Team news update

Rhys McCabe’s ankle injury is not as bad as feared.

With swelling now reduced we can confirm he’ll miss training this week but it’s not long-term.

Regan Donelon & David Cawley are also injured this week.

A further injury update will be issued next week. Rovers face Bray Wanderers in The Showgrounds on Saturday week.

Waterford 1-0 Rovers – Report

Sligo Rovers were narrowly beaten by Waterford at the RSC on Friday night.

With the Blues uncertain as to whether fourth spot in the Premier Division will secure them European football, they put maximum pressure on the Hoops ahead of their trip to the Brandywell on Saturday, with a first-half Sander Puri goal seeing them past the Bit o’ Red.

The home side were unchanged from last week’s 2-0 victory over bottom-side Bray Wanderers while Gerard Lyttle made five switches from starting eleven in the loss to St Patrick’s Athletic, with captain Rhys McCabe, veteran Raffaele Cretaro and goalkeeper Ed McGinty all coming in.

Neither side set the tone from the beginning, an ambitious Mikey Drennan effort comfortably swerved into Niall Corbet’s arms in the opening 15 minutes, before Waterford opened the scoring.

Noel Hunt had drifted out onto the right sideline and having collected a Rory Feely pass, sped beyond John Mahon before drilling in a low cross. The delivery was perfect for Sander Puri’s run towards the penalty spot and the Estonian international’s sweet finish to the bottom corner had the 1,600 home fans on their feet.

As the half progressed it was the home side who looked the most likely to add to the score sheet. Feely set up Blues captain Paul Keegan after the visitors failed to clear an Aborah corner but there were too many bodies between him and the goal, with McGinty collecting his side-footed effort.

Cretaro dragged a 30-yard shot wide after Lee Lynch found him in space and Reynolds’ men spurned the chance to double the lead shortly afterwards.

The energetic Galvin led a counter attack following a Sligo corner but his run drifted towards Puri and reduced the space for the goalscorer who, having received the ball, could only curl his effort at the goalkeeper.

A deflected Galvin effort blazed into the side netting at the start of the second half after the summer signing jinked into space while Drennan was frustrated he couldn’t get a shot away following a floated diagonal from the left which reached him in the centre of the box.

Rovers became more composed on the ball as the half progressed but failed to test Corbet and their challenge was made even more difficult when McCabe was injured after a Hunt tackle, with Lyttle’s three substitutes already used.

Aborah almost put the result beyond doubt in the 82nd minute when his curling 25-yard free kick caught the inside of McGinty’s post and the depleted away side couldn’t carve out the chance of an equaliser before Ben Connolly’s final whistle in the 96th minute.

Waterford FC: Niall Corbet; Noe Baba, Kenny Browne, Garry Comerford, Dylan Barnett; Stanley Aborah, Paul Keegan (C); Rory Feely, Cory Galvin (Hery, 60), Sander Puri; Noel Hunt (Akinade, 85).

Substitutes: Matthew Connor (GK), Gavan Hohohan, Dean O’Halloran, Dessie Hutchinson, Bastien Hery, Izzy Akinade, Carlos Wilson.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Kyle Callan-McFadden, John Mahon, Paddy McClean, Regan Donelon (Sharkey, 53); Jack Keaney, Rhys McCabe (C); Kris Twardek (Wixted, 72), Lee Lynch; Raffaele Cretaro (McAleer, 64); Mikey Drennan.

Substitutes: Mitchell Beeney (GK), Seamus Sharkey, Caolin McAleer, Adam Wixted, Lima Kerrigan, Niall Morahan, Lewis Morrison.

Sponsors Thanked From The Weekend

Sligo Rovers would like to thank both the Match Sponsor and Match Ball Sponsor from last Saturday night, from our home game against St. Patrick’s Athletic.

The Match Sponsor and after Match Sponsor was Foley’s Bar & Off-Licence, Castle Street Sligo, while the Match Ball sponsor was Mulhern Leonard Accountants.

Our thanks to all for their kind sponsorship and continued support of the club as a whole.

 

Rovers 1-2 Pat’s – Report

St Patrick’s Athletic goalkeeper Brendan Clarke scored a second half penalty as the Saints beat Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Jake Keegan had given the Inchicore side the lead with a well taken, first time finish before Mikey Drennan levelled proceedings before the break.

Clarke then ensured defeat for Rovers with his second half spot-kick.

The away side looked the more dangerous in the opening period.

Ryan Brennan was unable to control a cross from Darragh Markey as he skied his first time volley in front of goal.

While former Sligo striker Achille Campion should have made more of the game’s next opportunity.

Rovers goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney came to meet David Cawley’s attempted back pass from the half way line.

Beeney’s clearance only reaching the Frenchman who fired high and wide from 20 yards out.

The Saints then deservedly hit the lead as Keegan caught Lee Desmond’s cross first time to guide the ball past Beeney.

Rovers found their leveller six minutes from the break.

Paddy McClean had headed Regan Donelon’s corner onto the Pat’s crossbar before Drennan followed up for his fourth goal in two games.

Pat’s hit the lead again on 58 in rather novel circumstances.

Simon Madden was tripped as he attempted to turn inside the Rovers area, before Clarke sprinted the length of the pitch to take the ball and send his opposite number the wrong way.

Beeney grabbed a stinging effort from distance from Dean Clarke at the second attempt on 71, while Campion again blasted over with the goal at his mercy four minutes from time.

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney; Seamus Sharkey, John Mahon, Paddy McClean, Regan Donelon; David Cawley (Lewis Morrison 76), Jack Keaney; Kris Twardek (Caolan McAleer 69), Lee Lynch, Adam Wixted (Raff Cretaro 62); Mikey Drennan.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Michael Barker, Lee Desmond, Mick Leahy, Dean Clarke; Simon Madden, Ryan Brennan, Darragh Markey, Jamie Lennon, Jake Keegan; Achille Campion.

Team news: Rovers host Pat’s on Saturday

Sligo Rovers host St Patrick’s Athletic in The Showgrounds on Saturday in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

The Bit O’Red go into the game in their best form of the season with three away league wins in August and last week’s home victory in the IRN-BRU Cup against Livingston Colts.

In team news, Rhys McCabe is suspended as he serves a one-game ban. Gary Boylan is out long-term.

Gerard Lyttle said: “There has been a good buzz around the place on and off-the-pitch. We’re in a good bit of form. We’ve responded well from Longford, getting the head down and working hard. If you look at the games before that, we put points on the board and we’re in a position now where we can try to catch some of the teams above us.

“Until July there was a lot of chopping and changing with the team. In the last few months we think we’ve found a better continuity and as a group the lads have that bit more mettle. It was no more evident that coming from behind in the Cork game. I don’t think too many teams do that in a place like Turner’s Cross but we want more results like that. The lads have such a strong bond and I think they enjoy being here.

“We’ve competed well with every team in this division. We haven’t been on the end of heavy defeats and some of the results we have achieved show real improvement. We went to Pat’s last time and got a good win but the games are always tight against them.

“The most important thing last week was just getting a home win. When we went 1-0 down, the supporters encouraged the team and it was really appreciated. The fear could have come in and the lads didn’t panic. The fans played their part and a win like that was overdue for them. We’d like that again on Saturday night.

“We’ve looked at Pat’s and their switch to 3-5-2, the big feature of their win over Waterford was three goals from set-pieces. They can also adapt that formation pretty easily. Ian Bermingham is a loss in his importance in their system but they have lots of good players to call upon.

“Rhys obviously features in the centre of midfield a lot but he has often been on the left or right-side and we have Lewis Morrison, Jack Keaney, Caolan McAleer, Adam Wixted, all who can play come into play with a small reshuffle. It’s disappointing to be without Rhys but we have players who can fill in. We certainly have players itching for the opportunity.

“Our work-rate has been a key part of victories. That’s what we seek from the players. It’s going to be a hard game but we’re looking for a victory because it can bring us close to Pat’s in the table and that should motivate us all.”

Kick-off is 7:45pm, tickets available at turnstiles