Report: Rovers 0-1 Bohemians

Sligo Rovers welcomed Bohemians to The Showgrounds on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from a first defeat of the season against Shelbourne last Friday at the same venue.

The Bit O’ Red went into the game in fourth place after seven games, the Gypsies three places behind in seventh.

Liam Buckley made five changes to the side that started against Shelbourne with Nando Pijnaker, Greg Bolger, Niall Morahan, Max Mata and Lewis Banks all coming in to the side in place of Shane Blaney, David Cawley, Aidan Keena, Colm Horgan and Jordan Hamilton.

Rovers started brightly and forced some corners with Max Mata going closest on 8 minutes from Karl O’ Sullivan’s delivery.

Fifteen minutes later, Will Fitzgerald’s corner was punched clear by James Talbot but only as far as Greg Bolger who’s shot was cleared. Niall Morahan picked up the pieces and found Lewis Banks on the right but his cross was gathered by Talbot.

Bohemians took the lead just moments later however as Promise Omochere ran through the heart of The Rovers’ midfield. The striker found his way past Pijnaker and Morahan before finding winger Liam Burt on the left hand side of the box. His left footed effort found the net after a big deflection off Garry Buckley who tried his utmost to prevent the goal.

The home side created another big chance on 40 minutes. Pijnaker calmy came out of defence and aimed a perfect pass over the top of the Bohemians rear guard to Mata. The striker got to the ball ahead of Ciaran Kelly but Talbot produced a fine save to tip it past the post to keep his side in front going into half time.

On 53 minutes, Mata again went close. This time Adam McDonnell’s free kick was headed just over by The New Zealander from 8 yards.

There was a half chance for Will Fitzgerald on the left as he was played in by Bolger from the edge of the area, but the chance was pounced upon by Talbot again.

Bohemians were dangerous on the counter attack and could have doubled their lead on a couple of occasions through Omochere and Burt but Ed McGinty denied them brilliantly.

Seamas Keogh, Jordan Hamilton, Paddy Kirk and Shane Blaney were all brought on by Liam Buckley as Rovers threw everything at the away side.

Referee David Dunne looked to deny Rovers a clear penalty in the closing stages as Mata was bundled over in the area by Kelly and Paddy Kirk went close from O’ Sullivan’s cross but it wasn’t to be at Bohs held out for their first away win of the season.

Next up for Rovers is UCD at home this Saturday night at 7.45pm.