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Sligo Rovers face must-win six pointer tonight

SLIGO ROVERS face the most crucial game of season 2017 in the Showgrounds tonight, Saturday.

They face St Patrick's Athletic in a must-win 'six pointer' in the SSE Airtricity League, kick off at 7.45pm.

It may be a League game in name but in reality it's gotta be played like a knockout cup tie.

Including tonight, there are four home games remaining in this season.

These are: St Pats tonight, Bray Wanderers on September 2nd, Bohemians on October 7th and Derry City on October 21st.

Their fate is very much in their hands and Sligo Rover's strengthened squads face THREE of its relegation rivals in away fixtures.

There is even a Friday the 13th fixture to be fulfilled.....against the Auld Enemy, Shamrock Rovers, in Tallaght in October.

Not Viable

Galway's 3-1 win against Finn Harps in Donegal last night saw them leapfrog Sligo Rovers, now pushed back again to 11th spot in a 12-club contest.

Even a win tonight and three points would still see Sligo Rovers rooted in the relegation drop zone over this holiday weekend.

A draw or defeat is not a viable option for the Bit o' Red tonight.

Such a result would probably doom their season to the dreaded drop.

The Showgrounds game should mark competitive debuts for up to four new signings by the club, 

These are: Greg Moorhouse, Vinnie Faherty, Jamie McDonagh and Omar Haughton.

Other recent signings, such as Benny Igiehon and Rhys McCabe, have quickly become crowd favourites.

                       The LiveScore graph shows how tight the stats are for Rovers

Under Belt

Absentees last week are all fit and manager Ger Lyttle spoke on Sligo Rovers website  this weekend about having a 'headache' who to pick.

Said Lyttle: “It’s a great headache to have. Everybody’s fit and well and rearing to go. 

''Raf Cretaro, John Russell and Seamus Sharkey are back, having missed last week’s tie.

''The new lads have settled in well, have some good training under their belts and are eager to get involved,” Lyttle reports.

Sligo Rovers record facing into tonight reveals how stark has been the 2017 season.

Just four wins from 24 games is the second worst record in the SSE Airtricity League.

Impressive Sequence

However, a sometimes impressive sequence of eleven draws has saved the bacon for the Bit o' Red thus far.

Sligo Rovers squad also has a significantly worse goal difference than fellow strugglers Galway United and tonight's visitors, St Pats.

Meanwhile, last night's series of results suggested Finn Harps have a fight on their hands to stay up after just one season, ditto Limerick.

Finn Harps fate could be decided, either way, when they face Sligo Rovers in Ballybofey on Friday night September 15th next.

Booed Referee

Finally, Sligo Rovers fans who booed referee Graham Kelly for turning down two penalty claims against Dundalk last Saturday night can feel well vindicated.

The Dundalk Democrat reported this week that ''.....while the Cork whistler looked to be adjudicating affairs to the letter of the law he let Dundalk and Sean Gannon off with a big penalty claim.

''A bouncing ball appeared to strike the right back's hand,'' said the Dundalk Democrat.

It added: ''Moments later Robbie Benson looked to have felled Craig Roddan on the penalty spot.

''But on both occasions Kelly waved play on with the hosts apoplectic.'' 

Link: See Sligo Today 30/7/2017.