Sligo Rovers U19s emulated their senior counterparts on Sunday as they too picked up their first league win of the season, beating Athlone Town U19s 1-0 at the Sean Fallon Centre at The Showgrounds.
Jack Keaney's wonderful first time volley early in the second half proved to be the only goal of the game as the Bit O'Red youths earned their maiden victory of their Elite Northern Division campaign following last week's 1-1 draw with Shelbourne.
The game's only goal arrived in the 50th minute when Keaney judged perfectly the flight of Paul Doyle's cross from the left before lashing home first time, a superb volley from ten yards past Town goalkeeper Jack Lydon.
Rovers had to rely on some smart goalkeeping from net minder Ed McGinty late on to secure the points. The young Scot denying Sean McGrane in injury time with a commanding block as he rushed out to meet the Town winger at the edge of his area.
Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty, Mikey O'Brien, John Mahon, Shane McCallion (Conor Burke 70), Shay Doherty; Martin Walsh (Mark Birrane 83), Jack Keaney, Paul Doyle, Brian Morley (Ruadhan Feeney 67); Mark Hannon (Conor Heneghan 90); Mikey Place (Gary Higgins 45+3).
Athlone Town: Jack Lydon; JJ Offortman, Kevin Fitzgerald, Cialan Dollard, Ian McCormack; Callum Brumnell, David Fortune (Cormac Gavin 82), Joe Dwyer (Oran Murphy 55), Sean McGrane; Paul Costello (Prince Wahzip 67), Conor Layng.
Referee: Paul Kilcoyne.
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