Match Report: Sligo Seal Late Win Over Limerick
Seán Maguire and Danny North struck late goals for Sligo Rovers as they defeated Limerick 2-0 at The Showgrounds on Sunday evening.
The Bit O’ Red started brightly and Regan Donelon and Ruairí Keating went close in the opening exchanges.
Sligo continued on the front foot and before the break North and Gavin Peers threatened, the latter firing over from a good position after David Cawley’s corner fell nicely for him.
The second half saw Sligo continue to have the best of the chances, and Maguire twice almost broke the deadlock, before North’s goal on 72 minutes was ruled out for offside.
Shane Cusack then denied North and Danny Ledwith. However, the corner that came through the latter produced the opener as Evan McMillan headed Cawley’s corner back across goal and Maguire was there to head in.
Limerick could have grabbed a late equaliser but Prince Agyemang’s shot which took a wicked deflected was pushed wide by the alert Gary Rogers. And then Sligo grabbed a late breakaway second as Maguire fed North who bore down on goal and slotted in.
New manager Martin Russell made two changes to the team that lined out in the defeat at Athlone Town a fortnight earlier as Michael Leahy and Tam McManus came in to replace Tony Whitehead and Jason Hughes.
Sligo went close in the opening moments when Donelon’s effort was blocked by the foot of Cusack, with Keating hooking his follow-up over. Donelan then saw a shot saved comfortably.
On eight minutes, Maguire picked out Keating on the edge of the box but his curling effort clipped the crossbar and went over.
At the other end, Patrick Nzuzi tried his luck from distance but Rogers collected with ease, and midway through the half Maguire headed wide for Sligo after connecting with Cawley’s corner.
On 23 minutes, Robbie Williams raided forward but his effort from range went into the arms of the Sligo No1. Two minutes later, North’s shot was deflected wide by a good block.
On 28 minutes, Prince’s shot from 25-yards was tame as Rogers again collected comfortably, and past the half-hour, McManus saw his strike suffer similar fate after latching onto a Rory Gaffney knockdown.
Before the break, Sligo should have taken the lead but Peers shot over from close in after Cawley’s corner dropped to him.
At half-time, Hughes was introduced in place of Colm Murphy. The first chance of the second half came on 55 minutes when the ball fell to Cawley just outside the box but his effort was straight at Cusack.
Past the hour-mark, substitute McMillan’s flick was latched onto by Maguire who rounded Cusack but Nzuzi got back well to deny him the chance.
Midway through the half, Alan Keane blocked Hughes’ volley well, and then Sligo went close again as Maguire’s well-hit shot flashed just past the post.
On 72 minutes, Sligo had the ball in the net. Maguire’s shot was beaten away by Cusack but only as far as North who fired in, but he was adjudged to be in an offside position.
Four minutes later, North found himself one-on-one with Cusack but the ‘keeper produced a good save to keep the scores level. Ledwith then dragged a shot wide.
On 84 minutes, Ledwith’s fine strike was pushed over by Cusack, but from the resulting corner Sligo hit the front. Cawley’s delivery was headed back across goal by McMillan and Maguire was on hand to head in.
In the dying seconds of normal time, a wicked deflection on a Prince shot caused trouble for Rogers who pushed the ball wide. Ledwith then got his body in the way of a Shane Duggan shot.
And deep in injury-time Sligo snatched a late breakaway second as North fired in after good work by Maguire.
Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Gavin Peers ©, Kalen Spillane, Danny Ledwith, Séamus Conneely, David Cawley, Regan Donelon (Paul O’Conor 62), Ruairí Keating (Evan McMillan 62), Danny North, Seán Maguire. Goals: S Maguire (84), D North (90+3). Booked: G Peers (26), K Spillane (61). Unused Subs: Richard Brush (GK), Ross Gaynor, Kieran Djilali, Eric Odhiambo.
Limerick: Shane Cusack, Patrick Nzuzi, Michael Leahy, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Ian Turner (Samuel Oji 79), Shane Duggan ©, Prince Agyemang, Colm Murphy (Jason Hughes HT), Tam McManus (Ross Mann 62), Rory Gaffney. Booked: None. Unused Subs: Ali Abass (GK), Val Feeney, Tony Whitehead, Garbhán Coughlan.
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin). Attendance: 1,627.
Report Date: Sunday 27 July 2014