Sligo Rovers 3 Finn Harps 0

Sligo Rovers resumed their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign with a 3-0 win over neighbours Finn Harps at the Showgrounds.

It was the teams’ first game since the mid-season break – and was also new Rovers manager John Russell’s first game in charge since being made Sligo Rovers manager on a permanent basis.

His players gave the new manager the dream start when Aidan Keena scored after just two minutes.

Moments later, Karl O’Sullivan added a second.

Harps did have plenty of possession as the game wore on but Rovers keeper Ed McGinty produced a couple of fine saves at important moments to help keep the visitors at bay.

Rovers made absolutely sure of the points on 85 minutes when Keena popped up again to head home Rovers third – and his ninth league goal of the season.

The victory lifts Rovers back up to fifth place on 28 points.

Harps remain second from bottom on 11 points.

The draws for the opening rounds of the men’s and women’s FAI Cups will be made this Tuesday, June 21st.