Sunday 18 February 2018

League of Ireland round-up: Sligo come out on top in derby while Derry lose ground

Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile

AN injury-time winner from French native Achille Campion, who netted two minutes into added time, and Raffaele Cretaro’s 10th goal of the season stretched Sligo Rovers’ unbeaten home record to 13 games as an exciting Connacht derby ended in a merited 2-1 win for Sligo at The Showgrounds.

Cretaro’s polished 79th minute drive cancelled out Gary Shanahan’s headed opener for Galway that sparked this contest into life after 48 minutes.

Sligo dominated a scoreless first-half – forcing nine corners – but their only effort on target was Liam Martin’s shot after 13 minutes that Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn parried.  At the other end Galway failed to trouble Sligo net-minder Michael Schlingermann but a couple of dangerous Galway crosses were diverted away from danger by last-gasp headed clearances from Liam Martin and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling.

Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Boylan, Leahy, Keohane; Russell, Roddan, Kearns (Sadlier 70), Martin; Cretaro, Campion

Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Aganovic, Cantwell, Walsh; Shanahan, Connolly, Sinnott, Ludden; Melody (Byrne 75), Curran (Faherty 64)

Referee: David McKeon

Bray Wanderers   2  Derry City  2

Dylan Connolly scored twice as Bray Wanderers deprived Derry City of regaining second place in the Premier Division table after a high tempo clash at the Carlisle Grounds.

The result extends Bray’s unbeaten league run to nine games while Derry are undefeated in seven.

Winger Connolly raced in behind the Derry defence onto Jason Mark’s pass to shoot Bray ahead on 17 minutes.

Derry hit back just past the half hour. Barry McNamee rolled a free kick to Aaron McEneff who thumped a shot off the bar with Rory Patterson following in to rifle the rebound to the net.

Ronan Curtis was tripped in the area by Gareth McDonagh for McEneff to send Peter Cherrie the wrong way from the resulting penalty to put Derry ahead on 55 minutes.

Bray equalised 20 minutes from time. Bursting through on the left from Ger Pender’s hooked pass, Connolly fired to the net under keeper Ger Doherty.

Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Harding (McDonagh, 39), Douglas, Kenna, Lynch; Sullivan; Marks (Noone, 63), Moore, Salmon, Connolly; Pender (Lyons, 84).

Derry City: G. Doherty; McDermott, Karner (B. Doherty, 48), Vemmelund, Jarvis; McEneff, McCormack; Boyle (Daniels, 77), McNamee, Curtis; Patterson.

Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford).

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