Airtricity Premier Division round five preview - Sligo look to continue perfect start at Dalymount Park

The champions make the trip to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians, while Shamrock Rovers host Cork City in the fifth round of fixtures
Airtricity Premier Division: Round Five Preview

Friday March 29
Kick-off (GMT)
Bohemians - Sligo Rovers 1905
Bray Wanderers - UCD 1945
Derry City - Shelbourne
1945
Shamrock Rovers - Cork City 2000
Saturday March 30
Kick-off (GMT)
Limerick - St Patrick's Athletic 1945

 Bohemians
vs   Sligo Rovers

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Delaney
Lopes, Heary, Byrne, Pender
Moore, McEvoy, Lyons
Buckley, Traynor, Scully

 
Roma
Rogers
Keane, McMillan, Peers, Gaynor
Lynch, Conneely, Cretaro, Connelly, Cawley,
Elding
TEAM INFO
  • Shane Fitzgerald has recovered from his ankle injury and taken part in training this week but Chris Lyons has been ruled out for this encounter.
  • Stephen Paisley is now fully fit and available for selection.
  • This fixture ended goalless when the sides met last season.
 
  • Sligo won't be able to call upon Danny North or Joseph Ndo, out with respective knee and hand injuries.
  • Gavin Peers will be available after missing the victory over Limerick.
  • Sligo are enjoying their best start ever to a season in all competitions with six successive victories.
 Bray Wanderers
vs   UCD

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

 
Quigley
Webster, D O’ Connor, Knight, Hyland
Zambra, K O’Connor, Doyle, Dempsey
Waters, Byrne

 


Barron
Matthews, O’Connor, Boyle, Douglas
Langtry, Creevy, Walsh
Corcoran, McMillan, Clarke
TEAM INFO
  • Adam Mitchell and Jason Byrne are both doubtful. Byrne picked up an ankle inury and will face a late fitness test.
  • Shane O'Connor could be back in action after recovering from a hamstring problem, and could make his first appearance of the season.
 
  • Mick Leahy (knee) and Robbie Benson (hamstring) have both been ruled out.
  • UCD have lost on their last three visits to the Carlisle Grounds.
  • The two sides have not played out a scoreless draw in their last 31 meetings.
 Derry City
vs   Shelbourne

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Doherty
Madden, McBride, S McEleney, McCaffrey
P McEleney, Higgins, Molloy, McNamee
Patterson, Rafter

 


Burdon
Memery, Shortall, McCabe, Ryan
Bayly, Hurley, Hanlon, Brennan
Hughes, Kelly
TEAM INFO
  • Derry City welcome back Shane and Patrick McEleney after a bereavement ruled the brothers out of the Candystripes' win in Cork.
  • Barry McNamee, Dermot McCaffrey and pre-season signing Paddy Kavanagh are in contention following injury, but Kevin Deery and Stewart Greacen (both knee) are out.
  • City are seeking their first home win of the campaign after drawing with Drogheda twice and losing to champions Sligo.
 
  • Shelbourne travel to the Brandywell without Graham Gartland who remains suspended after his dismissal against Dundalk.
  • Goalkeeper Ger Hanley remains out so Niall Burdon will keep his place in goal; midfielder Glenn Cronin is the only other injury doubt for Alan Mathews.
  • The Dubliners have only beaten Derry City three times since May 2004 – all three victories by a 1-0 scoreline.
Shamrock Rovers
vs   Cork City

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma

Murphy
Sullivan, Powell, Oman, Foran
Rice, Chambers, Dennehy, Finn
McCabe, Kilduff

 
Roma

McNulty
Dunleavy, Murray, Dennehy, Murphy
D Horgan, Healy, Morrissey, Turner
Behan, Kavanagh

TEAM INFO
  • Jason McGuinness and David Elebert remain on the sidelines with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.
  • Trevor Croly also has concerns over trio Sean O’Connor (illness), Conor Winn (illness), and Mark Quigley (ankle).
 
  • Brian Lenihan is a long-term injury absentee, while Dan Murray misses the game because of work commitments.
  • Daryl Horgan is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while Neal Horgan's knee injury could keep him out.
Limerick
vs St Patrick's Athletic

PROBABLE LINE-UPS


Ryan
Nzuzi O'Callaghan Folan Williams
Tracy O'Leary Gamble
Curran Rainsford Galbraith

 


Clarke
O'Brien, Kenna, Browne, Bermingham
Russell, McFaul, Brennan
Byrne, Fagan, Forrester

TEAM INFO
  • Axel Bosseketa serves the second game of his red card suspension.
  • Limerick suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers in their last game, but received generous praise from Bit o' Red manager Ian Baraclough after the game.
 
  • St Patrick's Athletic have only played twice this season, after last weekend's clash with Bohemians was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
  • Pat's tie with Shelbourne was also called off, and they look set to play seven times in April.

Bet of the week

* Limerick to beat St Patrick's Athletic at 9/5

Limerick were unlucky against Sligo Rovers in their last outing, while St Pat's haven't played any competitive football in a fortnight due to the weather. The hosts' greater match fitness should see them through to record a narrow victory.