Updated: 20/05/18 : 10:16:50
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Sligo Rovers precious point denies ‘Hoops’

TEN YELLOW cards were produced in the scoreless draw between the two Rovers at the Showgrounds last night, Saturday.

Seven of the cards were collected by Shamrock Rovers, including two in a 97th melee which also saw Sligo Rovers keeper Mitchell Beeney carded.

Right from kick off both teams hinted, with hard tackling, this would be an occasion     ‘no prisoners taken.’

Regan Donelon picked up the first injury which required a stoppage just after minutes.

Late in the game when Sligo had used all its subs, Jack Keaney took a knock and had to leave the field at the ref’s insistence. 

Advantage Sligo

The football? It was a drab  affair in many respects but each team had a point to prove. 

Last night’s visitors haven’t won a match ‘on the road’ for over two months.

But the 0-0 end result saw ‘advantage’ Sligo, as they hoisted themselves above Limerick with a much superior goal difference.

The loss of two points for Shamrocks Rovers saw them slip into the bottom half of the SSE Airtricity League table.

The Hoops are also now ten points off contention for Europa football next season.

The Tallaght team will feel they maybe shaded both halves of last night’s competitive game watched by 1,572 fans in the Showgrounds.

Graham Burke twice and Daniel Carr all had good first half chances to seal the points for Shamrock Rovers.

Burke also had the first chance of the second half but Sligo keeper Beeney, once again, thwarted his effort.

But it bodes well for Sligo that they held ‘The Hoops’ scoreless; they had been hitting an average of a goal-plus per game —- 24 goals in 18 games.

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Missed Thrust

Next Friday
night Sligo are at home to Limerick, who scored six away in Waterford on Friday night.  

Be warned. Sligo are not hitting the net, with just 14 goals in 18 games.

The June ‘holiday’ weekend then sees Sligo Rovers make the fairly short hop to face Derry City in their new ground.

The Ballina man is having one of his best seasons but didn’t start due to a recovering hamstring. 

Also out last night was Raffaele Cretaro and the ‘fizz’ and flair he brings to home games was lacking throughout in a lacklustre tie.

Blazed Wildly

Lewis Morrison was Sligo’s first booking of the night in the 14th minute of a hard-tackling tussle throughout.

Twenty minutes later the same player had Sligo’s best chance of the opening half, one of the side

But Morrison blazed wildly over after latching on to goalkeeper Beeney’s long clearance.

Shamrock Rovers players booked last night: Aaron Bolger, Graham Burke, Daniel Carr, Roberto Lopez, Greg Bolger, Dean Dillon and Luke Byrne.

Three Sligo Rovers players booked were: Lewis Hamilton, Jack Keaney and Mitchell Beeney. 

SLIGO ROVERS: Mitchell Beeney, Gary Boylan, Kyle Callan McFadden (captain), John Mahon, Regan Donelon, Callum Waters, Jack Keaney, Rhys McCabe, Caolan McAleer, Lewis Morrison and Adam Morgan. 

Subs used: Greg Moorhouse for Morgan 56th minute, David Cawley for Morrison 64th minute and Adam Wixted for Boylan 76th minute.

Subs not used: Ed McGinty, Seamus Sharkey, Eduardo Pinceli and Ali Roy.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Tomer Chencinski, Ethan Boyle, Ally Gilchrist, Roberto Lopez, Lee Grace, Luke Byrne, Aaron Bolger, Ronan Finn (captain), Greg Bolger, Graham Burke and Daniel Carr.

Subs used: Sam Bone for A. Bolger half time, Brandon Miele for G Bolger and Dean Dillon for Burke 88th minute.

Subs not used: Gavin Bazunu,  Gary Shaw, David McAllister and Joel Coustrain.