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Date Time League Season
2 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Sligo bag win as late Shels goals disallowed

Sligo came from behind to beat Shelbourne 3-1 at the Showgrounds in the League of Ireland Premier Division thanks to first half strikes from Max Mata and Aidan Keena followed by a stoppage time Keena penalty.

Shelbourne will be left feeling slightly hard done by after two late goals by Jad Hakiki and Jack Moylan were ruled out controversially for offside.

It was Shels who got off to the better start and brought the game to Sligo early on, with the likes of Farrell and Moylan pressing from the front.

Damien Duff’s side got their reward for their quick start after Brian McManus’ effort from the edge of the area took a deflection and rolled past Ed McGinty and into the bottom corner.

Sadly, for the visitors, this was as good as it got during the first half and in the 23rd minute, Sligo Rovers equalised.

Will Fitzgerald’s surging run through the Shelbourne half opened up the away side’s defence and after an inch perfect ball into the path of Max Mate, the Sligo forward slotted away calmly into the bottom corner to draw the sides level.

The Bit O’ Reds took the lead just under 15 minutes after, courtesy of Aidan Keena. The electric Sligo frontman went on a fantastic solo run, dancing through tackles before playing a give and go with Max Mata on the edge of the area. Keena dinked the ball over the on-rushing Brendan Clarke to send his side into the interval with the advantage.

It was a less intense showing during the second period and Shelbourne struggled to find a killer pass inside Sligo’s final third for the majority of the half.

The introduction of Sean Boyd and Jad Hakiki did bring some well needed energy to the Shelbourne frontline after coming on.

It was Boyd who almost equalised just minutes after coming on. JJ Lunney’s brilliant low cross fell perfectly into the feet of Sean Boyd, but an impressive save from McGinty denied him from close range.

McGinty did get away with one moments after, when Jack Moylan’s low cross was spilled by the goalkeeper and looked to almost cross the line. The referee waved play on, and Rovers survived.

Shelbourne thought that they had equalised when Jad Hakiki scored with just over five minutes remaining. Shels wheeled off to celebrate and the referee was happy with the goal until his linesman flagged for offside against Sean Boyd.

Boyd hadn’t touched the ball but stood in an offside position and the referee’s decision was overruled.

Two minutes later, an impressive flick on from Sean Boyd fell kindly into the path of Jack Moylan who finished well, but yet again, the linesman raised his flag.

Sligo sealed the win after Will Fitzgerald was brought down by Brendan Clarke inside the box. Keena stepped up and fired home to seal all three points. 

  • Full time and it ends 3-1 to Sligo Rovers.

  • 93'

    Keena scores and it's game set and match Sligo.

  • 91'

    Penalty Brendan Clarke brings down Will Fitzgerald. Crazy drama here.

  • 91'

    Five additional minutes to be played here.

  • 90'

    Shels still pushing for an equaliser here as full time approaches.

  • 85'

    Another offside goal this time against Jack Moylan after a great flick on by Sean Boyd. Doesn't look offside after seeing a couple of replays. Not going Shels way here.

  • 83'

    Hakiki scores but it's given as offside due to Sean Boyd standing in an offside position even though he didn;t touch the ball. Shelbourne left fuming here.

  • 79'

    Frank Liivak is on for his Sligo Rovers debut.

  • 77'

    Wow, looks like Moylan's cross is spilled into his own net by McGinty but the referee waves play on. Shels coming close here.

  • 76'

    Cawley on for McDonnell with just under 15 to go.

  • 73'

    JJ Lunney with a great low cross and Boyd almost converts, but it was a great reflex save by McGinty.

  • 70'

    Shels struggling with that killer pass inside the Sligo final third.

  • 62'

    Greg Bolger replaces Morahan.

  • 62'

    Hakiki and Boyd on for McManus and Wilson.

  • 55'

    Shels the brighter of the sides in the opening stages of the second period.

  • 46'

    Back underway here in Sligo. Kameron Ledwidge replaces Aaron O'Driscoll.

  • 45'

    Half time and it's Sligo Rovers who head into the interval with a one goal lead.

  • 37'

    What a goal from Aidan Keena. Sensational play. Keena drives through the Shels' half before playing a slick give and go with Max Mata and then dinking the ball over Brendan Clarke. Advantage Sligo.

  • 32'

    Weather has got worse here in Sligo with rain falling heavy now.

  • 23'

    Fantastic goal from Sligo Rovers. Excellent solo run by Fitzgerald through the midfield, who slips the ball into the path of Max Mata and the Rovers\' attacker finishes well off his left foot. 1-1

  • 14'

    Sligo growing into the game after conceding early.

  • 5'

    Goal for Brian McManus. What a start from Shels, his side footed effort takes a slight deflection and it rolls into the bottom corner.

  • 5'

    Shane Farrell receives the ball on the half turn from JJ Lunney and hits a strike from distance, but his effort goes wide.

  • 1'

    We're underway at The Showgrounds.

  • Just under ten minutes to go here in Sligo.

  • There's a debut for Gavin Molloy on the Shels starting XI with just one change to Sligo with Pijnaker in for Banks.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for tonight's League of Ireland Premier Division clash between Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne at The Showgrounds.

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan Defender
4Shane Blaney Defender
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Niall Morahan 6 Midfielder
9Aidan Keena Forward 37', 93'
14Karl O’Sullivan 10 Forward
17Adam McDonnell 22 Midfielder
19Paddy Kirk Defender
27Max Mata Forward 23'
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
6Greg Bolger 11 Midfielder
11Seamas Keogh 6 Midfielder
10Frank Liivak 14 Forward
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
22David Cawley 17 Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney Forward
33Peter Maguire Defender

Shelbourne

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson 9 Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll 32 Defender
5Shane Griffin 14 Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
7Brian McManus 12 Midfielder 5'
10Jack Moylan Midfielder
17Shane Farrell Forward
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
Lewis Temple Defender
9Sean Boyd 2 Forward
12Jad Hakiki 7 Midfielder
15Adam Thomas Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
32Kameron Ledwidge 4 Defender
14Daniel Carr 5 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Sligo Rovers

(Round 5)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Sligo Rovers

(Round 8)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Shelbourne

(Series 16)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Sligo Rovers

(Series 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Shelbourne

Ground

The Showgrounds
The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.