Sligo Rovers
VS
Derry City


Monday, 17 August, 2015
1 - 0
SSE Airtricity League
Tim Clancy 19

 

Sligo Rovers recorded a second SSE Airtricity League win in four days as Tim Clancy's first-half goal beat ten-man Derry City at the Showgrounds.

Clancy's headed effort mid-way through the first half sees the Bit o'Red move level with the tenth-place Candystripes, who had Philip Lowry sent off just shy of the hour mark for a stamp on Raffaele Cretaro.

Rovers started the brighter, Jason Hughes almost found the top corner from the edge of the area on 13 while John Russell lacked the pace to meet Cretaro's searching ball from the right after the winger's cross somehow made its way through a group of Derry defenders shortly after.

Rovers' early pressure told on 19 minute. Man of the Match Clancy found himself in the right place at the right time to nod Regan Donelon's corner from the left beyond the helpless Ger Doherty. The Shamrock Rovers loanee netting his maiden goal for the Bit o'Red on his fourth appearance.

 

 

It took Peter Hutton's side 37 minutes to fashion their first chance of the game but Mark Timlin was unable to keep his rasping effort down. Moments later substitute Cillian Morrison did well, only to shoot straight at Richard Brush in the Rovers nets.

Both McEleney and Timlin fired further warning shots early in the second half as the Candystripes displayed much more purpose.

They were stopped in their tracks just before the hour mark, however, when they were reduced to ten men. Lowry seemed to stamp on Cretaro following an aerial challenge between the two. Referee Padraigh Sutton did not see the incident but was quick to brandish the red having been alerted by fourth official Robert Hennessey.

Morten Nielsen's free kick from 20 yards fizzed narrowly past Doherty's near post on 73.

 

 

Derry still looked dangerous any time they were afforded the opportunity to get forward, despite their numerical disadvantage, but were never allowed space in front of the target. Sligo had chances with Russell, Sander Puri, Gary Boylan and David Cawley all going close.

The Foylesiders introduced both Mark Quigley and Josh Daniels late on as the Candystripes went for broke but it was Micky Adams' side who produced the last goal-scoring opportunity of the game.

Puri skilfully moved the ball past City's Dean Jarvis before playing the ball the ball into the path of Russell but the Galway man was denied by Doherty, who blocked Russell's shot with his legs.

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush; Gary Boylan, Alan Keane, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon; Sander Puri, David Cawley, Jason Hughes, John Russell, Raffaele Cretaro (Rob Lehane 82); Morten Nielsen.

 

 

Derry City: Ger Doherty; Aaron McEneff (Cillian Morrison 29), Robert Cornwall, Dean Jarvis, Ryan McBride, Aaron Barry (Mark Quigley 89); Philip Lowry, Barry McNamee, Patrick McEleney; Mark Timlin, Ciaran O'Connor (Josh Daniels 89).