Sligo looking to extend winning run at Galway

SLIGO ROVERS take a one-point lead in the Airtricity League Premier Division to Terryland Park tonight, with Galway’s ongoing woes and Sligo’s seven-game unbeaten run all seeming to point to an away victory.

However, after an unusually less than convincing 2-0 win against strugglers Drogheda United put them top last weekend, Sligo boss Paul Cook is anxious that everyone at the Showgrounds takes each game as it comes.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” he says. “It’s great to be top of the league but the season still has a long way to run and there are six or seven teams in with a chance of winning the title. We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground. Yes, we’re playing well and the results have been good but we’re not getting carried away with ourselves.”

Basement club Galway’s woes have been well documented but manager Sean O’ Connor — a former boss at Sligo — is not ruling out an upset.

“It’s always nice to play against your old club,” he says. “It’s top against bottom, they’re hitting form at the right time and they have dangerous players all over the park. But we’ve been working on a game plan that will hopefully stifle them.”

If Galway can do them a favour, fellow title chasers Shamrock Rovers will be keen to take advantage away to Drogheda United tonight.

Fresh from their Champions League win against Flora Tallinn, reigning Airtricity League champions Rovers will be hoping to continue the good vibes in Hunky Dorys Park. “We were pleased with the result and performance on Tuesday, but our focus is back on the league now,” said Hoops boss Michael O’Neill. “We may need to shuffle the pack up a bit with next Tuesday’s return game in our mind, but we’ll look at that ahead of that game. Tonight is a good chance for us to get back to winning ways in the league, so we’re looking forward to that now — we want to take that chance.”

Scorer of the winning goal against Flora, Chris Turner, is suspended for Rovers while Karl Sheppard remains out of the squad with an ankle injury. For the Drogs, Tiernan Mulvenna is back from injury while manager Mick Cooke will have new signings Jordan White and Lee Lynch available for selection. Jack Flynn and Colm O’Brien are both out with injury.

In tonight’s other Premier Division games, fourth-placed Derry City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to face Bray Wanderers and Dundalk host UCD at Oriel Park. All games in the top-flight this evening kick off at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile in the First Division, Shelbourne will be looking to confirm their pre-eminence in the title race away to Finn Harps (8pm) while Monaghan United host Mervue United at Gortakeegan (8pm) and Waterford United welcome Wexford Youths to the RSC (7.45pm).

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