Wednesday 17 January 2018

Turner on target to deny Sligo

Shamrock Rovers came from behind to defeat 10-man Sligo Rovers in an incident-packed game at the Showgrounds last night.

The home side took the lead through a first-half Eoin Doyle header, but were then down to 10 men when Gavin Peers saw red. The Hoops turned it round in the second half thanks to an own goal and a Chris Turner header. But the home fans were infuriated, as they were denied a second-half penalty.

Doyle headed Joseph Ndo's corner to the net on 23 minutes to give the hosts a deserved lead. But Sligo's chances took a knock on 37 minutes, when Peers was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Billy Dennehy.

The home side maintained their advantage at the break, prompting Hoops boss Michael O'Neill to throw on Thomas Stewart for the second half. The visitors had to wait just nine minutes for the equaliser. Gary Twigg put pressure on Alan Keane trying to clear, and the defender's header lopped over Richard Brush, into his own net.

The Hoops took the lead just seven minutes later, when Turner's header bounced off the crossbar and behind the line, with the referee awarding the goal on the advice of his linesman.

Sligo -- Brush, Keane, Peers, Ventre, Davoren, Doyle (McEvilly 65), Ryan, Russell (O'Grady 87), Dillon (Foran 38), Ndo, Amond.

Shamrock -- Mannus, Sives, Price, Murray, Murphy (Stewart ht), Chambers (Flynn 85), Bayly, Turner, Kavanagh, Dennehy (Rice 76), Twigg.

Ref -- R Winter (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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