Rovers U19s beaten by Cobh
Sligo Rovers went down to a 3-2 defeat against Cobh Ramblers in their second game of the Under-19 Elite Division season at St Colman's Park.
The Bit o' Red were unfortunate to lose against Ramblers, surrendering a 1-0 lead, striking the woodwork on numerous occasions and rallying late to almost snatch a point.
Cian Brennan gave Rovers the lead after 10 minutes. Colm Nevin was brought down and the Rovers captain slotted home from the penalty spot.
Ramblers drew level on 18 minutes. Jonathan Creamer converted from Ryan Goldsmith's through ball and the home side were back on terms.
The Bit o' Red threatened to go back in front shortly afterwards. Nevin's free-kick was well saved by Cobh goalkeeper Steven Hickey and Hickey saved again from a Brennan header moments later.
Ryan McManus's shot from 30 yards out struck the crossbar and a Jordan Loftus effort went just over as the visitors finished the half strongly.
However, Cobh went in front just four minutes after the break. Eoin O'Donovan's cross was headed home by Keith O'Flynn to give them a 2-1 lead.
Ross Taheny and Liam Flatley were introduced for Rovers and it almost paid dividends for Ciaran Kelly and Gavin Dykes' men.
Regan Donnellan puts Taheny in on goal and his pull back found Loftus who hit the bar as luck evaded the promoted side.
O'Flynn then doubled Cobh's lead as Rovers were made to pay for the missed chances, trailing 3-1.
Loftus once again hit the woodwork after an excellent move by the Bit o' Red with just over 20 minutes left.
Donnellan finally netted a deserved Rovers second goal in stoppage time but it was too late to avoid defeat.
A battling performance from Rovers ended in a 3-2 loss and the side move on to next Saturday's match away to Shamrock Rovers at the AUL in Dublin.
Rovers team: Adam Murphy, Brian Glennon (Darren Kilcawley), Michael Casey, Gary Boylan, Jack Selby, Ryan McManus, Gary Armstrong (Liam Flatley), Colm Nevin, Jordan Loftus, Cian Brennan (Ross Taheny), Regan Donnellan.