Cliftonville
VS
Sligo Rovers


Friday, 3 February, 2017
0 - 1
Friendly
Mathew Stevens 52
Sligo Rovers recorded their third win of the pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win over Cliftonville in Belfast. 
 
New loanee Mathew Stevens netted the only goal of the game as the Bit O'Red came away from Solitude with a deserved victory. 
 
Rovers had the home side under early pressure with chances for Kyle Callan-McFadden, Daniel Kearns and Kieran Sadlier whose powerful effort was tipped over the bar by Burke in the Reds goal. 
 
Sadlier went close again shortly after along with Liam Martin who fired over on 20. 
 
Kearns, impressive once more, did well to connect with Sadlier's cross before the break. However the Belfast native was unable to steer the ball inside the post.
 
Dave Robertson's side claimed the game's only goal on 55. 
 
Burke failed to deal with John Russell's set piece and Stevens was the quickest to react as he slotted the ball into the net.
 
 
 
Rovers controlled the game from here on in, securing a hat-trick of victories in 2017.
 
Our next game is our first home game of the year which takes place at the Showgrounds this Wednesday, Feb 8th at 7pm. Defence Forces are the opposition. 
 
Cliftonville: Burke, Ives, Ramsey, Curran, M Donnelly, Winchester, Gormley, J Donnelly, Cosgrove, G Donnelly, Finnegan.
 
Sligo Rovers: Patton; Adebayo-Rowling, Boylan, Callan-McFadden (Leahy 54), Donelon; Kearns (Place 85), Roddan (Kenny 76), Russell, Sadlier; Martin; Stevens (Ayunga 54).