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.