Rhys McCabe scored his first Sligo Rovers goal in his Showgrounds debut, but the Bit O’ Red were held to a one-all draw by bottom side Drogheda United at the weekend.

Daniel Kearns had a goal ruled out in the game, and Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle was left frustrated…

 

The point keeps Rovers just outside of the relegation places, and goalscorer McCabe says the side have to stay positive…

MATCH REPORT

Sligo Rovers 1

(McCabe 63)

Drogheda United 1

(Russell 51)

 

Sean Russell’s wonder strike earned Drogheda United a valuable away point at the Showgrounds last night.

Russell’s strike was just his side’s second goal in their last ten games, but it was worth the wait, as he dipped a brilliant left foot half-volley over the head of Micheál Schlingermann and into the net off the post on 51 minutes.

But Rhys McCabe popped up with the leveller on his home debut ten minutes later, as he weaved his way into the box from Raffaele Cretaro’s pass, and slid the ball past Stephen McGuinness.

The best chance of a lively first half fell to Rovers winger Daniel Kearns, as he was picked out in space by debutant Benny Igiehon, but saw his effort bounce back off the crossbar.

Both sides had chances to win it late on, but McGuinness made a brilliant save, and Rovers defender Michael Leahy made a superb tackle.

 

SLIGO: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Sharkey, Donelon, Boylan (Ayunga 79), Russell, McCabe, Kearns, Cretaro, Igiehon.

DROGHEDA: McGuinness, Deasy, Buckley, Kane, Russell (Brennan 70 (Elworthy 90)), Wixted (Hollywood 79), McEvoy, Gallagher, Hyland, Byrne, Elliott.

REF: R Matthews.