Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kirby wraps it up for buoyant Sligo

Sligo Rovers 4 UCD 2

Sligo Rovers warmed up for the FAI Cup final with an entertaining victory at the Showgrounds in a match which featured six goals, a missed penalty and plenty of attractive football.

Rovers took the lead after just 12 minutes, as Matthew Blinkhorn headed home John Dillon's corner from close range.

Ciaran Kelly saved Dean Marshall's penalty on 19 minutes, but the hero 'keeper turned villain on the stroke of half-time when he spilled Robert Benson's shot from outside the box into the net.

Raffael Cretaro restored Rovers' lead with the help of a deflection two minutes into the second half after a neat move and Dillon made it 3-1 just after the hour-mark.

Good work by Paul Corry enabled Benson to pull one back on 73 minutes only for Alan Kirby to seal victory for Sligo in the closing stages.

Sligo -- Kelly, Keane, McGuinness, Foran, Davoren, Ventre (Kirby 64), Russell, Dillon (Martin 79), Greene (Doyle 60), Cretaro, Blinkhorn.

UCD -- McGinley, Douglas, D O'Connor, Leahy (Boyle h-t), Nangle, Marshall (Doyle 80), Corry, P O'Conor, Russell, Belhout (Lyons 54), Benson.

Ref -- P Sutton (Clare)

Irish Independent

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