Date Time League Season
7 August 2022 4:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

LOI PD Report: Sligo Rovers v Bohemians FC

After their European misadventure in Norway Sligo gave themselves a fantastic opportunity to recreate that run next season as they took a step towards fourth place coming from behind to defeat Bohemians 2-1 on a lazy sunny afternoon in the Showgrounds.

After a lacklustre first half, Rovers had looked like they might face their Waterloo when O'Sullivan opened the scoring at the start of the second period.

Two quick fire goals just after the hour mark from Max Mata saw the lead change hands and Sligo took all three points as the sun set in the Showgrounds.

Boh's manager Keith Long was hoping to iron out some of the kinks in his new look squad in Sligo this evening and they started the better dominating the early exchanges of the game.

Inside the first ten minutes Bohs had the first real chance of the game when a free kick in the corner was floated to the back post. A knock back across the six yard box caused chaos but none of the waiting Boh's players could find the touch to force it home.

Sligo showed clear signs of their European adventure causing fatigue as their makeshift defence struggled to cope with the Bohemians attack, an early booking for Paddy Kirk saw Bohs continue to exploit their right wing, piling on the pressure.

It was McDaid on the other flank who arguably created the better chances which fell to former Sligo man Junior but his blocked effort was probably the closest Bohs came to breaking the deadlock.

A mazy run from James Clarke did see him brought down by Blaney but outside the box according to the referee Ray Matthews. The Boh's fan's weren't shy about voicing their displeasure at the match official.

Aidan Keena did have two half chances but wasn't able to get enough power on his efforts to trouble Ryan in the Bohemians goal. Those the best of the scraps he lived on throughout the first period of the game.

The home side started the second period the stronger but quickly found themselves behind as John O'Sullivan found the back of the net from the edge of the box after a great touch from Junior at the end of a great forward run from James Clarke. McNicholas gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.

But Max Mata wasn't reading off the same script, first latching onto a through ball from Keena to equalise before he pounced on a poor defensive header to dispatch the ball past Tadgh Ryan in the Boh's net.

Boh's looked the more likely to get any further goal and it looked as if they had won a penalty only for Matthews to book the goalscorer O'Sullivan for simulation in the box.

Rovers held on to grab their first victory over the Gypsies this season but more importantly those all too valuable three points in their pursuit of St. Patrick's Athletic ahead of the clash with the Inchicore club next week.

  • 90'

    Sligo have held on to the victory here as Max Mata's double midway through the second half was enough to ensure all three points stay in Sligo this evening after they fell behind to a John O'Sullivan strike in the early stages of the second half.

  • 81'

    Afolabi first touch set's Varian in but he can't get his effort on target with McDaid furious not to be fed the ball.

  • 80'

    U21 International Afolabi comes into the action to replace James Clarke.

  • 79'

    This game has exploded in the last fifteen minutes with sides now looking to add to their tallies.

  • 73'

    Triple substitution for the visitors as Junior, Burt and Coote are replaced by Varian, Levingstone and another former Rover Kris Twardek.

  • 68'

    Morahan is booked as he pulls back O'Sullivan as the Boh's man breaks quickly.

  • 67'

    Max Mata on the double. A second goal from the New Zealander just two minutes after his first sends Rovers into the lead.

  • 64'

    Max Mata has given the home side a massive boost as he equalises. A long ball added to by Aidan Keena and the Kiwi finds the bottom of the net to send the home supporters into raptures.

  • 63'

    James Clarke picked the pocket of one of the Sligo defenders who just can't deal with his tricky feet but he can only scoop the ball into McNicholas's hands as he's stretching at the end of his mazy run.

  • 56'

    Pijnaker is lucky to evade a card from the ref as he wrestles Junior to the ground. The Boh's fans throw a flare onto the pitch in protest at the lack of a free kick.

  • 54'

    And it's first blood to the visitors as they take the lead. A burst from Clarke and a delicate touch from Junior gives John O'Sullivan the opportunity to have a strike from the edge of the box. His effort appears to deflect off Kirk and despite McNicholas getting a hand, can't keep it out of the net as it creeps inside the post.

  • 52'

    Sligo have certainly come out of the traps quickly in the second half with a marked increase in urgency and intensity.

  • 47'

    Now wearing the captain's armband, Shane Blaney is forced to concede another corner and the defence is at six's and seven's as Josh Kerr hit's the ground in the box. The referee waves away his muted penalty appeals.

  • 45'

    Two big changes for Rovers at the interval as the experienced David Cawley and Greg Bolger make way for Max Mata and new recruit Robbie Burton.

  • 45'

    A poor enough first half draws to a close. John Russell will be the happier of the two bosses to get to the break as Bohemians dominated the first half.

  • 44'

    McDaid finds his name into the book after arriving late to a challenge with Karl O'Sullivan. Sligo send the ball deep but Morahan's header at the back can't stay in play as we edge closer to the break.

  • 41'

    Another stoppage as Shane Blaney and Junior collide in the air as they challenge for the ball. Both looking a little worse for wear but the result is a yellow card for Blaney and a free in for Bohemians.

  • 40'

    Against the run of play Aidan Keena gets a sight of goal but just can't get enough power to trouble the Boh's goalkeeper.

  • 38'

    A poor Greg Bolger clearance lands at the feet of Liam Burt who can't find the target from the edge of the box. Another Boh's corner causes consternation in the Bit O'Red box but McNicholas survives. Bohemians are knocking on the door as we approach the half time break.

  • 37'

    Former Rover\'s striker Junior has the best chance of the game as his effort is blocked out for a corner. Junior gets to the setpiece and sees his close range effort come back of the woodwork. Sligo get it free but it\'s another corner for the visitors as they pile on the pressure.

  • 35'

    Sligo can count themselves very fortunate as Shane Blaney brings down Clarke as he bears down on goal. The referee awards a free on the edge as the visiting fans protest for a penalty. McDaid can\'t trouble McNicholas with the training ground free kick routine.

  • 30'

    The best opportunity of the game comes from a corner for Boh's but Ciaran Kelly can't get his header on target from close range. Sligo Rovers are growing into the game in the last while.

  • 26'

    Slight hold up here as referee Ray Matthew's takes a ball to the head and needs to take a moment to get himself match fit.

  • 24'

    Bohemians cut through the Rover's defence but a diving header from Pijnaker sees the danger averted.

  • 22'

    Sligo Manager John Russell's worst fears are compounded as Shane Blaney gets some attention from the physio. The already stretched defence could be at breaking point. Blaney looks to be able to continue.

  • 21'

    Tadgh Ryan gets his first semi meaningful touch of the ball as Aidan Keena has an effort from distance. Never really in danger of opening the scoring, but much more promising from the home side.

  • 19'

    Sligo are already showing the signs of a European hangover as their makeshift defence are resorting to long balls and fouling to survive so far. McDaid has forced a corner for Bohemians as they look the most likely to make the breakthrough.

  • 17'

    Liam Burt picks up a yellow card of his own for leaving the pitch without permission from the referee. The Boh's fan's are fairly sure they know the reason for his swift departure down the tunnel.

  • 10'

    Paddy Kirk fouls Burt again along the sideline and receives the first booking of the game. This potentially changes this match up against the lively Burt. It\\\'s a long way to the final whistle.

  • 8'

    Sligo struggle to come with the delivery but scramble it clear as no Boh's player can get the final touch into the net. Boh's have looked the more creative in the early stages.

  • 8'

    Liam Burt is fouled in the corner by former team mate Paddy Kirk to create a good opportunity for the visitors.

  • 6'

    Good work by Karl O'Sullivan to win another corner. Sligo incensed with what they feel was a soft free out.

  • 5'

    David Cawley takes the first corner for Sligo but it's cleared by Bohs.

  • We are up and running for the only game of the day in the SSE Airtricity League. It's a glorious day for the clash of Sligo Rovers and Bohemians.

Sligo Rovers

16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
4Shane Blaney Defender 41'
6Greg Bolger 27 Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Niall Morahan Midfielder 68'
9Aidan Keena Forward
10Frank Liivak Forward
14Karl O’Sullivan Forward
19Paddy Kirk Defender 10'
22David Cawley 18 Midfielder
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
31Conor Walsh Goalkeeper
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
18Robbie Burton 22 Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney Forward
27Max Mata 6 Forward 64', 67'
34Kailin Barlow Midfielder
41Eanna Clancy Defender
44Darragh McCarthy Midfielder


25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
2Josh Kerr Defender
5Ciaran Kelly Defender
19Ryan Burke Defender
15James Clarke Midfielder
8Ali Coote 14 Midfielder
17John O’Sullivan Midfielder 54'
11Liam Burt 23 Midfielder 17'
9Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 18 Forward
7Declan McDaid Midfielder 44'
40Jon McCracken Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
14Conor Levingston 8 Midfielder
18Ethon Varian 9 Forward
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Jonathan Afolabi Forward
23Kris Twardek 11 Midfielder
28James McManus Midfielder
31Laurenz Dehl Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Quarter Final)
3 - 1
FAI Women's Cup
Dalymount Park

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers

(Round 15)
2 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Round 16)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

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

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Round 4)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 36)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 24)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 18)
4 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

4 - 3

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 6)
1 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 12)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers


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

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