Wednesday 28 September 2016

Greene's classy brace enough sinks lacklustre Sligo

St Pat's 3 Sligo Rovers 0

Published 24/04/2015 | 21:54

Chris Forrester, left, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates with team-mate Ciaran Kilduff
Chris Forrester, left, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates with team-mate Ciaran Kilduff

Sligo Rovers' poor season under Owen Heary continued at Richmond Park last night and it was one of the club's former players who came back to haunt them.

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Aaron Greene has been a regular in the St. Pat's side since Keith Fahey left and his brace sealed what was a comfortable victory for the home side.

Sligo have won just won game all season and based on this performance, they have a lot of work to do before that dismal record improves.

A Greene goal in either half followed by Chris Forrester's late strike eased Saints to only their second win in five league outings.

Conan Byrne missed two good chances to open the scoring for Pat's before Greene eventually made their dominance count after 17 minutes.

Ian Bermingham's inch perfect cross was met by the midfielder who rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net.

Aaron Greene, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers. Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Aaron Greene, St Patrick's Athletic, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers. Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Greene almost doubled his side's lead but Richard Bush did well to divert his stinging drive wide of the post.

Sligo almost pulled level against the run of play but Conor Malley's stunning save deflected David Cawley's shot onto the crossbar and over.

Pat's thought they were heading into the break two nil to the good but the referee correctly ruled that Ciaran Kilduff had used his hand to score.

There was no doubt about Greene's second goal 10 minutes after the restart however and what a fine goal it was too.

Forrester played the ball through for Greene and he took a touch before firing across Brush and into his far corner.

Sligo's misery was compounded five minutes before the end when Forrster cracked home a low 25-yard strike.

Pat's get their season back on track but for Sligo, it looks like a long road ahead for Heary and his new-look side who are yet to click.

St. Patrick's Athletic – O’Malley; O’Brien (c) (McCormack 74), Hoare, Browne (Desmond 86), Bermingham; Bolger, Brennan (Chambers 70), Greene; Forrester, Kilduff, Byrne.

Sligo Rovers – Brush; Keane, Boylan, Folan, Dykes; Puri, Cawley (c), Ward (Armstrong 60), Ledwith (Cretaro 60); Beattie, Nielsen.

REF – P Tuite (Dublin)

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