark Byrne should return in around a month, with the same expected for Reece Hutchinson.

Conor Walsh is back in training and could return to the match squad in the next week or so while young defender Eli Rooney, who picked up an ankle injury in a recent Under 19 fixture, will be out for at least another couple of weeks.

Kailin Barlow is suspended following his red card against Bohemians last Friday.