Updated: 07/04/18 : 13:54:37
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Sligo Rovers face Derry City tonight

SLIGO ROVERS face Derry City for the second time this season in the Showgrounds at 7.45pm tonight, Saturday.

Though languishing ninth of tenth clubs in the 2018 SSE Airtricity League, the Bit o’ Red will be buoyed by how results played out in last night’s games.

Optimum Outcome

The scoreless draw between Bohemian FC and Limerick was the optimum outcome from viewpoints in the Showgrounds as the second round of fixtures begins.

Sligo Rovers have already beaten Derry City 2-1 this season and the visitors looked an average side, flattered even by their late score.

Recent TV coverage of Derry suggests they are vulnerable on corners and cross balls.

However, Sligo Rovers have not been setting the world on fire in the ‘goals’ department.

Tonight represents a realistic chance to improve that somewhat.

Explosive Finish

Last night’s top of the table clash saw champions Cork City lose 2-1 to Waterford FC.

Loss of their top spot is not the only worry facing the Leesiders today.

Ex Summerhill College star John Caulfield, manager of Cork City, was at the centre of an explosive finish to the game.

Four red cards, two apiece, were shown in the 95th minute of the game and both managers were sent to the stands by referee Rob Rogers.


Manager Gerard Lyttle said, "This is a great test against Derry, we have a good record against them. We want to make it difficult like we did in the first game and attack them. Derry took their chances against St Pat's last week and I'm sure St Pat's were disappointed because they had a lot of the play and were the better team. It shows the fine margins and teams that take their opportunities will win games."

During the week David Cawley was voted Wehrly Bros Jewellers Player of the Month with Adam Morgan a very close runner-up.

Lyttle said: "David has been outstanding and shown what a top player he is. He certainly deserves accolades because his performances all season have been superb. "Adam has also been excellent and has done his job - we have to get more from an attacking point of view in terms of delivery and the players in support of him. We will be without Lewis for a few weeks but we have a lot of good players waiting to come in."