Tuesday 17 September 2019

Sligo punish Students' errors to book semi spot

Sligo Rovers 4 UCD 0

'Liam Buckley's side have now managed 18 goals in just three games in this year's competition.' Stock photo
'Liam Buckley's side have now managed 18 goals in just three games in this year's competition.' Stock photo

Defender Regan Donelon and midfielder David Cawley scored for the third successive round, as Sligo Rovers booked a place in the FAI Cup semi-finals.

Ronan Coughlan and Niall Watson were also on the mark, as the Bit O'Red beat UCD 4-0 at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

Liam Buckley's side have now managed 18 goals in just three games in this year's competition.

"If we could get some of those goals in the league, we'd be okay," he said. "But we have got some good results from where we are at. Obviously, it is going to be tougher in the semi-final with some of the teams that are left in the competition, but it is great to have a semi-final to look forward to."

The opener for Coughlan was created by a UCD mistake, as the striker intercepted a wayward pass and finished with just seven minutes on the clock. The second arrived ten minutes before the break, as Cawley raced on to a Romeo Parkes cutback, and smashed the ball home off the underside of the crossbar.

Parkes also created the third when he was tripped inside the box. Donelon was handed the spot-kick duties having scored from a free-kick in the previous round, and he made no mistake.

Substitute Watson took the fourth at the death - his first goal for the club.

"We committed so many mistakes and gifted them three goals," said UCD boss Maciej Tarnogrodzki.

"Second half we are still in the game at 2-0 but give away the third goal quite easily as well.

"There are some positives, but individual mistakes have cost us."

SLIGO Rovers - McGinty, Morahan, Callan-McFadden, Mahon, Banks, Cawley, Fordyce, Twardek, Donelon (Watson 70), Parkes (Morley 80), Coughlan (Murray 64).

UCD - Kearns, Tobin (Akinsete 63), McEvoy, Boore, Farrell, Keane, McGrath (Began h-t), O'Farrell, Mahdy, Byrne (Daly 79), McClelland.

REF - P McLaughlin

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