Keogh the matchwinner as Sligo Rovers beat Derry 2-1

Seamie Keogh was Sligo Rovers matchwinner at the Showgrouinds on Monday night as his injury-time goal the home side a priceless 2-1 win against Derry City.

In what was Rovers first game since the departure of manager Liam Buckley, the bit o’red produced a vastly improved performance, from the quality of their passing to the match tempo to the chances created, not mention the passion and urgency shown – all of which left you wondering why they couldn’t have played like this over the past few weeks.

Rovers dominated possession in the opening half and deservedly took the lead on 20 minutes when Garry Buckley got the final touch on Adam McDonnell’s in-swinging corner kick.

Derry, who had one just two of their last eight league games, drew level on the stroke of half-time in somewhat fortuitous fashion..

The ever-alert Jamie McGonigle pounced on a rebound from a Buckley attempted clearance and fired the equaliser passed Ed McGinty.

The Rovers keeper may a string of top quality saves over the course of the game.

The winner arrived in the 93rd minute – when substitute Seamie Keogh, who had impressed since coming on, finished superbly to the top corner of the net from inside the box.

The finish drew a standing ovation from the 1,984 strong crowd and ended a run of five league games without a win.

The victory moves Rovers back up to fifth in the table on 24 points.

Monday night’s Premier Division results
Sligo Rovers 2 Derry City 1
Finn Harps 0 Dundalk 1
Drogheda United 1 Shamrock Rovers 0
St Patrick’s Athletic 3 Bohemians 0
Shelbourne 2 UCD 0.