Match Report: v Shamrock Rovers

Sligo Rovers will look to return to winning ways next weekend as the Bit O’Red look to recover from successive defeats on the road against Shamrock Rovers and St Pat’s, Rovers taking on both Dundalk and Galway United at the Showgrounds on Friday and Monday respectively.

A well hit finish from Graham Burke, followed by an Aaron Greene double saw Rovers beaten at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

John Russell’s side started this game on the front foot, with Will Fitzgerald capitalising on a Roberto Lopes error. The winger supplying the roaming Reece Hutchinson who forced a decent stop from Shams goalkeeper Leon Pohls.

Ed McGinty first denied Burke at the opposite end, then Markus Poom before another Burke effort flew past the Rovers post.

McGinty pulled off the save of the game before the Hoops went ahead. The loanee reaching high into the top corner of the frame of his goal to bat away Gary O’Neill’s goalward header.

The hosts’ pressure told nine minutes from the break when Burke unleashed an unstoppable drive into the corner of the net.

The Dubliners’ had their second five minutes after half-time.

Greene’s effort took a wicked deflection off Ollie Denham, leaving McGinty with little option. 
Shams decided the game late on when Greene had his second, running on to a quick counter ball courtesy of Poom.

Rovers are back in action this Friday night against Dundalk at the Showgrounds, kick-off 7.45pm. While Galway are the visitors the following Monday for our re-arranged league fixture, kick-off also 7.45pm. Tickets for both games can be purchased below.

Shamrock Rovers: Leon Pohls; Dan Cleary, Roberto Lopes, Josh Honohan (Cian Barrett 79); Dylan Watts (Conan Noonan 70), Gary O’Neill (Trevor Clarke 67); Darragh Burns, Graham Burke (Richie Towell 67), Darragh Nugent (Johnny Kenny 67), Markus Poom; Aaron Greene.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; John Ross Wilson, Oliver Denham, Charlie Wiggett, Reece Hutchinson; Niall Morahan, Connor Malley; Fabrice Hartmann (Owen Elding 75), Ellis Chapman (Kailin Barlow 75), Will Fitzgerald (Rein Smit 75); Max Mata (Wilson Waweru 75).

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan (Cork).