Rovers 1-1 Galway: Report
Sligo Rovers claimed their first league point of the season as they drew 1-1 with Galway United at the Showgrounds on Monday night.
Liam Martin struck within the first minute of the game for his first goal for the club since his return from Ballinamallard United. Galway levelled the game through Ruairi Keating nine minutes into the second half.
Rovers finished the game with ten men when Phil Roberts was given his marching orders seconds before the full-time whistle for an off the ball incident.
Dave Robertson's side were going in search of their first league victory of the season having suffered defeat to both Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.
The Bit O'Red made the perfect start as they grabbed the lead within the first minute of this game. Martin latched on to a miss-placed throw-in from Ryan Connolly before moving inside and hitting what seemed like a comfortable shot for United goalkeeper Conor Winn to deal with.
The ball, however, took a wicked spin as it bounced in front of Winn before sailing over the already committed Galway number one.
Galway - who came into the game as table toppers - registered two good chances to level the game early on through Gary Shanahan. The first arrived on ten minutes as he dragged an effort wide of Micheál
Schlingermann's goal from the angle. Shanahan should have levelled the game on the quarter hour when he found himself unmarked inside the Rovers six yard box. But the pacey wide man could only nod Kevin Devaney's cross from left over the Sligo goal from point blank.
Vinny Faherty was equally as guilty ten minutes later. United centre-half Stephen Folan found himself in unfamiliar territory deep on the Rovers left, and he did well to find Faherty with a superb ball from wide. The former Limerick front man could only tap the ball against the knees of the oncoming Schlingermann who did well to frustrate the lively Faherty.
The chances continued to arrive for both teams but neither were to register the game's second goal before the break.
Rovers' Jimmy Keohane skied his effort on 34 minutes, while the next phase of play saw Devaney's curling shot from the edge of the Rovers area narrowly avoid Schlingermann's far post.
Keating levelled the game nine minutes into the second half.
Rovers had initially cleared Connolly's set piece from the left only for possession to fall to the former Bit O'Red striker who coolly slotted the ball into the corner of Schlingermann's net from ten yards.
Substitute Enda Curran came close to putting Galway into the lead on 71, but a combination of Schlingermann and Tim Clancy did just enough to put Curran off as he could only stab Keating's cross past the far post. Keating almost punished Rovers for a second time eleven minutes from the end.
Connolly managed to squeeze by Rovers substitute Mick Leahy before sending a lobbed cross which landed right on the forehead of the waiting Keating. The unmarked 20-year-old saw his header crash back off the upright.
Sligo Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Gavin Peers, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon; Phil Roberts, John Russell (Mick Leahy 45), Jimmy Keohane, Jordan Richards, Liam Martin; Jaanai Roberts (Chris Lyons 73).
Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Stephen Folan, Paul Sinnott, Stephen Walsh; Gary Shanahan, John Sullivan, Ryan Connolly, Kevin Devaney; Vinny Faherty (Enda Curran 67), Ruairi Keating (Padraic Cunningham 81).
Referee: David McKeon.