Tuesday 23 January 2018

Struggling Sligo dismiss drop talk

Finn Harps 2 Sligo Rovers 1

Dave Robertson: “I won’t entertain any talk of relegation.
Dave Robertson: “I won’t entertain any talk of relegation." Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Early days perhaps but, with three teams being relegated this season, there might be some looking over their shoulders already.

Sligo Rovers, champions in 2012, have now lost four times in their first six outings after Ciaran O'Connor netted a fortunate 94th-minute winner for Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

Defiant Sligo manager Dave Robertson insisted: "I won't entertain any talk of relegation. That's definitely not a mindset that I would be in and I wouldn't allow my players to be in because it's not what this football club is about."

Some of the visiting support ers huddled on terraces might not necessarily share that level of optimism after Sligo squandered a 1-0 lead.

Raffaele Cretaro fired the visitors ahead against the run of play in a breakaway attack on 59 minutes, but Harps deservedly got back on level terms nine minutes later through Kilian Cantwell.

Then, in injury time, O'Connor - having been pushed over in the box by Tobi Adabayo-Rowling - scored from the rebound after his penalty was parried by Michael Schlingermann.

FINN HARPS - Gallagher; McNulty (Dsane 66), Cantwell, Coll, Harkin; McAleer, Boyle, Bonner, Morrissey (Funston 90), Houston, O'Connor.

SLIGO ROVERS - Schlingermann; Adabayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Martin; Russell, Roddan, Kenny, Sadlier; Cretaro (Place 84), Ayunga (Stevens 71).

REF - A Hunter (N Ireland).

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