SLIGO Rovers boss, Ian Baraclough, agrees that while his side has enjoyed a lengthy period of superiority over Derry City, he rejected suggestions that Sunday afternoon’s FAI Cup quarter-final would be a walk in the park at the Showgrounds. (5.00 p.m. kick-off)
“So many things can happen in one-off cup games,” answered Baraclough. “Nothing can be taken for granted in such games and the vast majority of our matches against Derry City have been particularly close affairs,” he added.
“Indeed, they would probably agree that their hopes of winning the Premier Division title has disappeared due to recent defeats, and as they are the holders of the FAI Cup, I’ve no doubt they will be doing everything in their power to reach the semi-finals.
“They have quality players who can hurt you, so it’s very important that we match Derry’s enthusiasm and do all in our power to take advantage of playing at home.”
On the team front, Sligo must plan without the services of Kieran Djilali due to a one match suspension while Dave McMillan, signed during the Transfer Window frm UCD, is also ruled out as he is cup-tied.
For Derry it’s a chance to revitalise their season and while a fourth place finish would be a priority, retaining the FAI Cup with another visit to the Aviva Stadium would certainly we welcomed by fans of the “Candy Stripes.”
With Derry enjoying the benefit of a free weekend due to the international call-ups of Barry McNamee, Michael Duffy and Josh Tracey, Declan Devine, still has a few injury worries.
“Patrick McEleney has to be considered a major doubt at this point in time,” lamented Devine last night.
“He injured his foot following an accidental clash with Barry Molloy during a training session, but against St. Pat’s in the Brandywell he shipped another knock on the same foot and he’s been struggling ever since.”