Interim Sligo Rovers manager Gavin Dykes brings his side down south this Friday night to face a Cork City side who sit three points off the top of the table.
The two previous meetings between these sides have both ended in draws. For Rovers to leave Turners Cross with any kind of result will be a hard task, with the Cork side full of confidence.
On the injury front Rovers are again without Alan Keane and Jeff Henderson. Former Cork duo Kalen Spillane and Iarfhlaidh Davoren definitely miss the game also. Dykes is sweating on the fitness of both Gavin Peers and Gary Rodgers. Both picked up injuries in last week’s defeat to Drogheda and only trained today (Thursday) with the team.
Speaking about facing an in-form Cork City side Dykes said:
“They haven’t beaten us this year and both matches have been close. We will be doing our best to go down there and get a good result. It’s a great ground to go and play in and I always enjoyed going there.”
Cork go into Friday’s game as clear favourites and will be looking for three more points to keep the pressure up on table toppers Dundalk.
Cork manager John Caulfield will be hoping the injury crisis the Bit O’ Red are currently suffering will be an advantage to his side. Speaking ahead of the game he said:
“There has been a lot of changes at Sligo in recent times, with John Coleman coming in and moving quite a few players on. Obviously he is gone now and Gavin Dykes is there until the end of the season, but they still have the nucleus of a very strong team. They are a team we haven’t beaten yet this year, so it is a big challenge for us.”
Cork will be without Michael Rafter and John O Flynn and Gearóid Morrissey will both be assessed closer to kick off. Caulfield will be boosted though by the return of Gary Buckley and Darren Dennehy from suspension.
Cork 4/5, Draw 12/5, Sligo 10/3
Neil Doyle, Allen Lynch, Darren Carey & Graham Kelly
Kick off is at 19:05 with live coverage on RTE 2.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.