Preview: Rovers travel to Finn Park

Sligo Rovers take on Finn Harps on Friday night as the Bit O’ Red travel to Finn Park for an eagerly-awaited encounter.

Rovers have one point from the first three matches but have shown positives signs throughout.

Injuries have been a hinderance early in the season and there is mixed news ahead of this game.

Regan Donelon is out with a hamstring problem while Johnny Dunleavy (groin) and Ronan Coughlan (hamstring) will have late fitness tests.

David Cawley returned as a substitute on Monday night having taken little part in pre-season because of a knee problem. 

There is also good news that Ronan Murray returned to training on Thursday and he could join the squad for the first time. A decision will be taken on Friday.

Liam Buckley said: “We’ve lifted ourselves from Monday and had a good couple of days of training, working on some areas we’re looking to improve upon.

“I think you can expect a hard game anywhere you go in this league. It’s a real scrap in every match.

“Finn Harps will not be easier than Pat’s or Cork, and I think that has already been shown. 

“What I want from us is to be better in creating opportunities and remember just how much you need to dig in.

“We didn’t get a reward over the two games last week but that reward will come if we keep working. 

“There is a lot more to come from these players and we want to get the reward on Friday. It’ll only come by earning it.”