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Sligo woe as deluge leads to washout

Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough has expressed his disappointment that his charges didn't get the chance to respond to the challenge of St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City on Saturday night.

St Pat's pulled level on points with the Bit O'Red at the top of the table by beating Shelbourne 3-0 on Friday, while Derry City's defeat of Drogheda moved them to within a point of the leaders.

Sligo were due to face Dundalk in the Showgrounds but the game was called off by referee Rob Rogers 90 minutes before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

"Our preparations were superb, so everyone was very disappointed," said the Sligo manager. "Unfortunately, nothing could be done. The pitch just couldn't cope with the incessant rainfall and it was a very simple call for the referee."

One positive from the postponement for Sligo is that Gavin Peers and David Cawley, who were both due to miss the Dundalk match because of suspension, will miss tonight's EA Sports Cup tie at home to Mervue United instead.

FANS ACCUSED IN RACISM ROW

THE FAI are waiting on reports from the referee and match delegate before deciding whether to take action on the suggestion that Bray Wanderers striker Ismahil Akinade was racially abused by Cork supporters in Friday night's shock victory at Turner's Cross.

Akinade, a teenage striker from Dublin, referred to the incident on Twitter after his team-mate Gary Dempsey made the initial claim.

"Cork fans racially abusing our young centre forward. Bad bad form. It's only a game of ball. Shocking stuff," said Dempsey, the experienced midfielder, who later said that 'one or two idiots' were responsible.

Meanwhile, Akinade said: "No place for racism in football at all..Ah well getting the result was the most important."

Irish Independent