Sunday 19 November 2017

Bumper sporting weekend on cards


Michael Moran

IT'S a huge three days for Sligo sport.

IT'S a huge three days for Sligo sport.

Sligo Rovers try to make history by winning a round of European football for the first time ever in Thursday's Europa League Second Round tie against FK Banga of Lithuania at the Showgrounds.

It's a huge game for the 'Bit O'Red' both in football and financial terms.

The tie is delicately poised following last week's First Leg 0-0 draw in the Gardzai Stadium.

A win would set up a money spinning tie against Rosenborn of Norway in the Second Round.

Meanwhile, Sligo Senior Footballers take on Limerick in Round Three of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Markievicz Park on Saturday at 4.00pm.

Pat Flanagan's side produced a great win over Wicklow in Aughrim at the weekend to set up the clash with the Shannonsiders.

Sligo enjoyed a National League win over Limerick at the same venue earlier this year and Manager Flanagan is hoping for a repeat.

He said: "It's a chance to go further and who knows after that."

As the build-up to thursday's big game at the Showgrounds gathers momentum,. the big game gathers momentum, Rovers Manager John Coleman said: "After our draw in Lithuania, I don't want the European adventure to end.

"If we are more dynamic on Thursday, I believe we can win."

About 100 fans travelled to Lithuania to cheer on Coleman's side.

For those who stayed at home, it was down to a number of local pubs, or to the computer screen to watch the game via the internet.

Fans were left somewhat frustrated after the stalement in a game where Rovers dominated possession.

Now the hope is that a win can be secured in the Showgrounds and the planning for Norway can begin.

Rosenborg hold a 4-0 advantage after their First Round tie against FK Jelgava of Latvia.

Rovers Secretary Mark Cummins said: "It would be great to progress to the second round."

Tickets for Thursday's game are on sale this week.

They are available from the Showgrounds from 10am to 5pm daily.

Any remaining tickets will be sold on the night of the match.

Kick-Off is at 7pm, with the gates open at 5.30pm.

Seating in each stand is on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Some seating in the Treacy Avenue stand will be reserved for UEFA representatives and officials of FK Banga.

'Get there early' is the message to fans.

The Sligo v Limerick match has a 4.00pm throw-in. Tickets available at SuperValu and Centra outlets, County Board Office, Carraroe, and on the gate on the day.

Sligo Stages Rally is also on Sunday, with a 9.15am departure from the Carraroe Retail Park

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