|18 April 2022||6:00 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2022|
Sligo picked up their first win in five games with a 1-0 win over Finn Harps in the northwest derby tonight.
It was a tight, chippy affair with neither side looking overly dominant. A tap-in in the 25th minute from Karl O’Sullivan proved to be the all-important winner.
Sligo started to apply pressure around the 20-minute mark when some good play down the left from Mark Byrne and Paddy Kirk gave David Cawley a chance at goal, but he was denied by the foot of Mark McGinley.
A minute later McGinley stepped up again when he denied Byrne who had been played through well by Cawley. Max Mata got to the rebound and amazingly, McGinley denied him too to cap off an amazing couple of minutes for himself.
They could only withstand the pressure for so long however as in the 25th minute, Cawley was played through and chipped McGinley, with former Sligo man Regan Donelon attempting to clear the ball but unfortunately hitting it off Karl O’Sulllivan, a touch that sent it in. A fair reward for a few minutes of pressure on Sligo’s part.
This game had a bit of derby edge as two minutes later a strong Sebastien Hery resulted in a scuffle mid pitch that saw three bookings dished out. This was three of five first half bookings.
McGinty made an impressive save in the 33rd minute when a Donelon free looked destined for the top corner, but the Sligo keeper simply caught it. Made it look a lot easier than it was.
Potentially worrying signs for Sligo however, as Max Mata was subbed off with an injury. Hopefully nothing for them to worry about.
Harps applied a lot of pressure in the last fifteen, with Shane Blaney blocking an Ethan Boyle header and two shots from Luke Rudden. Erol Alkan also skied an effort following the double block.
The chance came for Harps in the 84th minute when Filip Mihaljevic got through and squared it to Mark Timlin, who took it onto his left and hit wide with the goal gaping. Friday’s hero just couldn’t apply here.
In the 90th minute, Jesse Devers crossed to Mark Rudden who got the header off but sent it well wide. Yet another chance Harps would prove to rue.
There could’ve been something in this for Harps but the pressure came all too late. Sligo should be thrilled given how the last 15 minutes went.
|Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland|