by Robert O'Reilly
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by Robert O'Reilly
Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United will meet tonight in a Ford FAI Cup final rehearsal at the Showgrounds, kickoff 7.45pm.
This will be the fifth time that the sides have met this season having drawn twice in the league while Drogheda progressed at the expense of the Bit O’Red over two legs in the semi-final of the Setanta Cup.
United will be looking to gain some momentum in what has been a stop-start campaign as the Boynesiders have failed to pick up a win in their last six league games.
Drogheda will travel west without the injured quartet of Alan Byrne, Derek Prendergast, Micheal Schlingermann and David Cassidy.
As for the hosts, Sligo will have a full squad to pick from although Joey Ndo is a doubt with a hamstring injury.
The Bit O’Red suffered defeat in their last outing away to league champions St. Patrick’s Athletic, a defeat that put an end to a nine match unbeaten run.
Following Dundalk’s 4-0 victory over Cork on Friday night, Sligo will need to win in order to take the battle for second down to the final set of games.
While United appear destined to finish eight in the league this season, manager Mick Cooke has stressed that the remaining two games presents an opportunity for squad players to force their way into the cup final XI on the 3rd of November.
“It should be a good night in Sligo tomorrow, it’s their last home game of the season and we expect a big turn out and a good atmosphere. We always have had tough and competitive games against Sligo this season and I expect that to continue tomorrow. “
“We don’t expect this game to have any real bearing on the cup final in November, but we have two games left this season and our aim is to finish strong and win both, while obviously they are still fighting for second place this season.“
“We have a number of injuries and knocks but this will just give some of the other players a chance to get some game time.”
Anthony Elding 38’
Anthony Elding 66’
Evan McMillan 73’
Gavin Brennan (penalty) 90’