Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 4, 2017
Venue: The Showgrounds
Ref: Ben Connolly
Att: 2,138

Jonah Ayunga 66' -
Red: 66'


Scored: 12'
- Patrick McEleney 12'

Scored: 36'
- Michael Duffy 36'

Scored: 75'
- Ciaran Kilduff 75'

Scored: 82'
- Thomas Stewart 82'



League Report: Sligo Rovers 0 - 4 Dundalk

Sun, Mar 05 2017

Credit: John Doyle

Dundalk made it two wins from two in the SSE Airtricity League with the champions sending out a powerful message to any potential challengers for their crown after recording an emphatic 4-0 win over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds on Saturday night.

 

An accomplished performance which certainly didn’t lack integrity, Stephen Kenny’s side quite simply ran riot as goals from Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy, Ciaran Kilduff and Thomas Stewart saw Dundalk go top of the table, albeit after just two games.

 

Sligo and Dave Robertson on the other hand would’ve been very concerned by what they witnessed, especially on the back of last week’s thrashing at the hands of newly promoted Limerick which means the Bit O’Red currently sit bottom having conceding an alarming nine goals in their opening two matches.

 

The game started slowly, though Gabriel Sava was almost caught out when the evergreen Raffaele Cretaro beat the outrushing Dundalk netminder to the ball but his cross was cut out by Paddy Barrett in what was a lucky escape for the visitors.

 

Dundalk were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position not long after that when Robbie Benson was fouled by Sligo captain Craig Roddan as the rain began to lash down at The Showgrounds.

 

Perhaps that should’ve been taken as a sign of things to come for the hosts as up stepped McEleney, who curled his sublime effort into the top right hand corner past a motionless Shaun Patton to give Dundalk the lead after 12 minutes.

 

That set the tone for the rest of what was to be a miserable night for Sligo and they could’ve fallen even further behind when McEleney’s exceptional pass set Benson on his way but his effort skimmed agonisingly wide of the post in almost slow motion.

 

The inevitable second goal did come ten minutes before the break when Barrett’s long punt out of defence somehow found its way to Duffy, who beat the offside trap and showed great composure to open his account for his new club.

 

Jonah Ayunga fashioned what was Sligo's only real effort in the entire match when he fired well over from a Daniel Kearns corner.

 

Ayunga got himself embroiled in a battle with defenders Barrett and Brian Gartland throughout the night, picking up a yellow card for elbowing the latter not long after the restart and the forward received his second booking and marching orders for an unnecessary lunge on Barrett with about 25 minutes to play.

 

Dundalk indeed added a killer third through Kilduff when he headed home from a Sean Gannon cross following some wonderful play from substitute Jamie McGrath and the champions were now in cruise control.

 

Kenny then introduced new signing Stewart, who spent the last few years in the United States, and he too got himself on the scoresheet barely three minutes later after bundling in at the second attempt following a neat pass from Benson.

 

Ben Connolly called time on what was a long night for the Sligo faithful with a small percentage booing their side at the full-time whistle and based on this evidence, it could also be a long season for the Bit O’Red who suffered their worst home defeat since 2009.

 

 

Sligo Rovers: Shaun Patton; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Leahy, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Regan Donelon; Daniel Kearns (Kieran Sadlier 62), John Russell, Craig Roddan, Liam Martin; Raffaele Cretaro (Matthew Stevens 77), Jonah Ayunga.

Subs not used: Edward McGinty (gk), Gary Boylan, Chris Kenny, Mikey Place, Jack Keaney.

Booked: Russell (25), Martin (33), Ayunga (52 and 66).

Sent Off: Ayunga (66).

 

Dundalk: Gabriel Sava; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Paddy Barrett, Niclas Vemmelund; John Mountney (Jamie McGrath 71), Conor Clifford, Robbie Benson, Michael Duffy (Steven Kinsella 83); Patrick McEleney, Ciaran Kilduff (Thomas Stewart 79).

Subs not used: Ben Kelly (gk), Emmet Hughes, Chris Shields, Keith Dalton.

Booked: None.

 

Referee: Ben Connolly.

Attendance: 2,138

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Michael Duffy (Dundalk).

 

 



Sligo Rovers
Shaun Patton
Goalkeeper
Kyle McFadden
Defender
Mick Leahy
Defender
Regan Donelon
Defender
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
Defender
John Russell
18Booked: 18'
Midfielder
Craig Roddan
Midfielder
Liam Martin
27Booked: 27'
Midfielder
Raffaele Cretaro
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder
Daniel Kearns
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Forward
Jonah Ayunga
52Booked: 52'
66Booked: 66'
66Sent off: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Kieran Sadlier
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Midfield
Michael Place
Midfield
Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
Chris Kenny
Midfield
Jack Keaney
Midfield
Gary Boylan
Defender
Matthew Stevens
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Forward
Dundalk
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Brian Gartland
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Paddy Barrett
Defender
Niclas Vemmelund
Defender
John Mountney
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
12Scored: 12'
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
36Scored: 36'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Conor Clifford
Midfielder
Robbie Benson
Midfielder
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward
75Scored: 75'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'

Substitutes
Thomas Stewart
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
82Scored: 82'
Chris Shields
Midfield
Jamie McGrath
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Steven Kinsella
Forward
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Ben Kelly
Goalkeeper
Emmet Hughes
Defender
Keith Dalton
Defender


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