3 - 2
FT

David Cawley 2' -
Scored: 2'


David Cawley 3' -
Scored: 3'


Aidan Keena 36' -
Peno Miss: 36'


Garry Buckley 90' + 3' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 30'
- George Poynton 30'

Peno Miss: 30'
- Chris Lyons 30'

OG: 54'
- Shane Blaney 54'

Red: 56'
- Evan Weir 56'


League Report: Sligo Rovers 3 - 2 Drogheda United

Sun, Apr 24 2022

Liam Buckley's Sligo Rovers took all three points in a thrilling game on Saturday night Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Garry Buckley popped up with a last-minute winner to secure a 3-2 win for Sligo Rovers over Drogheda United in a thrilling game in the Showgrounds on Saturday night.

Buckley was one of four changes to the Sligo Rovers lineup, as himself, Will Fitzgerald, Aidan Keena and Greg Bolger came in for Nando Pijnaker, Adam McDonnell, Karl O’Sullivan and Max Mata.

Drogheda made two changes of their own, with Darragh Nugent and Georgie Poynton starting in place of Dylan Grimes and Luke Heeney.

The game got off to a blistering start, as Will Fitzgerald slipped David Cawley into the box on the right, and the Rovers captain fired beyond Sam Long and into the bottom left corner, to open the scoring in just the second minute.

Just a minute later, it was 2-0. Fitzgerald and Cawley played the exact same move as before, with Cawley storming into the box again, his shot finding the top corner this time, and Rovers were two goals up inside the first three minutes.

Drogs were rattled by the quick-fire goals but played themselves back into the game. They were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute, as Ryan Brennan was fouled in the box by Rovers ‘keeper Ed McGinty. Chris Lyons stepped up to take it, but McGinty guessed correctly to palm the ball away. However, the rebound fell to Poynton, and he tapped into the empty net to make it 2-1.

The Bit O’Red had an excellent chance to extend their lead again in the 36th minute. Evan Weir took Fitzgerald down inside the box in an off-the-ball incident, leaving referee Damien McGraith no option but to award the penalty.

Aidan Keena took the spot-kick, but Sam Long made an excellent save, leaping down to his right to claw the ball away, and ensure the score remained 2-1 at the break.

The action did not let up in the second half, and Drogheda were soon back on level terms in the 54th minute. A fantastic cross from Dayle Rooney on the left found Lyons in the box. His touch got away from him, but Shane Blaney was unfortunate to see it bounce off his leg, over McGinty and into the back of the net, with the own goal making it 2-2.

But a minute after, Drogs were reduced to ten. Weir was shown a second yellow card after lunging in on Colm Horgan, and promptly received his marching orders from McGraith.

This changed the game for the visitors, as they were forced to sit back as the Bit O’Red pressed hard for a winner in the closing stages. Keena, Paddy Kirk and substitute Jordan Hamilton all went close with their efforts.

But it was Buckley who snatched all three points right at the death. Karl O’Sullivan launched a corner into the box in the 93rd minute, and as it bounced around the six-yard box, the Cork man was on hand to rifle the ball into the roof of the net, and move Rovers up to fourth in the table with the win.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Colm Horgan (Lewis Banks 63), Shane Blaney, Garry Buckley, Paddy Kirk; Greg Bolger (Adam McDonnell 63), Niall Morahan (Jordan Hamilton 76); Will Fitzgerald, David Cawley, Mark Byrne (Karl O’Sullivan 63); Aidan Keena.

Drogheda United: Sam Long; Dane Massey, Sean Roughan, Evan Weir, Andrew Quinn (Keith Cowan 62); Ryan Brennan (James Clarke 55), Gary Deegan, Georgie Poynton, Dayle Rooney, Darragh Nugent; Chris Lyons (Luke Heeney 74).

 

Sligo
LMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
LMay 9, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Sligo
DMay 14, 2022
Sligo 1 - 1 St. Pats
LMay 20, 2022
Bohs 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 23, 2022
Sligo 2 - 1 Derry
Edward McGinty 1
Goalkeeper
Garry Buckley 26
Scored: 90'
Defender
Shane Blaney 14
OG: 54'
Defender
Colm Horgan 3
63'
63Subbed Off: Lewis Banks 63'
Defender
Patrick Kirk 19
Defender
David Cawley 22
Scored: 2'
Scored: 3'
Midfielder
Mark Byrne 12
63'
63Subbed Off: Karl O'Sullivan 63'
Midfielder
Greg Bolger 6
63'
63Subbed Off: Adam McDonnell 63'
Midfielder
Niall Morahan 8
76'
76Subbed Off: Jordan Hamilton 76'
Midfielder
William Fitzgerald 7
Forward
Aidan Keena 9
Peno Miss: 36'
Forward

Substitutes
Jordan Hamilton 10
76'
76Subbed On: Niall Morahan 76'
Forward
Richard Brush 30
Goalkeeper
Lewis Banks 2
63'
63Subbed On: Colm Horgan 63'
Defender
Cillian Heaney 25
Forward
Seamas Keogh 11
Midfield
Robbie McCourt 5
Defender
Adam McDonnell 17
63'
63Subbed On: Greg Bolger 63'
Midfield
Karl O'Sullivan 14
63'
63Subbed On: Mark Byrne 63'
Midfield
Nando Pijnaker 28
Defender
Drogheda
LApril 29, 2022
Dundalk 4 - 1 Drogheda
LMay 6, 2022
Drogheda 0 - 4 St. Pats
LMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
31 Sam Long
Goalkeeper
Booked: 90'
14 Dane Massey ©
Defender
4 Andrew Quinn
Defender 62'
62Subbed Off: Keith Cowan 62'
2 Sean Roughan
Defender
3 Evan Weir
Defender
Booked: 36'
Sent Off: 56'
Booked: 56'
8 Gary Deegan
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Booked: 30'
55'
55Subbed Off: James Clarke 55'
24 Darragh Nugent
Midfielder
26 George Poynton
Midfielder
Scored: 30'
16 Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
9 Chris Lyons
Forward
Peno Miss: 30'
74'
74Subbed Off: Luke Heeney 74'

Substitutes
6 Mark Hughes
Midfield
21 Luke Heeney
Forward 74'
74Subbed On: Chris Lyons 74'
Booked: 80'
10 Dylan Grimes
Midfield
12 Aaron Davis
Goalkeeper
5 Keith Cowan
Defender 62'
62Subbed On: Andrew Quinn 62'
22 James Clarke
Midfield 55'
55Subbed On: Ryan Brennan 55'
28 Killian Cailloce
Midfield
1 Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Paddy Moore
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 23, 2022

Venue: The Showgrounds

Referee: Damien MacGraith

Attendance: Unknown

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