Monday 18 December 2017

Conneely wraps it up for Sligo

Limerick FC 0 Sligo Rovers 3

Seamus Conneely scored Sligo Rovers' third goal against Limerick
Seamus Conneely scored Sligo Rovers' third goal against Limerick

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For a club with lofty hopes and expectations, Sligo Rovers' start to the season has been modest, but this was another quietly satisfying win at Thomond Park.

Ian Baraclough's team were given a real battle by Limerick in a match that was ruined by a very strong wind. But Sligo earned a morale-boosting success that was as much about character as class.

Entering the contest on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, Limerick, who suffered a couple of late injury and illness withdrawals, leaked a soft third-minute goal.

Kieran Djilali skipped clear on the right to cross for Paul O'Conor, who rifled the Bit O'Red ahead. Stuart Taylor's side responded as Samuel Oji went close with a 15th-minute header.

Aaron Greene's pace was causing Limerick problems, and Sligo went in at the break content at 1-0.

Djilali hooked an Alan Keane delivery narrowly wide on 53 minutes. At the opposite end Sligo dealt with Limerick's set piece threat comfortably before hitting two goals in the dying stages.

In the 88th minute Greene clipped a cute second after a mazy run and Seamus Conneely sealed it in stoppage-time.

Limerick FC – Cusack; Nzuzi, Folan, Oji, Williams; Hughes, Duggan, Tracy; McGrath (Mann 77), Gaffney, Rainsford (McManus 60).

Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor; O'Conor, Cawley; Djilali (Conneely 79), Russell, Ledwith (North 75); Greene.

Ref – S Grant (Wexford).

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