Report: Rovers 0-3 Shelbourne

Sligo Rovers suffered a second home defeat in the space of a week as Shelbourne won this SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division tie 3-0 at The Showgrounds on Saturday night.

John Russell was without a host of first team players through injury as Garry Buckley, Gary Boylan, Karl O’ Sullivan, Mark Byrne, Max Mata, Fabrice Hartmann, Conor Walsh, John Mahon, Eanna Clancy and James Finnerty all missed the game.

Greg Bolger returned in midfield following a recent knock and Bogdan Vastsuk filled the void for Max Mata in attack.

Shelbourne, unbeaten in their last six games were in front after just ten minutes. Matty Smith broke down the right hand side and crossed for Tyreke Wilson who cut inside on his right foot and shot toward goal. His effort was blocked but the ball bounced into the path of Jack Moylan who tapped into an empty net.

Stefan Radosavljevic went close soon after for Rovers after good build up play ended with him inside the area and his low effort was cleared away.

It was 2-0 at half-time as in the 40th minute, Moylan got his second after a corner wasn’t dealt with by the Rovers defence.

It was 3-0 on 65 minutes when Johan Brannefalk fouled a Shels attacker in the area and Moylan completed his hattrick from the penalty spot.

Kailin Barlow was introduced in place of Vastsuk and he almost pulled one back with a free-kick from 40 yards, where he saw goalkeeper Conor Kearns off his line but the ball went over.

Next up for Rovers is a trip to Turners Cross on Friday to take on Cork City.