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Leaders Sligo look to push clear at top as they entertain lowly Shelbourne at The Showgrounds

Updated: Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 10:21 | Comments

Gavin Peers could return to the Sligo starting XI tonight
Gavin Peers could return to the Sligo starting XI tonight

Sligo Rovers entertain Shelbourne in tonight Airtricity League Premier Division clash at The Showgrounds, with the Bit O'Red looking for a seventh league win in a row.

The league champions could make it nine consecutive victories in all competitions which would equal the second-longest winning streak in the history of the club.

Derry City's 4-0 win over Bohemians last night reduced Sligo's lead to just two points ahead of this game.

Shelbourne have only one point from a possible 15, with a 1-0 defeat in a Dublin derby with Bohemians last Monday.

Ian Ryan is suspended for the trip to the northwest after picking up a red card in that game, but Graham Gartland is back having served a three-match ban for a dismissal against Dundalk.

Glenn Cronin and Ger Hanley will again be absent, both have missed most of the games this season through injury.

Gavin Peers returns to the Sligo squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last three games.

Danny Ventre made a return to action last Monday in the UCD Bowl as Rovers comfortably won 3-0.

Joseph Ndo is nearing full fitness after picking up a hand injury but he looks set to miss out this weekend as Ian Baraclough has hinted he does not want to risk further injury by rushing the veteran midfielder back.

Danny North has had a cyst removed from his knee and will return to training in the near future as he steps up his comeback.

Sligo boss Baraclough said: "This is the start of a busy period for us so opportunities will arise for everyone.

“Shelbourne are likely to come with a tight formation, they are strong physically and we have to be physically ready for that challenge.

"They haven’t had the start they would have wanted and will want to rectify that.

"It’s the start of a quick run of games with the Setanta Cup coming up and I want to keep the positive start and feeling going.

"We’ve taken each game on its merits and Saturday is another one to try to overcome.”

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