Match Info

Date: 23/07/2011
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: The Showgrounds

Officials

Damien Hancock (Dublin)

Sligo Rovers - St Patrick's Athletic

Sligo Rovers moved two points clear at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division, despite being held to a scoreless draw by St Patrick's Athletic at the Showgrounds.

Chances were few and far between, but both sides did create openings in the first half.

Alan Kirby released Eoin Doyle on a swift counter-attack, but a wonderful diving block from Derek Pender denied Rovers' top scorer.

The visitors' best chance came on the stroke of half-time, when a Gary Rogers goal-kick deceived Alan Keane and Anto Murphy and found Danny North, who could only hit the side-netting.

The second half remained tense, but the best chance fell to Kirby when he was teed up by John Dillon, but he curled his shot narrowly wide.

Sligo Rovers named an unchanged side for the fifth successive game, which meant new signing Conor Powell had to be content with a place on the bench.

St Pat's made four changes to the team that played in the Europa League just 48 hours earlier.

Captain Conor Kenna returned from a long-term injury to make his first start since March, while Shane Guthrie, Dave Mulcahy and former Rovers player Murphy also earned recalls.

Brian Shortall, Ian Daly and Derek Doyle dropped to the bench, while Evan McMillan didn't feature.

An edgy first half produced little in the way of clearcut chances, as both sides looked defensively sound, though it took the visitors a little longer to settle into the game.

Rovers had most of the possession and most of the positive play, with some sublime flicks from Joseph Ndo bringing huge cheers from the 2,750 crowd.

One deft pass behind the defence almost released Doyle, but Rogers came out quickly to intervene.

Another superb pass over the top from Aaron Greene nearly found Raffaele Cretaro, but he misjudged the bounce of the ball and the chance went a-begging.

At the other end, North was a constant threat and he dispossessed Richie Ryan before firing wide with his side's first real chance.

His pass also released Daryl Kavanagh into the box, but Jason McGuinness made a brave and assured tackle inside the area.

Dave Mulcahy tried his luck from distance early in the second half but missed the target, while Shane McFaul picked up the game's first booking as the visitors continued to try and curb the influence of Ndo and Richie Ryan.

Paul Cook tried to freshen things up by introducing Powell and John Dillon on the hour-mark, with Doyle pushing up front and Greene moving on to the wing.

It nearly reaped instant rewards, as Greene's cross was touched down to Kirby by Dillon, but the midfielder's shot narrowly missed the top corner.

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Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 25th 2014SetantaCupSligo Rovers2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 14th 2013LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 13th 2012LeagueSligo Rovers3St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 27th 2012LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 23rd 2011LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 9th 2011LeagueSligo Rovers2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
October, 29th 2010LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 26th 2010LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 1st 2010LeagueCupSligo Rovers4St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 17th 2010SetantaCupSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 5th 2015LeagueDerry City0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
May, 19th 2015LeagueCupCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 16th 2015LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 1st 2015LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
April, 17th 2015LeagueBohemians0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 7th 2015LeagueCupCrumlin United1St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
April, 4th 2015LeagueLongford Town2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
March, 28th 2015LeagueLimerick1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
March, 20th 2015LeagueDundalk3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 6th 2015LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 24th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Sligo Rovers0REPORT
October, 24th 2014LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
August, 1st 2014LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers0REPORT
May, 3rd 2014LeagueSligo Rovers2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 14th 2014SetantaCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers5REPORT
March, 25th 2014SetantaCupSligo Rovers2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 2nd 2014PresidentsCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers0REPORT
October, 13th 2013LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers0REPORT
July, 14th 2013LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 19th 2013LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 26th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Longford Town0REPORT
June, 12th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Limerick1REPORT
June, 9th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bohemians1REPORT
June, 5th 2015LeagueDerry City0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
May, 22nd 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 16th 2015LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 11th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
May, 1st 2015LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
April, 24th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Sligo Rovers0REPORT
April, 20th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United2REPORT