Tuesday 20 August 2019

Buckley left to rue missed penalty against Waterford

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Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Liam Buckley is adamant Sligo Rovers are not entitled to take any Premier Division opponent for granted.

His Bit O'Red side are the only team to have overcome the top two of Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

But on Saturday, Sligo were unable to kill the game off against mid-table rivals Waterford. Twice they led at the RSC and Ronan Coughlan saw his penalty eight minutes from full-time saved by Matt Connor with the game deadlocked at 3-3.

"It's disappointing not to see the game out when 3-2 up and then miss a penalty," he sighed.

"We've found it difficult against some of the bottom sides but beat Dundalk and Shamrock. There's not an easy game in the division."

Kris Twardek was left unmarked to prod Sligo ahead on 18 minutes before Cory Galvin's drive two minutes later drew the Blues level.

Duggan's shot which rebounded off the bar and the hands of goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney into the net gave Waterford a 2-1 lead but goals from Coughlan and Parkes had Sligo 3-2 ahead on 64. Izzy Akinade earned a point with 10 minutes left by lobbing Beeney.

WATERFORD - Connor, Feely, Delaney, Poynton, Simpson (Héry 66), Duggan, Lunney, Galvin (Twine 77), Elbouzedi (Chvedukas 66), Akinade, Drinan.

SLIGO ROVERS - Beeney, Banks, Leverock, Dunleavy, Donelon, Keaney (Murray 46), Fordyce (Morahan 90+1), Twardek (Warde 46), Cawley, Parkes, Coughlan.

Ref - A Buttimer

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