Galway vs Sligo Rovers by Luke
Galway managed to take a three pointer last time out as the side won over Derry City with a 2:1 result, in quite an open game that indeed could have ended differently on some other day. They were underdogs before the game, but have managed to mask their weaknesses as get a positive outcome, by taking the lead in 14th minute via Devaney, while Patterson leveled up the result in 32nd minute.
A bit against the flow of the match, they took the leading goal again, in 79th minute via Folan leaving no time nor space for the visitors to respond later on. It was their second positive result in Premier Division as the side took a point on the road to Bohemians two weeks earlier, but still remain inside the relegation zone with just a point less than safely placed St Patricks. There are few teams fighting to avoid the relegation so there's no doubt that they will try to get a victory here.
Sligo Rovers, on the other side, is in a really decent momentum now, coming from two straight victories and maybe even more important, they managed to get six matches run without a defeat, four draws in a row and two most recent victories. A win came unexpectedly away to Cork, surely the strongest side in the country, but also on the road to Finn Haps last weekend with a 1:2 result.
Guests were more concrete during the match, have opened up the lead in sixteenth minute via Faherty, while the hosts spent most of the time trying to level up the result and they managed to do so, back in 81st minute with a goal from McCourt, but the guests managed to take over the lead once again, a bit unexpectedly in 90th minute via McCabe leaving no time for the home side to response. Sligo is now just a point above the relegation zone and surely wants points here as well. Central midfielder Craig Roddan (22/0) is sidelined with a suspension here.
Both teams will enter this match knowing it's a very important game for their destiny and probably worth of more than just three points. Knowing that, I expected fully open match from both sides, with Galway surely having a bit more chances to get the victory, but Sligo is more than capable of making damage upfront as well.