Sunday 17 December 2017

Cook hails predator Doyle

Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook praised goalscorer Eoin Doyle after he earned the Bit O'Red their first win of the Airtricity League on Saturday.

Winger Doyle grabbed his third goal of the season 20 minutes into the second half, but Cook revealed that he had to give the Dubliner a half-time pick-me-up.

"He came in at half-time and his head was a bit down. He had a chance in the first half and he squared it to Padraig Amond, when he should have scored and it wasn't going well for him.

"We tried to give the lad confidence because he is a great finisher and we've got great belief in him. He stuck at it and came up with another very important goal for us."

The former Shamrock Rovers man finished from close range when Matthew Blinkhorn headed substitute John Dillon's cross back across goal.

Galway had chances in an even first half, with Derek O'Brien and Bobby Ryan going closest to threatening Richard Brush's goal. Manager Sean Connor said: "It was a very competitive game between two decent teams. We had enough about us to show that we should be able to survive."

Sligo -- Brush, Ventre, Peers, Keane, Davoren, McCabe (Dillon 53), Doninger (Almeida 81), Ryan (O'Grady 58), Doyle, Blinkhorn, Amond.

Galway -- Ryan, Conneely, Heary, MacKenzie, Meynell, Ryan, Foley (Curran 73), O'Donnell, O'Brien, Molloy (Creaney 69), Sheppard.

Ref -- D Hanney.

Irish Independent

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