Saturday 18 November 2017

Quigley on the double to prove worth for Sligo

Sligo Rovers 2 Cork City 2

HE may have missed their Europa League trip to Slovakia, but Mark Quigley made up for it by coming off the bench to salvage a point for Sligo Rovers.

The striker had been linked with a move away from the Showgrounds after news emerged that he had not travelled with the team, but the Dubliner emphasised his importance to the league leaders' cause, scoring twice to keep Ian Baraclough's side four points clear of Drogheda United at the top of the table.

The hosts came into this fixture aiming to purge memories of their 3-1 first-leg defeat to Spartak Trnava and thoughts of the upcoming second leg against the Slovakians were put on the back burner on a breezy evening.

Rovers almost took the lead inside the opening five minutes but midfielder David Cawley's shot hit the side-netting. The Bit O'Red were made to rue that miss when Cork went ahead via a seventh-minute effort from Ian Turner, his deflected shot catching Gary Rogers cold.

Pascal Millien, a menace on the right wing, went close to scoring a spectacular individual goal after 17 minutes but his shot was blocked. Millien then flashed a shot over before half-time as Rovers trailed at the break.

The hosts maintained the pressure in the second period with efforts from Ross Gaynor, after a break into the Cork box, and North, with a close-range header.

But Cork doubled their lead after 58 minutes when Vinny Sullivan netted. Within five minutes Rovers had a foothold when substitute Quigley scored with a wonderful free-kick.

Danny Murphy's superb last-gasp tackle denied North when the hitman was through on goal as Cork survived a succession of Rovers corners. Cork's resolve finally broke in the 84th minute though when Quigley smoothly dispatched a penalty-kick.

Sligo Rovers -- Rogers, Conneely, McGuinness, Peers, Gaynor; Boco (Connolly 72), Millien, Ventre (Lynch 77), Cawley; Dillon (Quigley 53), North.

Cork City -- McNulty, Healy, Kavanagh, Spillane, Murphy; Turner, Duggan, Dunleavy, Horgan; O'Neill (Parker 82), Sullivan (O'Connell 90).

Ref -- P Tuite.

Irish Independent

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