Date Time League Season
3 September 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Sligo on top form against Drogs

A goal in each half was enough for Sligo to dismiss Drogheda. A brilliant first half team goal finished off by Frank Liivak after 9 minutes saw Sligo lead at the break.

While a second half penalty confidently slotted home by Aidan Kenna after 75 minutes saw Sligo run out comfortable winners after a good fight from Drogheda but it's the home side who take all three points.

It was a fast start to proceedings in a wet Showgrounds with both sides pushing forwards and trying to get on the front foot early on. 

Sligo had the first major chance after four minutes with their first corner, the ball being saved off the line by Drogheda from Max Mata’s effort. 

It was Sligo again just 5 minutes later with 9 minutes on the clock a brilliant cross field switch of play with the ball eventually landing at the feet of Frank Liivak his brilliant one two with Max Mata set him in behind the Drogheda defence and he slotted home brilliantly to the keepers right hand side. 

Sligo were on top for the remainder of the half with Drogheda struggling to get out of their own defence at times. 

The home side just lacked that final ball in key areas while Drogheda Keeper Colin McCabe done well getting off his goal line more than once to cut out dangerous passes in behind his goal line.  

Rovers went in at the break 1-0 up but it could or should have been more. 

Sligo came out the second half lacking any real energy and allowed Drogheda to get into the match. 

With the match only 1-0 it was the away side who looked to be the next ones to score; they just lacked a bit of creativity and that killer instinct. 

Dean Williams found himself free in the box after 60 minutes a clever touch set him free but his tame shot did not test the keeper.  

With 73 minutes on the clock Sligo were given a life line against the run of the second half a foul at the edge of the box saw Pijnaker fouled as he tried to get on the end of the cross. 

Aidan Keena stepped up and fired it home 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining and Drogheda left with a mountain to climb. 

Sligo ran out with a 2-0 victory but not without a good fight from the away side the penalty ended their comeback at a crucial stage but they may take confidence in this heading into their next fixtures.

  • 95'

    Full time 2-0

  • 93'

    Sligo winding down the clock

  • 90'

    5 minutes of additional time

  • 85'

    5 minutes remaining Sligo well in command at this stage

  • 75'

    Kenna fires it home 2-0

  • 75'

    Penalty to Sligo!!

  • 74'

    Drogheda have had the better of the second half just missing that vital ball

  • 67'

    Luke Heeney and Adam Foley replace Dylan Grimes and George Poynton

  • 58'

    Double change for Sligo Max Mata and Greg Bolger replaced by Niall Morahan and Kailin Barlow

  • 50'

    Darragh Noone the first player in the ref's book tonight

  • 45'

    Second half underway

  • 45'

    Half time 1-0 to the hosts

  • 35'

    Sligo creating more going forward just lacking that final ball

  • 28'

    Sligo controlling the match since taking the lead

  • 17'

    Poynton forces a save from McNicholas corner kick to come

  • 16'

    Free in a dangerous area for Drogheda

  • 8'

    Frank Liivak with a fantastic goal 1-0!!

  • 4'

    Sligo have the first corner of the game

  • 1'

    Kick off!

  • Both sides are coming out onto a wet Showground as we approach kickoff

  • 15 minutes from kick off the sides are going through their last bits of preparation

  • Less than 30 minutes to go until kickoff and both starting teams have been named

  • Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of tonights league of Ireland fixture

Sligo Rovers

16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
5Cameron Evans 3 Defender
19Paddy Kirk Defender
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
6Greg Bolger 8 Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 25 Midfielder
18Robbie Burton Midfielder 77'
9Aidan Keena Forward 75'
27Max Mata 34 Forward
10Frank Liivak Forward 9'
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan 5 Defender
8Niall Morahan 6 Midfielder
22David Cawley Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney 7 Forward
34Kailin Barlow 27 Midfielder 68'
41Eanna Clancy Defender
44Darragh McCarthy Midfielder
35Sean McAteer Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan 14 Defender
7Darragh Markey 20 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
10Darragh Noone 24 Midfielder 50'
10Dylan Grimes 11 Midfielder
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder
26George Poynton 21 Midfielder
17Dean Williams Forward
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
9Chris Lyons Forward
11Adam Foley 10 Forward
14Dane Massey 5 Defender 76'
16Stevan Stanic-Floody Forward
20Emre Topcu 7 Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 26 Midfielder
24Darragh Nugent 10 Midfielder
41Fiachra Pagel Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 21)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers

(Round 12)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Drogheda United

(Round 5)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers

(Series 33)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 26)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers

(Series 15)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 8)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers


The Showgrounds
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