Achille's heel wins it for Rovers

Soccer SSE Airtricity League

Achille's heel wins it for Rovers
Philip Rooney

An injury time winner, a deft flick of the heel, from French striker Achille Campion, was enough to secure all three points for Sligo Rovers in last Saturday's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Galway United.

The Bit O'Red were the better of the sides during the opening half but were unable to get the better of the visitors goalkeeper Conor Winn despite having nine corners during the opening 45 minutes.

The visitors shocked the home side when they opened the scoring three minutes after the restart. Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann did well to keep Enda Curran's at effort at bay but he was powerless to do anything about the rebound as Gary Shanahan's looping header found its way to the net to open the scoring.

Rovers enjoyed plenty of possession as they attempted to get themselves back on level terms but found it difficult to break down a well organised Galway United defence.

A penalty appeal and a number of half chances that came to nothing suggested it could be a fruitless evening for Rovers but with 11 minutes remaining the evergreen Raffaele Cretaro's left footed effort from outside the box found its way to the Galway net to set up an exciting finale.

Having exited the FAI Cup a week earlier when they conceded in injury time against Wexford Youths and lost their previous league game 3-2 away to Bohemians having led for most of the contest before conceding at the death, Rovers manager Dave Robertson would have been hoping his side would enjoy some good fortune in the closing stages of the contest.

Kieran Sadlier, who was introduced in the latter stages looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball while right-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling asked plenty of questions of the Galway defence when he surged forward.

As the game edged past 90 minutes it appeared as though both sides would have to be content with a point but in the second minutes of injury time, Cretaro, who last week signed a contract that will keep him at the club for the 2017 season picked out Campion and with a subtle flick of his heel the French forward diverted the ball to the Galway net to secure all three points for Rovers.

SLIGO ROVERS: Micheal Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Gary Boylan, Mick Leahy, Jimmy Keohane, John Russell, Roddan, Daniel Kearns (Kieran Sadlier 70), Liam Martin, Raffaele Cretaro, Achille Campion.

GALWAY UNITED: Conor Winn, Colm Horgan, Armin Aganovic, Killian Cantwell, Stephen Walsh, Gary Shanahan, Ryan Connolly, Paul Sinnott, Marc Ludden, Conor Melody (Alex Byrne 75), Enda Curran (Vinny Faherty 64).

Referee: David McKeon

To continue reading this article, please register and log in.

Registration is free and you can also sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with your latest local news!


Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.