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Twigg given every chance

MICHAEL O'NEILL will make a decision on the fitness of striker Gary Twigg ahead of tomorrow's Setanta Sports Cup semi-final meeting with Sligo Rovers.

Twigg, last season's top scorer, has missed the last two games for the Hoops after picking up an injury in the defeat to Bray Wanderers.

Rovers are in a strong position for the home leg of their Setanta battle with Sligo as the Hoops lead 2-0 from the away leg, but O'Neill admits that he'd like to see Twigg back in action.

"Gary Twigg comes into contention for tomorrow night. It would a risk to play Gary tomorrow so we'll assess him in training today and again tomorrow, but we'd like to have him back," said O'Neill.


"We will look at the situation in terms of available players today. I don't think any of the other players who had been injured, like Chris Turner, Craig Sives or Stephen O'Donnell, will be involved tomorrow. Pat Flynn wasn't available on Friday night as his partner went into labour but he'll come back into the squad for tomorrow.

"We want to get the injured players back as soon as possible because other lads could start to pick up injuries and then your squad is stretched.

"We are in a strong position in the tie and we have to make sure that our level of performance is on a par with the first leg," added O'Neill.

O'Neill also said that the red card handed to Gary McCabe, who was sent off 18 minutes after he'd come on as a substitute for Stephen Rice, will be dealt with in-house. McCabe was shown a straight red card, apparently for a comment he made to the assistant referee.

"Gary's version of events will be kept in the dressing room," said O'Neill when asked if McCabe had given his thoughts on the incident.

"We'll see the referee's report when it comes in but we'll deal with it internally.

"The bottom line is that he's been sent off for dissent, which is disappointing. I don't mind if players are sent off for a tackle or something that is genuine in the game, but to be sent off for dissent at that point in the game is disappointing. We'll look at it on Monday and deal with it then."