Sligo looking to seal deal against Motherwell in Showgrounds showdown – The Irish Times


Europa Conference League second round second leg: Sligo Rovers (1) v Motherwell (0), The Showgrounds, 7pm – Live Premier Sports 1

A surefire way for Motherwell manager Graham Alexander to avoid humiliation, with three days to go before the start of the Scottish Premiership season, stares him in the face. The answer is next to Alexander in the canoe. One of Ballymun’s best sporting sons needs over 26 minutes to work his magic.

That’s all Ross Tierney could offer in last week’s shock 1-0 defeat at Fir Park as Aidan Keena’s lob put Sligo on course to receive €850,000 in prize money. Such a bargain would change Rovers’ near-term future for the better, as victory would set up a real silver lining against Sparta Prague should the Czech giants knock out Viking Stavanger in Norway.

NS Mura (1) v St Patrick’s Athletic (1), Fazanerija City Stadium, 7.00pm Irish time

The arrogance of the Slovenian guests at Richmond Park was felt by St Pat’s last week with Chris Forrester ostensibly declaring so much post-match after the midfielder took it personally enough to punish them with a superb volley. Only the back leg of Mura goalkeeper Matko Obradovic robbed Pats of a famous victory and Forrester of scoring the best goal anyone had seen by Camac in decades.

Forewarned is forewarned, so the hosts will likely have seen the translated quotes and should have something special in store when Tim Clancy’s side take to the pitch at Murska Sobota. It’s hard to see this St Pat’s side, decimated since winning the FAI Cup last year, staying the course now that Mark Doyle has been suspended following last week’s red card.

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