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Date: 7:05 p.m. April 27, 2012
Venue: The Showgrounds
Ref:
Att: 1,947
TV:

Kenny Browne 18' -
OG: 18'


Scored: 72'
- Sean O'Connor 72'

Peno Miss: 89'
- Christy Fagan 89'



Sligo Rovers 1 - 1 St. Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Apr 27 2012

 

A Showgrounds bathed in sunlight played host to an end-to-end encounter between the only two unbeaten teams left in the season.

 

Ultimately a 1-1 draw saw the teams end the game with their undefeated records in-tact, but it will be Liam Buckley and St Pats who will feel there was three to be taken as Christy Fagan did his best Sergio Ramos impression with three minutes remaining.

 

The Pats striker had the opportunity to wrap up with win when the visitors were awarded a stonewall penalty, but after a short run up be ballooned it over the centre of the goal. Jason McGuinness the culprit, he jumped on Dean Kelly in the box and the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

 

It took only 18 minutes for Sligo Rovers to take the lead as Kenny Browne deflected a Brendan Clarke clearance into the back of the net. To be fair, the sun was in the defenders eyes and the ball was placed perfectly just on the inside of the near post.

 

Pats levelled matters late on when Sean O’Connor drifted into the box and got himself on the end of a John Russell cross to head home from seven yards out. A very cool finish resulted in a very exhilarating finish as the Dublin side sensed there was a winner.

 

Liam Buckley had the luxury of naming the same team for a fourth week running and despite their good run of form it was the hosts who were first to settle. Ian Baraclough had to make one change as Alan Keane was ruled out through injury.

 

The absence of Keane was telling as Rovers never seemed solid at the back and Pats exploited this, but always the final ball was lacking. The home side were dealt another blow when Joseph Ndo had to come off and his creativity was sorely missed.

 

The Bit O’ Red had the first chance on nine minutes when former Drog Ross Gaynor whipped in a tasty corner found McGuiness just yards out, but the centre back didn’t react and the opportunity was wasted.

 

Mark Quigley had a chance to double the lead, and most likely seal the win, when he his effort just narrowly sailed over the bar.

 

Brendan Clarke made a fantastic reaction save just on 66 minutes when Danny North shot from close range only to see his effort deflected behind.

 

Then on 76 minutes it was Gary Rogers’ turn to make a goal saving stop as Chris Forrester was left bewildered as to how his on target effort didn’t go in.

 

In the end a draw was a fair result, Pats will probably feel the more aggrieved as they dominated the game but a lack of incisiveness saw them share the spoils.

 

 

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Danny Ventre, Gavin Peers, Jason McGuinness, Iarfhliath Davoren; Lee Lynch (John Dillon 87), Joseph Ndo (David Cawley 29), Ross Gaynor (Raffaele Cretaro 87), Romuald Boco; Mark Quigley, Danny North.

Subs Not Used: Richard Brush, Pascal Millien, Jake Dykes, Martin Owens.

Booked: North (28), McGuinness (62).

 

St Pat's: Brendan Clarke; Ger O'Brien, Kenny Browne, Connor Kenna, Ian Bermingham; James Chambers (Sean O'Connor 59), John Russell, Greg Bolger, Chris Forrester; Christy Fagan, Jake Kelly (Dean Kelly 46).

Subs Not Used: Jake Carroll, Ian Daly, Pat Flynn, Mark Rossiter, Barry Murphy.

Booked: Bolger (38).

 

Referee: Alan Kelly.

Attendance: 1,947

 

 



Sligo Rovers
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
Jason McGuinness
62Booked: 62'
Defender
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Defender
Danny Ventre
Defender
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Ross Gaynor
Midfielder
Romauld Boco
Midfielder
Mark Quigley
Forward
Danny North
28Booked: 28'
Forward

Substitutes
Marty Owens
Defender
Pascal Millien
Forward
Jake Dykes
Defender
John Dillon
Midfield
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
David Cawley
Midfield
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
18OG: 18'
Conor Kenna
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
38Booked: 38'
James Chambers
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
Midfielder
John Russell
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
Forward
89Peno Miss: 89'
Jake Kelly
Forward

Substitutes
Jake Carroll
Defender
Ian Daly
Forward
Pat Flynn
Defender
Dean Kelly
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
72Scored: 72'
Mark Rossiter
Defender


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