Eamonn Deacy Park hosts the Connacht Derby on Sunday afternoon as Galway United take on Sligo Rovers. Kick-off: 3.00pm.
United must put the disappointment of their cup exit at the hands of Bohemians behind them swiftly as an in-form Bit o’Red side come to town.
The sides are separated by just a single position in the table and it’s imperative that the Tribesmen stay in touch with Shamrock Rovers and Derry City, who sit three points ahead in 3rd and 4th place respectively.
TOMMY DUNNE | “THE PLAYERS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DERBY.”
“To call the Bohemians loss disappointing would be an understatement, but we have to move on.
“We’ve got two big league games before the break. They’re both at home and they’re hugely important. We need to bring the performance levels up. We need to bring the hunger and desire and the bit between our teeth into those games, because we lacked that against Bohemians. We need to be more diligent from a defensive side of things.
“Sligo had a slow start to their league campaign, but they’ve got going lately and won a few games. From our point of view, at our best, we’ll give anybody a match.
“Sligo are coming to town, and in previous years you would’ve feared the fixture possibly, but at the moment we don’t. We’ve improved. We’ve got nothing to fear, the players are looking forward to the Derby and the element of belief and desire has to come back into the team and you only get that through hard work.”
Padraic Cunningham (knee) and Stephen Walsh (knee) are joined on the sideline by Colm Horgan (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (thigh).
Ryan Connolly and Enda Curran return for United. Stephen Folan (back) is considered doubtful.
Mr. David McKeon (Dublin)
GALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERS
Vinny Faherty – 8
Padraic Cunningham – 3 (3 Cup goals)
Kevin Devaney – 2
Ruairi Keating – 2
Enda Curran – 2
Eric Foley – 2
John Sullivan – 1
Gary Shanahan – 1
Marc Ludden – 1
Galway United – LLLWL
Sligo Rovers – WWLWW
14 March 2016 | Sligo Rovers 1-1 Galway United
Sligo Rovers goalscorer: Liam Martin
Galway United goalscorer: Ruairi Keating