Match Preview: Rovers travel to Tallaght on Friday

Sligo Rovers make the journey up the N4 to Dublin twice this Bank Holiday weekend with games against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night followed by a Monday afternoon kick off against St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Rovers come into the game on Friday following a 3-1 win over UCD at The Showgrounds last Saturday night with Max Mata’s opening goal added to by a Fabrice Hartmann brace either side of half-time.

Shamrock Rovers defeated St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 at Richmond Park on Friday night.

Russell is excited for the weekend ahead:

‘’We’re all excited for the two games this weekend. Shamrock Rovers and St Patricks athletic have shown good form recently so it’ll be a tough test.

‘’However, I know the players are relishing the challenge of going away from home and trying to close the gap on the teams above us.

‘’We had a good performance last weekend. It was important to pick up the three points in what is such a tight and competitive league.

‘’There will be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks but it’s important that we concentrate on ourselves and what we’re trying to do on the pitch.

‘’I have such believe in this group of players and staff. If we continue to work hard and set high standards we will get our rewards over the course of the year’’.

Sligo Rovers supporters wishing to travel to Dublin on Friday night should buy their tickets online in advance of travelling. A large support is expected once again to follow the team following our previous games in Dundalk and Shelbourne which saw over away 700 supporters in attendance across both games.

Rovers boss Russell is asking for all those who can, to come and get behind the team:

‘’Our travelling support has been fantastic so far this season. The players have responded well to the backing and they are all eager to put in top performances over the long weekend’’.

In team news, Garry Buckley, Karl O’ Sullivan, Mark Byrne and Gary Boylan are all ruled out.

Bogdan Vastsuk and Eanna Clancy are back in training and could feature in the squads over the weekend as well as John Mahon who missed the game against UCD with an ankle knock picked up in training but is near an immediate return.

The game kicks off at Tallaght Stadium at 8pm.

With two trips to Dublin in just three days, we understand the difficulty for supporters in travelling to get behind the team in person.

If you can’t make them, both are Live on LOI TV and Ocean FM so you can follow every minute with us.

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