Rovers 3-0 Cabinteely - Report
Sligo Rovers progressed to the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup with a dominative 3-0 win over Cabinteely at the Showgrounds.
Kieran Sadlier netted a goal in each half while Jimmy Keohane chipped in with a strike of his own mid-way through the opening period, to give the Bit O'Red a first win over the Dublin side at the first attempt.
Chris Lyons was first to go close for Rovers in the eighth minute when he met Keohane's cross from the left. The former Bray man unable to steer his header goalward.
Rovers were on top throughout and made their dominance count just past the quarter hour mark. Sadlier cutting in from the left to send a sweet strike past Cabinteely goalkeeper Kelly for his maiden goal in the competition.
Keohane doubled Rovers' lead ten minutes later. Doing well to beat two Cabinteely defenders, the tireless midfielder found room to unleash an unstoppable shot which rifled past Kelly and into the bottom corner.
Lyons was extremely unfortunate not to register a goal on the night. His shot from 20 yards touching the crossbar on its way over just short of the half hour.
Sadlier almost bagged his brace shortly before the break but his bullet effort from distance came back off the inside of Kelly's right hand post.
Dave Robertson's side continued to enjoy the best of the play in the second half. Sadlier and Lyons both threatening once more before the former did score his second.
With 66 minutes played, the Ireland youth international saw his set piece from the right squeeze its way through a host of bodies before landing in the corner of the net.
Rovers' next outing is our SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tie with Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park, on Sunday May 29th. Kick-off is 3pm.
Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Mick Leahy, Gavin Peers, Gary Boylan, Craig Roddan(c), Jimmy Keohane, Kieran Sadlier, Chris Lyons (Roberts 69), Jaanai Gordon (Raff Cretaro 69), Liam Martin (Gary Armstrong 79).
Cabinteely: Kelly, Wall, Broderick, Mitchell, Brennan, Boyle, Slater, Brilly, Hamzat, Howard, Doyle.
Referee: Ben Connolly