Saturday, 18 March, 2017 3 - 2 SSE Airtricity League
Derek Foran (OG) 26,
Chris Kenny 28,
Kieran Sadlier 54.
Gary McCabe 3, 38
Kieran Sadlier's third goal in as many games proved the winner at the Showgrounds as Sligo Rovers picked up their first win of the season with a deserved 3-2 win over Bray Wanderers.
Gary McCabe had put the away side into the lead just three minutes in. Another defensive mis-hap restored parity on 26 minutes when Derek Foran put the ball past his own goalkeeper while Rovers took the lead for the first time two minutes later when Chris Kenny netted his maiden competitive goal for the Bit O'Red.
McCabe netted again eight minutes from the break when his free-kick made it 2-2.
But Rovers were not to be denied the points as Sadlier's magnificent set piece from 25 yards in the second half won the full quota of points for the westerners.
Adebayo-Rowling's clearance landing on the foot of McCabe who was left with a simple close range finish against his old club.
Sadlier's pace and skill was a positive for the home team throughout. After Adebayo-Rowling and John Russell had tested Seagulls' keeper Peter Cherrie with long range efforts, it was Sadlier who hit the woodwork on 25 following a mazy run and twisting shot which came back off the bottom of Cherrie's goalpost.
Sadlier was involved again one minute later as another former Rovers man, Foran turned the ball into his own net. Cherrie looked as if he had the situation under control as he arrived to claim Sadlier's cross from the left. However in his efforts to clear the ball to safety, Foran seemed to mis-judge the flight of the ball and instead could only knock it past his own stranded net minder to level proceedings.
Bray were caught out again two minutes later as the Connacht men took the lead. Again Sadlier was the catalyst as Wanderers failed to clear a dangerous cross from the former Irish underage intentional. Possession falling to the waiting Kenny who lashed the ball home from ten yards for his first goal for the club.
Rovers' lead lasted just ten minutes as the goals continued to come. McCabe was tripped by the over-eager Mick Leahy right on the boundary of the 18-yard-box before he whipped an unstoppable right footed attempt into Patton's top corner for his brace.
Both camps continued to press and Kenny almost had his second on the stroke of half-time but was unable to divert the ball inside the near post after Cherrie spilt another Sadlier shot.
Greene and Russell made either keeper work during the initial exchanges during a scrappy second period.
But it was the industrious Sadlier who put Sligo into the lead for a second time on 54. His bullet of a free-kick from 25 yards flew past Cherrie's out-stretched arm for his third goal in as many games.
Rovers had to rely on a smart stop from Patton on 67 from an Anto Flood effort.
Jonah Ayunga was next to go close but could only find the side-netting after turning inside following a powerful run down the left.
Bray boss Harry Kenny introduced both Ger Pender and Ryan Brennan as they looked to salvage something from their trip west. Brennan should have at least tested Patton with a header eight minutes from time. While the Drogheda man's shot sneaked past the post just 90 seconds later.
"A good performance in difficult conditions and difficult circumstances." Dave Robertson was pleased to get a win and another performance with the 3-2 triumph over Bray Wanderers. His message to the team was to maintain the consistency shown in the last three games and keep raising standards into the future.