O’Hara the hero as Sligo stay in Cup contest

A string of brilliant saves by goalkeeper John O’Hara ensured Sligo stayed in the FAI Carlsberg Cup as Derry failed to find a way past the Rovers custodian in a one-sided second half before 5,100 fans at a packed Showgrounds.

Sligo Rovers 0 Derry City 0

A string of brilliant saves by goalkeeper John O’Hara ensured Sligo stayed in the FAI Carlsberg Cup as Derry failed to find a way past the Rovers custodian in a one-sided second half before 5,100 fans at a packed Showgrounds.

Who meets St. Patrick’s Athletic in the final on December 3 will now be decided by a replay at the Brandywell on Tuesday night.

In a game that was lively right from the start, the sides swapped very good chances in the first half once Sligo’s Paul McTiernan had rattled the Derry crossbar after just 14 seconds.

McTiernan then brought a good diving save from David Forde on 17 minutes.

Derry enjoyed a good spell before half-time with Gareth McGlynn being thwarted before O’Hara made an acrobatic save to deprive Paddy McCourt.

Sligo struggled on the resumption and Mark Farren had an effort cleared off the line by Rovers’ skipper Michael McNamara. O’Hara then made a terrific save to put a Peter Hutton header out for a corner.

O’Hara was there again to thwart Derry with the best stop of the afternoon from Barry Molloy’s dipping 30-yard striker ten minutes from time.

Rovers' striker Darren Mansaram had a chance right at the death, but Forde saved bravely with his feet.

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