Rovers go in search of first points of the season against St Pat’s

Sligo Rovers welcome St Patrick’s Athletic to The Showgrounds tonight.

In team news, Jonah Ayunga serves a one-game ban due to last week’s red card against Dundalk. Michael Schlingermann is a doubt with an injury which forced him to miss the game with the Lilywhites but could be in contention.

Rovers are seeking their first points of the season and manager Dave Robertson is looking forward to the game as a chance to kick-start the season.

“There is belief in this group of players. It’s something I know we have and it’s what makes unique I think. With Jonah missing we’ll obviously have an opportunity for someone and that creates a chance for everyone to stake a claim and make a positive impression. We have trained well this week. We are well-prepared. St Pat’s are a team we know well and they will be a big test for us.

“We are in the same place we were last year. We know what we have to do. We have to put results together like we did last season and stay true to ourselves. We have to play our brand of football and as long as we do and stay positive, then the results will come. We will take the game to St Pat’s and look for a positive outcome.”

As it is 40 years since Rovers famous league title win, we will be paying homage to the 1977 squad.

The title win itself broke a 40-year drought with the trophy coming to Sligo.

The manager of the team Billy Sinclair and several of the players from the team will be present at the game with a presentation to be made at half-time.

The Bit O’ Red trust is the match sponsor while Gorman Tool Hire Tubbercurry is the ball sponsor. The aftermatch reception will take place in Foleys Bar Sligo.

Kick off is 7.45pm.