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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 12, 2010
Venue: Morton Stadium
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Gary O'Neill 51' -
Scored: 51'


Scored: 55'
- Padraig Amond 55'



Sporting Fingal 1-1 Sligo Rovers

Sat, Mar 13 2010
Click on the image to view a selection of photos from the game, courtesy of Paul O'Donohoe.

Sporting Fingal and Sligo Rovers played out a score draw at Morton Stadium in a relatively timid affair, where both sides had chances for the winner but failed to take them.

Gary O’Neill opened the scoring for Fingal in the 51st minute after he went past Alan Keane and smashed the ball past Richard Brush from close range.

Minutes later Padraig Amond the equalised for Rovers after an uncharacteristic defensive slip-up from Stephen Paisley in the 55th minute.

The first half was largely a scramble for possession in the middle of the park. The match did start out with the two sides exchanging attack and counter-attack, but not many shots found their way on target.

A first goal could well have come for Sporting Fingal after just nine minutes. A Conan Byrne free-kick was deflected, but the ball was well saved.

Byrne went close again a minute later with a fizzing shot from the edge of the box which went to the right and wide.

In goal for Sligo Rovers, Richard Brush enjoyed a fine first half as he denied Fingal on numerous occasions.

Stephen Paisley went off injured early-on after a clash of heads, but came back on minutes later sporting a bandage around his head only to earn himself a yellow card.

Just before half time, Richard Brush rushed out to claim a high ball outside his penalty area. Despite the protests of several Fingal players, the referee judged Brush to have used his chest to clear the ball away and not his hands.

Both sides went into the break level after a half in which the ball was largely mired in midfield.

Coming out after half time, the match seemed to change pace dramatically. Both sides began to push hard for an opening goal.

The opening goal did come for Sporting Fingal after 51 minutes. Gary O’Neill used his skill to come in off the right wing, beat Alan Keane and finish past Brush to make it 1-0 to the Ravens.

It was then Rovers’ turn to attack and the Bit O’Red poured men forward. Their equaliser came in the 55th minute thanks to a slip by Fingal defender Stephen Paisley.

Paisley’s mistake allowed Padraig Amond to go one-on-one with Brendan Clarke, and the ex-Shamrock Rovers striker cooly slotted the ball past the Fingal ‘keeper.

Rovers weren’t content with just the equaliser though, and for a while pressed forward in search of a winner.

This let Fingal exploit them on the counter-attack, but The Ravens weren’t able to take advantage of the chances they had.

The match ended 1-1, giving Sporting Fingal their first ever point in the Airtricity Premier Division in their first home match at that level.

Sporting Fingal: Brendan Clarke; Kenny Browne, Shaun Maher, Stephen Paisley, Keith Quinn; Shane McFaul, Ronan Finn, Shaun Williams; Conan Byrne, Gary O’Neill, Alan Kirby (Glen Crowe ’70)
Unused Subs: Brian Gannon, Darren Quigley, Colm James, Eamon Zayed

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush; Paul Whelan, Gavin Peers, Alan Keane, Iarfhlaith Davoren; Gary McCabe (John Dillon ’69), Danny Ventre, Richie Ryan, Eoin Doyle; Matthew Blinkhorn, Padraig Amond (Mark Doninger ’90)
Unused Subs: Conor O’Grady,Mauro Almeida, Ciaran Kelly

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)

Official Attendance: 1276

Extratime Man of the Match: Padraig Amond



Sporting Fingal
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Shaun Maher
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Stephen Paisley
7Booked: 7'
Defender
Alan Kirby
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Keith Quinn
Midfielder
Shaun Williams
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
51Scored: 51'
Forward
Shane McFaul
85Booked: 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Colm James
Midfield
Brian Gannon
Defender
Glen Crowe
Forward
Darren Quigley
Goalkeeper
Eamon Zayed
Forward
Sligo Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Alan Keane
Defender
Gavin Peers
Defender
Danny Ventre
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Paul Whelan
Defender
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Midfielder
Eoin Doyle
Midfielder
72Booked: 72'
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Richie Ryan
Midfielder
Padraig Amond
Forward
55Scored: 55'
Matthew Blinkhorn
Forward

Substitutes
Mauro Almeida
Defender
John Dillon
Midfield
Mark Doninger
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
Conor O'Grady
Midfield


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