|Match Report||TREVOR MOLLOY’S fifth and sixth goals of the season fired St Patrick’s|
Athletic to their first win in a month – and brought Sligo’s winning
run to a crashing halt in the eircom League, Premier Division.
Rovers travelled to Dublin on a high having won their last five games, including a 3-1 hammering of title hopefuls Derry City.
But a combination of quality finishing and some sloppy defending brought
about their demise at Richmond Park.
Darren Mansaram’s goal of the season contender briefly had the teams level after Molloy had opened the scoring, but the former youth international – and later Paul Keegan – wrapped up the Saints’ first win since the World Cup break ended.
Adam Hughes should have opened the scoring after 15 minutes but somehow missed from just two yards, and to add to Sligo’s frustration, Pat’s scored from the very next attack.
Dave Mulcahy’s volley was going wide but a defender’s touch sent the ball into Trevor Molloy’s path and the striker fired past a static John O’Hara in the Sligo goal.
Rovers equalised through Englishman Darren Mansaram’s spectacular effort when he capitalised on a poor clearance, volleying home from the edge of the box.
Dave Mulcahy went close after the restart but Trevor Molloy showed why he
is such a favourite in these parts when he curled home a wonderful strike after the Sligo defence stood off him a little too much.
The same accusation could be thrown at the Sligo defence when Paul Keegan completed the scoring, with Alan Reilly having being allowed to stroll effortlessly toward goal, before laying off to the striker.
St Patrick's Athletic
Ryan; Brennan, Maguire, Murphy, Frost, Mulcahy, O’Connor, Reilly, Rutherford (M Quigley, 73), Keegan, Molloy.
Subs: Caffrey, Armstrong, S Quigley, Clarke.
O’Hara; Peers, Foy (McKenzie, 81), McNamara, Burns,O’Grady, Hughes (McCartney, 71), Kuduzovic, McTiernan, Turner, Mansaram.
Subs: Flannery, Curran, Brush, McKenzie.
Referee: Anthony Buttimer
Assistants: Dave Wogan, D Kilpatrick
Fourth Official: Dave McKeon
Referees' Assessor: Oliver Cooney