1 - 1

Jordan Hamilton 71' -
Scored: 71'

Garry Buckley 85' -
Red: 85'

Scored: 23'
- Andy Lyons 23'

League Report: Sligo Rovers 1 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Fri, Apr 29 2022

Andy Lyons grabbed his fifth goal of the season Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Sligo Rovers came from behind to hold champions Shamrock Rovers to a 1-1 draw in the Showgrounds on Friday night.

Liam Buckley will be pleased in particular with his team’s second half where they raised the tempo against the Hoops to get back into the game through a Jordan Hamilton headed goal after Andy Lyons had given the visitors a half time lead.

Since the sides drew 2-2 in Tallaght Stadium in mid-March, the Hoops had gone on a five game winning streak but that run was put to an end by Liam Buckley’s side who have won their last two games. The Sligo Rovers manager made four changes to his team who earned a 3-2 victory last week against Drogheda United. 

The Hoops had come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Bohs in the Dublin derby in Dalymount Park the previous week and Stephen Bradley made just the one change from that match with Dylan Watts coming in for Richie Towell.

Both teams are known for their passing style of football and so neither side was helped by the poor playing surface at the Showgrounds. 

Alan Mannus was pretty much an onlooker in the opening half while Ed McGinty at the opposite end hadn’t much to do prior to a save mid-way through the half from which the Hoops took the lead from the resulting corner.

Stephen Bradley’s side swept forward down the right with Jack Byrne and Dylan Watts before Ronan Finn centred to Andy Lyons. He played the ball into the path of Danny Mandroiu with his shot turned around the post by McGinty.

Byrne whipped the corner kick in and Lyons leaped high to head home his fifth goal of the season.

There was a few niggly fouls involving Mandroiu and Garry Buckley and eventually referee Rob Harvey’s patience ran out and he put both of them in his book.

Greg Bolger had the only real chance of the opening half for the home team with a shot from outside the box that Mandroiu got a blocking touch on to give Sligo Rovers a corner kick.

Sean Hoare had a header ten minutes from the break that required McGinty to come and collect out in front of him and that left the visitors a goal up at the half-time interval.

It seemed like only a matter of time before the travelling team doubled their lead but Sligo Rovers didn’t let their heads drop under the pressure. Indeed as the second half wore on, the Bit O’ Red began to press the visitors more and while McGinty pulled off a good save from Dylan Watts, the next goal came at the other end on 71 minutes.

Jordan Hamilton did really well to push his header back across goal from a David Cawley cross. It dropped beyond the despairing Mannus dive and just inside the post to level the game.

Stephen Bradley made a triple substitution late on which included bringing on Towell and when he was taken down by Buckley five minute from time, the Bit O’ Red defender got a second yellow card and his marching orders.

The visitors laid siege to the Bit O’ Red goal in the closing period as they tried to find the winner but ten man Sligo Rovers stood firm. It was a case of a couple of points dropped for the Hoops who now trail league leaders Derry City by three points as Sligo Rovers remain in fourth place.

Sligo Rovers: Edward McGinty; Nando Pijnaker, Colm Horgan, Lewis Banks; Adam McDonnell, David Cawley (c), Garry Buckley, Greg Bolger, Shane Blaney (Robbie McCourt 57); Aidan Keena (Cillian Heaney 66), Jordan Hamilton (Patrick Kirk 87).
Subs not used: Richard Brush, Mark Byrne, Karl O'Sullivan, Seamas Keogh, Niall Morahan, William Fitzgerald. 
Booked: Garry Buckley (45), Garry Buckley (85). 
Sent off: Garry Buckley (85). 
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Hoare, Lee Grace, Pico; Ronan Finn © (Neil Farrugia 84), Gary O'Neill (Graham Burke 87), Dylan Watts (Richie Towell 77), Andy Lyons; Jack Byrne, Rory Gaffney (Aaron Greene 84), Daniel Mandroiu (Aidomo Emakhu 83).
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Sean Gannon, Sean Kavanagh, Barry Cotter, Richie Towell, Neil Farrugia, Aaron Greene, Graham Burke, Aidomo Emakhu. 
Booked: Daniel Mandroiu (32) Ronan Finn (81).
Referee: Robert Harvey
Attendance: 2,000 (estimate)
extratime.com Player of the Match: Rory Gaffney (Shamrock Rovers)

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
Nando Pijnaker 28
Colm Horgan 3
Lewis Banks 2
Adam McDonnell 17
© David Cawley 22
Garry Buckley 26
Booked: 45'
Booked: 85'
Sent Off: 85'
Greg Bolger 6
Shane Blaney 14
57Subbed Off: Robbie McCourt 57'
Aidan Keena 9
66Subbed Off: Cillian Heaney 66'
Jordan Hamilton 10
Scored: 71'
87Subbed Off: Patrick Kirk 87'

Karl O'Sullivan 14
Niall Morahan 8
Robbie McCourt 5
57Subbed On: Shane Blaney 57'
Patrick Kirk 19
87Subbed On: Jordan Hamilton 87'
Seamas Keogh 11
Cillian Heaney 25
66Subbed On: Aidan Keena 66'
William Fitzgerald 7
Mark Byrne 12
Richard Brush 30
Shamrock R
WMay 6, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 9, 2022
Shamrock R 3 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shamrock R 1 - 0 Derry
WMay 19, 2022
UCD 0 - 3 Shamrock R
LMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
1 Alan Mannus
4 Pico
3 Sean Hoare
5 Lee Grace
7 Dylan Watts
Midfielder 77'
77Subbed Off: Richie Towell 77'
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: Graham Burke 87'
22 Andy Lyons
Scored: 23'
8 Ronan Finn ©
Booked: 81'
84Subbed Off: Neil Farrugia 84'
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Booked: 32'
83Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 83'
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward 84'
84Subbed Off: Aaron Greene 84'
29 Jack Byrne

17 Richie Towell
Midfield 77'
77Subbed On: Dylan Watts 77'
25 Leon Pohls
11 Sean Kavanagh
9 Aaron Greene
Forward 84'
84Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 84'
2 Sean Gannon
23 Neil Farrugia
Midfield 84'
84Subbed On: Ronan Finn 84'
38 Aidomo Emakhu
Forward 83'
83Subbed On: Daniel Mandroiu 83'
6 Barry Cotter
10 Graham Burke
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Gary O'Neill 87'


Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 29, 2022

Venue: The Showgrounds

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: Unknown