Dorrian to manage team for end of season

Sligo Rovers can confirm that Under-19 manager Brian Dorrian will take charge of the team for the final nine days of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Dorrian, who has been part of the club’s underage management for several seasons, will take training from this morning and the games against Dundalk on Friday, Bohemians in The Showgrounds on Monday and Shamrock Rovers on Friday 26 October, also in The Showgrounds.

The club are grateful to Brian for agreeing to the role and encourage all our supporters to get behind him and the players as they have done throughout this season for the final three games of 2018.

 

Club statement – Management update

Sligo Rovers can today confirm that the club will not be renewing the contract of manager Gerard Lyttle following its conclusion at the end of this season.

Sligo Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty said: “The club would like to place on record our thanks to Gerard for his professionalism, dedication and commitment in his time at the club.

“In particular we wish to acknowledge the number of young players that made their first appearances for Sligo Rovers under Gerard’s management.

“Their progress and development is a testament to his hard work. We would like to wish Gerard every success in the future.”

The club will make an announcement on an interim manager for the final 10 days of the season shortly.

 

Dundalk game live on TV

Friday night’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division match with Dundalk will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 from Oriel Park.

Rovers face their 34th league game of the season against the champions, who will be receiving their league trophy on the night.

Kick-off is 7:45pm and the game will also be on RTÉ Player

Rovers exit Irn Bru Cup

A Patrick McClean own goal along with Christian Mbulu’s superb second half strike, saw Sligo Rovers exit the Irn Bru Scottish Cup at the hands of Motherwell’s Under-20 side at Fir Park.

Rovers, who had only arrived in Scotland hours before kick-off, were flat throughout and fell behind 12 minutes in.

David Turnbull and Jake Hastie combining down the Rovers left. The latter’s cross catching out McClean who could only turn the ball into his own net.

A jaded Rovers never imposed themselves on this game, and almost allowed the Scots a second on 22 minutes.

James Scott’s initial drive at goal was blocked by Jack Keaney, before the ball fell to full back Kyle MacDonald who rattled Ed McGinty’s side netting.

Sligo did show signs of life when Rhys McCabe tested Rohan Ferguson ten minutes from the break. The Colts net minder grabbing the Rovers skipper’s attempt at the second ask.

Ferguson denied McCabe again shortly after with a save at full stretch.

Sligo had their best chance of the half three minutes from the break. Mikey Drennan’s header dropping past the far post from a Regan Donelon cross.

McGinty was called back into action after the re-start to tip Turnbull’s effort over his crossbar.

There was further worry for the away side when McClean was stretchered off after a heavy challenge on the half-way line.

Rovers men could have been further behind on 66. But McGinty was comfortable in holding Broque Watson’s tame effort from close range.

Mbulu had the Colts two ahead on 70 minutes. The centre half showing neat feet before clipping the ball into the top corner from 15 yards.

Motherwell Colts: Rohan Ferguson; Kyle MacDonald, Barry Maguire, Christian Mbulu, Adam Livinsgton; Broque Watson, David Turnbull, Liam Brown, Jake Hastie; Akeal Rehman (Jordan Armstrong 67), James Scott.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Kyle Callan-McFadden, John Mahon, Patrick McClean (Seamus Sharkey 54), Regan Donelon (Raff Cretaro 75); David Cawley, Rhys McCabe, Jack Keaney; Kris Twardek, Caolan McAleer (Lewis Morrison HT); Mikey Drennan.

Referee: Richard Hulme.

Team news for Motherwell game

Sligo Rovers travel to Scotland on Saturday for an Irn Bru Cup match with Motherwell Colts at Fir Park.

A comfortable 4-1 win over Livingston Colts saw Rovers through to this stage as Mikey Drennan bagged a hat-trick and Player of the Round.

In team news, Lee Lynch is ill and misses out, while Gary Boylan is out for the season (ACL).

Gerard Lyttle said: “Lee picked something up so we sent him home on Thursday to try to get better but it has got worse overnight. There’s no point pushing it now. Apart from him and Gary we have our full squad.

“This is a step up from Livingston. We’ve been able to get some research on Motherwell. We know how they set up from that and looking through their squad there is a lot of 19 and 20-year-olds who are on the cusp of a breakthrough. This is a game they’ve been crying out for because they become centre stage at their club this weekend and the chance to play against a senior side. That’s a big thing for any young player.

“We’ve a lot of young players too, as is well documented, along with our few older lads and really our focus is on ourselves and what we can do.

“We got the win we wanted last week, we’ve had a really good week of training and we’re travelling in good spirits. I expect the Fir Park pitch to be like a carpet and when we’ve gone to places with a top class surface you’ve often seen the best of us and a lot of good results.

“That’s the type of team we are. The lads are looking forward to it and we’re under no illusions that we have to be at it. Progress in this competition is what we want. That’s what we’re going over to try to do and I know we have a good support coming with us so it’s important to give them something to cheer as well.”

The team departed from Derry Airport this afternoon and will return immediately after the game on Saturday.

Motherwell away: Fans details

Kick-off: 3pm

Meet-up: Cooper Bar, Knowetop Avenue, Fir Park stadium (next to the Well Shop) is the meet-up area for our fans. It will open at 12pm and supporters will meet from then.

Food and drink will be served until kick-off with the bar opening again following the match. It is a ten minute walk from both train stations in Motherwell.

Match tickets: Adults £8, concessions £4 and £2. These are available at the stadium. Rovers fans should not buy online via Motherwell.

For more e-mail media@sligorovers.com 

 

 

BORST Poker Tournament this month

The Bit O’Red Supporters Trust will hold a Texas Hold’em Poker event in the City Hotel on Sunday, October 28th. The event takes place in support of Sligo Rovers’ youth teams.

The tournament gets underway at 2pm with late registration up until 5pm.

No registration fee is required, buy-in is €30, plus one re-buy or top-up of €20.

Final two tables will be dealer dealt by Adelaide Casino, Sligo.

For further information, contact 086-3127783 and keep on eye on BORST’s Facebook and Twitter page.

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2018 Halloween Camps Launched

The Halloween holidays are just around the corner, with the booking process now underway for our 2018 Halloween Camp which will take place in The Showgrounds.

The success of our children’s camps in recent years has been unprecedented, with high demand expected once again at Halloween. Prices remain capped from Summer, representing one of the best valued camps in the region.

The camp itself runs from 10.30am until 3pm, starting on the bank holiday Monday (October 29th) and will finish on Friday November 2nd. The cost of the camp is €60 for one child, €100 for two children from the one family and finally €135 for three children from the one family.

Every child that participates in the camp will receive and official Sligo Rovers training top, a participation certificate and a picture with members of the Sligo Rovers first team.

An optional breakfast club is also taking place each morning which opens from 8.30am daily. The cost of the breakfast club is €25 per child for the week or €10 per morning. Breakfast includes a choice of cereal, toast and Juice each morning which is then followed by fully supervised indoor and outdoor activities. Parents are advised that the Breakfast Club is limited to a maximum of 25 per week and is likely to sell out. Therefore, pre booking is strongly advised.

The camp is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 5 & 15. Only vetted and experienced coaches will be provided.

For more information on the Halloween Camp, you can contact Shane at the club on 071-9171212.

Alternatively, you can secure your place on the camp by booking online here

 

Recognition To Match & Ball Sponsor

We would like to thank both the Match Sponsor and Match Ball Sponsor from last Saturdays game against Bray Wanderers.

In what was a very special night for the club, being our 90th birthday celebrations, the Match Sponsor on the night was Marc Mac Sharry while the Match Ball was sponsored by Flynn’s Corner Bar Carrick-On-Shannon.

Our thanks to both Marc Mac Sharry & Flynns Corner Bar for their generous sponsorship and continued support of the club as a whole.