Monday, August 30, 2010

F.A.I. Cup Draw

Sligo Rovers were drawn against Monaghahen United in the F.A.I. Cup earlier this evening. This game will be played the weekend before the two meet in the E.A. Sports Cup final and could proove to be a vital match for Paul Cook to do some homework on the team. This tie for Monaghen is a reward for their victory over Cork City Foras Co-op. Monaghen have been punching above their weight this year in all competitions having already reached the final of the league cup, they are lieing second in the league behind Derry and now reaching the quater finals of the cup. The match will be played on the weekend of the 17/18/19 of September at the Showgrounds.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sligo Rovers vs. Finn Harps match report

Premier Division Sligo Rovers advanced to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup by overcoming Finn Harps in a surprisingly low-key north-west derby at Finn Park.
Sligo were on top from the start with Harps' goalkeeper Gavin Cullen forced into making a decent first minute save and Richard Ryan then hit the post.
Rovers took the lead on 12 minutes when Matthew Blinkhorn was adjudged to have been fouled by Packie Mailey inside the box and Alan Keane duly slotted in the resulting penalty.
But although they dominated the early stages, Sligo failed to build on their early advantage and the game limped towards the interval with little to excite either set of fans.
Harps' first effort on target came on the hour with Timmy Bonner's weak header posing no problems for Ciaran Kelly.
But inspired by a speculative Kevin McHugh 40 yard effort - that landed on the roof of the Sligo net on 62 minutes - the home side took the game to Sligo.
McHugh, the only Harps player from the squad that reached the 1999 final, suddenly found a spring in his step and had appeals for a penalty dismissed as he went down on 63 minutes.
Harps produced a series of corners but with no end product before Sligo missed a great chance to seal things when Eoin Doyle burst through on goal only to be denied by the advancing Cullen.
Despite having played each other over 100 times over the past 40 years, this was the first time that the two north-west rivals had ever met in the FAI Cup.
Finn Harps: Cullen; Doherty, Mailey, Crossan, Whoriskey; McMenamin, Forker, Shields, Bonner; Brolly, McHugh. Subs: Breen for Whoriskey (76 mins), Walsh for Breen (90 mins).
Sligo Rovers: Kelly; Keane, Peers, Lauchlan, Davoren; Ryan; Dillon, Russell, Boco, McCabe; Blinkhorn. Subs: Ventre for McCabe and Doyle for Dillon (both 61 mins), Amond for Blinkhorn (76 mins).

As you can see there Amond was playing yesterday evening as he came on as a sub for Mathew.
What does this mean for his future at the club? we will have to weight and see but if there is a deal to be done it will have to be done by 6:00 pm on tuesday.

Amond gone

There are roumers going around that Padraig Amond has left Sligo Rovers and gone to Portugese side Pacos Ferreira for €100,000. I will post confermation of this once an official statement is released from the club.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sligo Rovers vs. Finn Harps team news

Sligo Rovers will be without six players for the FAI Ford Cup encounter with Finn Harps in Finn Park on Friday night.
Joesph N'do, Romauld Boco, Gary McCabe, Conor O'Grady, Richard Brush and Mauro Almeida will all miss the tie.
N'do (leg) and Boco (Achillies) picked up injuries in the 0-0 draw with St Patrick's Athletic in Richmond Park last Friday night.
McCabe has an ankle problem while Brush and Almeida are long-term absentees.
O'Grady serves a one-game suspension. It is the ever first meeting of Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps in the FAI Cup.
Sligo Rovers supporters are requested to enter from Chestnut Road turnstiles in Finn Park only. Kick-off is 8pm.
Tickets are priced €12 for adults (terrace), €8 for OAP and €5 for students and children under-12.

As for Finn Harps Stephen McLaughlin misses out through suspension.  Ciaran Gallagher remains sidelined.  Otherwise, manager James Gallagher has a full squad to choose from

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New bid expected for Amond

Sligo Rovers are expecting Portugese club Pacos Ferreira to return with a second bid for in-form striker Padraig Amond. Rovers have already rejected an initial bid of  €30,000 for the striker but feel that this is far bellow their valuation of the player. They feel Amond is worth a six figure sum.
Manager Paul Cook has said that if Ferreira offer enough money Amond will go.
In an interview Cook has already said "I think they have offered €30,000 for him, which with the best will in the world is not going to change the club. We're going to loose a striker who has scored alot of goals -and we only get €30,000? Of course we don't want to sell him. We are not trying to toute him around. Gerry Carr (ass. manager) has confirmed that the Bit-o-Red were aware that Amond was atracting alot of attention from Portugal and elswhere. In brighter news the Carlow native has said that "this is only the start for this team.". Amond has already stated that he wishes to stay at the Showgrounds and as long as he stays and keeps scoring for fun then Rovers have a real chance of qualifying for Euurope!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sligo Rovers vs. St. Pat's match report

Report courtesy of RTE:

St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers shared the spoils from this pulsating Dublin 8 game in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
Sligo dominating the first half while Pat's enjoyed the better of the chances in the second half, but neither side could find the net.
Ryan Guy, Gareth O'Connor, David McAllister and sub Vinny Faherty all had chances for Pat's while Joseph Ndo and Romauld Boco went close for the visitors. But neither Gary Rogers or Ciaran Kelly had to pick the ball out of their respective net in this entertaining scoreless draw.
On a day when news broke that Rovers had turned down a bid from Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira for the services of Padraig Amond, Pat's boss Pete Mahon revealed in his programme notes that some of his players are also in demand.
However, Mahon stated that the interest wasn't conveyed to him in an appropriate manner.
He said: 'On a sour note, it saddens me to inform fans that two of our players have been tapped-up. This really is disgraceful carry on and the managers involved have shown a complete lack of respect for myself, John Gill and St Patrick's Athletic.'
Mahon stopped short of naming names though in a positive move he did single out Sligo Rovers, along with Dundalk, as clubs that do things the correct way.
Rovers for their part have said that Amond wishes to stay at the club and they will make no further comment.
Rovers had by far a much better start than the home side with Richie Ryan shooting over the bar in the second minute.
Ryan was involved again on nine minutes when his ball found Gary McCabe in the penalty area but excellent defending from
Shane Guthrie saw the ball knocked out for a corner.
On 18 minutes Guy should have done better for Pat's when he met Stuart Byrne's cross field ball but he failed to get a decent connection and hammered his effort way off target.
Ndo was close to opening the scoring for Rovers 23 with a strong free kick but the ball flew agonisingly over the bar.
Pat's showed great creativity on 31 minutes with a cracking move involving Byrne, Ian Bermingham and Derek Doyle but at the vital moment Gavin Peers nipped in to clear.
Rovers fought back immediately and Eoin Doyle headed over a Ryan free a minute later while on 40 an excellent passage of play involving McCabe and Doyle ended with a diving save from Rogers to deny Boco's header.
Ndo showed superb individual skill on 52 minutes when he snatched the ball from the feet of O'Connor and let fly from 25 yards but his final touch let him down and he sent the ball wide of Rogers' right-hand post.
In many ways it was a game of two halves with Pat's in control of the second after Rovers dominated the first.
Sligo goalkeeper Kelly was the difference between the sides for a spell with a sequence of important saves. Arguably the best was from Faherty on 57 following a quality pass from O'Connor.
Faherty, Guy and Bermingham were among the Pat's men who had a pop on goal in a terrific period of play from the home side around the hour mar but Kelly, the woodwork and some poor finishing left Kelly's sheet clean.
Guy had another chance on 83 when he darted onto Brian Cash's ball but Jim Lauchlan was in he right place at the right time to clear the ball.
St Patrick's Athletic: Rogers; Bermingham, Kenna, Guthrie, Pender; McAllister, Byrne, Guy, Mulcahy (O'Connor 20 mins), D Doyle (Cash 75 mins); North (Faherty 51 mins).
Sligo Rovers: Kelly; Davoren, Lauchlan, Peers, Keane; Ryan, McCabe (O'Grady 67 mins), Boco, Ndo, E Doyle (Dillon 75 mins); Amond (Blinkhorn 61 mins).
Referee: Alan Kelly (Cork).

Bid for Amond is rejected

Sligo Rovers can confirm they have rejected a bid from Portugese side Pacos Ferreira for Padraig Amond.

The club are very keen for Amond to stay at The Showgrounds as we look to build our challenge for honours this year.

The player has also stated his desire to continue his career with Sligo Rovers after enjoying such an excellent season so far with the Bit o’Red.

Sligo Rovers will be making no further comment on the matter as we build towards tonight’s crucial Airtricity Premier Division match with St Patrick’s Athletic.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Team news for Sligo Roves vs. St. Patricks Athletic

Rovers will be facing a tough test against Pat's this weekend as they travel down to Richmond Park this Friday. the two teams have already faced each-other  five times this season with the sides producing one win for Rovers, one draw, and three wins for Pat's.

 Joesph N'do is a major doubt for Rovers as he is struggling with a calf injury, he also missed the encounter with Shamrock Rovers last Tuesday with the same injury. Mauro Almeida and Richard Brush will miss the rest of the season because of Achilles and wrist complaints but John Russell will be in available after he recovered from a head injury which he received against Bray.

As for Pat's, Ryan Guy will return to the team for the encounter after suspension and the former Rovers man Brian Cash will also be available for selection  after a leg injury, however doubts remain over Paul Byrne and Damian Lynch who are both struggling with ankle injuries.

This should be a brilliant game down in Richmond Park with the two teams having Title/European ambitions and Rovers playing their best football for years. K.O. is @ 7:45 at Richmond Park

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sligo Rovers vs. Shamrock Rovers EA Sports Cup match report

Sligo Rovers were 2-1 winners over Shamrock Rovers tonight at the Showgrounds. A goal from Garry Twigg was cancelled out by two goals from the former Shamrock Rovers man Pardraig Amond.
Twigg scored his goal mid-way threw the half. The Shamrock Rovers fans were still cellabrating when Amond was teed up by Richie Ryan and slotted home camly.
Just a couple of minutes after the secon half  kicked Off, with many fans still returning to their seats after the half-time intervell Paraig Amond was played thew on goals and had no hesitation when he put the ball past Allan Manus and into the net.
After this goal Sligo Rovers seamed to get deaper and deaper as Shamrock Rovers realy started to get a foot hold in the game. The game cotinued in this fashion for the rest of the second half and it was to be honest no suprise to sea that Shamrock Rovers had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled offside.
Rovers did manage to sea the rest of the game out though and the Jinx Avenue faithfull stayed for over half an hour after the game chearing Rovers on.

Rovers will now face Monaghen in the final of the EA Sports Cup after Monaghen Utd beat Dundalk with a goal from Cathal O'Connor four minutes from time turned out to be the winner.

The final will be played on the 25th of September with the venue to be decieded.

Sligo Rovers vs. Shamrock Rovers EA Sports Cup preview

Rovers take on Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds tonight. Rovers will be boosted with the return of central midfielder Richie Ryan but he  may find it hard to get back into the team as Conor O'Grady and Rommy Boco put in two very good performances against U.C.D.
Sligo Rovers will be without John Russell (head) and two long term absemtees Richard Brush (wrist) and Mauro Almedia (achelies).

Shamrock Rovers will be without Dessie Baker (ankle) and Pat Sullivan (knee).

In an interview with Danny Ventre he said:
“We had a good chance to get silverware last season in the FAI Ford Cup but that didn’t work out for us, so this season the EA SPORTS Cup gives us a great opportunity to bring a trophy back to The Showgrounds,” he said.

“I’ve been here three years and last season was the closest we’ve come to getting a trophy. Getting to a final spurs you on – once you get one you want to keep going and get to another final.”

However, Ventre says that it is only recently that the team is beginning to hit top form.

“We weren’t getting the right results at the start of the season,” he said. “We were dominating matches but only getting draws. There were quite a few new signings and I think it took a bit of time for the players to gel, but we seem to have clicked now and we’re on a good run. We just have to keep that going – keep pushing up the league table and hopefully land a cup.”
This should be a very tight encouter which could go all the way to penaltys. already this season the sides have played eachother three times with two draws and Shams winning the other. Please come out and support Rovers tonight as if they win this game they will be favourites to win the competition.

K.O. @ the Showgrounds @ 7:45

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rovers vs. U.C.D. match report

 Report courtesy of RTE

Sligo Rovers moved to third in the Airtricity Premier Division thanks to a 4-0 dismissal of UCD.
Captain Conor O'Grady opened the scoring with a stunning volley on 42 minutes and just two minutes later Padraig Amond doubled the advantage as he hammered the ball past Gerard Barron in the UCD goal.
Substitute Matthew Blinkhorn added a deflected third, before defender Derek Foran wrapped up the win with the fourth in the closing stages.
Sligo Rovers were without the suspended Richie Ryan and the injured John Russell, and handed a first start to the recently re-signed Romuald Boco in midfield.
UCD were minus the banned Greg Bolger, while Paul Corry missed out after a recent concussion.
The opening goal came just three minutes before the break, when Boco's superb left-foot cross was met by a thunderous O'Grady volley that flew past Gerard Barron.
Rovers fans were still discussing the brilliance of the first when their side grabbed the second just 120 seconds later.
Amond worked a skilful one-two with Gary McCabe before firing low to the net to further strengthen his position as the league's top-scorer.
The two-goal blast was a little harsh on a game UCD team, but there was little doubt that Rovers were the better side in the opening period.
Rovers could have got a third early in the second half, when firstly Boco and then Ndo both rose their shots too high from good positions.
In fact it took them 76 minutes to add to their tally, before Matthew Blinkhorn fired home his second goal in two games just six minutes after coming off the bench.
A fourth followed with Derek Foran headed home McCabe's corner at the back post.
Sligo Rovers: 1 John Gibson; 2 Alan Keane, 20 Jim Lauchlan, 16 Derek Foran, 3 Iarfhlaith Davoren; 21 Gary McCabe, 6 Conor O'Grady (Captain), 18 Romuald Boco, 7 John Dillon (11 Eoin Doyle 77); 15 Joseph Ndo (5 Danny Ventre 70), 10 Padraig Amond (9 Matthew Blinkhorn 70).
Subs not used: 19 Ciaran Kelly (GK), 4 Gavin Peers.
Booked: Amond.
UCD: 1 Gerard Barron; 2 Paul O'Connor, 5 Evan McMillan (Captain), 4 Andy Boyle, 3 Ciaran Nangle (12 Michael Leahy 73), 10 Dwayne Wilson (14 Karl Moore 64), 8 Stephen Roche (15 Graham Rusk 73), 6 Robbie Creevy, 7 Keith Ward, 11 Chris Mulhall; 9 Ciaran Kilduff.
Subs not used: 16 Billy Brennan (GK), 13 David O'Connor.
Booked: None.
Referee: Dave McKeon (Dublin).

Sligo Rovers vs. U.C.D. tonight.

Tonight Sligo Rovers take on U.C.D. at the Showgrounds @ 7:45.
If your mind is unmade about going please choose to as it would be great to get a big croud like last week about Everton plus Rovers and U.C.D. are areguably the best footballing teams in the league which makes for a great match.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Team news for U.C.D. game.

Paul Cook will be without midfielders Richie Ryan and John Russell for Saturday evenings Airtricity League game against UCD...

Ryan is suspended after his red card in The Carlisle Ground last week while Russell is yet to recover from a head injury he received in training. This leaves two positions up for grabs in the centre of midfield. Conor O'Grady is set to continue is place in the heart of the midfield, while Cook will decide later in the week who takes the other. Richard Brush and Mauro Almeida continue their time on the sidelines with long term injuries.
Gavin Peers is expected to return after he missed the Bray game through suspension,while Romuald Boco is set to make his second competitive home debut after scoring twice in three days against Bray and Everton.

As for U.C.D. Greg Bolger and Paul Corry will be missing. Greg Bolger is missing as he starts a two match suspention and Paul Corry is rested due to medical advice as he received a concusion in the first 10 mins against Dundalk. The good news for U.C.D. fans is that Brian Shortall may be fit enough for a place on the bench, he will face a late fitness test.

Kick-off is 7.45pm at The Showgrounds on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Sligo Rovers central midfielder Richie Ryan is suspended for the encounter against U.C.D. this Saturday as he received a red card against Bray last weekend, Gerry Carr is also banned from the technical area for this match.
U.C.D.'s player Greg Bolger is also suspended for this match.

Suspensions for other teams in the premier and 1st division are as follows:

PAT FLYNN (Shamrock Rovers)
DAVID McDAID (Derry City)  
RYAN GUY (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
SEAN KELLY (Limerick)
STEPHEN MULCAHY (Cork City Foras Co-op)
MICHAEL QUIRKE (Salthill Devon)
CHRIS SHIELDS (Bray Wanderers)
AUSTIN SKELLY (Athlone Town)
CHRIS TURNER (Shamrock Rovers)
PETER WHITE (Limerick)
DARREN YOUNG (Mervue United)

Sligo Rovers vs Everton pictures

Here are some pictures from the Sligo Rovers vs. Everton match.

:Thanks to Darek Novak from (linked) for photos

  Thanks to Darek Novak from (linked) for photos

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Everton attedence

The official atedence for the Sligo Rovers vs. Everton match was 3600

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sligo Rovers vs Everton match report

Sligo Rovers earned a comfortable win against Everton in a freindly at The Showgrounds.
Alan Stubbs handed Shane Duffy his first start since the horrific injury he picked up on international duty whilst homecoming hero Seamus Coleman was granted permission to play the first ten minutes before enjoying a rousing reception from the Showgrounds regulars when he was replaced by Aristote Nsiala.

Neither side troubled the opposition goalkeeper during a scrappy opening period but as the half wore on, Sligo began to impose themselves in the game and it was by no means against the run of play when John Dillon created space for himself on the edge of the box and fired a sweet low finish past Turner.
There was a real flashpoint just before the break when first Jose Baxter and then Shane Duffy attempted to impede Romauld Boco and after the second challenge a ‘free-for-all’ broke out that included several players from both teams. During the unsightly melee Duffy shoved Richie Ryan to the floor and referee Conor Fitzgerald was lenient with his decision to show the big defender a yellow rather than a red card.
Early in the second half, James Wallece slipped Jose Baxter in on goal with a very nicely weighted pass but Sligo keeper Ciaran Kelly smothered the eventual shot and a great block by Duffy denied Gary McCabe at the other end.
The young Irishman was involved at the other end in the 62nd minute when his powerful header from a Baxter free-kick was tipped over the bar by Kelly.
The advantage was doubled in the 71st minute when Boco, a Benin international in his second spell with Sligo, forced home a loose ball inside the Everton six-yard box. There was no way for The Toffees although Baxter did at least hit the target with an effort from distance that Kelly comfortably gathered.