Rovers pre­pare for Mother­well

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By JES­SICA FARRY

IT’S their fi­nal cup com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son, and Rovers are hop­ing that they can go an­other step fur­ther to sil­ver­ware as they travel to Scot­land this week­end to take on Mother­well Colts in the last 16 of the Irn Bru Cup.

The game takes place at Fir Park on Satur­day at 3pm, with a hun­dred or so Rovers fans ex­pected to travel for the game.

It’s Rovers’ sec­ond year tak­ing part in the cup, af­ter last year los­ing out to Falkirk at the first hur­dle.

But this year, they en­tered the cup by de­fault af­ter both Bray Wan­der­ers and Lim­er­ick were re­moved from the com­pe­ti­tion as a pun­ish­ment for their fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

Hav­ing beaten Liv­ingston Colts at home, Rovers got the away draw they wanted when they were drawn against Mother­well.

Man­ager Ger Lyt­tle said: “We want to win every game. We pre­pare for every game to win and it will be no dif­fer­ent. It’s a cup game. It’d be nice to get a wee run in it and progress to the next level and we’ll pre­pare right for it.

“It will be a hard one, although it’s Mother­well Colts they are a good team. It’s an op­por­tu­nity as well for the boys to go away and get a break from the league and pre­pare right for that.

“We’ll treat it with the ut­most re­spect and hope­fully we’ll come back with a win.”

A num­ber of play­ers have picked up nig­gles in re­cent weeks and they will all be as­sessed through­out the week as the came edges closer.

“It’s a week away and we’ll as­sess the boys. There were a few boys play­ing through the pain bar­rier, play­ing with nig­gles so we’ll see where we are and see what we have ready for that game.”

Lyt­tle in­sisted that they will be tak­ing the game se­ri­ously.

“It’s a game we’re look­ing to win and we’re look­ing to do the right thing. We’ve de­vel­oped our young play­ers this year and I con­stantly talk about it, we’ll man­age that and we’ll find a way to get those play­ers in.”

Striker Mikey Drennan, who picked up the ‘Golden Balls’ award for player of the tour­na­ment in the last round, has been look­ing for­ward to this one for some time.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to Satur­day and go­ing across to Mother­well. Hope­fully we can keep the winning streak go­ing.

“If we win that then we’re stay­ing on for an ex­tra while (at the end of the sea­son) and all I want to do is keep play­ing foot­ball which is the main thing.

“It’ll be good for the fans as well, I think there’s over 100 of them go­ing over so it’ll be good to give them some­thing to cheer about as well.”

Should Rovers progress, the quar­ter-fi­nals take place in mid-Novem­ber, while the semi-fi­nals would take place in Fe­bru­ary.

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