Friday 20 July 2018

Sligo heighten Pat's misery

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Sligo Rovers 3

Sligo Rovers' captain Rhys McCabe Pic: Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers' captain Rhys McCabe Pic: Sportsfile

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Clinically-taken goals from Patrick McClean, Ally Roy and Jack Keaney earned Sligo Rovers victory at Richmond Park as St Patrick's Athletic slumped to a fifth successive defeat.

A bright start from the home side, in which Jake Keegan and Ian Bermingham had half-chances, counted for nothing.

And with little answer to Sligo's vibrant attack, Liam Buckley's sluggish side found themselves 2-0 down inside half-an-hour.

Sligo captain Rhys McCabe and Lewis Morrison worked a short-corner routine for the opener on 11 minutes.

David Cawley eventually put the ball into the St Pat's box where central defender McClean arrived to stretch out his left leg and find the net from close range.

An invigorated Sligo enjoyed plenty of the ball as St Pat's struggled to get into the game.

His pace having got him in behind the home rearguard, Roy might have done better than shank his shot well wide, though he would soon make amends.

St Pat's were incensed at not getting a penalty on 28 minutes when Seamus Sharkey appeared to push Ryan Brennan in the box.

To add to their ire, Sligo broke and doubled their lead seconds later with a superb goal.

McCabe found Roy who exchanged passes with Adam Wixted before rifling a right-foot drive to the far corner of Barry Murphy's net.

St Pat's were better after the break but Sligo sealed victory with their third goal on 83 minutes when substitute Keaney pounced on a mistake to race in and drill past Barry Murphy.

Irish Independent

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