Wednesday 18 October 2017

Galway spoil Lyttle's big day

Sligo Rovers 2 Galway United 2 (AET, Galway win 3-1 on pens)

Rovers' Gerard Lyttle was left disappointed
Rovers' Gerard Lyttle was left disappointed Sportsdesk

Galway United subs Ronan Murray and Gavan Holohan helped ruin Gerard Lyttle’s first home game as Sligo Rovers boss.

Both netted in extra time, and Holohan scored the decisive spot-kick as Galway knocked Rovers out of the EA Sports Cup in a penalty shootout.

Galway boss Shane Keegan made nine changes to the team that beat Dundalk on Friday, and admitted: “We rode our luck. It was one of our poorest performances all season.”

Michael Leahy had the ball in the Galway net inside five minutes, but he was offside. Leahy also hit the crossbar, while Conor Melody’s low free-kick hit the post.

Rovers sub Mathew Stevens headed home the opener in extra-time, but Murray levelled inside a minute. Holohan then put the visitors in the driving-seat but Kieran Sadlier forced a shootout by netting from the spot.

Sadlier was the only Rovers player to score in the penalties though, as Holohan, Padraic Cunningham and Stephen Folan netted for the winners.

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