Saturday 24 August 2019

Cawley strikes to keep Rovers record intact

Sligo Rovers 1 Bohemians 1

Sligo Rovers' David Cawley. Photo: Donal Hackett
Sligo Rovers' David Cawley. Photo: Donal Hackett

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Sligo Rovers stretched their unbeaten run at home to 10 as they drew with Bohemians at the Showgrounds.

The last side to beat the Bit O'Red in Sligo back in April, Bohs took the lead courtesy of a Danny Mandroiu spot-kick on 37 minutes.

But Rovers pegged the Gypsies back before the break through David Cawley's third goal of the season.

Both camps had goal-scoring opportunities during an entertaining opening.

Looking to stretch that unbeaten record on their own patch, it was Rovers who were presented with the game's first chance. Lewis Banks nodded the ball into the path of Daryl Fordyce, whose effort from close range lacked the required power as James Talbot easily claimed.

Bohs debutant Andre Wright had his drive at goal blocked down by a series of Sligo legs from a disguised indirect free-kick nine yards from goal. The Dubliners then had to rely on their skipper Derek Pender to bravely block down Romeo Parkes' shot after Ronan Coughlan's through ball.

Michael Barker's header from a Luke Wade-Slater corner then sailed narrowly over Ed McGinty's crossbar shortly before the half-hour.

Bohs got their lead eight minutes from the break after Danny Kane tripped Wade-Slater inside the area and Mandroiu slotted home.

Liam Buckley's charges were to have their leveller before the interval as Cawley turned Kris Twardek's driven cross beyond Talbot.

Mandroiu's left-footer from the edge of the box then skimmed off the top of the Rovers crossbar on the hour as the visitors looked the more dangerous on the ball.

There were half chances for both sides late on, but a winner was to prove elusive.

Sligo Rovers - McGinty; Banks, Mahon, Leverock, Kane; Callan-McFadden; Fordyce, Cawley; Twardek, Parkes; Coughlan.

Bohemians - Talbot; Pender, Barker, Finnerty, Leahy; Wade-Slater, Buckley, Levingston, Devaney (Grant 68); Mandroiu; Wright.

Ref - Graham Kelly

Ω Sligo's scheduled league fixture with Dundalk this Saturday has been postponed, with a new date to be confirmed.

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