Updated: 02/08/17 : 06:25:31
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Moorhouse winner on debut for Sligo Rovers

GREG MOORHOUSE is the new name of expectation on the lips of Sligo Rovers fans after he scored on his home debut last night, Tuesday.

He scored on his debut after signing up and 'moving south' only on Monday.

Sligo beat Ballinamallard United 2-0 in last night's friendly encounter at the Showgrounds.

Star Shows

It gave the home team an opportunity to play all its new signings, Greg Moorhouse, Jamie McDonagh and Vinnie Faherty.

But the star 'shows' of the night for some fans were several members of Sligo Rovers Under 17 and Under 19 squads.

Last night's fixture with Ballinamallard United was part of their pre-season build-up -- the league up North kicks off it new season later this month.

The Fermanagh side are based near Enniskillen and managed by Sligo man Gavin Dykes.

He won an FÁI Cup medal with Sligo Rovers in 1994 at Lansdowne Road (now Aviva) and was a stalwart central defender in those years.

Team Captain

Meanwhile, only one regular member of Sligo Rovers 'starting elevens' in the 2017 SSE Airtricity League lined out last night.

That was Seamus Sharkey, also named as team captain for the night.

The Bit o' Red were always in command from the 'off' and 0-0 half time score was mainly due to a great goalkeeping display by ex Rovers favourite, Richard Brush.

He foiled Moorhouse, especially, on three occasions in the first half.

The new striker made his presence felt as early as the tenth minute.

He was also on target but foiled by Brush in the 22nd and 44th minute.

But there was no stopping Moorhouse, the former Glenavon star up north.

He scored in the 47th minute aided by the post and might have double the lead seven minutes later, again foiled by Brush.

Moorhouse was substituted in the 69th minute and his replacement, Darren Collins, added the second just before the full time whistle.

Hat Trick

A hat trick was Moorhouse's first feat of 2017 and Sligo Rovers fans will be hoping for some of the same to save their season in the next two months.

Moorhouse netted three for Glenavon -- based in Lurgan, Co Armagh -- against Ballymena United on January 4th last.

The omens are good already; while Moorhouse played and scored last might, his old club's pre-season friendly with the PSNI was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Must Win

In the Showgrounds last night, Ballinamallard came close on a number of occasions and an improved showing in the second half, too. 

Overall, it was a satisfying run-out for Sligo Rovers ahead of this weekend's must-win key clash with St Patrick's Athletic.

The Bit o' Red blues is that, even a win next Saturday night -- unless it's by eight goals -- would leave them in the relegation zone over the Public Holiday weekend.

This weekend's tie will go a great way to deciding whether premier league football is played at the Showgrounds in 2018.

A draw or defeat would be a disaster for those prospects. 

Shaun Patton, Ryan Smith, Fintan Borotto, Paul Doyle, John Mahon, Sharkey, Jamie McDonagh, Liam Kerrigan, Vinnie Faherty, Gary Armstrong and Greg Moorhouse.

Subs Panel: 
Lorcan Callaghan, Niall Morihan, Darren Collins and Mikey O'Brien.

Subs used: 
Niall Morihan and Mikey O'Brien for Ryan Smith and Fintan Borotto, both at half time; 
Darren Collins and Fintan Borotto for Greg Moorhouse and Liam Kerrigan 69th minute;
Lorcan Callaghan, substitute keeper, for Shaun Patton 79th minute.

Richard Brush, Ryan McConnell, Jonathan Leddy, Ross Taheny, Stuart Hutchinson, Richard Clarke, Shane McGinty, Ciaran Martyn, Ryan Curran, Niall Brennan and Jason McCartney.

Subs panel: 
Niall Owens, Calvin McKinley, Josh McElwaine, Simon Warrington, Plamen Kolov, Philip Beacom and Jacob Britton.