Corcoran equaliser a morale boost for Ndo and Sligo

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Corcoran equaliser a morale boost for Ndo and Sligo

Dinny Corcoran’s equaliser earned Joseph Ndo a first point as Sligo caretaker boss but Rovers remain in the relegation play-off position after an entertaining Connacht derby at the Showgrounds on Saturday evening.

Following three defeats in a row, Sligo’s fragile morale was further dented after just 10 minutes when a sloppy defensive clearance allowed Jake Keegan cross for former Sligo player Ryan Connolly to put Galway in front.

But the home side responded just seven minutes later when top scorer Dinny Corcoran followed up Raffaele Cretaro’s blocked effort, after good work from Danny Ledwith.

Norwegian Morten Nielsen should have put Sligo ahead minutes later after combining well with Corcoran.

However, Galway had marginally the better of an entertaining contest thereafter with Connolly firing wide after a good run, while Enda Curran and Padraic Cunningham had splendid efforts well saved by Rovers keeper Richard Brush.

In the end, they were content to settle for a first draw since their return to the top flight, as Sligo sub Keith Ward had a glorious chance to win it late on. But his tame effort went straight at Conor Winn.

The point keeps the visitors comfortably clear of relegation worries, having maintained a six-point gap over their neighbours.

SLIGO ROVERS:

Richard Brush; Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Gary Boylan, Danny Ledwith (Regan Donelon, 54); Morten Nielsen (Gary Armstrong, 67), David Cawley, Eoin Wearen, Raffaele Cretaro (Keith Ward, 75); Sander Puri; Dinny Corcoran

GALWAY UNITED:

Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Paul Sinnott, Stephen Walsh, Mark Ludden; Jake Keegan, David O’Leary, Alex Byrne, Ryan Connolly, Kevin Garcia (Gary Shanahan, 67); Enda Curran (Padraic Cunningham, 67) Referee: Anthony Buttimer

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