Sunday 16 December 2018

Sligo see off Derry to claim first win of the season

Sligo Rovers 2 Derry City 1

Football pitch
Football pitch

Adam Morgan and Alastair Roy claimed their first goals for the club as Sligo Rovers claimed their first win of the season in a thriller at the Showgrounds.

Former Liverpool striker Morgan prodded home from close range 14 minutes from time before Roy coolly slotted home the second ten minutes later, as Derry slumped to their second defeat of the season, despite a late goal from Ronan Curtis.

Rovers drafted Chelsea loanee Mitchell Beeney into the starting team in goal, with Patrick McClean also handed a debut against his home-town club at left-back. A brilliant opening half somehow stayed scoreless despite great chances at either end.

Morgan had a great chance at the start of the second half, but his weak effort was easily stopped by Doherty. But with manager Gerard Lyttle planning to replace him with Greg Moorhouse, Morgan stepped up with the goods on 76 minutes as Eduardo Pinceli’s corner dropped to him at the far post.

David Cawley’s brilliant ball released Roy ten minutes later for what proved to be the clincher, while Pinceli almost made it three when he hit the post with a late free-kick.

But there was a nervous finish for the home fans, as Curtis capitalised on a Seamus Sharkey mistake to fire past Beeney in the 90th minute.

SLIGO Rovers – Beeney, Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, McClean, Cawley, Pinceli, McCabe, McAleer (Roddan 87), Roy, Morgan (Moorhouse 84).

DERRY CITY – G Doherty, McDermott (McDonagh 60), Aganovic, Cole, B Doherty, McEneff, Low, Curtis, Rory Hale (Toal 78), Ronan Hale, Patterson.

REF – P McLaughlin

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