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

Match Report

Kenny and DeVries deliver for Sligo

In front of a bumper crowd, Sligo Rovers found their first victory in 10 weeks with first half goals from Johnny Kenny and a wonder strike from Ryan DeVries just before half time the difference.

Kenny fired from a penalty, while DeVries effort came just before the break, in a game where St. Patrick's Athletic failed to take their chances.

Sligo got off to a dream start as Mahon was taken down to be awarded a penalty in the opening minutes with youngster Kenny stepping up and confidently smashing the ball past Pats Keeper Vitezslav Jaros. 

As the half grew on the Dublin outfit were in the ascendancy peppering McGinty’s goal with shot after shot, the young Scot equal to each and every attempt.  

There was a second penalty shout for the home side just after the half hour mark as Mahon was once again pulled down in the Pats box - however, he was adjudged to have been in an offside position initially.  

Moments later a big chance arose for the Inchicore side as McGinty parried a Burns effort into the path of former teammate Ronan Coughlan, Mahon however, came to the rescue to deny the Limerick native with a massive interception.  

As the side exchanged attacks DeVries stepped up with a wonder strike from 25 yards, aided by Andre Wright as he blocked off the defender, beating Jaros in the town end goal on the stroke of half time. 

After the restart it was much of the same, with the Reds having the lion’s share of possession, as the Bit O’Red faithful roared on with Mahon, Garry Buckley and Greg Bolger all putting their bodies on the line for the pride of their shirt. 

The game erupted as Kenny got away with catching Burns in the box, as the away side legitimately laid claim to a penalty, referee Paul McLoughlin thought otherwise. 

Rovers emptied the bench with defensive reinforcement as well as a cameo debut for midfielder Melvyn Lorenzen as they held off a vociferous St. Pats side holding onto a tenth clean sheet of the season. 

A quick turnaround for Rovers as they host Dundalk on Tuesday evening before the visit of league leaders Shamrock Rovers. Pats however host Wexford in the FAI Cup next weekend before also hosting the Tallaght side in the next round when they return to league action. 

  • 90'

    full time sligo 2 pats 0

  • 90'

    figueira picks up a yellow

  • 90'

    5 minutes added on for pats to get something out of this game

  • 88'

    Lennon replaces lewis for pats

  • 88'

    Horgan for McDonnell Keogh for Cawley as sligo look to see out this game

  • 84'

    Sligo with their own spell of pressure

  • 80'

    Pats Pushing to get into this game with 10 to play

  • 77'

    Melvin-lambert replaces King for pats

  • 78'

    Figueira replaces Kenny morahan replaces Bolger

  • 73'

    shouts for a Pats penalty but the referee is having none of it

  • 73'

    Melvyn Lorenzen making his debut as he replaces goalscorer DeVries

  • 69'

    Kenny drives at the pats defence and forces Jaros to get down and stop the youngster doubling his tally

  • 67'

    Hickman off for McCormack

  • 65'

    great defending by Mahon, finding DeVries as he drives forward takin the pressure off his side

  • 62'

    McDonnell takes a strike from distance but drives it wide

  • 60'

    Rovers managing this game very well as the slowly build the intensity in this half as we pass the hour mark

  • 53'

    Sligo defending with their lives cutting off angles and getting bodies in the way

  • 46'

    The Bit O'Red get the second half underway

  • 45'

    half time as rovers take a convincing lead into the break, all to do for pats in the second half

  • 44'

    DeVries rattles the net from 25 yards, what a time to score for rovers

  • 41'

    Pats with a big chance, McGinty Parries and Mahon clears

  • 36'

    Mahon pulled down in the box again and then find the net but the linesman waves his flag for offside

  • 35'

    Smith sees yellow for a rash challenge on cawley

  • 34'

    Kenny catches Smith a little late and is booked

  • 33'

    Cawley with a wild strike from distance under pressure

  • 25'

    yellow for mcdonnel as he catches forrestor late

  • 24'

    Sligo under pressure as Burns tries an acrobatic effort

  • 20'

    McGinty forced into a super save by King

  • 17'

    Free driven straight at the wall

  • 17'

    shouts for a pats penalty but the referee says contact was outside the box, dangerous territory

  • 11'

    Rovers with a dangerous free played short resulting in a corner

  • 10'

    Pats looking for the equaliser as Burns swings one in deep but McGinty collects strong

  • 7'

    Kenny almost turns to provider as the youngster drives past the pats defence and almost finds banks at the far post

  • 3'

    Johnny Kenny smashes it in,

  • 2'

    Mahon pulled down in the box as mcdonnell swings in a free kick

  • 2'

    Penalty Rovers

  • Pats set to get us underway at the showgrounds

  • Jaros returns to goal for St Pats, as Ronan Coughlan starts up top against his former side

  • Greg Bolger returns to captain the Bit O'Red while Johnney Kenny starts alongside Andre Wright, Melvyn Lorenzen starts on the bench

  • Welcome to coverage of the clash of the reds as Sligo Rovers host St Patrick's Athletic in the SSE Airtricity League

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
5Robbie McCourt Defender
6Greg Bolger 8 Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries 15 Forward 44'
17Adam McDonnell 3 Midfielder 25'
21John Mahon Defender
22David Cawley 11 Midfielder
24Johnny Kenny 10 Forward 3'
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
44Andre Wright Forward
3Colm Horgan 17 Defender
4Danny Kane Defender
8Niall Morahan 6 Midfielder
10Walter Figueira 24 Forward 90'
11Seamus Keogh 22 Midfielder
15Melvyn Lorenzen 9 Midfielder
20Darren Collins Forward
27Romeo Parkes Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper

St. Pat's Ath.

Jak Hickman 18 Defender
1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
4Sam Bone Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
12Matty Smith Forward 35'
15Billy King 19 Forward
16Alfie Lewis 6 Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward
29Paddy Barrett Defender
James Abankwah
6Jamie Lennon 16 Midfielder
9Kyrian Nwoko Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
19Nahum Melvin-Lambert 15 Forward
20Shane Griffin Defender
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
31Kian Corbally Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 16)
Premier Division
Richmond Park

(Series 9)
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

(Series 11)
Premier Division
Richmond Park

(Series 2)
Premier Division
The Showgrounds


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinAllen Lynch
Emmett Dynan
Damien MacGraith


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