Tuesday 12 December 2017

Classy finish by Quigley keeps Sligo flying high


LEAGUE leaders Sligo Rovers maintained their impressive record over Derry City at a sun-drenched Brandywell yesterday.

Sligo had striker Mark Quigley to thank for the victory, as his sharp finish four minutes from time was enough to secure a narrow but deserved win.

The Brandywell side gave striker Conor Murphy his debut, while another new signing Marc Brolly was on the bench. Also returning for City were Barry Molloy and Patrick McEleney, coming in for suspended Simon Madden and Stephen McLaughlin.

Sligo were without the suspended Danny North, with Quigley taking his place, while Jason McGuinness replaced Iarfhlaith Davoren.

The visitors started on the front foot and they had a half-chance on three minutes when Ross Gaynor's teasing corner found Quigley but his near-post header flew wide.

On 27 minutes, Gaynor went close to breaking the deadlock when his left-footed shot from a tight angle rattled Gerard Doherty's left-hand post.

Ian Baraclough was forced to make a change just before the break when Seamus Conneely replaced the injured Alan Keane.

On 51 minutes, City had 'keeper Doherty to thank when he made a great save, tipping Quigley's dipping effort over the bar.

But the Derry net-minder was at fault on 55 minutes when David Cawley's long-range shot seemed to catch him out and the ball went into the net to open the scoring.

Derry levelled on 65 minutes when Murphy's clever ball in behind the Rovers defence found David McDaid and he calmly lifted the ball over the advancing Gary Rogers.

Sligo grabbed what turned out to the winner on 86 minutes when Quigley fired home from close range after some good build-up play down the right flank.

Derry City -- Doherty: McCallion (Curran 89), S McEleney, McBride, McCaffrey; P McEleney, Morrison, Molloy, Higgins, McDaid; Murphy (Brolly 83).

Sligo Rovers -- Rogers; Keane (Conneely 41), McGuinness, Peers, Gaynor; Ventre (Dillon 85); Ndo, Cawley, Boco; Quigley; Cretaro (Millien 73).

Ref --D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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