Derry and Sligo both out to kick-start campaigns

Seamus Crudden

Derry City face bogey side Sligo rovers tonight in a match both sides are desperate to win.

The Brandywell men are still waiting for their first victory of the season, while rovers have suffered three defeats in-a-row.

Unfortunately for the Candystripes they haven't beaten the Bit O' red in their last 12 meetings. Nevertheless, goalkeeper Gerard Doherty remains confident their terrible run can come to an end.

"Obviously it would be great to get a victory and we'll be going all out to try and get it but it wouldn't be the end of the world if we don't win," he said.

"We have to look at the bigger picture and we have to do as best we can because, as everyone knows, we are a work in progress.

"We are sort of finding our feet at the minute and I feel Sligo will be coming to the Brandywell all out for the win.

"We owe Sligo but we aren't overly concerned about the record, as it's more or less a different Derry team, but we are definitely going out for the win."

Doherty (below, right) also thinks there will be a big crowd at the Brandywell this evening.

"You usually get a good big crowd for the Sligo game and hopefully people come out in their droves and give us the support that we need," he said.

"Sligo are definitely like a wounded animal at the minute, as they have lost a few games and I suppose they will be looking at their record at Brandywell, which has been decent over the last few years.

"But we'll be looking to put that right and because of those factors I think it's going to be an enjoyable game." Roddy Collins' side will be without Patrick Mceleney (calf) and Barry McNamee (knee), but Jon Paul McGovern is available as his registration has been sorted. Elsewhere, the match of the night sees joint-leaders Shamrock rovers and Cork City face each other at Turners Cross.

The RTE cameras will be at richmond Park as champions St Patrick's Athletic host in-form Dundalk.

Unbeaten Drogheda United entertain pointless Athlone Town, while Bray Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from the 5-2 defeat to UCD last week when they visit Dalymount Park to take on Bohemians.

UCD have home advantage over Limerick in the final Premier Division game of the night.

In the First Division, leaders Finn Harps travel to Tolka Park to face fellow unbeaten men Shelbourne, while title contenders Longford Town host Waterford United.

Galway come up against bottom side Cobh ramblers at eamon Deacy Park and Wexford youths take on Shamrock rovers B at Ferrycarrig Park.


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