Tonight’s game in the somewhat revamped Showgrounds, with new dugouts and a new Tunnel, had all the makings of a classic encounter between Sligo Rovers and the men from Leeside.
The weather played a part and on a wet and wintery night, Owen Heary’s Sligo Rovers were denied a win after a late late Cork strike.
Stephen Beattie thought he gave Rovers all three points after scoring from a John Russell corner in the eighty fourth minute. The goal was deserved as it was Sligo Rovers who were on top, especially in the second half.
But it wasn’t to be, as with the last kick of the game, Cork’s Ross Gaynor equalised after a scramble in the Rovers box much to the delight of his teammates and Cork’s fans, just like the same game way back in March of 2009, when that game also finished one all.
The goal sent the Rovers faithful into despair as the goal was scored in the seventh minute of added time. There was initially five minutes indicated by the fourth official.
Rovers lost goalkeeper Richard Brush and striker Morten Nielsen to injury, leaving Heary short of numbers for the games next week.
John Caulfield will definitely be the happier of the managers after this result.
Sligo’s next game is against a Mayo League in the EA Sports Cup on Tuesday night while Cork host Limerick FC at Turner’s Cross
Pundit Arena Man of the Match: Stephen Folan (Sligo Rovers)
Aaron Cawley @ The Showgrounds for Pundit Arena