Monday 19 March 2018

Sadlier brace lifts Sligo

Galway United 1 Sligo Rovers 2

Kieran Sadlier scored twice for Sligo Rovers to seal a victory
Kieran Sadlier scored twice for Sligo Rovers to seal a victory Newsdesk Newsdesk

Sligo Rovers won the bragging rights in the west as they got the better of Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Two goals from Kieran Sadlier were the difference on a perfect day as Galway were left to rue Armin Aganovic's early red card following a tangle with Raf Cretaro.

Gary Shanahan had drawn Galway level shortly after Sadlier hit the net first, but with just six minutes remaining the 21-year-old slotted the winning goal.

Galway came into the game having lost four of their previous five, while Sligo had won four from five in all competitions, but after their 1-1 draw earlier this season both sides looked evenly matched.

It was 0-0 at the break before Sadlier - really settling down after returning home from a spell in England - broke the deadlock when he stepped inside the cover of Shanahan to score.

Shanahan hit back, with a header in the 79th minute but with just six minutes left Sadlier slotted the ball under the legs of home keeper Conor Winn to seal the victory.

Galway United - Winn; Sinnott, Cantwell, Aganovic, Ludden; Shanahan, Connolly, Sullivan, Keating; Curran (Foley 90), Faherty (Devers 89).

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Peers (Gordon 83), Boylan, Donelon (Roberts 71); Richards, Russell, Keohane; Sadlier; Martin, Cretaro.

Ref - D McKeon (Dublin)

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