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Football: SLIGO AIM FOR LILY'S HAT-TRICK.

Byline: By PAUL DOWLING

SLIGO ROVERS will bid for a hat-trick of wins over Dundalk this season when the clubs meet at the Showgrounds tonight.

The First Division leaders will be aiming to go five points clear of Dublin City again as they aim for their fifth successive home win.

But the Bit O'Red will be wary of a lash back from Dundalk, who lost 5-0 against Kilkenny last week.

"There are 16 games left and every one of them is going to be a Cup final for us. I feel if a team is going to win a league, you can only afford to lose four matches," said Sean Connor.

Ian Rossiter could start for the Connacht side after his loan move from Finn Harps. But they have doubts over Liam Burns, Gerry Carr and Sean Flannery.

The Lilywhites who are still without Seamus McCabe have secured the loan signing of 18-year-old Bohemians striker David Bracken. But they have to do without Fiachra McArdle has moved to Athlone.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny City are looking for their sixth win on the spin when they host Galway United at Buckley Park.

The Cats have already taken four points from their two previous meetings with the Tribesmen this season and could leapfrog their opponents into sixth place if they come out on top.

Mark Dempsey (Achilles), Joey Courtney (knee) and Andy Doolin (foot) are all side-lined with injury for Pat Scully's team,.

Meanwhile new Galway signing Alan O'Donovan, marked his home debut with the winner against Athlone five days ago and should retain his place in the starting line-up.

However, Ronan Frawley (foot) and David O'Dowd (ankle) are doubts for the Westerners.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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