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Last-gasp Sligo Rovers goal condemns Derry City to another reverse

Sligo Rovers 2 Derry City 1


Jamie McGonigle is congratulated after his leveller

Jamie McGonigle is congratulated after his leveller

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Jamie McGonigle is congratulated after his leveller

Derry City’s miserable run continued as they fell to a late defeat at Sligo Rovers.

The managerless home side opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Aidan Keena skilfully turned away from Cameron Dummigan before driving at goal and seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner. From that delivery, Derry were caught cold as Adam McDonnell’s cross was flicked on and Garry Buckley headed in from close range.

It should have been 1-1 when James Akintunde won possession and played Joe Thomson through on goal but, as he tried to take the ball around Ed McGinty, the goalkeeper read his intentions and intervened.

Tthe Candystripes levelled a minute before the break, however. It was a bizarre goal as Shane Blaney fell over in his own area and Buckley’s attempted clearance hit his team-mate before spinning into the path of Jamie McGonigle, who volleyed home.

As the second half reached its halfway point, Brian Maher had to parry a shot from the dangerous McDonnell moments before Greg Bolger sent an effort wide.

McGonigle really should have scored again on 79 minutes. A pinpoint pass forward from Thomson found the former Coleraine man in the area and he drew the goalkeeper before hooking the ball agonisingly wide.

Will Patching then came close with a free-kick as the game entered the last 10 minutes but McGinty flew across his goal to deny him.

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Sligo got a second wind in the final minutes and thought they had won it when substitute Seamus Keogh danced around two defenders only to be denied by Maher — but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do moments later as Keogh smashed the ball into the top corner to spectacularly snap up the points.

SLIGO: McGinty, Horgan, Blaney, Bolger, Fitzgerald, Morahan (Keogh, 85 mins), Keena, O’ Sullivan (Heaney, 81 mins), McDonnell, Kirk, Buckley (Pijnaker, 70 mins).

DERRY: Maher, Boyce, Toal, S McEleney (Coll, 79 mins), McJannet, Lafferty (Smith, 59 mins), Dummigan (Kavanagh, 26 mins), Thomson, Patching, Akintunde, McGonigle.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

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