It was one of the great nights out for Sligo Rovers, an invaluable experience for enthusiastic locals in a sell-out crowd and an incredibly lucrative one for a member-owned club, with €850,000 coming from this adventure. would make good use of. ,
Oh Russell’s side were angered by the language coming out of Scotland after the first leg of this tie, with references to ‘Irish minnows’ being interpreted as derogatory. In their view, this exaggerated the gulf that existed between these parties.
No doubt their progress here was helped by the fact that Motherwell is only coming out of the pre-season, yet it must be emphasized that it is a fairly young Rovers side that is going through a rough season . Rookie boss Russell is only two months into the gig and has already seen the biggest European run in the club’s history.
It will continue over the next week in Norway, meeting with the Viking Stavanger. The only disappointment is that the ground restrictions are likely to prevent them from playing the home leg on their own patch.
Irish clubs have dominated all three meetings with Scottish sides in European competition since the turn of the century, but facilities are one area where bragging rights cannot be enjoyed.
He fully earned his stride here, with a goal at either end of the game and a mature performance in the middle to frustrate an average opponent.
After a nervous performance in the previous game here against Bala, Sligo Rovers needed to keep their heads up in the opening minutes and use a goal lead to their advantage. He did more than that.
Swedish match officials were quite happy when it came to standard picks, an issue that would later cause problems for Bit’O’Red, but Bevis Mugabi was penalized for making a push over Aidan Keena 25 yards from goal. It will be their decision to do so. Positive effect for the natives.
Center-half Shane Blaney likens himself to a dead-ball specialist, speaking in the early rounds about how he would take them out of nowhere, and he made good on those words with a left-footed thunderbolt, which was flying. Loaded and then dipped under the crossbar and into the top corner to stun guest keeper Liam Kelly. The technology was flawless.
Suddenly, the League of Ireland was operating with a bigger cushion. And it produced a frenetic game that was more like an old-fashioned cup tie, not a patient European affair. Motherwell has been doing poorly under pressure from manager Graham Alexander since Christmas and they look like a team with issues.
The desire to shoot at sight in the initial stages prompted panic in the ranks. While he did not have a goal allowed for offside immediately afterwards, he became increasingly dependent on dead-ball situations and Bit’O’Reid created unnecessary tension with the concession of a string of fouls that cost Josh Morris Balls are allowed to swing. Box. However, he defended the field well, an improvement from the previous round, and deserved the advantage he brought in the gap.
In fact, he may have denied close range with Aidan Keena and, as in the first game, the Rovers grew in confidence after crossing a rocky patch that followed their deadlock breaker. He started off intelligently and kept Motherwell on his toes, and clearly half-time instructions were taken on board by winger Will Fitzgerald, who excelled in a spell after the restart. The quickest move of the match was a sligo break that ended with a shot from hard-working captain David Colley going back for a corner.
It was inevitable that Motherwell would build up additional pressure as the minutes went by. And yet, to describe it as a siege would be a dramatic exaggeration. He had more ball, but struggled to translate it into clearing opportunities with insufficiently silenced traveling support. There was a big let-off for the Rovers when unmarked center half Ricky Lamy led a corner over the bar from close range under minimal pressure, and it was a sign that defensive application levels were starting to slip. Midfield needed regeneration with Cawley and Adam McDonnell replaced after the tank was emptied.
And it paid off with Gary Buckley moving from behind to take extra bites in that area for the conclusion. Motherwell was puffed up and bloated without going anywhere, and ‘Can we play you every week?’ After a mantra of From the showgrounds natives, the suspense was dropped from the conclusion. Sub Max Mata squandered chances to put the result beyond doubt in Scotland seven days ago. The Kiwis made no mistake when Keena placed another on a plate, her quiet end marking the official opening of a night of festivities.
Sligo Rovers: McNicholas, Banks, Buckley, Blaney, Kirk; McDonnell (Pidnecker 80), Morhan (mother 69); O’Sullivan, Cawley (Barlow 80), Fitzgerald (Liivak 89); kina
Motherwell: Kelly, McGinn, Mugabee (Johansson 69), Lamy, Carroll; Slattery, Maguire (Gauss 69), Spital (Shields 45); Morris, Tierney (Afford 69), Van Vino
Referee: B Pandzik (Sweden)