Preview: Rovers and Pat’s meet on Monday

Sligo Rovers are back in action again on Bank Holiday Monday as St Patrick’s Athletic visit The Showgrounds, kick-off 5.45pm.

The game is live on WATCHLOI.

Rovers drew 1-1 in Head in the Game Park last Friday to take our record to four wins, three draws and just one defeat so far this season.

The Saints have yet to taste defeat, with draws against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers plus six victories, so an intriguing game awaits on Monday.

Pat’s claimed a 2-0 win early in the season last year in Sligo, while there was a 0-0 draw in Dublin.

David Cawley and Niall Morahan return to the squad for Monday’s game. Danny Kane is set to be the only absentee.

Liam Buckley said: “It’s a top of the table clash of first against third and from our point of view, we really want to kick on and be up there and go as far as we possibly can this season.

“We’re eight games in and we’re reasonably happy with how we’ve done. It’s a good solid position we find ourselves in and we have to build on it.

“We picked up a point in Drogheda. The first half was okay, the second half we would have liked to be better. We do see more improvement coming from our end and over time I think it will come. As I said the platform is there for us and we just have to stick at it.

“It’ll be another tough game against St Pat’s. They’ve started well, they’ve got very good players and they’ve taken top spot. It’s going to be competitive and difficult for both teams.  I think it’s one we can look forward to as well.

“Niall Morahan and David Cawley come back into the squad after missing out in Drogheda. Shane Blaney came through last Friday for his debut which was great. We’ve been in for the weekend preparing for Monday and we’ll give it a right go and see where it takes us.”