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Sligo Rovers defeat Finn Harps in pre-season friendly

Connor McGinty

A fast and physical introduction with a long ball tactic being adopted by both sides early on.

Sligo’s mixed play found space in a tight harps defence however nothing came of several over the top through balls in what was a rather uneventful opening 10 minutes.

Several players on trial with ‘Harps showed good initiative one in particular show a physicality much needed in the League of Ireland .A good potential signing for anyone for any lower table team.

The above hasn’t been named as tonight no one was sure whether we had real names or not but a round of applause and the sound of laughter could be heard as number 16 for Harps was read out to be Nathan Carter. Should this found to be true we will all stand to be corrected.

Before being replaced by Lafferty, Mc Aleer and Jonny Bonny linked up well for some good passing play switching play however not gaining much ground in the Sligo Half. Mc Aleer taken off on what seemed to be a precautionary basis?

A couple of shots from either side drew a rather tame first half to a close.

From the whistle to start the second half the tempo was visibly higher. A powerful effort from John Russell turned away by the Irish U21 home based Keeper Harry Doherty. Russell however did find his way past Doherty moments later after a poor kickout saw a fine finished curled past the former Cockhill Celtic netminder.

Several goal mouth scrambles all from the home side resulted in nothing but an addition to the tally of shots.

Sligo as mentioned were the attacking side and not able to find a second but this looked as if it would change. A great ball by the full-back Adebayo-Rowling pinpointed the head of Chris Kenny for a superb diving header. The young Doherty stood tall to produce a great save and force a corner of what would be one of the last plays of the game.

Without mentioning any particular moments in the game the “Bit ‘o’ Red’s” Ayunga was promising when introduced, Young Dylan McCroary likewise for the visiting team a product of a great youth system run by the Ballybofey club.

Sligo now face Athlone on Sunday at 5 in the Showgrounds whilst you can guarantee Ollie will be in full concentration ahead of their first game of the season at home to last year’s FAI Cup winners Cork City.

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