Date Time League Season
14 September 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Lewis Banks Sligo win

A second half Lewis Banks header, was enough to give Sligo Rovers all three points, as they overcame Dundalk 2-1, in tonight’s SSE Airtricity League meeting at the Showgrounds.

Both sides found the net within 60 seconds of each other, Patrick Hoban on hand to put home a very scrappy opener for his side, before Andre Wright headed home from a Sligo corner to equalise.

It was Banks who got the winner in the 52nd minute, Greg Bolger sending in a free kick, with Banks looping a header over Alessio Abibi.

Tonight’s win sees Sligo sit just five points behind St. Pats, the home side remain in third as they look comfortable to remain in that spot until the end of the season.

The Bit O'Red had an early chance to go in front, Adam McDonnell striking a free kick, which just managed to go over the crossbar. Greg Sloggett got on the end of a Michael Duffy lay off but his shot flew over the bar.

Dundalk found the breakthrough in the 18th minute, a dictionary definition of a goalmouth scramble, as Patrico Hoban managed to flick on a goal bound strike by Will Patching, into the back of the Sligo goal.

Just seconds later the home side drew level, Andre Wright getting his first goal for the club, as he was on hand at the back post, to fire home after a short corner was taken quickly, with the ball managing to find its way to Wright at the back post.

With both teams all square at the break, the opening of the second half was a tight affair, Hoban managing the first major chance for his side, he got up well to meet a cross but his downward header was gathered safely by Ed McGinty in the Sligo goal.

The match winner came from the head of Lewis Banks, Greg Bolger sending a dangerous ball in from a free-kick, Banks running into the header, before sending a looping header over Abibi who couldn't keep it out. Their first back to back league win since June, as Dundalk suffer their 12th defeat of the season.

  • 90'

    Full Time at the Showgrounds, Sligo come out 2-1 winners as Lewis Banks header is the winner for Sligo

  • 87'

    Caution for the Dundalk forward

  • 80'

    Another change for Sligo, Colm Horgan replaces David Cawley

  • 79'

    Sean Murray replaces Sam Stanton for Dundalk

  • 72'

    Enforced change for Sligo, Adam McDonnell replaces Niall Morahan

  • 65'

    Double change for Sligo, Melvyn Lorenzen and Walter Figueira replace Johnny Kenny and Ryan DeVries

  • 57'

    Mayowa Animasahun replaces Sami Ben Amar

  • 61'

    More chances for Sligo, they go close twice to adding a third goal but the scoreline remains 2-1

  • 52'

    What an absolutely beautiful finish by Lewis Banks, he heads onto a free kick and fires into the Dundalk goal

  • 45'

    Half Time at the Showgrounds, Sligo 1-1 Dundalk as it stands, a great half of football, both goals coming less than 60 seconds apart, more goals in this game

  • 33'

    Will Patching goes into the referees notebook

  • 19'

    Well that lead did not last long, Andre Wright getting his first goal for the club

  • 18'

    Patrick Hoban puts Dundalk 1-0 ahead! Converting a patching shot at goal

  • 10'

    Very little action so far in this tie, both sides getting the feel of each other in the opening 10 minutes

  • Both sides needing a win for different reasons, Sligo are aiming to cement their spot in Europe next year, while Dundalk aim to be a Premier Division side and avoid relegation

  • For Dundalk they welcome Alessio Abibi back between the posts while Michael Duffy also starts for the Lilywhites

  • No changes for the home side from Friday nights 2-0 win over St Pats, short turn around since Friday but Liam Buckley opts for the same side

  • You are very welcome to the Showgrounds in Sligo, for mid week action in the SSE Airtricity League as Sligo Rovers welcome Dundalk for tonights tie, Kick Off is at 7:45

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender 52'
5Robbie McCourt Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries 15 Forward
17Adam McDonnell 8 Midfielder
21John Mahon Defender
22David Cawley 3 Midfielder
24Johnny Kenny 10 Forward
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
44Andre Wright Forward 19'
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan 22 Defender
4Danny Kane Defender
8Niall Morahan 17 Midfielder
10Walter Figueira 24 Forward
11Seamus Keogh Midfielder
15Melvyn Lorenzen 9 Midfielder
20Darren Collins Forward
27Romeo Parkes Forward


1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 16 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 18'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
17Sami Ben Amar 24
18Will Patching Midfielder 33'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
16Sean Murray 8 Midfielder
22Ebuka Kwelele Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun 17 Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
36Jack Kavanagh

Past Meetings

(Series 10)
Premier Division
Oriel Park

eLOI-Group B
Online Event

(Series 1)
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

(Series 18)
Premier Division
Oriel Park

(Series 9)
Premier Division
The Showgrounds


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

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.