Rovers 1-0 Finn Harps - Report

 

John Russell scored the only goal of the game as Sligo Rovers beat Finn Harps at the Showgrounds in what was the Bit O'Red's penultimate pre-season friendly. 

The midfielder struck just past the hour mark when his curling shot wrong-footed Harps keeper Harry Doherty. 

Both sides produced decent chances to open the scoring in the first half with Rovers net minder Shaun Patton palming Ciaran O'Connor's effort to safety on 11. While Kyle Callan-McFadden headed Russell's set-piece wide of the post mid-way through the half. 

Chris Kenny was on hand to block down O'Connor's goalward effort on 34, the teams going in level at the break. 

Russell and Mathew Stevens both went close in the first moments of the second period, however Doherty was alert to clear the danger.

 

 

Russell fired home on 62 after he connected with Raffaele Cretaro's pass. 

Rovers' next and final pre-season friendly comes this Sunday against Athlone Town at the Showgrounds. Kick-off is 5pm. 

Rovers: Patton, Adebayo-Rowling, Donelon, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Kearns, Sadlier, Kenny, Russell, Cretaro, Stevens.

Subs used: Boylan, Place, Martin, Ayunga, Schlingermann.

 

Harps: Gallagher, Coll, Bonner, McAleer, Carter, Boyle, O'Connor, Lafferty, Mailey, Cantwell, White. 

 

 

 

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