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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 8, 2013
Venue: The Brandywell
Att: 2,500 (est)

Scored: 31'
- Anthony Elding 31'


Derry City 0 - 1 Sligo Rovers

Fri, Mar 08 2013

Credit: Andy McDonnell

 

Sligo Rovers got their title defence off to a winning start with three hard earned points over Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday evening.

 

It was, as the old cliche goes, a game of two halves with Sligo dominating the opening exchanges especially down the left where Thomas Crawley and Barry McNamee switched positions, such was the torrid time Crawley was getting at left back. For the opening 20 minutes the home side barely saw the ball although no clear-cut chances were made. Just as Derry were getting back into the game, a beautiful through ball from David Cawley found Rafael Cretaro who squared to Anthony Elding who had the simple task of side-footing the ball past Gerard Doherty.

 

This setback seemed to galvanise Derry and in the 44th minute Mark Griffin was through but went down in the box. The referee, however, promptly booked him for simulation. On the half time mark Ruaidhri Higgins found himself in the book for a late challenge. Sligo certainly were worthy of their half time advantage and Declan Devine would have been relieved to hear the half time whistle to get a chance to reorganise.

 

Derry came out with a lot more impetus in the second period and the backing of the large crowd seemed to inspire an improved performance. In the 52nd minute Michael Rafter was introduced for the home side for Thomas Crawley and this seemed to bring more balance to the Derry team.

 

In the 58th minute some neat skill from Patrick McEleney found the industrious Rafter but the danger was snuffed out and Rafter again found himself through on goal in the 62nd minute but his early shot was poor and well over the bar. Derry were dominating possession at this point but the Sligo rearguard was holding firm.

 

Sligo could have extended their advantage though in the 80th minute when David Cawley, who was having a superb game, picked the ball up 20 yards out and his shot deceived Gerard Doherty before coming back out off the crossbar, where Anthony Elding just couldn't get to the loose ball.

 

Derry were throwing everything forward at this juncture in an attempt to salvage a point and a driving Simon Madden run and cross found the head of Ryan Curran who put it just over the bar. An Evan McMillan clearance off the line and a wayward Barry Molloy header saw the champions close out the game and Derry may feel unlucky not to have rescued a point after a valiant second half effort but Sligo showed the qualities that will certainly see them in the mix for a second successive title at the end of the season.

 

Declan Devine will have a lot to think about but will be pleased how his players performed in the second period.

 

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Thomas Crawley (Michael Rafter 51), Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride, Simon Madden; Patrick McEleney, Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy (c), Barry McNamee; Mark Griffin (Ryan Curran 80), Rory Patterson.
Subs not used: James Gallagher, Tony McNamee, Sean Curran, Conail Kelly.

Booked: Mark Griffin, Ruaidhri Higgins.

 

 

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Gavin Peers (c), Evan McMillan, Seamus Conneely; Rafael Cretaro (Pascal Millien 85), David Cawley, Ross Gaynor, Joseph Ndo, Ryan Connolly (Kieran Djilali 70); Anthony Elding.
Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Jeff Henderson, Liam Martin, Marty Owens.

Booked: Gavin Peers.

 

 

Referee: Neil Doyle.

Attendance: 2,500 (est).

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: David Cawley (Sligo Rovers).

 


Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Shane McEleney
Defender
Ryan McBride
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Thomas Crawley
52'
52Subbed Off: 52'
Defender
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Ruaidhri Higgins
45Booked: 45'
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
Forward
Marc Griffin
44Booked: 44'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward

Substitutes
Tony McNamee
Midfield
Conall Kelly
Midfield
James Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Shaun Curran
Midfield
Ryan Curran
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Forward
Michael Rafter
52'
52Subbed On: 52'
Forward
Sligo Rovers
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Evan McMillan
Defender
Alan Keane
Defender
Seamus Conneely
Defender
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Ross Gaynor
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
32Booked: 32'
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
David Cawley
Midfielder
Anthony Elding
Forward
31Scored: 31'
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'

Substitutes
Marty Owens
Defender
Pascal Millien
Forward
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Liam Martin
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
Jeff Henderson
Defender
Kieran Djilali
Midfield
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Defender