Miele magic as Shamrock Rovers remember Milltown with win over Sligo
Shamrock Rovers 1 Sligo Rovers 0
Brandon Miele capped his first start in a month with a match winning goal as Shamrock Rovers honoured 30 years since the loss of Milltown with a morale-boosting victory at Tallaght Stadium.
Rovers move up to fifth in the Premier Division table as Sligo, who had John Russell sent off in the first half, slip back to second bottom.
The chief note of a fitful first half came on 23 minutes when Sligo midfielder Russell saw a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Roberto Lopes.
Though Gary Shaw, twice, and Graham Burke had half chance for Rovers before that, it was the visitors who finally brought the game’s first shot on target just before the half hour when Kieran Sadlier’s low drive scarcely troubled Tomer Chencinski. Rovers’ skipper Ronan Finn then wasted the only clearcut chance of the opening first half when scuffing a shot straight at Sligo keep Micheal Schlingermann.
The was a focus to Rovers on the resumption and they took the lead three minutes in. Schlingermann pushed a low drive from Burke out for a corner. Trevor Clarke took it short to Darren Meenan who fed Miele who drilled a low shot to the near corner for his second goal of the season.
The woodwork deprived Rovers a second goal on 70 minutes. Shaw met Madden’s cross with a thumping header that bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.
Shamrock Rovers: Chencinski; Madden, Webster, Devine (Bone, 82), Clarke; Lopes; Meenan, Finn, Burke, Miele (Doona, 85); Shaw (Boyd, 73).
Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Boylan; Sadlier, Roddan, Russell, Martin (Kearns, 72); Cretaro (Kenny, 59); Ayunga.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).