Tuesday 21 January 2020

Sensational McCabe strike sets Sligo up for key victory

Limerick FC 1 Sligo Rovers 2

Sligo Rovers' Rhys McCabe. Photo: North West Newspix
Sligo Rovers' Rhys McCabe. Photo: North West Newspix

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A wonderful Rhys McCabe goal in the 58th minute of this relegation six-pointer left everyone in Markets Field in awe, including manager Gerard Lyttle.

McCabe broke the deadlock from a free-kick five yards inside his own half when he struck quickly upon spotting Limerick's Brendan Clarke off his line.

"You always look for a wee bit of class, a break, and we got it today," Lyttle commented.

"For a player to see a goalkeeper off his line and have the audacity to try it speaks volumes for him."

There had been little of much entertainment value until that point and McCabe's goal kick-started what proved to be a very lively second-half.


Limerick reacted well to going behind and captain Shane Duggan led the charge from midfield for the Shannonsiders, with the help of the impressive Conor Clifford, but it was Sligo who managed to get the all-important second goal.

Sub Greg Moorhouse doubled the lead in the 82nd minute and following a run of games without goals, his manager was happy to see him get on the scoresheet.

"We were joking with him before the game. He had his stubble and said he was growing his beard until he scores a goal. We were saying he'd be walking about like Moses."

Daniel Kearns pulled a goal back from close range in the last minute when keeper Mitchell Beeney misjudged a corner.

"It's a cliché but that was a six pointer today so obviously we're delighted to come out on the right end of it," Lyttle admitted.

Limerick - Clarke; Cantwell, Whitehead (Kearns 63), D Dennehy; Kelly, Coleman (Fitzgerald 63), Clifford, B Dennehy; Duggan; Morrissey (Ellis 80), O'Sullivan.

Sligo - Beeney; Boylan, Callan-McFadden, McClean, Donelan (Waters 86); McCabe, Cawley, Keaney, Pinceli (McAleer 63), Cretaro (Moorhouse 75); Morgan. Ref - B Connolly

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