Sligo Rovers’ drive for a third League of Ireland title continues this Friday evening when they face second from bottom Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.
Defeat to the now defunct Monaghan United in an earlier round of the FAI Cup meant Rovers took a well deserved rest last weekend as the quarter-finals of the competition took centre stage.
A win for the Bit o’Red this Friday would see them extend their lead over their nearest rivals Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United who are without league games this weekend as they face each other in this Saturday’s EA Sports Cup Final in Tallaght Stadium.
Ian Baraclough’s side enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Wicklow side the last time the two sides faced each other in early April. Goals from Raffaele Cretaro &d Danny North were enough to see Sligo go top of the Premier Division, a spot they have held on to ever since. Bray took a point from the Showgrounds in July when the home side had to rely on an Alan Keane goal just past the hour mark after Jason Byrne’s first half strike had given Wanderers a surprise lead.
Since then, Rovers have only dropped points once at home, in a 2-2 draw with Cork City and have remained unbeaten away from the north west. They will look to continue that trend on Friday but will have to do so without the services of Gavin Peers who misses out through suspension after he received his eight yellow card of the season during the recent 3-0 win over Dundalk.
Kick off at the Carlisle Grounds is 7.05 with live coverage of the clash on RTE2.