Updated: 08/04/18 : 10:14:40
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Sligo Rovers fifth home defeat of season 2018

SLIGO ROVERS went down to their home fifth home defeat in two months who Derry City won 2-0 at the Showgrounds last night, Saturday.

The Irish Dail Mail predicted a 10th place finish for Sligo this season in the SSE Airtricity League. That seemed too harsh.

Attack Minded

Bit o’ Red boss Gerard Lyttle told the same supplement: “Our goals are to be hard to beat and be more attack-minded.” Hmm. That now seems too optimistic.

Moreso when the manager withdrew his lead scorer Adam Morgan on the hour last night.

Where do goals come from, if not from the recognized lead striker.

Against that, Sligo Rovers have failed to score now in three successive SSE Airtricity fixtures.

Three Hundred

That’s close on three hundred minutes of football. The average is less than a goal a game in the opening nine fixtures.

Sixteen goals have also been conceded while suddenly the team which couldnt be beaten at home last season cannot win a game at home.

April could yet be the cruelest month; two successive fixtures down south, including champs Cork City, could turn season 2018 into a wasteland.

MeanwhilnDerry City were flattered to only lose 2-1 in the earlier meeting of the sides at the Showgrounds on February 22nd last.

Lady Luck

Last night, Lady Luck played her part in ensuring the Candystripes claimed all three points in a game where Derry was always dominant.

First, Rory Patterson scored in the 17th minute after a soft free kick conceded by Rhys McCabe. 0-1.

Second, the visitors win was sealed after goalie Michael Schlingermann let a harmless shot by Ronan Hale slip past him in the 74th minute. 0-2.

There are two further home games this month — St Patrick’s Athletic could be difficult, Bray Wanderers in bottom spot should, on paper, be easier.

Gavin Peers, the Sligo stalwart who got an inter-League nod against England lined out for Derry City last night and even picked up a yellow card near half time.

There are ‘no Peers’ in the current Sligo squad, with his singular fortitude and flair for pulling defeats out of the fire.

Sligo Rovers picked up four yellow cards last night — three Scotsmen Rhys McCabe, Alistair Roy, Calum Waters and one Brazilian, Eduardo Pincelli.