Saturday 20 January 2018

In Brief: Sligo fightback secures points

Jeff Henderson's first Sligo Rovers goal earned the reigning champions all three points with a 2-1 win against Limerick at the Showgrounds last night.

Anthony Elding's sixth goal for the club cancelled out Craig Curran's opener for Limerick, before Henderson won it.

Limerick keeper Barry Ryan was sent-off after the full-time whistle for confronting referee Rob Rogers.

Sligo: Rogers, Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor, Cawley, Conneely, Lynch, Cretaro (Djilali 75), Greene (Connolly 64), Elding.

Limerick: Ryan, Nzuzi, O'Callaghan, Folan, Williams (Kelly h-t), Galbraith, Gamble, Tracy (McGann 69), Rainsford (Bradley 56), Curran, Bossekota.

Referee: R Rogers (Dublin)

Dundalk edge out Students

Stephen Kenny's rapidly improving Dundalk outfit were too clinical and classy for the Students at the UCD Bowl and came away with a 2-1 victory.

Substitute Tiernan Mulvenna chipped a delightful goal in the 77th minute which gave Dundalk the initiative.

Three minutes later, John Dillon took maximum advantage of shoddy UCD defending to drill a second for the Lilywhites.

Struggling UCD pinched a consolation with a minute remaining courtesy of a Gareth Matthews free-kick, but Dundalk held out.

UCD: McGinley, Matthews, O'Connor, Douglas, Langtry (McNelis 62), Burke, Creevy, McCabe (Walsh 75), Russell, McMillan, Corcoran (Belhout 62).

Dundalk: Cherrie, Rossiter (Sullivan 77), Boyle, Shields, Massey, Dillon, Towell, Mountney, Ward (Meenan, 67), Faherty (Mulvenna 75), Byrne.

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Owen open to management

Michael Owen is open to a move into management or coaching when he retires from football. Owen, who has announced he will retire at the end of the season, played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United.

While he plans to launch his own management company he will continue with punditry work but remains open to other offers.

"I have not closed the door on management," Owen said.

"If someone offers you a good job, I'd think, 'I would love to do that'."

Owen says being unable to command a regular place at Stoke prompted his decision to retire at the end of the season. He has scored once in seven appearances for the Potters this term.

Cole hopeful Sam will stay

Joe Cole believes Sam Allardyce has done a "phenomenal job" as West Ham manager and hopes he stays with the east Londoners. Allardyce confounded the critics to take West Ham up at the first attempt via the play-offs and the Hammers now sit 14th in the Premier League.

However, the former Bolton manager's contract is up at the end of the season and negotiations on a new deal are not expected to get underway until survival is secure.

Hughton signs Sporting star

Norwich manager Chris Hughton believes Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel will be a perfect fit for the Canaries when he arrives at Carrow Road in the summer. Norwich have agreed to sign the Holland international for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract from July 1.

Van Wolfswinkel has scored 82 goals in 188 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem, FC Utrecht and Sporting. "Ricky's profile is a perfect fit for us – he's young, ambitious and a proven goalscorer," said Hughton.

Sky Blues seek home comforts

Coventry are in talks with the Football League over a location to play their three remaining home league fixtures this season but admit they would prefer to be able to remain at the Ricoh Arena.

Arena Coventry Limited, meanwhile, have dismissed media reports of a 'lock out' and insist they will not prevent the League One club from playing at the stadium. It comes after the Sky Blues, owned by Sisu, placed a non-operating subsidiary of the club into administration.

Gers booed off after dull draw

Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted his team were "miles short" of the required standard during their goalless home draw with Stirling – but claimed he was not concerned that they were only limping towards the Third Division title.

Rangers ended up being booed off the park after failing to put Albion under any sustained pressure.

Irish Independent

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