Category: Womens

Kerri O’Hara Signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the re-signing of Kerri O’Hara for the 2024 season.

Kerri, or Pixie as she is more commonly known, made her debut for the senior team in 2022, having progressed from the academy.

The 18-year-old Tubbercurry native can play in numerous positions and has previously had several call-ups to The Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women’s squad.

Speaking with Sligorovers.com, Pixie said, “I am delighted to have re-signed for the 2024 season. I’m a bit disappointed with how last season went for me, so I’m looking forward to this season working with Tommy and his team and getting back in with all the girls.”

Tommy Hewitt expressed his delight in having Pixie back for the season. “I’m delighted Pixie has re-signed for the club. Pixie is one of the brightest young talents in our league, and I’m really looking forward to working with her this season.”

Amy Roddy signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are thrilled to announce the re-signing of defender Amy Roddy for the 2024 season.

The Ballina native returns for a 3rd season with the Bit O’Red. Over the past two years, she has become a regular in the squad, making 38 appearances.

Speaking with sligorovers.com, Amy said,” I’ve been in two minds about my playing career for the past few weeks. It’s hard to stop when I’ve been playing football for so long. When I got the call from Tommy, I was delighted, and I don’t want to take these opportunities for granted. 

I’ve loved playing with Sligo Rovers over the past two seasons. Steve and his staff created an amazing culture for us to develop in and I’m looking forward to building on it with Tommy. This season will be a big one for us and I can’t wait to get stuck in again.”

Tommy Hewitt said

“It’s great to have Amy back at Sligo for next season. Amy has been a vital part of Rovers Women over the last two seasons. I’m looking forward to working with Amy for the season ahead.”

Emma Doherty signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the re-signing of Emma Doherty for the 2024 season.

The Buncrana native joined Rovers ahead of our inaugural season in the Women’s National League in 2022 and has since made 51 appearances and is the club’s leading goal-scorer, having scored 24 times for the Bit o’Red.

The ATU Sligo scholarship recipient’s impressive performances throughout the season seen her awarded the club Player of the Year award for 2023.

Doherty is delighted to have signed back and is looking forward to the new season: “I’m delighted to have signed back and am looking forward to the new season. I have spoken with Tommy a few times and can see that he wants us to push on and challenge for trophies, and I want to be a part of that. Getting to the Cup semi-final last season gave us a taste of what it is like to challenge for major honours, and we all want that feeling again.”

Speaking to Sligorovers.com on Emma’s re-signing, Tommy Hewitt said, “To have Emma staying at the club is a big boost for everyone. Emma is a top-quality player and is getting better every season. She has an incredible hunger to succeed and push Sligo up the league. I’m really looking forward to working with Emma this season.”

Kelly Crompton signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of experienced midfielder Kelly Crompton for the 2024 Women’s Premier Division season.

Crompton joins having spent her career playing for her hometown team Sion Swifts, whom she has played for since the age of five.

The 27-year-old is the first new signing for Tommy Hewitt’s side, joining Sarah Kiernan, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Emma Hansberry and Leah Kelly in committing for the upcoming 2024 season.

Crompton brings a wealth of experience to The Showgrounds, having been vice-captain of Swifts, with whom she enjoyed great success, including a League Cup win in 2022.

It’s the first time the County Tyrone native moves from Swifts, and is a signing that manager Tommy Hewitt has hailed as being a statement signing for the Bit O’Red.

Crompton said: “I was contacted by Tommy, I had decided to take a step away from the club I was at. To be honest, I was looking to move to this league anyway, it came about at the right time. I’m so excited.

“It was a very difficult decision to leave Swifts. It’s a decision that I know is right for me. I need to push myself on and I feel like this league is a step up. It will be a challenge but a good challenge for me.

“I think I can bring experience, that’s probably my best attribute. I’ve played football for a very long time and I feel like I’ve played a high standard. My experience in how to manage games, and I was vice-captain so I feel like I bring leadership too.”

Tommy Hewitt added: “For me, when Kelly decided to sign I told her it felt like Christmas morning for me! 

“I did a lot of research on Kelly, and we had good conversations. She’s probably underselling herself a bit just mentioning experience, she’s a very good footballer and a good person. That’s the kind of person we want at Sligo Rovers.

“We’ll hopefully have three or four more signings coming in over the next couple of weeks. It’s a great day for the club having a player of Kelly’s quality coming into the league, she’s definitely going to help this team progress.”

Sarah Kiernan signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the re-signing of Sarah Kiernan for the 2024 season.

The Grange native joined Rovers in 2018 when she joined the newly formed under-17 team. She played for the club at under-17 and under-19 levels before joining the senior team in its debut year.

Over the past two seasons, Sarah has become a regular in the first team, playing 46 times. 

In October, it was announced that Sarah was selected to be one of nine players at the club to be awarded a sports scholarship for the 2023/24 academic year through Sligo Rovers’ partnership with Atlantic Technological University.

Earlier this year, Sarah was awarded the League of Ireland goal of the month for her long-range goal against Wexford Youths. 

Speaking to sligorovers.com, Sarah said, “I’m delighted to be re-signing with Sligo Rovers for the 2024 season. I’m looking forward to working with Tommy and the new management team and building on what we’ve created over the past two years.”

Tommy Hewitt is delighted to have Sarah commit to another season. “I’m delighted Sarah is staying with the club. I’m looking forward to working with her this season.”

Caoimhe O’Reilly signs for the 2024 season.

Sligo Rovers are thrilled to announce the re-signing of goalkeeper Caoimhe O’Reilly for the 2024 season.

Caoimhe joined last July from Hounslow Women in England. Unfortunately, due to an injury picked up during training, she was unable to make an appearance for the Bit o’Red in 2023

On signing back, Caoimhe said, “I am delighted to have re-signed with Sligo Rovers for 2024.  I was unlucky with an injury that kept me on the sidelines since joining in the break last season, but I am really looking forward to putting that behind me. During my time on the sidelines, I have seen the potential and talent in this squad of players, and I really feel that over the course of the 2024 season that, we can push on and prove how good we are. I am hoping for a good year with this talented group of players under the new management of Tommy and his team .”

Tommy Hewitt is delighted to have Caoimhe on board for the 2024 season. “Caoimhe is a very good Goalkeeper with loads of experience, and we are excited to see her on the pitch next season.”

Emma Hansberry signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce that Emma Hansberry has re-signed for the 2024 Season.

Last year’s club captain brings a wealth of experience to the team, having previously played at domestic and international level, she is a former Irish youth international, throughout her career.

Hansberry said on her signing, “I am very happy to be re-signed with Sligo Rovers for the 2024 season. I am looking forward to working with the new management team and players that come in. We hope to build on what we have created over the last two seasons and have some more memorable days for Sligo Rovers.”

Manager Tommy Hewwit added
“I’m delighted Emma has decided to stay at the club. It’s important for myself and the staff to keep a player of Emma’s experience.”

2024 season tickets are available now for just €50 online via the link below:

https://srfcdirect.com/season-tickets-2024/

Leah Kelly signs for 2024

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce that Leah Kelly has re-signed for the 2024 season.

The versatile player recently became the first female player to reach 50 appearances for the club, playing both at wing back and central midfield.

Leah expressed her delight to be back with the Bit o’Red for another season:

She said: “I am delighted to be re-signing for Sligo Rovers. I think this is a massive year for us as a group and as a club.

“It’s time for us to really push on. I’m really excited to start working with Tommy and his team and see what we can achieve in 2024.”

Tommy Hewitt added: “I am delighted Leah has agreed to stay with the club for the 2024 season.

“She is driven and ambitious, so I look forward to working with her in the coming months.

“I’m hoping to have more players announced in the coming weeks as we build our squad for the 2024 season.”

Rovers beaten in final game

Peamount Utd hit Sligo Rovers for six in the final home game of the season at PRL Park on Saturday evening where the newly-crowned Women’s Premier Division champions recorded a 6-1 victory, writes Conall Collier.

Interviewed before kick-off for the live TG4 action, Sligo Rovers manager Steve Feeney indicated that his side needed to concede less goals, but that deficiency was clearly highlighted in a 20-minute spell in the second-half.

Although she picked the ball out of the net six times, Sligo Rovers ‘keeper Amber Hardy made some excellent saves in the opening 45 minutes as the hosts attempted to turn on the style.

Peamount struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard until the closing minutes of the first-half when Jess Fitzgerald broke the deadlock and Ellen Dolan added a second goal as the clock hit 45 minutes for a 2-0 advantage.

Trailing at the interval, the Bit O’Red were blitzed either side of the hour mark when Erin McLoughlin (penalty), Dolan, Fitzgerald and substitute Avril Brierly all found the net and wrapped up a thoroughly merited victory for the hosts.

There was brief respite for Sligo Rovers when Emma Doherty surged forward on 65 minutes and confidently rounded the Peamount ‘keeper before slotting to the net.

Sligo Rovers also went close before the end when the crossbar saved the Peamount rearguard.

This was Steve Feeney’s last game in charge and former Athlone Town manager Tommy Hewitt will now take over the reins at the Showgrounds for the 2024 season.

Peamount Utd – Niamh Reid-Burke; Lauryn O’Callaghan, Jetta Berrill, Chloe Moloney, Dearbhaile Beirne, Karen Duggan, Jessica Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Doyle, Erin McLaughlin, Ellen Dolan, Freya Healy.

Subs – Watkins for Healy 53 mins, Avril Brierley for Dolan and Caoimhe Connaughton for Moloney both 64m, Louise Masterson for O’Callaghan and Shannon Thomas for McLaughlin both 83m

Sligo Rovers – Amber Hardy; Leah Kelly, Alice Lillie, Sarah Kiernan, Eimear Lafferty, Emma Hansberry, Lauren Boles, Emma Doherty, Jodie Loughrey, Casey Howe, Keri Loughrey.

Subs – Amy Roddy for Lafferty and Ciara Henry for Kelly both 64 mins, Katie Melly for Howe and Jessica Casey for Hansberry both 80m, Kate Nugent for Boles 85.

Referee – Mark Houlihan.

Rovers win in Feeney’s last home game

Sligo Rovers took the Women’s Premier Division (WPD) points this evening at the Showgrounds with a performance that was laced with character, determination and skill for a 2-1 victory against Dublin side DLR Waves, writes Conall Collier.

First-half goals from Casey Howe and Jodie Loughrey were the platform for success with a battling rearguard action in the second-half that restricted the Dublin side to a 54th minute Cliodhna Donnelly goal.

Sligo Rovers manager Steve Feeney signed off on his last home game as the Bit O’Red turned on the style for a deserved victory that must have encouraged new manager Tommy Hewitt who took a watching brief in the stand.

Feeney will complete his two-year tenure at the helm next weekend in the televised TG4 live game away to 2023 champions Peamount Utd where a victory will move the Bit O’Red up to eighth in the table.

The hosts lined out without Emma Hansberry who was suspended for this game following her dismissal on a second yellow card in the last outing against Shelbourne while the impressive team captain Lauren Boles was making her 50th appearance and both Leah Kelly and Bonnie McKiernan started.

DLR Waves, playing a second game in three days, also had absentees with the trio of Neema Nyangasi, Freya Roche and Robyn Bolger out through injury while Eve Badana and Hannah Tobin-Jones returned to the side.

Sligo Rovers dominated the opening half and were well worth that two-goal interval lead.

There was eight minutes on the clock when Casey Howe rifled a superb effort to the roof of the DLR net after a defence-splitting pass from Emma Doherty created the chance.

Goal number two arrived 10 minutes later and this time Jodie Loughrey applied the finish after good advantage play by referee Michael Connolly.

Sligo Rovers resumed the second-half smartly with Emma Doherty bringing a good save out of Badana while at the other end Eve O’Brien had a good chance for DLR Waves before substitute Cliodhna Donnelly fired home in the 54th minute following hesitant defending by the hosts.

DLR continued to press forward, but lost Eve O’Brien in the 76th minute when she was stretchered-off and was replaced by Nadine Raymond.

However, Emma Doherty had a good chance soon after, but she was denied at the expense of a corner with DLR looking for an offside flag.

For the remainder, the Sligo Rovers players stood strong, although Bonnie McKiernan required attention after making a brave save and there were chances at each end in six minutes of added time, but on this occasion the Bit O’Red battened down the hatches and prevailed.

Sligo Rovers – Bonnie McKiernan; Sarah Kiernan, Alice Lillie, Leah Kelly, Eimear Lafferty, Amy Roddy, Lauren Boles, Jodie Loughrey, Casey Howe, Emma Doherty, Kerri Loughrey. 

Subs – Keeva Flynn for J Loughrey 73 mins, Jessica Casey for Roddy 85m, Ciara Henry for Kelly 88m.

DLR Waves – Eve Badana; Hannah Tobin-Jones, Jess Gleeson, Isobel Finnegan, Rebecca McMahon, Bronagh Kane, Amber Cosgrove, Ruth McDonnell, Michelle Doonan, Eve Conheady, Eve O’Brien.

Subs – Nicole Keogh for Kane, Amy Ryan for McDonnell and Cliodhna Donnelly for Finnegan all half-time, Nadine Raymond for O’Brien 76 mins.