Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps played out a dour nil-all draw at the Showgrounds ahead of the mid-season break last Friday.
After the game, Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle and Harps’ assistant manager Paul Hegarty spoke to Darragh Cox…
Sligo Rovers 0
Finn Harps 0
There was no separating northwest rivals Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps in a tense derby lacking in creativity at the Showgrounds last night.
With the stakes high for both these teams, an even first half featured only two shots on goal, neither of which hit the target.
Raffaele Cretaro went closest in the 38th minute, spinning his marker at the edge of the box before dipping a left-foot effort off the top of the crossbar.
Harps were the better team in early exchanges, but failed to trouble Michéal Schlingermann in the Sligo goal, with only a pot-shot from Ciaran O’Connor looking threatening.
Cretaro went close again just after the restart when Jonah Ayunga released Kieran Sadlier inside the area, but his pull-back for Cretaro flashed across the face of goal.
Jonny Bonner came on for Paddy McCourt shortly after the hour-mark, and he forced Schlingermann into a save with his first touch, while Eddie Dsane fired a close-range effort over the top, but neither side looked like getting a winner.
SLIGO: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Callan-McFadden, Leahy, Donelon, Boylan, Russell, Ayunga, Sadlier, Cretaro (Kenny 89), Place (Roddan 71).
FINN HARPS: Gallagher, McNulty, Cantwell, Mailey, Coll, McAleer (Funston 90), Boyle, McCourt (Bonner 63), Houston, O’Connor, Dsane.
REF: R Rogers.