Updated: 28/04/18 : 06:32:46
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Cretaro earns Sligo Rovers draw in Waterford

RAFFAELE CRETARO wrote another chapter in his star-studded senior soccer career last night Friday.

The “Tubber Tornado” scored with a header on the stroke of half time to send Sligo Rovers into the dressing room with a 1-1 scoreline away to Waterford FC.

Seventeen Seasons

He has now scored in seventeen different seasons, for several teams but still surely a special chapter for the Sligo Rovers club centenary in 2028.

‘A Game of Two Halves’ tweeted a reminder that the the Sligo man has now scored seventy goals in 466 senior games. Remarkable. 

Last night’s goal came when Brazilian Eduardo Pinceli had knocked over the corner for Cretaro.

Pulled Back

Shortly beforehand, in Rovers best spell, Calum Waters had pulled back a great ball into the path of Adam Wixted.

The score stayed 1-1 to the end of this SSE Airtricity League encounter.

This meant Sligo maintained their great ‘away’ form of the past seven weeks while Waterford lost its 100% home record which included the scalp of champs Cork City.

Back Pass

“Viva Cretaro” and “The Venerable Raff” were just two of the plaudits tweeted by Sligo Rovers of the man whose career goes on giving.

Cretaro almost ended up the villain, too, as his back pass was deftly intercepted by Courtney Duffus — late, late match winner in the Showgrounds encounter in early March.

Last night Duffus cooly rounded the Rovers keeper Mitchell Beeney on the hour, only for ex Ballisodare United man John Mahon to clear the danger.

Despite the great result, Sligo Rovers have slipped back into the relegation zone and must win Monday night’s Showgrounds tie with Bray Wanderers.

Sligo’s slippage in the SSE Airtricity League table was sealed, irony of irony, by Kevin Devaney, another Sligo man playing with Bohemian FC (as did Cretaro).

Devaney’s goal in the fourth minute of injury time kicked the Bit O’ Red back towards the basement.....for 72 hours, anyway.

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Red Cards

The Sligo/Waterford game saw each side finish with ten men, Sligo Rovers captain Kyle Callan-McFadden got a red card after collecting yellows in the 2nd and 72nd minutes.

Great Ambassador

The Sligo skipper had earlier got on score sheet, turning in a Waterford corner as early as the eight minute.

Before a ball was ever kicked this season manager Gerard Lyttle assessed Sligo Rovers chances in season 2018 for the Irish Daily Mail.

Said Lyttle of Cretaro in that supplement: “He’s a great ambassador for the club and a very low maintenance player.

So Enthusiastic

“I have to pull him back in training because he’s so enthusiastic.

“He’s 36 but we’ll need him this season,” predicted Lyttle.

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Kyle Callan-McFadden (captain), John Mahon, Patrick McClean, Calum Waters, Gary Boylan, Jack Keaney, Rhys McCabe, Eduardo Pinceli, Raffaele Cretaro and Greg Moorhouse.

Subs used: Adam Wixted for Boylan 36th minute, Regan Donelon for McClean 45th minute and Caolan McAleer for Cretaro after 67 minutes.

Subs not used: Ed McGinty, Seamus Sharkey, Lewis Morrison and Ali Roy.