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Date: 7:05 p.m. April 13, 2012
Venue: The Showgrounds
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Att: 2,488
TV:

Danny North 24' -
Scored: 24'


Peno Scored: 35'
- David McDaid 35'



Sligo Rovers 1 - 1 Derry City

Fri, Apr 13 2012

Sligo Rovers continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw with Derry City at The Showgrounds on Friday evening to remain top of the table, though they didn’t have it all their own way against the Candystripes.

 

A first-half Danny North goal had put the home team into the lead but that was cancelled out by a David McDaid penalty in what was, overall, a disappointing game.

 

The opening was quite lively however, and there were plenty of early opportunities. Derry’s first chance came from a Patrick McEleney ball to Mark Farren which Gary Rogers was able to get to easily, while Declan Devine’s men were doing well at the back keeping Sligo out and Farren, in particular, was causing plenty of trouble up front.

 

Nonetheless, Rovers did open the scoring on 24 minutes through in-form striker Danny North. Defender Alan Keane crossed the ball from the right to North who was sitting right in front of goal to net his sixth in five games.

 

Just minutes after the opener, Rovers could easily have doubled their lead. A lovely one-two between Romauld Boco and North played the latter in but his strike at goal was feeble.

 

Derry were sprung into life after conceding and Rovers keeper Gary Rogers was forced to pull off a great save from a David McDaid effort after he took the ball down on the edge of the box and struck well.

 

City were awarded a penalty on 35 minutes after Simon Madden was needlessly pushed over in the box by Iarfhlaith Davoren, despite the Tullamore man’s protest and former Sligo Rovers man David McDaid stepped up and equalised with an excellent penalty.

 

A fantastic Patrick McEleney ball into the Sligo box was met by Farren but he could not get his header on target and sent it just wide of the post.

 

Following that, a headed clearance from Jason McGuinness fell perfectly for the Derry youngster Patrick McEleney who rattled the Sligo crossbar early in the second-half with a fantastic strike from outside the box.

 

North is always a danger up front and he went ever so close to netting again after he latched on to a Joseph Ndo corner but he hit it too high. Kevin Deery, who picked up a booking earlier in the second half, was lucky to stay on the pitch after he caught Cretaro badly.

 

The last ten minutes were nothing short of intense and both sides certainly had their opportunities. Lee Lynch lost the ball to Stephen McLaughlin who played in Rory Patterson. The substitute’s strike from the edge of the box was intercepted by Jason McGuinness and Kevin Deery’s shot then went out of play.

 

An excellent save from Ger Doherty kept his side in the game in the dying moments following a strong effort from Cretaro but it was soon full-time and both sides walked away with a deserved point each.

 

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Jason McGuinness, Gavin Peers, Iarfhlaith Davoren; Lee Lynch, Joseph Ndo (John Dillon, 81), Danny Ventre (Ross Gaynor, 66), Romauld Boco (Mark Quigley,80); Raffaele Cretaro, Danny North.
Subs not used: Richard Brush, Martin Owens, Liam Martin, David Cawley.

Bookings: Peers (42).

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Ryan McBride, Eddie McCallion, Dermot McCaffrey; Patrick McEleney (Rory Patterson, 72 [Barry McNamee, 92]), Barry Molloy, Kevin Deery, Stephen McLaughlin; David McDaid, Mark Farren.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Brian McGroary, Matthew Crossan, Michael Barr, Caoimhin Bonner.

Bookings: Madden (40), Deery (50), Farren (85).

 

Referee: Richie Winter.

Attendance: 2,488

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Mark Farren (Derry City).

 



Sligo Rovers
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
42Booked: 42'
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Defender
Danny Ventre
Midfielder
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Romauld Boco
Midfielder
Danny North
24Scored: 24'
Forward
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Quigley
Forward
Marty Owens
Defender
Liam Martin
Midfield
Ross Gaynor
Defender
John Dillon
Midfield
David Cawley
Midfield
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Eddie McCallion
Defender
Dermot McCaffrey
Defender
Ryan McBride
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
40Booked: 40'
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Stephen McLaughlin
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Kevin Deery
Midfielder
50Booked: 50'
David McDaid
Forward
35Peno: 35'
Mark Farren
Forward
85Booked: 85'

Substitutes
Barry McNamee
Midfield
Brian McGroary
Midfield
Eugene Ferry
Goalkeeper
Matthew Crossan
Defender
Caoimhin Bonner
Defender
Michael Barr
Defender
Rory Patterson
Forward


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