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Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2014
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 1,247
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Scored: 34'
- Declan O'Brien 34'

Scored: 58'
- Stephen Maher 58'



League Report: Sligo Rovers 0 - 2 Drogheda United

Sun, Sep 21 2014

Fabio O'Brien on the scoresheet for Drogheda United against Sligo Credit: Larry McQuillan

A cloudless evening at the Showgrounds saw Sligo Rovers suffer a 0 -2 defeat to Drogheda United in the Bit o’Red’a latest Airtricity League fixture with Declan O’ Brien and Stephen Maher getting on the score sheet for the visitors.

 

Drogheda looked the stronger team from the outset. After just nine minutes Gavin Holohan threatened Gary Rogers goal with a well struck header. Luckily for the home crowd Rogers was aware of the danger, quickly scooping it up out of play.

 

Mick Daly and Peter McGlynn also tested the Sligo Keeper in the opening thirty minutes with McGlynn trying his luck from long range while Daly rifled off two shots inside the box after a scramble in front of goal.

 

Rovers didn’t get a decent chance until the 35 minute mark as David North made a superb run down the right sending a low shot towards Michael Schlingermann who dived on the ball and kept the game scoreless.

 

United’s counter attack after North’s chance led to the first goal of the game.

 

After Schlingermann cleared; the ball fell to McGlynn who combined with Holohan to work the ball up to O’Brien. His shot beat Rogers and gave the visitors the lead.

 

Rovers tried to respond with their own counter attack but their efforts came to nothing as North’s cross into the box found no one and the ball went out of play.

 

The home fans were treated to a heart stopping moment with five minutes to go in the half as a failure to clear in the Rovers defence led to another scramble in the Sligo box. The ball eventually found itself at the feet of Alan McNally whose shot took a deflection and curled to the right and wide.

 

Drogheda again looked the stronger side after the break with their first real chance of the half coming on 54 minutes when Gavin Brennan tried his luck with a header that just clipped the crossbar.

 

Barely five minutes later the visitors extended their lead. Stephen Maher cut through the centre of the Rovers defence and slotted the ball in the bottom left hand corner of Rogers goal after the ball took a deflection off the Sligo man.

 

The home side kept looking for holes in the Drogheda defence with Raffaele Cretaro and Paul O’Conor finding space in the box but were still unable to put the ball past Schlingernann.

 

So Rovers suffer their first defeat under Gavin Dykes and now face Cork City away at Turner’s Cross on the 26th while Drogheda go forward with three points into their game against Bray at home also on the 26th.

 

 

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Gary Boylan, Gavin Peers, Evan McMillan, Iarfhlaith Davoren (Paul O’Conor, 64); Raffaele Cretaro, Sean Conneely, David Cawley, Danny Ledwith; Danny North (Ruairi Keating, 90), Eamon Zayed (Gary Armstrong, 64) .
Subs not used: Richard Brush; Ross Taheny; Liam Flately, Ryan McManus.

Booked:  Raffaele Cretaro (86).

 

Drogheda United: Michael Schlingermann; Mick Daly, Alan McNally, Ciaran McGuigan, Shane Grimes; Gavin Brennan, Gavin Holohan, Stephen Maher (Carl Walshe, 80), Peter McGlynn (Adam Wixted, 67), Daire Doyle; Declan O’ Brien.
Subs not used: Dylan Connolly; Ciaran O’Connor, Paul Andrews, Roy Kireans, Gareth Brady,.

Booked: Mick Daly (31)

 

Referee: Robert Rogers

Attendance: 1,247

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Michael Schlingermann (Drogheda United)

 

 



Sligo Rovers
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
Evan McMillan
Defender
Iarfhlaith Davoren
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Defender
Gary Boylan
Defender
Daniel Ledwith
Midfielder
Raffaele Cretaro
86Booked: 86'
Midfielder
Seamus Conneely
24Booked: 24'
Midfielder
David Cawley
Midfielder
Eamon Zayed
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Forward
Danny North
89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Forward

Substitutes
Ross Taheny
Defender
Paul O'Conor
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Midfield
Ryan McManus
Midfield
Ruairi Keating
89'
89Subbed On: 89'
Forward
Liam Flatley
Midfield
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Gary Armstrong
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Forward
Drogheda United
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Alan McNally
Defender
Ciarán McGuigan
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Michael Daly
Defender
31Booked: 31'
Peter McGlynn
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Stephen Maher
Midfielder
58Scored: 58'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
Daire Doyle
Midfielder
Gavin Brennan
Midfielder
Declan O'Brien
Forward
34Scored: 34'

Substitutes
Carl Walshe
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Ciaran O'Connor
Defender
Roy Kierans
Defender
Dylan Connolly
Goalkeeper
Gareth Brady
Midfield
Paul Andrews
Defender
Adam Wixted
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'


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