Monaghan v Sligo Rovers preview

Sligo Rovers and Monaghan meet in Gortakeegan tonight in their fourth round replay with a quarter-final place against either Shamrock Rovers or UCD up for grabs.

With Brendan Clarke suspended following his sending off on Saturday night, the stage is set for last year’s FAI Cup final hero Ciaran Kelly to stake a claim for a regular starting berth as he returns to the first eleven.

Kelly, you may remember saved four penalties against Shamrock Rovers in last season’s dramatic shootout to help Sligo lift the cup.

Clarke aside, Sligo’s only other absentee will be Alan Keane, who is close to a return to action although this game has come too soon for the defender.

Speaking ahead of the game, Sligo boss Paul Cook was confident that if side kept playing they way they were then his side will score goal “We created chances last Saturday, we put balls into the box and quite easily could have won the game.

“It didn’t go in for us on the night but if we keep doing that we will score goals to win matches.

“Obviously this is a defining period for us and I have full faith in my players because they have been brilliant for me.

“I think if you look at these last two cup games (Derry and Monaghan) we showed flashes of what we can do. It is up to us to make it count, starting on Wednesday.

“You look at the position we are in, approaching the final two months of the season, and it is not a bad one to have.

“We’re not concerned about potential quarter-final matches because anyone that was at the Monaghan game knows we are in for extremely difficult replay.

Monaghan meanwhile will be without Keith Quinn and Eric Foley who are both suspended with Jordan Keegan cup-tied.


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