Saturday 29 April 2017

Robertson salutes Sadlier's 'moment of beauty' for Sligo

Sligo Rovers 3 Bray Wanderers 2

Robertson “He (Sadlier) said to me coming off the pitch that he knew it was going in as soon as it left his foot. I told him I knew it was going in before he even kicked it.” Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Robertson “He (Sadlier) said to me coming off the pitch that he knew it was going in as soon as it left his foot. I told him I knew it was going in before he even kicked it.” Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson hailed the "beauty" that earned his side their first win of the season.

Kieran Sadlier's spectacular free kick nine minutes into the second half sent Bray home empty-handed, despite Gary McCabe scoring twice for the visitors.

Sadlier was also involved in Rovers' first two goals - a Derek Foran own goal and a Chris Kenny strike. But it was his own effort that left the manager rejoicing.

"Unbelievable," Robertson said. "It was a moment of beauty to win the match in what was otherwise quite an ugly game with the conditions."

"He (Sadlier) said to me coming off the pitch that he knew it was going in as soon as it left his foot. I told him I knew it was going in before he even kicked it."

The win takes Rovers off the bottom of the table, and Robertson felt the players deserved it.

"The players had to roll their sleeves up and show their character. They fully deserved it. I felt we could have got something against Cork last time out, and I was disappointed for them."

McCabe had Bray in front after just three minutes, before Rovers scored twice in three minutes midway through the first-half.

McCabe then scored a superb free-kick of his own before the break, only for Sadlier to overshadow him with the winner.

Bray boss Harry Kenny said: "We are very disappointed. I thought we did enough in the second-half to get something from the game.

"We created enough chances, but we didn't take them. We were not good in the first-half and we probably ended up getting what we deserved as a result."

Sligo Rovers - Patton, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Martin, Roddan, Russell, Kenny (Boylan 87), Sadlier (Kearns 83), Cretaro (Stevens 87), Ayunga.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie, Robinson (Earley 28), Foran, Kenna, Lynch, Sullivan (Brennan 75), Salmon, Connolly, McCabe, Greene, Flood (Pender 83).

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin).

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