Preview: Sligo Rovers v Derry City

Saturday 1st September 2007, 1:24 am

Mark McChrystal, Derry City.

Mark McChrystal, Derry City.

Photo by Tom Carey.

1st September 2007

eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Sligo Rovers
Derry City

Venue : The Showgrounds

Referee : Damien Hancock

Kick-off : 7:45 PM

Sligo Rovers and Derry City are two teams on the in mid-table with five points separating them. Sligo are sixth while Derry are seventh. Derry will need a phenomenal finish to the season if they are to claim European and or Setanta qualification through the league but Sligo are still well positioned to challenge for at least third.

Sligo are sixth in the table but trail Cork City by just one point and Bohemians by three. Third placed St. Pats are now seven points better off but given their recent form look catchable. Sligo's position has been built on winning games and a record of losing ten league games already is amongst the worst in the division.

Derry are still suffering from their awful start to the season but the club have stabilized since John Robertson took charge and their reversal in Armenia against Pyunik is the club's only defeat in his ten games in charge. Robertson's first game in charge of the Candystripes was actually against Sligo as he made a winning 4-1 start.

Derry remain in the hunt for both domestic cup competitions having secured their progress in recent weeks - including a 3-0 League Cup semi-final win against UCD in midweek.

Sligo are still top of the form table over the last six games (one point ahead of Derry) but they have slipped up a little in the last couple of weeks. They lost on penalties to Premier Division strugglers Waterford before losing to Connacht rivals Galway United last week - Galway's first home win of the season.

Team news
Sligo Rovers

Seamus Coleman is suspended for Sligo. A knee injury leaves Jamie McKenzie as a doubt and he will face a late fitness test.

Otherwise Paul Cook should have a full squad to call from.

Derry City

Derry suffered a blow during the week when Mark McChrystal suffered a broken foot and he could miss the majority of what remains of the season. Sean Hargan has been tipped to return to defence in his place.

Long term injuries Gary Beckett and Alan Moore remain out.

Sligo Rovers

Last 6 games: L W W W W D

Derry City

Last 6 games: W W D D D W

Previous meetings

6th July 2007 - eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Derry City 4-1 Sligo Rovers

17th March 2007 - eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Sligo Rovers 0-2 Derry City

31st October 2006 - FAI Cup

Derry City 5-0 Sligo Rovers

29th October 2006 - FAI Cup

Sligo Rovers 0-0 Derry City

17th October 2006 - eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Derry City 4-0 Sligo Rovers

26th June 2006 - eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

Sligo Rovers 3-1 Derry City


Away win. If recent games are anything to go by the clubs are going in opposite directions with Derry on the up.

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