Setanta Sports Cup
Date: 8 p.m. March 25, 2014
Venue: The Showgrounds
Ref: Mervyn Smith
Att: 816

Danny North 17' - Goal

Danny North 90' - Goal

Red Card - James Chambers 71'



Setanta Cup: Sligo Rovers 2 - 0 St Pat's

Wed, Mar 26 2014

ny North been congratulate by Seanie Maguire after opening the scoring in Tuesday night's Setanta Cup semi-final 1st leg Credit: John Doyle

Sligo Rovers will go into the second leg of their Setanta Sports Cup Semi-Final against St Patrick’s Athletic with a two goal cushion following a 2-0 win at The Showgrounds on Tuesday evening.

 

Danny North struck against his former side in either half to give The Bit O’ Red a glorious opportunity to end their Semi-Final hoodoo in the competition and reach the Final for the first time.

 

A chance for Kieran Djilali within the opening minute was a sign of things to come when he crafted a fine move with Sean Maguire, but the winger saw his effort turned around the post by Rene Gilmartin.

 

Rovers deservedly took the lead in the 17th minute through the clinical North. Aaron Greene dispossessed Killian Brennan in his own half and set-up the striker to drive a low striker under Gilmartin and into the bottom right corner from 20 yards.

 

Pats’ best opportunity of the half came from a free-kick when Brennan found himself within shooting range, but the winger could only blast it over the bar.

 

A piercing run from Greene down the left almost set up a goal before the break for Rovers when he crossed for Paul O’Conor but the midfielder, who could have had a hat-trick in the first-half, could not keep his strike down.

 

The home side could, and probably should, have doubled their lead after 48 minutes when Maguire latched onto cleared ball with his head, but the striker failed to find the target.

 

Mark Quigley was showing minor glimpses of his quality in the first half and came agonisingly close to an equaliser when his looping shot from the edge of the box landed on the roof of Richard Brush’s net.

 

A 66th minute free-kick from Ross Gaynor caused some concern for the Saints’ rearguard when Kalen Spillane flashed a header across the face of goal, but no one was on hand to turn it into the back of the net.

 

St Pats had to see out the final 20 minutes with ten men when James Chambers was sent off for a second bookable offence following a rough challenge on Seamus Conneely.

 

Just a minute later, North should have had his second when Maguire released him for a one-on-one with Brendan Clarke who was equal to the striker’s effort before pushing an O’Conor shot wide.

 

As the game entered it’s final minute, North got his second on the end of a super spell of build-up play. Alan Keane broke down the right flank and squared a ball to Eric Odhiambo who picked out the Grimsby native with an inch perfect through ball. North was forced into a tight angle but this didn’t daunt him and he still managed to squeeze an effort past Clarke.

 

 

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush; Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson, Kalen Spillane, Ross Gaynor; Seamus Conneely, Paul O’Conor (David Cawley 85), Kieran Djilali (Eric Odhiambo 66), Aaron Greene; Sean Maguire (John Russell 73), Danny North.
Subs not used: Gary Rogers, Evan McMillan, Jake Dykes, Regan Donelon.

 

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Rene Gilmartin (Brendan Clarke 52); Conor McCormack, Derek Foran (Ken Oman 25), Sean Hoare, Lorcan Fitzgerald; James Chambers, Lee Lynch, Killian Brennan, Daryl Kavanagh, Conan Byrne (Chris Forrester 68); Mark Quigley.
Subs not used: Ger O’Brien, Ian Bermingham, Greg Bolger, Christy Fagan.

 

 

Referee: Mervyn Smith.

Attendance: 816.

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Seamus Conneely (Sligo Rovers).

 



Sligo Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Ross Gaynor
Defender
Jeff Henderson
85Booked: 85'
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Kalen Spillane
Defender
Seamus Conneely
Midfielder
Kieran Djilali
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Sean Maguire
Forward
Danny North
17Scored: 17'
90Scored: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
David Cawley
Midfield
Regan Donelon
Defender
Jake Dykes
Defender
Evan McMillan
Defender
Eric Odhiambo
Forward
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
John Russell
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Rene Gilmartin
Goalkeeper
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Derek Foran
Defender
10Booked: 10'
Sean Hoare
Defender
Conor McCormack
Defender
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
71Booked: 71'
71Sent off: 71'
Daryl Kavanagh
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Mark Quigley
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfield
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Christy Fagan
Forward
Chris Forrester
Midfield
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender


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