Monday 18 December 2017

Sadlier rescues Sligo point

Galway Utd 1 Sligo Rvs 1

Sligo Rovers' Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Carl Brennan
Sligo Rovers' Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Carl Brennan newsdesk

Neither side could really grumble with the outcome of this re-fixed clash at Eamonn Deacy Park last night but it's a result which does little to ease the early season relegation worries of both.

Galway United are still looking for their first win of the season after Sligo Rovers recovered well to secure a deserved draw.

Both sides had chances to win the first Connacht derby of the season but neither was able to seize the moment.

Kieran Sadlier's strike rescued a point for Dave Robertson's men, with the Irish underage star finishing well to deny Galway their first victory of the campaign.

The Tribesmen went ahead after the impressive Ronan Murray raced through and drilled a low shot which came back off the right post. Sligo were unable to clear the danger and Jesse Devers headed a cross against the bar before Murray followed through to tap home - Murray has scored three of their four goals in the campaign and was their key performer throughout.

However, Shane Keegan's men couldn't build on that lead score and it took a good save from Conor Winn to deny Raf Cretaro.

The former Galway player was central to most good things Sligo produced and set up the equaliser nine minutes from the interval when he pounced on a long delivery to tee up Sadlier, and the Irish U-21 made no mistake to shoot home his fourth goal of the campaign.

Cretaro went close shortly after the restart and both keepers were called into action on a few occasions but neither side could find a winner during a lively second half.

GALWAY UNITED - Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Ludden; Shanahan, Sinnott, Devers (Melody 74), Cawley, Murray; Faherty (Conway 84).

SLIGO ROVERS - Schlingermann; Adabayo-Rowling, Callan-McFadden, Leahy, Boylan; Martin, Roddan, Kearns, Russell (Kenny 90), Sadlier; Cretaro.

REF - G Kelly (Cork)

Irish Independent

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