Preview: Second leg decider vs FH in Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers play the second leg of the Europa Conference League first round match with FH Hafnarfjordur in The Showgrounds on Thursday evening.


The Bit O’ Red trail 1-0 going into the game after Steven Lennon’s goal in Iceland.

Rovers are aiming to overturn a deficit in Europe for the first time and secure a third ever victory in European football.

In team news, Johnny Kenny and Regan Donelon are back in the squad. John Mahon, Ed McGinty and Greg Bolger miss out. Bolger is suspended after a red card last week and McGinty has a foot problem.

Robbie McCourt has resumed light training but still has some time to recover from a broken wrist.

New signing Adam McDonnell will also be in contention.

The match is a 6pm kick-off with 400 supporters attending the game, less than 50% of the club’s season ticket holders, in what is a test event for the return of spectators. It will be the biggest attendance in The Showgrounds since the onset of Covid-19 and the first European match since 2014.

The game was against Rosenborg and the winner of this tie will go on to meet the Norwegian outfit.

Liam Buckley said: “I knew it would be a close game last week and I think it will be tight again for the second leg.

“We have to patient. We need to score, we need to win the game, so we approach Thursday with all of that in mind.

“We want to improve on our performance and if we do that it will give us a chance. The first goal is obviously going to be important but that said, we’re ready for it and we’re going to give it a right go.

“Johnny is set to be available. He has trained with us. John won’t make it. We have three players out but everybody else is in the mix.

“We’ll pick a team knowing we need a goal but again there is just one goal in it. We don’t want to have regrets, we have to give ourselves the opportunity to win the game and we’ll only do that with the right performance.”