Monday 18 December 2017

Baraclough backs Sligo to hold nerve on tricky run-in

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SLIGO ROVERS' journey to a first league title since 1977 is almost complete and tonight they can place one hand on the trophy at the home of the last team from outside Leinster to lift the crown.

Cork have been through a lot since their success in 2005, a reminder that sometimes the real hard work starts only when a mission is achieved.

Before looking too far ahead, however, the Sligo masses just want their men to get across the line. A win in Turner's Cross would put them eight points clear with three series of matches to go.

But, with second-placed St Patrick's Athletic visiting the Showgrounds next Saturday, they are taking nothing for granted.

Understandably, manager Ian Baraclough is stressing the positives. "I think the fact we've only lost one game in the league will stand us in good stead and give us confidence," he said.

atmosphere

"It's not an easy run-in, but this is what you face in trying to get over the line. Turner's Cross has a lot of history and there will be a good atmosphere. I think Cork will try to put on a good performance for their fans."

Meanwhile, a report commissioned by the FAI under the chairmanship of former Tipperary South County Manager Ned O'Connor, says that Galway should have only one team in the League of Ireland.

FAI chief executive John Delaney, who met with officials from Mervue United, Galway United Supporters Trust, Salthill Devon, the Galway FA, and the old Galway United board to discuss the report's findings, said: "We will get one shot at it and we want to implement it correctly.

"We have to get everybody to agree to work under the same structure."

Delaney, who said that each club would be asked to provide two delegates to a working group, expects it would be 2014 before a new entity is put in place.

Cork City v Sligo Rovers,

Live, Setanta Ireland, 8.0

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