500 Club winners – March 2021

Our 500 Club monthly draw took place recently, with March’s winners announced by The 500 Club Committee.

The winner of the top prize of €500 was Thomas Basquille

The 500 Club continues to be one of the club’s most important fundraisers since it was founded in 2003.

Over 500 members contribute €20 per month which can be paid via standing order or an up front annual payment.

To join, click here: https://www.sligorovers.com/500-club/

500 Club March winners

€500 Thomas Basquille – Highfield Road, Sligo

€100 Brian McDonagh – Strandhill Road, Sligo

€100 Seamus McGowan – Mullingar, Co Westmeath

€100 Ruairi Rynn – Dublin

€100 Chris Benson – Devins Drive, Sligo

€100 Brian Drury – Calry, Sligo

€50 John McDwyer – Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim

€50 Kieran O’Dowd – Gurteen, Sligo

€50 Daniel Kelly – Beechwood Heath, Dublin 15

€50 Brendan Crowne – Oakfield, Sligo 

Preview: Buckley expecting intriguing game in Dalymount Park

Sligo Rovers face Bohemians on Tuesday night in the SSE Airtricity League at Dalymount Park.

Kick-off is 7.45pm and live on WATCHLOI.

Rovers earned their third win and second clean sheet of the season with a 1-0 success over Finn Harps last Saturday.

Bohs have edged some of the recent meetings between the teams. Rovers won in Dalymount two years ago when Romeo Parkes bagged a brace, while last season the Bit O’ Red were unfortunate to go down to a 2-0 defeat at the venue.

The team which started the match in Dublin last 14 months has just four survivors at the club now, indicating the change in the Rovers squad since that time.

In team news, Danny Kane and Shane Blaney miss out due to injury.

Liam Buckley said: “It was a fantastic three points against Finn Harps because of how they have done so far this year. Obviously not a lot of time has passed since Saturday so the time in between has been about recovery and preparation.

“We’ve been in to do that in the last 48 hours and be as ready as we can be for this game.

“We’ve had some entertaining matches with Bohs in recent times and close games as well. I think it’s a difficult game for both sides and we’re looking forward to it. Both of us have had transition periods at the start of this season.

“Winning helps confidence of course, but we’re very much aware that we’re five games into the season. It’s just a start and something we want to build on.

“We did well in the second half on Saturday and created chances in the second half which was pleasing.

“I do think we can get better and win more matches. We know what it takes but it certainly won’t come easy here.”

Join the 500 Club and become an owner

Here at Sligo Rovers supporters own our club and are governed by over 600 members.

As football becomes more and more removed from such ideals, you can become a part-owner of our club.

The Sligo Rovers 500 Club is the lifeblood of the club providing provision for membership, raising hundreds of thousands for the club and an entry into a lucrative draw for supporters.

Founded in 2003, the 500 club continues to be one of our most solid fundraising project and is the modern-day membership scheme of Sligo Rovers.

It was formerly known as the 400 club, but having surpassed that total a number of years ago, it became the 500 club.

There is a target of 550 to grow membership further and contribute to the club.

For €20 a month or €240 a year, it is an ideal way to make a contribution to the club and play your part in making Sligo Rovers a success on and off the pitch.

In 2021 the total raised since the inception of the 500 club for Sligo Rovers will pass €1.6m.

After three years of membership of the 500 Club, you become a member of the Sligo Rovers.

Every 500 club member is entered into a monthly draw where first prize is €500 and there are five runner-up prizes of €100 each and four prizes of €50.

This makes a total of €14,400 paid out each year.

How to Join:

If you are interested in becoming a 500 Club member please email shane@sligorovers.com with your name and contact details. If you wish to join you can make payment in a number of ways.

Sligo Rovers play an active part in the community – the 500 club enhances our activities

Online:

It is now available to join via Paypal.

You can sign up for monthly payments of €20 for 12 months or in a one off payment of €240.

Users can pay by credit/ debit card or by logging into their PayPal account. This is an ideal method of payment for exiled fans abroad. However there is a small additional charge in respect of PayPal’s processing fee.

To pay monthly, click here

To pay yearly, click here

Through Your Bank:

You can also make payment in a one off bank transfer or alternatively by monthly direct debit mandate of €20. Further details are available upon request by e-mailing shane@sligorovers.com

This is an ideal opportunity for our supporters to get behind the Bit o’ Red.

Sligo Rovers is an institution in Sligo and in the North West of Ireland and as a club we are always grateful for your support.

Kenny nets winner for Rovers

Teenager Johnny Kenny grabbed an opportunistic winner as Sligo Rovers claimed bragging rights in the north west, with a narrow win over neighbours Finn Harps at the Showgrounds.

17-year-old Kenny made the most of a second half mistake from Harps goalkeeper Mark McGinley to end the Donegal men’s unbeaten start to the season.

This was the first time since the back end of the 1995/96 season that both sides had met while occupying positions in the top four of the Premier Division.

But neither side dominated the opening half of this derby encounter.

Sligo winger Jordan Gibson fired over from long range early on, while the same man had a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down 21 minutes in when he fell to the floor under the challenge of Dave Webster.

The Finn Valley men have surprised many with their impressive start to 2021, but it took them almost a half hour to test Rovers goalkeeper Ed McGinty.

Mark Russell’s sharp turn brought him past Sligo defender John Mahon, but Russell’s effort from the angle was plucked from the air by McGinty.

Rovers attacker Romeo Parkes netted against Harps in his first season of League of Ireland football two years ago.

But Harps’ net minder McGinley was determined not to allow the Jamaican an opener in this tie, reacting superbly to tip Parkes’ attempted chip over his crossbar eight minutes from the break after the Sligo striker had trapped Mahon’s long ball from the back.

Parkes was involved once more shortly after the re-start. Unmarked, he struggled to properly judge the flight of Gibson’s driven cross from the right, as the attacker headed over McGinley’s crossbar.

Harps then gifted their opponents the lead on 51.

McGinley the guilty party as he failed to deal with a ball straight to his feet. Half-time substitute Kenny was rewarded for his endeavour as he chased the case, robbed McGinley and rolled the ball into an empty net for his first senior goal for the Showgrounds side.

Kenny was involved again on 63 when he flashed an effort across the face of the Harps goal after Gibson had charged his way past a series of defenders.

While Walter Figueira and Robbie McCourt kept McGinley busy with shots from the left side as Rovers enjoyed a period of sustained pressure.

Gibson was inches away from settling the tie eight minutes from time but his vicious drive from the edge of the area cannoned over the target.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Colm Horgan, John Mahon, Garry Buckley; Robbie McCourt; Niall Morahan, Greg Bolger; Romeo Parkes (David Cawley 78), Walter Figueira, Jordan Gibson; Ryan De Vries (Johnny Kenny HT).

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley; Shane McEleney, Kosavar Sadiki, David Webster; Ethan Boyle (Stephen Doherty 70), Mark Russell (Ryan Shanley 70); Will Seymore (Sean Boyd 84), Mark Coyle; Karl O’Sullivan (Stephen Folan 84), Adam Foley (Tunde Owolabi 55), Barry McNamee.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Preview: Rovers v Harps on Saturday evening

Sligo Rovers host neighbours Finn Harps on Saturday evening in The Showgrounds as the sides occupying fourth and second place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division meet.

The game is a 6pm kick-off and live on WATCHLOI.

It has been an unbeaten start for both clubs. Rovers have had two draws at home, against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, as well as wins in Longford and Waterford.

The sides met in two games last season. Harps edged out a 1-0 victory in Ballybofey, while the return fixture in September saw a 3-1 win for Rovers.

In team news, Danny Kane will miss out due to injury. Shane Blaney is doubtful and will be checked pre-game.

Manager Liam Buckley said: “It was a good performance last week and a good result in the context we were playing the league champions. That said, I do feel we can improve in some areas. We would like to get more chances and you will get more as you move up the levels of performance. That’s what we’re seeking. Offensively there is more in us. This is an important game for us and it’s a difficult one as well.

“If you don’t bring an intensity to each game and match the opposition in that, you’re going to be in a spot of bother in this league. Every game will bring that challenge. This is going to be a difficult match for us. I’m not surprised by how Finn Harps have started and I don’t think many are surprised either. They’ve got top players in their squad.

“Kosovar Sadiki was brought over from Scotland, Dave Webster’s gone there from Pat’s, Barry McNamee from Derry, Shane McEleney from Larne and Will Seymore from ourselves. They’re all very good players to name just a few so it’s not a surprise that they’ve pushed on and been unbeaten so far.

“While we were relatively happy with what we showed last week, there is more in us and we’re trying to improve with each game. We’ve made a reasonable start to the season and we want to build on it and get more wins if we can.”

Play Bingo On April 21st

Sligo Rovers will return with one last Bingo night on Wednesday April 21st at 8pm.

There is €2,000 in prizemoney to be won, which will be spread across an 8 page book.

Single books are priced at €12 and Double books are priced at €20.

The bingo session will take place via zoom.

There is a guaranteed prize of €500 to be won on the Full House on game 8.

All support is greatly appreciated.

Buy your books here.

Rovers denied late on in The Showgrounds

There was goals at either end late on as Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at the Showgrounds.

Hoops goalkeeper Alan Mannus allowed a speculative drive from Walter Figueira slip between his hands for what looked like a Bit O’Red winner with eight minutes to go.

But Sligo were to be denied what would have been a third win in four when luckless defender John Mahon turned the ball into his own net in added time.

Sligo came into this tie ahead of their opponents in the league table for the first time since they themselves were reigning champions in 2013.

But it was the current title holders who threatened first when Graham Burke had Sligo goalkeeper Ed McGinty at full stretch to push the striker’s effort wide, after Burke hand linked up with Dylan Watts and Ronan Finn.

Despite an evenly contested opening half, it did take the hosts 24 minutes to make any real ground in front of the Hoops goal.

Figueira had the ball in Mannus’ net after a well worked short corner routine saw the ball land at the feet of ex-Hoops and Sligo skipper Greg Bolger.

Bolger’s rasping drive was kept out by the Northern Ireland international before Figueira tapped home, but the referee’s assistant on the Jinks’ Avenue side adjudged the former Derry playmaker to have been offside in the build-up.

Liam Buckley’s charges matched their opponents stride for stride for the remainder of the half.

McGinty held Lee Grace’s header from a Finn corner ten minutes from the break. While Robbie McCourt’s set piece from the angle wasn’t too far off after the speedy Jordan Gibson had been upended at the perimeter of the penalty area.

Both camps were seeking to end either’s unbeaten start to 2021 and it was the Connaught men who began this second period the brighter.

Figueira could only stab Colm Horgan’s cross past Mannus’ back post after stellar interplay between both Horgan and Gibson on the Sligo right.

Sean Hoare was forced to atone for his own error on 65 when he recovered well to take the ball off substitute Ryan De Vries’ toe at the front stick. This, after the centre half had conceded possession to Gibson who supplied the cross towards the waiting New Zealander.

Hoops boss Stephen Bradley introduced Rory Gaffney in place of Burke in an effort to introduce fresh impetus to his attack.   

But the Dubliners’ woes were at the other end as Sligo nudged ahead with eight to go.

With nothing on in front of him, Figueira decided to hit what was a chance effort from distance which somehow squirmed its way between Mannus’ hands and beyond the dismayed goalkeeper.

As expected, the Tallaght side threw everything at it for the remainder.

A Lee Grace header from a corner was repelled by the Sligo defence, before disaster then struck at the Sligo end when Mahon turned Gaffney’s cross past McGinty.

The champions spurned a wonderful chance to take all the points in added time, but Chris McCann misjudged the flight of the ball whilst unmarked in front of goal. His header dragging harmlessly wide.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Colm Horgan, John Mahon, Garry Buckley, Robbie McCourt; Niall Morahan, Greg Bolger; Romeo Parkes, Walter Figueira, Jordan Gibson; Johnny Kenny (Ryan De Vries ht).

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Hoare, Lee Grace, Liam Scales; Ronan Finn (Sean Gannon 78), Sean Kavanagh; Chris McCann, Dylan Watts; Graham Burke (Rory Gaffney 78), Aaron Greene, Danny Mandriou.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

Preview: Bit O’ Red host Hoops in Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers host Shamrock Rovers on Saturday evening in The Showgrounds as the Bit O’ Red look to extend an unbeaten start to the season.

Buy the live stream of the game here . Kick-off is the earlier time of 6pm.

Rovers and the Hoops will meet 44 years to the day of one of their most memorable games when the league title was decided in The Showgrounds.

The legendary Billy Sinclair led the Sligo team to the crown in 1977. It ended a 40-year wait for a league crown.

It isn’t the only noteworthy part of the fixture.

The sides met in what was our fourth game of the season last year and the final one before the league was shutdown. That game brought a 3-2 victory for the visitors and consigned the Bit O’Red to a fourth defeat in-a-row.

Over 13 months on, it has been a better start to this campaign at The Showgrounds ahead of this fourth game of a season.

Two away wins, as well as a point at home to Dundalk, has given Liam Buckley’s side a better position going into the encounter compared to 2020.

At the time, Rovers were beset by injury concerns. The news is somewhat better this time around.

In team news, Lewis Banks returns although Danny Kane is unavailable.

Last Monday Rovers played Finn Harps in a friendly game designed to give players who have not been regularly starting some game time, as well academy players eligible for first-team action.

Manager Liam Buckley said: “It was a tricky game last week in Longford and we came away with the win which we were very pleased with.

“Our points total is very good from the three games and I see us getting better in terms of performance. I know there is more in the group here.

“We had what was really a training exercise on Monday. It was for players who needed some minutes because of various circumstances. I was happy with what we showed in that game. There are good players trying to get into the team whether that is starting or coming off the bench. We know there are good options available to us at the moment.

“This game is really about another three points being on offer. It’s the same in every game in the league. The opportunity is there and we have to do our utmost to take it.

“We know it’s going to be a tough ask. Shamrock Rovers won the league at a canter last season and they’ve won both games so far. They’ve brought more good players into their club in the off-season.

“That said, we have as well. We have to compete well, work hard and give it our all to get something out of the game. I can see it being a tight game. We’ve got to produce the right performance to give ourselves the chance to get the result.”

Last Call: Bit O’ Red Bingo finale

We are returning for the Last Call of our Bit O Red bingo nights with a grand finale and a total prize money of €2,000 on Wednesday 21 April.

Our first four events were popular among supporters and helped us engage with them and the wider community, as well as raising funds for the club.

We are coming back for one more night, with the biggest prize so far through a total pay out of €2,000.

There will be eight games on the night

Click here to purchase.

Single book for €12.

Double book for €20.

Colouring Competition Winners

Sligo Rovers would like to thank everyone who entered our colouring competition.

There are a lot of talented artists in the North-West region and indeed further afield.

There were three categories in total, with a prize for each winner in their respective category. The prizes include a signed 2021 Sligo Rovers jersey and a personal zoom call from members of the first team.

The winners, as voted by members of the first team, are as follows:

  • Category 1 (4-7 year olds) : Kayne Scanlon, Treacy Ave Sligo.
  • Category 2 (8-10 year olds) : Shane O’ Brien, Tubbercurry.
  • Category 3 (11-12 year olds) : Annie O’ Connor, Boyle Co. Roscommon.

All winners have been contacted and will receive their prizes later this week.