Date Time League Season
26 June 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Kenny fires Sligo to four-goal win

A Johnny Kenny masterclass handed Sligo Rovers an emphatic 4 nil win over Bohemians at the Showgrounds tonight.

A goal in each half for the teenager and a forced error from Rob Cornwall as well as a Ryan DeVries goal gave the Bit O’Red all three points.

The game started lively with Kenny letting his intentions be known early on with his first opportunity coming in the sixth minute of the game with Gibson and DeVries also making a nuisance of themselves.  

With little over 10 minutes played, Jordan Gibson smashed a free kick from about 20 yards against the Bohemians wall but was fortunate that the ball landed to give him a second chance, sweetly struck it looked as though it was heading for the bottom corner only for James Talbot to get down in time. Talbot however, was only able to parry the ball into the path of the schoolboy Kenny who needed no invitation to rattle the side netting and give his side an early lead.  

The goal seamed to give both sides a lift with Sligo coming close and McGinty being forced into an excellent save. It didn’t take long before Kenny was involved in another goal, full back Lewis Banks found himself surging into the Bohemians box when he spotted Kenny making a run to the far post. His low drilled shot somehow evaded Talbot in the goal and forced Rob Cornwall to intervene as Kenny surely would have bagged his second, Cornwall however turned the ball into his own net half way through the first half. 

The game ebbed and flowed for the rest of the half with both teams having opportunities and creating chance, the best of which fell to Kenny who struck the post with a header after Mark Byrnes pin pointed cross and Tierney with a strike from 18 yards for their respective sides. 

Bohemians started the second half with all guns blazing bringing on Lyons and Breslin and looking to move to a wider attacking play and had the ball in the back of the net after 3 minutes only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.  

Still in shock, Sligo almost let Bohs into the game moments later but the confident McGinty pulled out a superb stop that could only be described as a wakeup call for Sligo. As Bohs attempted another attack John Mahon stepped in to steal the ball away and find Gibson on the halfway line. Gibson in turn released New Zealander Ryan DeVries who drove into the box and with all the composure in the world slipped the ball past Talbot to give his side some breathing room. 

Sligo almost got another minutes later as Kenny rattled the post once more. 

Bohs were not giving up and continued to chase the game bring on Keith Ward and James Finnerty but could not break down the Sligo defence with Banks Mahon and Donelon all putting their bodies on the line for the cause. 

Sligo, in particular Kenny, were not finished, with 10 minutes to play Gibson found Kenny in space and the academy graduate found the net again for his second of what could easily have been 4 or five, to secure all 3 points for the home side. 

As time ran out David Cawley saw an opportunity to put the Rovers back top of the table on goal difference but his strike was just wide. 

Next up before both sides head off to Iceland for their respective Europa Conference ties, Sligo is the short trip to bottom side Longford Town while Bohemians host table toppers St Patricks Athletic.

  • 90'

    Cawley comes close as we enter added time

  • 84'

    Bohs looking to get something from this but the Sligo defence are not letting up

  • 80'

    Kenny gets his 2nd and Rovers 4th of the evening, one more puts them back top of the table, 10 mins left

  • 79'

    2nd change for sligo as Cawley comes in for Bolger

  • 77'

    First change for sligo as Horgan replaces Donelon

  • 76'

    McGinty forced into another save after some quality play from Bohs

  • 74'

    John Mahon dominating at the back for Sligo, really showing his quality and experience for such a young player

  • 71'

    A plethora of chances for Sligo but Bohs players throwing themselves in the way, finally Kenny blasts over the bar

  • 69'

    Conor Levingston replaces Buckley as Bohs make their final change

  • 67'

    Banks with a last ditch challenge denies Bohemians a sure goal

  • 65'

    Sligo playing some nice football as they go in search of a 4th but Gibson is offside

  • 62'

    another double sub for Bohs as Ward and Finnerty come on for Feely and Burt

  • 58'

    Johnny Kenny creates another chance but rattles the post once more

  • 53'

    Mahon wins the ball in defence, plays out to Gibson who finds DeVries, alot still to do the Kiwi makes his way into the box and slips it into the far corner 3 nil to the Bit O'Red

  • 52'

    Bohs have come out strong in this half forcing McGinty into another save

  • 48'

    Bohs have the ball in the net but the linesman raises his flat to let Sligo off the hook

  • 46'

    Lyons and Breslin on for Cornwall and Wilson at half time

  • 46'

    2 changes for Bohs at half time

  • 46'

    2 changes for Bohs at half time

  • 46'

    2nd half underway

  • 45'

    Half time at the showgrounds

  • 45'

    1 min added on at the end of this half

  • 43'

    Superb play from Bolger to create another opportunity for Sligo

  • 42'

    Burt forces McGinty into a save with a 30 yard strike

  • 40'

    Bohemians struggling to get a foothold on the game here with 5 to play in this half

  • 34'

    Sublime cross from Byrne puts it on the head of Kenny who rattles the outside of the post

  • 29'

    Another dangerous free for Sligo about 30 yards out, Gibson shoots over

  • 27'

    Beautiful play by Burt who lays it on for Tierney but his shot is just wide

  • 22'

    Calamity at the back for Bohs as Banks tears into the box and slips Kenny in at the back post but the ball comes of Rob Cornwall and into the net

  • 15'

    End to end stuff here since the goal with Kenny coming close again and McGinty forced into a save at the other end

  • 14'

    Gibson strikes straight at the wall but his second attempt is parried by Talbot into the path of Kenny who makes no mistake and rattles the net

  • 13'

    Dangerous free for Sligo 20 + yards old

  • 8'

    Gibsons first chance but he blasts over from the edge of the box

  • 6'

    First chance of the game falls to Johnny Kenny but Talbot claims easily

  • 4'

    Both teams trying to get the ball down and play

  • 1'

    Gibson gets us underway

  • Bohemians are also unchanged from their triumph over rivals Shamrock Rovers

  • No changes for Sligo for their 1-1 draw with Derry as Buckley remains out injured

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Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
6Greg Bolger 22 Midfielder
7Jordan Gibson Forward
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
9Ryan DeVries Forward 53'
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
14Shane Blaney Defender
19Regan Donelon 3 Defender
21John Mahon Defender
24Johnny Kenny Forward 14', 80'
3Colm Horgan 19 Defender
10Walter Figueira Forward
18John Russell Midfielder
22David Cawley 6 Midfielder
23Scott Lynch Defender
25Cillian Heaney Forward
27Romeo Parkes Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
33Peter Maguire Defender


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely 18 Defender
5Rob Cornwall 2 Defender 22'
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
8Ali Coote Midfielder
11Liam Burt 10 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward
16Keith Buckley 14 Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson 3 Defender
26Ross Tierney Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
2Andy Lyons 5 Defender
3Anto Breslin 19 Defender
10Keith Ward 11 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston 16 Midfielder
18James Finnerty 4 Defender
21Bastien Hery Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
30Robert Mahon Midfielder

Past Meetings

4 - 3

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 6)
1 - 3
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 12)
0 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Damien MacGraithAllen Lynch
Emmett Dynan
Adriano Reale


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