Date Time League Season
26 March 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Parkes & Gibson strike for Sligo

Sligo Rovers kicked off their away league fixtures with a 2-1 dismantling of Waterford FC as Romeo Parkes and Jordan Gibson scored for Sligo Rovers and Cian Kavanagh marked his debut with a goal for Waterford.

On a RSC night when Liam Buckley could have played with more defenders, Sligo Rovers toyed with the premier division’s lowest-ranked team who rarely made an impact past the half time mark. Liam Buckley gave 100% trust with the team he selected last weekend against Dundalk and it paid off for the Bit ’O Red. Liam Sheedy on the other hand decided to put his full faith on the young guns to pull through.

It was always going to be a case of how many Sligo Rovers would score against Waterford FC rather than conceding, where Buckley did get the ruthless edge he would have wanted running out 2-1 winners. Kevin Sheedy decided to depend on new signing Prince Mutswungama instead of Daryl Murphy showing a potential change of guard.

Sligo Rovers held out for five minutes before new singing Cian Kavanagh opened the scoring for Waterford- and his Waterford account - against the side placed 10 th in the league table before Sligo Rovers striker Romeo Parkes volleyed the ball in the net at the other end.

Cian Kavanagh began life for the blues with a fifth minute header from a Waterford corner kick. Sligo Rovers very own young prospect Johnny Kenny also had his chance of a headed goal which unfortunately went wide for the red and white army in only the 10 th minute. While Waterford FC knew how to attack Ed McGinty pulled off a fantastic double save in the 19 th minute helping Sligo Rovers become a stronger unit.

Romeo Parkes, in only his second appearance back from his loan spell, added a volleyed second. Poor finishing and fine saves from inspired Waterford goalkeeper Brian Murphy kept the score line down, just as it did in the second half. However Sligo Rovers could put a lot blames on their team.

Jordan Gibson marked his second appearance with an assist for Romeo Parkes in the 35 th minute. Liam Buckley’s Sligo Rovers battled back from a goal down to beat Waterford 2-1 in a league game. The visitors got the winner on the 53rd minute when Jordan Gibson’s shot outside the box was fired inside the net.

However in the rest of the second half neither side grew into the contest and the game was already turned on its head with the Gibson wonder strike. Walter Figueira had a shot hit wide in the 55th minute and despite chances at either end neither side added to the score.

  • 90'

    three minutes added time!

  • 80'

    Cian Kavanagh (Waterford)

  • 80'

    John Martin (Waterford)

  • 72'

    Ryan DeVries (Sligo)

  • 72'

    Johnny Kenny (Sligo)

  • 68'

    Walter Figueira (Sligo)

  • 68'

    David Cawley (Sligo)

  • 67'

    Eric Molloy

  • 67'

    Shane Griffin

  • 63'

    Daryl Murphy!

  • 63'

    Prince Mutswunguma

  • 55'

    Walter Figueira wide!

  • 53'

    Jordan Gibson scores from outside the box!

  • 52'

    Prince Mutswunguma wide!

  • 45'

    Thoughts on the first half?

  • 45'

    Half Time: Waterford 1 - Sligo Rovers 1

  • 37'

    ED McGinty save

  • 37'

    Parkes wide!

  • 34'

    Parkes goal!

  • 22'

    Walter Figueira wide!

  • 19'

    Ed McGinty double save!

  • 10'

    Johnny Kenny wide

  • 6'

    Cian Kavanagh!

  • 5'

    Waterford wide

  • Kick off!

  • Sligo will play a 4-2-3-1 formation

  • Waterford will play a 4-4-2 formation

  • The Waterford Lineup has been annoced: 1. Brian Murphy 2. Darragh Power 3. Cameron Evans 4. Oscar Brennan (C) 6. Kyle Ferguson 7. Shane Griffin 8. Adam O'Reilly 10. Cian Kavanagh 11. James Waite 15. Jamie Mascoll 23. Prince Mutswunguma

  • What are your predictions for the clash in the RSC tonight between Waterford FC and Sligo Rovers?

  • Hi there welcome to tonights live coverage of Waterford FC v Sligo Rovers everybody and Liam Buckley has announced tonight's starting XI. Ed McGinty; Colm Horgan, John Mahon, Garry Buckley, Robbie McCourt; Niall Morahan, Greg Bolger; Jordan Gibson, Romeo Parkes Walter Figueira; Johnny Kenny.


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
3Cameron Evans Defender
4Oscar Brennan Defender
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
7Shane Griffin 10 Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
10Cian Kavanagh 12 Forward 5'
11James Waite Midfielder
16Darragh Power Defender
16Jamie Mascoll Defender
23Prince Mustwunguma 7 Forward
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
5Josh Collins Defender
7Daryl Murphy 23 Forward
12John Martin 10 Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
16Katlego Mashigo Midfielder
18Tunmise Sobowale Defender
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
10Eric Molloy 7 Forward

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan Defender
5Robbie McCourt Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jordan Gibson Forward 53'
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
10Walter Figueira 22 Forward
21John Mahon Defender
24Johnny Kenny 9 Forward
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
27Romeo Parkes Forward 34'
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
4Danny Kane Defender
9Ryan DeVries 24 Forward
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
14Shane Blaney Defender
18John Russell Midfielder
19Regan Donelon Defender
22David Cawley 10 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 13)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Sligo Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Waterford


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinEoin Harte
Trevor Cotter
Neil Doyle


Regional Sports Centre
Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Inner Ring Road, Kilbarry, Waterford, County Waterford, Munster, X91 KT29, Ireland

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