Date Time League Season
18 April 2022 6:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Sligo tops in North-west derby

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.

  • 94'

    Rudden heads over and the ref blows the whistle. Three points for Sligo.

  • 93'

    Harps apply a lot of pressure but McGinty is down on the ball.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added on.

  • 90'

    Devers crosses to Rudden who heads wide. Harps are missing very good chances.

  • 87'

    Devers meets it at the back stick but slices into the stand. Good opportunity wasted.

  • 84'

    Harps should be level. Timlin has the goal gaping after good play from Milhajevic. Somehow hits it wide.

  • 80'

    Hamilton turns and shoots on the edge of the area but McGinley tips wide. Great play, followed by a great save.

  • 75'

    Blaney pulls off a double block on Luke Rudden before Alkan skies it. He's stepped up for Sligo here.

  • 75'

    Best chance of the half by a country mile. Boyle meets a corner but Blaney blocks it. Sligo under the kosh now.

  • 70'

    Twenty to go. Neither side looking superior in this second half. Harps don't look like scoring, but Sligo also don't look as if they're attempting to kill this off.

  • 59'

    Mata subbed off with an injury. Could be worrying for Liam Buckley and company.

  • 52'

    Donelon tries a very speculative long range effort. Well over the bar.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on.

  • 33'

    Donelon hits a free that looks destined for the top corner, but McGinty claims it. Impressive save.

  • 27'

    Three bookings have been dished out following a poor challenge from Hery. Game has gotten chippy.

  • 25'

    Goal! Sligo take the lead after O'Sullivan taps in.

  • 21'

    Sligo are right through on goal but McGinley denies Byrne and Mata.

  • 19'

    Cawley has a good effort saved well by McGinley.

  • 12'

    Sligo having most the ball and chances early on. Yet to have a clear cut one.

  • 6'

    Harps apply a spell of pressure following the free that results in Milhaljevic heading wide.

  • 4'

    Cawley looks up for it early and has already gotten booked for a foul on McNamee.

  • 1'

    Sligo kick us off.

  • Late change to the Harps lineup. Jose Carillo has sustained a knock in the warmup so Erol Alkan comes in.

  • Today's matchday programme features the pride colours as a show of solidarity with the Sligo community following the murders of Aidan Moffit and Michael Snee. A free online edition of the programme is available here: The pride flag is also flying in Finn Park

  • The Sligo lineup is now also in.

  • The Finn Harps lineup is now in.

  • Hello and welcome to for coverage of today's Premier Division clash between Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the game.

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender
6Ryan Connolly 12 Midfielder
9Yousef Mahdy 11 Forward
10Mark Timlin Midfielder
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
21Bastien Hery Midfielder 27'
24Ethan Boyle Defender 27'
26Erol Erdal Alkan Defender 57'
33Filip Mihaljevic Forward
32Tom McDermott Goalkeeper
40Gerard Doherty Goalkeeper
Nathan Logue Midfielder
Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
11Jesse Devers 9 Midfielder
12Luke Rudden 6 Forward
20Dylan Woods Midfielder
30Damien Duffy Midfielder

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan Defender
4Shane Blaney Defender 27'
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 7 Midfielder
14Karl O’Sullivan Forward 25'
17Adam McDonnell Midfielder
19Paddy Kirk Defender
22David Cawley 6 Midfielder 4'
27Max Mata 10 Forward
28Nando Pijnaker Defender 33'
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
6Greg Bolger 22 Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 12 Midfielder
9Aidan Keena Forward
10Jordan Hamilton 27 Forward
11Seamas Keogh Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney Forward
26Garry Buckley Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 6)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 32)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers

(Series 23)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 14)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers

(Series 5)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 10)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

(Series 1)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers


Finn Park
Finn Park, Navenny Street, Stranorlar Electoral Division, Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District, County Donegal, F93 Y27K, Ireland

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