The final two games before the Airtricity League’s mid-season break take place this evening with Sligo Rovers at home to UCD in the Premier Division and Cobh Ramblers hosting Waterford United at St Colman’s Park.
Last night saw the leaders in both the Premier and First Division lose. St Patrick’s Athletic went down 2-1 to Dundalk at Oriel Park while Longford Town lost 2-0 to Midland rivals Athlone Town.
In the Premier Division there were wins for Shamrock Rovers, Derry City, Cork City and Shelbourne while Wexford Youths and Salthill Devon were winners in the First Division. Read more
There are eight games in the Airtricity League this evening with five in the Premier Division and three in the First Division. The leaders of both divisions – Sligo Rovers and Longford Town – don’t play until Saturday so the chasing pack have the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top for 24 hours at least.
In the Premier Division, second place St Patrick’s Athletic can go level with Sligo on 30 points if they beat managerless Shelbourne at Tolka Park while in the First Division United can actually go top on goal difference with a win at Finn Harps. Read more
Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Sligo Rovers and First Division pacesetters Longford Town can both stretch their leads at the top of their respective divisions on Saturday evening after the chasing pack stumbled on Friday evening.
In the Premier Division second placed Derry City missed their chance to go top when they were held to a 1-1 draw by third placed St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo can now extend their lead to four points by beating Drogheda United at The Showgrounds.
In the First Division Mervue United and Finn Harps could have closed the gap to one point but Mervue were held at home by Athlone Town and Finn Harps fell to their first home defeat of the season when they were beaten by Waterford United. That’s left Longford with an opportunity to open up a six point lead at the top by beating bottom of the table Salthill Devon at City Calling Stadium.
Saturday’s other game sees Limerick entertain Premier Division basement side Shelbourne at Thomond Park in front of President Michael D Higgins.
Sligo Rovers may have lost for the first time this season on Tuesday but they can still keep their 100 per cent start to their Airtricity League Premier Division campaign going when they visit St Patrick’s Athletic in the ninth series of games in the 2013 season.
The match will be shown live on RTE Two and is one of five Premier Division games taking place along with three in the First Division.
Sligo’s ten game winning run came to an end on Tuesday night when they were beaten by Drogheda United in the first leg of their Setanta Sports Cup semi-final but their winning start to the defence of their Airtricity League title still stands and they can extend that run to nine at Richmond Park having equalled Cork City’s eight game winning start from 1998-99, ironically by beating the current City side, last weekend. St Pat’s have won their last three games and can really haul themselves back into the title race with a win in front of their home support. St Pat’s goalkeeper Brendan Clarke is set to have a late fitness test on a knee injury sustained in training last weekend but Shane McFaul (groin) is fit again. Joseph Ndo is available for Sligo again but Danny North (knee), Seamus Conneely (knee) and Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum) miss out.
St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers, Richmond Park, 7.05pm (Live on RTE Two)
The RTE cameras will be at The Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon to see if Airtricity League leaders Sligo Rovers can extend to eight games, their winning start to the 2013 Premier Division season while in the First Division Mervue United visit Cobh Ramblers for the first time.
Sligo Rovers v Cork City, The Showgrounds, 3.55pm (Live on RTE Two)
Cork City were the last Airtricity League Premier Division team to win their first eight games and ironically they provided the opposition today when Sligo Rovers bid to emulate that feat in front of the RTE cameras. Sligo drew twice and won once against Cork last season and Danny North, who scored the winner in that game, is unlikely to return from his long-term knee injury although he is close. Sligo will also be without Seamus Conneely who has had a minor knee operation. Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum) is also out but Adam Murphy and Joseph Ndo are available for selection. Cork got a first win in four games by beating UCD last week and will be without Darren Dennehy (suspended), Kevin Murray and Dan Murray but Neal Horgan (knee) could be fit.
Sligo Rovers’ Anthony Elding, with his two year old son Connor, who was presented with the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month award for March 2013. The Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Peter Wilcock / SPORTSFILE
The Sligo Rovers Club Shop will be opening back up from Thursday 10th January in a new temporary location as part of Se7en Menswear in the Quayside Shopping Centre. To mark the re-opening ‘The Sligo Champions’ dvd which reviews the 2012 League winning season and is a must have item for any Rovers supporter has been reduced to €10 while the official club calendar is now available for €5 while stock lasts.
There will be several other special offers and the shop will continue to stock the new range of Umbro teamwear with the new jersey set to launch in February.
Se7en is co-owned by Donagh Oates and Declan Walsh. Donagh previously played with Rovers and won the League Cup with the club in 1998. For further information please see www.sligorovers.com or contact the club on 071-9171212.
The cold spell put a halt to some of the action in the Sligo Rovers 11-A-Side Astro Turf League but there were still a number of league games played.
One side who remain on a hot streak no matter what the weather are S.T.S.G. United as they made it two wins in a row thanks to a an 8-2 win against Owenbeg Ramblers.
Daniel Greenhutch scored both goals for the Ramblers. Joseph Farrell scored a hat-trick for United with Gerard Murphy scoring two while Pat Ward, Mustapha and Danny Andrews all got one each. The Belfry are another side in form as they ran out 4-0 winners against Lick My White Gorilla’s. Neal Hayes bagged a brace with Cathal Leggett and Kieran Brennan getting one apiece.
The P.S.O. looked on course for a narrow 1-0 win against I.T. Sligo thanks to a goal from Keith Hennessy until the last minute of the game when a cross from Osman was turned into his own net by a hapless P.S.O. defender and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. Another side who let a lead slip were the Pier Head Hotel. Goals from Mark Travers and Jody Flanagan had them two up but they took the foot off the pedal and a double from Trevor Sexton meant that Coolaney Celts were able to share the spoils.
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift well what about the chance to come in and train with the League Champions! Sligo Rovers are to hold a Christmas Coaching Camp from Monday 31st December to Friday 4th January from 10:30am to 3:30pm everyday including Bank Holidays.
It’s open to all boys and girls between 5 and 15 and will develop their fundamental skills through practice and participation of games. It will provide a safe, fun coaching environment to encourage equality of participation through non-competitive drills.
Only vetted and certified FAI coaches will be provided including Sligo Rovers first team players and the head coach for the camp will be Rovers legend Ciaran Kelly. The cost of the camp remains at €50 for one child for the week, €90 for two children from the one family and €120 for three children from the one family with further rates negotiable.
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. For further information or to book a place please contact Sligo Rovers on 071-9171212 or e-mail either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The form side in the Sligo Rovers 11-A-Side Astro Turf League continue to be Lang’s Bar as they were 1-0 winners against O’Neill’s Bar with Peter Tonra getting the games only goal. Another side in form are Killanaskully
Wanderers who hit the Pier Head Hotel for five with Daniel McDonagh hitting a hat-trick while Jason McNulty scored the other two. Forest Celtic got their first win of the new season thanks to a 3-1 victory against Jackie’s Cutting Point. Craig Paxton set them on their way when he opened the scoring in the game. Eric Gilmartin equalised for Jackie’s but two goals from Declan Benson saw Forest get the win.