Monday 18 December 2017

Henderson puts Limerick to the sword

Limerick boss Stuart Taylor had nothing but praise for his team despite seeing their unbeaten run come to a halt in Sligo.

Taylor's side had a strong penalty shout turned down by referee Rob Rogers in injury-time on Saturday, as they chased a 2-1 deficit.

Rogers instead opted to book Danny Galbraith for simulation after he went down under a challenge from Kieran Djilali inside the area.

To make matters worse, goalkeeper Barry Ryan was shown a red card after the full-time whistle for remonstrating with the match official.

But Taylor was focused on the positives of an attack-minded performance from the visitors against the reigning champions. "It is frustrating but our players were fantastic," he said. "The workrate and desire to go and win the game from the first minute was absolutely fantastic. I think the way they tried to pass the ball against a very well-organised and experienced Sligo team was superb."

An open and end-to-end first half saw the visitors take the lead on 33 minutes, when Darragh Rainsford's industry on the left flank created the chance for Craig Curran to fire home.

Rovers got back into the game when top scorer Anthony Elding headed home his sixth goal of the year right on the stroke of half-time.

And Henderson's first goal for the club just six minutes from time ensured the home side maintained their 100pc start to the season.

Boss Ian Baraclough said: "I was really pleased with the start we made. Despite going one-nil down, I felt it was as good a first half as we have played this season.

"They (Limerick) were as good as what we have come up against, and they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the year. There was some real quality football on display."

Henderson, who made his first league start of the season in place of the injured Gavin Peers, proved an unlikely hero, but Baraclough was delighted to see him gain the plaudits.

"We have got competition for places all over. Jeff was ready when needed. You can walk away and sulk when you are not in the team, or you can do what Jeff has done. He was bang on for it."

Sligo – Rogers, Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor, Cawley, Conneely, Lynch, Cretaro (Djilali 75), Greene (Connolly 64), Elding.

Limerick – Ryan, Nzuzi, O'Callaghan, Folan, Williams (Kelly h-t), Galbraith, Gamble, Tracy (McGann 69), Rainsford (Bradley 56), Curran, Bossekota.

Ref – R Rogers

Irish Independent

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