Sligo Rovers
VS
Wexford Youths


Friday, 28 October, 2016
5 - 0
SSE Airtricity League
Kieran Sadlier 10, 24
Daniel Kearns 47
Jimmy Keohane 57
Mikey Place 92

 

Rovers secured a fifth spot finish in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division following a comfortable 5-0 win over Wexford Youths at the Showgrounds. 

A first half Kieran Sadlier brace put the home side firmly in the lead at the break. While second half goals from Daniel Kearns and Jimmy Keohane were followed up by Mickey Place's first senior goal for the Bit o’Red. 

Rovers, finishing their campaign on a high, dominated the tie throughout. Phil Roberts' shot from the edge of Graham Doyle's area licking the post on its way wide after five minutes. 

The Bit O'Red took control ten minutes later. The busy Roberts picked out Sadlier in front of goal as the former Irish underage international guided the ball first time with the instep past Graham Doyle. The ball striking the post before creeping across the line. 

Doyle kept out efforts from Roberts and Gary Boylan as the red tide continued. However, the Youths skipper could do little about Sadlier's second on 24.  

Two of Rovers' star performers this year, Sadlier and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling combined as the latter teed up the former who guided his looping header over the stranded Doyle for his tenth goal of the season. Sadlier's strike moving him on par with Raffaele Cretaro as Rovers’ top scorer this year.

 

 

The second half was in its infancy as Rovers struck for their third. Jimmy Keohane, against his former employers picked out Daniel Kearns in space on the right. The former Dundalk winger saw his initial shot blocked off the line, but Kearns was rewarded for his enterprise as his he struck his follow up shot past substitute goalkeeper Corry Chambers for his second goal against the Leinster side this term. 

Three became four on 57 as Rovers dashed any notions of a Wexford comeback. 

Kearns turned his marker inside out at the end line before crossing for Keohane who enjoyed ample time to control the ball on his chest before swiftly whipping the ball past Chambers. The Rovers midfielder's third goal of the season.

Keohane came within the width of the post to securing his second on 71. Trojan work from the industrious Pat McCann was the catalyst as the ball fell to Keohane who saw his placed effort cannon back off the butt of the goal frame. 

18-year-old Place netted his maiden goal of his senior career two minutes into injury time when he latched on to McCann's through ball to fire past the beaten Chambers.  

Fellow graduate of Rovers under-19 system Mark Hannon of Ballisodare made his debut late in the game.

Sligo Rovers: Ciaran Nugent; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling. Gavin Peers, Mick Leahy, Gary Boylan (Mark Hannon 86); Kieran Sadlier, Pat McCann, Craig Roddan, Jimmy Keohane, Daniel Kearns (Mikey Place 86); Phil Roberts. 

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle (Corry Chambers 46); Aidan Friel, Conor Sutton, Gary Delaney (Owen McCormack 78), Paul Brennan; Vinny Quinlan, Shane Dunne, Shane Dempsey (Chris Kenny 30), Peter Higgins, Dean George; Eoin Porter. 

 

Match Gallery

Post match interview: Dave Robertson