Sligo bid to regain winning thread

Premier Division leaders Sligo Rovers will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to improving Bohemians in the Airtricity League at Dalymount Park tonight.

After shock defeats away to UCD in the league and home to Monaghan United in the FAI Ford Cup, Rovers boss Ian Baraclough is confident the Westerners can bounce back.

“We have looked well in training this week and are still seven points clear at the top of the table,” he said.

“We have worked hard to get where we are although this will a tough game as Bohemians have shown good form of late.”

Again without the injured Joseph Ndo and Iarfhlaith Davoren, as well as Romuald Boco (on international duty for Benin), Sligo must also plan without the suspended Alan Keane.

Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan has warned his side to be on red alert for striker Danny North, who has been in hot form since his arrival this season at the Showgrounds. Dinny Corcoran and Dave Mulcahy will have late fitness tests. Callaghan must watch this game from the stands due to a one match ban, with injured skipper Owen Heary taking charge from the dugout.

Second placed Shamrock Rovers could face a testing evening when they play host to Cork City at Tallaght Stadium. The Hoops will again be without the injured Ciaran Kilduff, Sean Gannon and Ken Oman.

“We have conceded just one goal in our last three games and that is a good sign that we have tightened up at the back,” said manager Stephen Kenny. “Cork will give us a tough game, but we must concentrate on our own game.”

Cork boss Tommy Dunne must plan without the suspended Danny Murphy and Dan Murray, again ruled out by a groin injury. Colin Healy (groin) and Davin O’Neill (hip) will have late fitness tests.

Monaghan United, unbeaten in their last three competitive games, will be hoping to cause another shock and their first home win of the season when third-placed St Patrick’s Athletic are the visitors to Gortakeegan.

Derry City, now up in fourth after a slow start, will be looking for a fifth win in a row when Shelbourne visit the Brandywell. With Stewart Greacen and Kevin Deery still out injured, boss Declan Devine must also plan without the suspended Ryan McBride.

Bray will start favourites when they host neighbours UCD at the Carlisle Grounds — primarily because the Seagulls have won six of the last seven meeting between the two sides.

Dundalk will be hoping to make it three wins in a row when they welcome neighbours Drogheda United for the live televised game at Oriel Park.

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