Motherwell 0-1 Sligo Rovers: Aidan Keena provides guests victory at Fir Park

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Sligo Rovers take a 1-0 lead back to The Showgrounds for next week's second leg
Sligo Rovers take a 1-0 lead again to The Showgrounds for subsequent week’s second leg

Sligo Rovers shocked Motherwell of their Europa Convention League opener after Bevis Mugabi’s defensive lapse.

The Irish aspect had been good worth for his or her second qualifying spherical first-leg win at at Fir Park.

Former Hearts and Falkirk ahead Aidan Keena was gifted the one objective by Mugabi’s poor headed pass-back.

Max Mata had two late alternatives so as to add to the lead, whereas a stinging shot from Motherwell’s Callum Slattery was pushed away by Luke McNicholas.

The winners of this tie meet Sparta Prague or Viking subsequent, with the Norwegian aspect incomes a goalless first-leg draw within the Czech capital.

Sligo are 23 video games into the League of Eire Premier Division marketing campaign and battled previous Bala City within the earlier spherical. And the guests appeared sharper within the opening exchanges, as Motherwell made their first aggressive outing of the season.

Liam Kelly wanted to make a great response save to smother a close-range effort from Lewis Banks, with the house defence posted lacking from a free-kick.

A second of slackness within the Sligo rearguard then allowed Kevin van Veen to slalom ahead, however his move throughout objective simply eluded Josh Morris, who had earlier discovered the side-netting with a deflected strike. Barry Maguire adopted up with a thumping shot that was gathered by McNicholas.

The breakthrough got here on 27 minutes when Mugabi, below no strain in any respect, misjudged a header again in direction of Kelly and Keena intercepted to lob the stranded goalkeeper.

Motherwell loved extra possession for the rest of the primary half however seldom threatened as a stretching Connor Shields might solely stab broad from contained in the six-yard field.

Van Veen raced in behind the Sligo defence quickly after the restart however McNicholas was off his line swiftly to dam. Quickly after, the goalkeeper handled a long-range Morris free kick and later made a great sprawling cease from a skidding Slattery strike.

Pissed off boos might be heard from house followers as William Fitzgerald’s header looped broad after a slick transfer from the guests on the plush floor.

These jeers turned to sighs of reduction when Sligo substitute Mata was one-on-one with Kelly solely to get the ball caught below his ft.

Mata had one other nice probability however his back-post header was stored out by the shoulder of Jake Carroll on the road.

‘One of many greatest ends in Sligo’s historical past’

Motherwell supervisor Graham Alexander: “The objective we have given away has actually damage us. It allowed them to take a seat in and attempt to hit us on the counter however I assumed we moved the ball higher after the objective and obtained into some nice positions.

“Second half was the identical however we could not discover that scientific contact in entrance of objective. It wasn’t for a scarcity of effort or dedication.

“I assumed it was a efficiency that ought to have gained the sport.”

Sligo Rovers supervisor John Russell: “It is an enormous outcome, one of many greatest in Sligo’s historical past. It is solely the membership’s fifth win in Europe, it was a deserving win too, it wasn’t snatch and seize.

“They [Motherwell] in all probability did underestimate us a slight bit however we needed to play to our potential and I assumed we had been actually good within the transitions, inflicting them issues.

“We might have had a second objective, however we have gained the primary leg and we’re trying ahead to the second leg now. It’s going to be extraordinarily onerous to get via. Motherwell are a high aspect and so they’ll analyse us now and choose holes in our sport. We’re solely at half-time.”



  • 1Kelly
  • 23Morris
  • 4Lamie
  • 16McGinn
  • 5Mugabi
  • 8Slattery
  • 9van Veen
  • 3CarrollBooked at 7mins
  • 6MaguireBooked at 66mins
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forEffordat 74′minutes
  • 29ShieldsSubstituted forTierneyat 64′minutes


  • 2O’Donnell
  • 11Efford
  • 12Fox
  • 15Solholm Johansen
  • 18Cornelius
  • 26Tierney
  • 27Goss
  • 28Mahon
  • 31Connolly
  • 35Campbell

Sligo Rovers

  • 16McNicholas
  • 2BanksBooked at 75mins
  • 19Kirk
  • 26Buckley
  • 4BlaneyBooked at 14mins
  • 22Cawley
  • 17McDonnellSubstituted forMataat 77′minutes
  • 8Morahan
  • 9Keena
  • 14O’Sullivan
  • 7Fitzgerald


  • 5McCourt
  • 10Liivak
  • 12Byrne
  • 25Heaney
  • 27Mata
  • 28Pijnaker
  • 30Brush
  • 34Barlow
  • 40Vasey
  • 41Clancy
  • 44McCarthy

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