Saturday 25 January 2020

Schlingermann's heroics save Sligo

Sligo Rovers 0-0 Cork City

Michael Schlingermann kept a clean sheet for Sligo Rovers Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael Schlingermann kept a clean sheet for Sligo Rovers Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

Michael Schlingermann played through the pain to earn Sligo Rovers their first clean sheet of the year in Saturday's draw with Cork City.

The Mayo native, who was restricted in his kicking in the closing stages, saved Seanie Maguire's second-half penalty as the Bit O' Red secured a third successive home draw.

"That's why he did not play last week against Bray - he would have if he had been able," revealed manager Dave Robertson. "That's just how he is - he would run through a brick wall for the team. He wants to play and train every minute, which speaks volumes about him.

"The back four needed to protect him. Cork put a lot of crosses in. They probably felt they could have caused us problems from that, but Michael was immense with the amount of crosses and corners he came for and took cleanly."

Despite the penalty opportunity, Cork boss John Caulfield felt that a draw was a fair outcome.

He said: "I knew it was going to be a very difficult game because I have seen Sligo a couple of times this year and I think they have been very unlucky.

"The penalty miss was obviously a very big moment because it would have put us ahead, but in fairness Sligo had chances as well so overall a draw was probably fair enough."

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann, Rowling, Leahy, Boylan, Donelon, Roddan, Richards (Russell ht), Keohane, Sadlier, Martin, Gordon (Lyons 62)

Cork City - McNulty, Dunleavy, O'Connell, Browne, O'Connor, G Morrissey, Healy (Buckley 53), Beattie (Turner 78), Dooley, Sheppard, Maguire (O'Sullivan 83)

Ref - R Harvey

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