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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 12, 2019
Venue: The Showgrounds
Att: 1,748
TV:

Romeo Parkes 2' -
Scored: 2'


Dante Leverock 43' -
Scored: 43'


Peno Scored: 23'
- Patrick Hoban 23'



League Report: Sligo Rovers 2-1 Dundalk

Sat, Apr 13 2019

Credit: John Doyle

Niall Newberry reporting from the Showgrounds

PHOTO GALLERY OF THE GAME by JOHN DOYLE

Sligo Rovers ended a run of three successive defeats in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday night after recording a 2-1 win over Dundalk – who have now lost twice in succession – at the Showgrounds.

The Bit O’Red took a shock lead inside the first 30 seconds through Romeo Parkes but Patrick Hoban equalised from the spot before Dante Leverock scored the decisive goal minutes before the break.

This was Sligo’s first home win over the Lilywhites since 2012 and they made two enforced changes from the side that lost against Bohemians a week prior with Leverock and Lewis Banks both starting.

Dundalk, who have now lost back-to-back league games for the first time in two years, were surprisingly unchanged from last Friday’s defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic in Inchicore. 

Vinny Perth would have been seeking a response from his troops following that defeat but his Dundalk side made the most disastrous start imaginable.

Some hesitant play from Sean Gannon allowed the impressive Ronan Coughlan to find Banks, and the left-back crossed for Jamaican international striker Parkes, who calmly finished past Gary Rogers. 

Stunned by that early concession, the visitors came dangerously close to shipping a second when Daryl Fordyce found himself through on goal before firing a low shot that went agonisingly wide.

Sligo again should have doubled their advantage when Parkes – who was causing Dundalk considerable trouble – got the better of Brian Gartland before his shot hit the inside of the post.

The hosts were made to rue those missed opportunities however when Dundalk were awarded a penalty after defender Kyle Callan-McFadden was penalised for handling the ball inside the box.

Hoban – who had a penalty saved earlier in the season against Sligo – made no mistake this time with a cheeky ‘Panenka’ finish to score his fourth goal and third spot-kick of the 2019 campaign. 

In the midst of the latest controversy surrounding the FAI and John Delaney, both sets of supporters joined in unison for an anti-FAI chant in the 33rd minute while a ‘Delaney out’ banner was unfurled.

That didn’t disrupt what was a thoroughly entertaining first half at the Showgrounds however, and Sligo amazingly, yet deservingly regained their lead just four minutes before the half-time break.

A corner from David Cawley was headed on by Parkes before Bermudan international defender Leverock, diverted the ball home to send the Sligo supporters into raptures.

The most worrying aspect of this performance from Dundalk’s point of view was their inability to create any clear-cut chances with Sligo goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney a virtual spectator throughout.

Last season’s double-winners have been a shadow of themselves over the past two weeks and in truth, they never looked likely to force an equaliser, instead appearing to be void of any ideas at all.

In fact, it was Sligo that created the best chance of the second period when Coughlan’s cross from the left was met by Fordyce, who produced a remarkable save from former Sligo ‘keeper Rogers.

This result sees Dundalk drop to fourth, 13 points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers, albeit with two matches in hand, the first of which is against Bohemians this coming Monday night at Oriel Park.

 

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney; John Dunleavy, Dante Leverock, John Mahon, Lewis Banks; David Cawley, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Jack Keaney (Niall Morahan 89); Daryl Fordyce, Romeo Parkes (Kris Twardek 73), Ronan Coughlan.

Subs not used: Luke McNicholas, Sam Warde, Brian Morley, John Russell, Liam Kerrigan. 

Booked: Kyle Callan-McFadden (25), Ronan Coughlan (33), Kris Twardek (82).

 

Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (John Mountney 46), Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey; Sean Hoare, Sean Murray (Joe McKee 70); Daniel Kelly (Georgie Kelly 63), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban. 

Subs not used: Aaron McCarey, Cameron Dummigan, Dean Jarvis, Jordan Flores.

Booked: Daniel Kelly (13), Daniel Cleary (40), Jamie McGrath (44), Sean Hoare (57).

 

Referee: Rob Rogers.

Attendance: 1,748.

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Ronan Coughlan (Sligo Rovers).

 



Sligo Rovers
Mitchell Beeney
Goalkeeper
Kyle McFadden
25Booked: 25'
Defender
John Mahon
Defender
Dante Leverock
43Scored: 43'
Defender
John Dunleavy
Defender
Lewis Banks
Defender
Jack Keaney
Midfielder
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
David Cawley
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan
33Booked: 33'
Forward
Romeo Parkes
2Scored: 2'
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Forward

Substitutes
Liam Kerrigan
Midfield
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Niall Morahan
Midfield
Brian Morley
Midfield
John Russell
Midfield
Kris Twardek
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Forward
Sam Warde
Midfield
Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Daniel Cleary
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Dane Massey
Defender
Sean Hoare
Midfielder
57Booked: 57'
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder
44Booked: 44'
Sean Murray
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Michael Duffy
Forward
Patrick Hoban
Forward
23Peno: 23'
Daniel Kelly
Forward 63'
63Subbed Off: 63'

Substitutes
Cameron Dummigan
Defender
Jordan Flores
Midfield
Dean Jarvis
Defender
Georgie Kelly
Forward
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Aaron McCarey
Goalkeeper
Joe McKee
Defender
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
John Mountney
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'


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