Updated: 06/05/17 : 07:12:49
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Sligo Rovers face Limerick in Showgrounds tonight

THE DOGFIGHT in the bottom reaches of Irish senior soccer will continue for Sligo Rovers tonight, Saturday.

Last night's results mean the Bit O' Red are firmly entrenched in the relegation zone, 11th place out of 12.

Premier Tier

Tonight's opponents Limerick are enjoying a good spell in their first season back in the premier tier.

The Shannonsiders are six places ahead of Sligo.....but only six points ahead of them.

This makes tonight's game at the Showgrounds, kick-off 7.45pm, a virtual six pointer.

Good News

The good news is that new manager Gerard Lyttle has not seen his squad lose any of their SSE Airtricity League games since he arrived at the Showgrounds.

The teams immediately above and below Sligo Rovers each clawed a point last night.

This underlines the dogfight, with three teams due to drop down a division when the league ends next October.

In team news, Daniel Kearns is ruled out with an ankle problem.

Manager Gerard Lyttle will take charge of his first home league game.

He said "There was a disappointment after losing a penalty shootout to Galway. We created more chances, had a goal incorrectly ruled out from our view and we were the better team. We switched off after we scored and there are lessons in taking your opportunities and having concentration at all times. I've been here two weeks and I see we are starting to press better and are improving as we become more familiar and get more ideas across. We have quite a settled team which is a positive and as I have stressed a couple of times, we need to build momentum.

"The 5-1 defeat to Limerick was a painful experience for everyone I imagine. We watched them last week against Derry so we got to see their shape in person and I'm going to ensure we stick to our own game plan and play our game against them.

"It will take time but we've had a good week of training, the mood is good and are making chances in games like we did in Drogheda and against Galway. We need to improve to start winning games and and that's our aim for today."

Meanwhile, Cork City continued their runaway rampage towards the title last night with a 5-0 demolition of Finn Harps.

The Donegal side leaked three goals in the final eleven minutes.

Defending champions Dundalk had further lessons in freefall as they lost again last night, this time to Shamrock Rovers.

Bray moved second in their best recent season but they will hardly been happy with their 1-1 draw at home with strugglers St Patrick's Athletic.