No happy return to Inchicore for Liam Buckley as Pats end eventful week on a high
St Patrick’s Athletic 2 Sligo Rovers 1
A week that began with abject defeat to Derry City ended sweetly for St Pat’s as they capped the news that they look likely to be playing in the Europa League this summer with this deserved victory.
A moment of opportunism from Chris Forrester sparked the game to life on 15 minutes as there was to be no happy return for Sligo boss Liam Buckley to Inchicore.
Pouncing on a mistake by Sligo defender John Mahon, Forrester lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney for his first goal for the club since his return.
Mikey Drennan, back from a three-match suspension, worked Beeney afterwards before further sloppy defending cost Sligo a second goal on 24 minutes.
Drennan again got away to cut past Mahon only for the young defender to clumsily bring him down inside the area. And Drennan calmly sent Beeney the wrong way from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the season.
Though St Pat’s remained on top throughout the second half, they had a nervous finish when Sligo skipper David Cawley drilled home on 88 minutes.
St Pat’s – B Clarke; Webster, Kelly, Desmond; Madden, Forrester (Coleman, 79), McCabe, Clifford, Bermingham; Drennan, Shaw (Walker, 90+2).
Sligo Rovers – Beeney; Dunleavy, Leverock, Mahon, Banks; Morahan (Twardeck, h-t), Cawley; Keaney (Warde, 76), Fordyce (Kerrigan, 69), Coughlan; Parkes.
Ref – Rob Hennessy (Clare).