The great occasions carry on rolling at Sligo Rovers, with the Bit O’Pink pulling off an enormous shock to beat league leaders Shelbourne 3-2 after going 2-0 down within the first 18 minutes.
he sport regarded lifeless and buried when the Dubliners dominated the opening interval, however Rovers grew because the got here went on and pulled off an enormous scalp.
It was an enormous event at The Showgrounds with the sport televised dwell on TG4 – a primary for Steve Feeney’s facet.
The Rovers boss named Amy Boyle-Carr within the beginning 11 for the primary time after the previous Republic of Eire worldwide signed for the membership in the course of the week.
Alana Doherty missed out in her place, whereas Emma Hansberry was solely match sufficient for the bench.
For the guests, new signing World Cup winner Heather O’Reilly began the sport on the bench after she extremely joined Noel King’s facet in the course of the week.
The American got here out of retirement to signal for the league champions as she desires so as to add Champions League soccer to her CV.
Shels, high of the league, have been all the time going to be heavy favourites for this tie given their league kind.
However the Bit O’Pink ran them shut of their first league assembly, with a late Keeva Keenan winner denying Rovers a useful level at Tolka Park again in April.
With the sport dwell on TV, Rovers have been eager to placed on a present and with an unimaginable buzz in regards to the membership in the mean time, a sizeable crowd turned as much as cheer on Rovers.
However Rovers have been those who began effectively, and Emma Doherty got here shut with two minutes on the clock when she was launched by Pixie O’Hara, however the linesman noticed an offside.
Megan Smyth-Lynch then dragged her shot vast, earlier than Shauna Fox’s header was simply over the bar because the guests began to take management.
It was a method visitors, and the Dubliners took the lead on 12 minutes.
Smyth-Lynch’s nook was nodded previous Mahon with precision by captain Pearl Slattery, making it 1-0.
Once more, Shels continued to dominate possession after the purpose, they usually doubled their lead on 18 minutes.
A doubtful free-kick was awarded on the sting of the field, and a assured Alex Kavanagh despatched it by way of the palms of Mahon within the Rovers targets, the Mayo native will definitely really feel as if she ought to have accomplished higher.
Feeney was compelled right into a change then on 34 minutes when Ruth Monaghan was compelled off, with Sarah Kiernan approaching in her place.
It appeared as if Shels would head into the break holding that 2-0 lead, and comfortably so, till damage time when Rovers pulled one again.
Rovers have been seeing pleasure with the ball in behind the Shels defence, they usually have been probably going to wish the Shels defence to close off to get a purpose.
A protracted ball from Helen Monghan took a clumsy bounce within the Shels half and made its approach to McGuinness who chased it down and launched the ball as Amanda Budden left her line to strive defend the shot.
You could possibly hear a pin drop in The Showgrounds as everybody waited to see if the shot was in, and the celebrations have been loud because the ball crept in on the far publish to halve the deficit at half-time.
Rovers began the second half brightly, and have been again on degree phrases on 55 minutes. Amy Boyle Carr gained the ball in midfield and picked out the run of Doherty who wanted no invitation to work the ball ahead.
The 18-year-old picked out her spot and confidently tucked previous Budden to convey Rovers again into the sport.
Noel King shuffled his pack on the hour mark, however a lot to his shock the Bit O’Pink went forward simply seconds after he made three modifications.
Lauren Boles’ clearance from defence reached Doherty who beat three defenders taking pictures into the web, beautiful Shelbourne with half-hour left.
They may be new to the league, however this Rovers facet is filled with confidence, and that was clear on 63 minutes when Pixie O’Hara danced her means ahead with nice footwork, shaking off opponents proper, left and centre earlier than taking pictures. Her effort took a smack off the crossbar, sadly for Feeney’s facet.
Sligo Rovers: Amy Mahon, Kerri O’Hara (Jessica Casey, 73), Orna O’Dowd, Ruth Monaghan (Sarah Kiernan, 34), Helen Monaghan, Leah Kelly, Lauren Boles, Amy Boyle-Carr, Paula McGrory (Katie Melly, 94), Gemma McGuinness (Emma Hansberry, 73), Emma Doherty (Fiona Doherty, 85).
Shelbourne: Amanda Budden, Jess Gargan, Shauna Fox, Pearl Slattery, Leah Doyle (Lia O’Leary, 85), Keeva Keenan (Heather O’Reilly, 60), Rachel Graham, Emma Starr (Izzy Glennon, 78), Alex Kavanagh (Noelle Murray, 60), Megan Smyth-Lynch (Abbi Larkin, 60), Jessie Stapleton.
Referee: Declan Toland.