Friday 24 May 2019

Bradley's men are undone by 'wonder goals' from Sligo pair

Sligo Rovers 2 Shamrock Rovers 1

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley says two wonder goals left him scratching his head after Saturday night's defeat to Sligo Rovers.

The league leaders played well and created good opportunities in either half of what was a cracking contest, but two brilliant strikes from Sligo's Daryl Fordyce and Jack Keaney cancelled out Aaron Greene's goal for the Hoops and saw Liam Buckley's side claim all three points.

Bradley said: "We played really well and we created lots of chances, but they have scored two wonder goals and that is what has won them the game.

"We're disappointed, because our performance was really good. They scored with two strikes from 35 yards that, on another night, would fly over the bar.

"We got in some good positions, but we didn't put the ball in the net and we have been punished by two quality strikes. The first goal is an unbelievable hit. It bounces up and he catches it with his left foot and lands it in the top corner. It was just one of them nights."

Keaney ultimately won it for the Bit O' Red with a free-kick in the 75th minute, and boss Buckley was delighted.

"They have a lot of quality and probably out-passed us over the 90 minutes, but we took our chances and defended well.

"The goals were exceptional. Daryl Fordyce's link-up play for the first was really good too, and it was a fantastic finish. And equally the free-kick was top quality.

"Jack scored from a free-kick up in Dundalk as well earlier in the season. That was a good strike, but this one was brilliant."

Sligo Rovers - Beeney, Dunleavy (Twardek 25), Leverock, Mahon, Banks, Donelon, Cawley, Keaney, Fordyce (Morahan 90), Parkes, Coughlan.

Shamrock Rovers - Mannus, O'Brien, Grace, Lopes, Clarke, Bolger (Kavanagh 85), Watts (Carr 77), McEneff, Byrne, Finn, Greene.

REF - G Kelly.

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