Saturday 16 December 2017

Twigg back in contention as Cook vows Sligo will make amends

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shamrock Rovers will look to follow up Friday's escape from Dalymount Park by booking a cup final date this evening when old foes Sligo come to Tallaght for the second leg of their Setanta Cup showdown.

Michael O'Neill's Hoops hold a two-goal lead from last Monday's first leg in The Showgrounds, a game that featured the most impressive performance of the season to date from the defending league champions.

However, they failed to follow up on that display in the derby showdown with Bohemians, needing an injury-time equaliser from Ronan Finn to salvage a point.

Sligo proved the Hoops' nemeses in cup competitions last year, so O'Neill will relish the opportunity to finish off the job tonight in the cross-border tournament that has been dominated by southern representatives.

He might also have Gary Twigg back available, with the star striker facing a fitness test on a hamstring problem that ruled him out of the last two games. Fellow striker Gary O'Neill is another doubt.

Sligo manager Paul Cook admitted that his side got the result they merited in the home leg and, with no option but to attack this evening, it should make for an entertaining encounter in Dublin 24.

"We were well beaten by Shamrock Rovers last week," said Cook. "We didn't perform and they very much deserved the win.

"That was disappointing but this group of players have been very good for me and they will be keen to deliver an improved display for the second leg.

"All you can do is your best -- we're keen to reach another final and we always have good tussles with Shamrock Rovers so this should be another good match."

Shamrock Rovers v Sligo Rovers,

Live, Setanta Ireland, 7.30

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