Team News: v Galway United

Sligo Rovers will look for Connacht derby bragging rights this Monday evening as the Bit O’Red take on Galway United in Premier Division action for the first time since 2017. 

The Tribesmen will make the short journey north to take on Rovers for a first competitive contest between the sides since Sligo’s win over United in Eamon Deacy Park in the EA Sports Cup in 2018, Adam Morgan scoring the only goal that day in a narrow win for Rovers. 

Monday’s game was recently re-arranged after the initial meeting was postponed following the effects of Storm Kathleen back in early April. 

Rovers boss John Russell must plan without long-term injured duo John Mahon and Nando Pijnaker. While both Max Mata and Fabrice Hartmann will be assesed in the lead up, having both sustained knocks in the Dundalk game. 

There is some good news for Russell who will include winger Simon Power in his squad for the first time since he was sent off against Waterford at the RSC. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Russell said:

“Galway had a big result on Friday night defeating Shelbourne so we know we’re in for a tough game. 

“As always, we must focus on ourselves and play to our strengths which we showed in the first half on Friday night. They key tomorrow is doing it for 90 minutes. When you’re on top in a game you cannot come off it. You need to keep pushing on. 

“The players, staff and supporters are relishing the first Connacht derby in a number of years so hopefully it will be a big night at the Showgrounds.”

Kick-off at the Showgrounds is 7.45pm.