Date Time League Season
29 October 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Sligo grab first win in six games

Sligo Rovers get their first win in six games as John Mahon’s 72nd minute header was enough to take all three points after a dominant display against Drogheda United at the Showgrounds.

Johnny Kenny’s goal in the dying moments killed off the tie, as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners.

The visitors started the stronger side, with chances for Mark Doyle in early stages. however the Bit O’Red gained some confidence and momentum when teenager Johnny Kenny caught Gary Deegan in possession just inside the Drogheda half on 13 minutes driving towards the Boynesiders goal with James Browne for company, the defender doing enough to force the youngsters strike just wide. 

From then on, apart from the rare break forward, it was simply backs to the wall for the visitors as Rovers went in search of an opener, with a number of attempts driven high, wide or both from DeVries, Banks and McDonnell. 

Drogheda looked nervous at the back with Kenny once again closing down this time forcing Goalkeeper David Odumosu to kick the ball out of play into safety. 

The breakthrough almost came with five minutes left in the first half, however, three fine saves in the space of 30 seconds from Odumosu denied Banks, Wright and DeVries. 

Drogheda weren't prepared to lay down and showed the North West outfit they needed to stay alert at the back and Doyle broke forward, his shot drifted just wide of Ed McGinty's post. 

United started the second half with renewed optimism which was short lived as Sligo quality and work rate shone through hemming the visitors into their own half peppering Odumosus goal time and time again. 

The breakthrough came almost came against the run of play as Gary Deegan, linked up with Killian Phillips to play in James Browne as Tim Clancys men broke forward, Brownes effort was tired and floated into McGintys arms. 

Almost instantly Browne was called into action once again this time denying Kenny from opening the scoring for the home side. 

Mahon broke the deadlock with 18 minutes of normal time remaining, as a run from deep met Adam McDonnell's in swinging corner, the academy graduate made no mistake in rattling the net. 

Drogheda went in search of an equaliser bringing on Ronan Murray and Jake Hyland leaving themselves open at the back allowing Johnny Kenny to kill off the tie with two minutes remaining in normal time. 

  • Full time Sligo Rovers 2 - 0 Drogheda United

  • 90'

    Cawley replaces Wright to see out the game

  • 88'

    Sligo looking to kill the game as the go in search of a second and Kenny provides

  • 86'

    O'Reilly sees yellow

  • 84'

    Kenny plays in Byrne but Odomosu gets out and plays it off the mayo man to win a goal kick

  • 79'

    Wright comes close for sligo

  • 73'

    Double sub for Drogs as Murray and Hyland replace Phillips and Massay

  • 73'

    Drogheda almost equalise straight away

  • 72'

    Mahon with a run from deep gets the opener as McDonnel floats in a corner from the right

  • 69'

    Mark Byrne enters the fray in place of DeVries

  • 68'

    James Browne shows his pace once more this time at the back denying Kenny as the home side break forward after a spell of pressure from Drogheda

  • 64'

    Drogs with a big chance as Browne gets 1 on 1 with McGinty but his effort is tired and floats into the scots hands

  • 61'

    second change for drogs as Heeney replaces Markey

  • 59'

    Sligo putting big pressure on Drogs looking for the opener as we approach the hour mark

  • 56'

    Lyons is replaced by Adeyemo

  • 55'

    Mahon heads over the bar from a corner, so close for the big man

  • 51'

    Figueira finds Kenny with a cross, his acrobatic effort flies over

  • 47'

    Markey catches McDonnell and sees yellow

  • 47'

    Drogs with an early free in a dangerous area

  • 46'

    Sligo get us underway for the 2nd half

  • 45'

    Half Time

  • 45'

    sligo corner as we enter additional time

  • 42'

    McGinty sees Mark Doyles strike fly wide as the drogheda striker gets a rare attempt

  • 39'

    Three Odumosu saves in quick succession denying Banks, Wright and DeVries

  • 35'

    Drogheda break with numbers but Buckley stands strong and denies

  • 33'

    Kenny almost catches Odumosu in possession, very nervy moments for the Drogs

  • 30'

    Bolger floats in a free which falls to DeVries but his attempt to chip it in goes just over the bar

  • 29'

    Rovers turning the screw looking for an opener as we approach the half hour mark

  • 25'

    Figueira drives in and finds McDonnell who turns his man but strike high over the bar

  • 16'

    Rovers growing into the game, Banks strikes from range but drives high and wide

  • 13'

    Kenny catches Deegan in possession and drives forward but James Browne gets back and applies pressure to force the teenager to shoot wide

  • 10'

    Sligo attack from deep but are crowded out as Drogs get back in numbers

  • 8'

    Mark Doyle comes close, the Boynesiders are on top in the early stages

  • 5'

    Chance for Drogs early on resulting in a corner for the visitors

  • 1'

    We are under way

  • TEAM NEWS Drogheda are unchanged from their win over Derry City, former Sligo player Ronan Murray starts on the bench

  • TEAM NEWS Greg Bolger returns for Sligo Rovers fresh from signing a contract extension with the Bit O'Red

  • Welcome to cover of Sligo Rovers V Drogheda United

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
21John Mahon Defender 72'
5Robbie McCourt Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
10Walter Figueira Forward
17Adam McDonnell Midfielder
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries 12 Forward
24Johnny Kenny Forward 88'
44Andre Wright 22 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
4Danny Kane Defender
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
11Seamas Keogh Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 9 Midfielder
15Melvyn Lorenzen Midfielder
22David Cawley 44 Midfielder
20Darren Collins Forward
27Romeo Parkes Forward

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
24Joe Redmond Defender
41Dane Massey 11 Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender 86'
7Darragh Markey 21 Midfielder 48'
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
19Killian Phillips 17 Midfielder
14Mark Doyle Forward
9Chris Lyons 20 Forward
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
25Kaleem Simon Midfielder
11Jake Hyland 41 Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 7 Midfielder
22James Clarke Midfielder
17Ronan Murray 19 Forward
20Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
10Dinny Corcoran Forward
31Ahu Obhakhan Forward

Past Meetings

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