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Following our successful trip to the White Hag Brewery in Ballymote in September last year, we’re going back again on the 24th of September!

We’re tying the visit in with the Scotland v Ireland Nations League game which kicks off at 7.45pm – it’ll be on the box for your viewing pleasure. We’ll have music, some food, plenty of Bit O’Red chat and a special guest or two.

Tickets for the event are priced at €39.99 and are available via the button below.

The train times for the trip work perfectly, the 16.55 departs Sligo for Ballymote on Saturday evening and the 22:11 will bring us home from Ballymote back to Sligo after the final whistle in Glasgow – perfect!

The ticket to the event does not cover the train fare, you’re on your own there.

All funds raised go to the Trust which ultimately goes back into the Club.

A huge thanks to The White Hag for facilitating the event – the last trip was great this will be off the charts!

Can’t wait to see you all in Ballymote.

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An evening at The White Hag


It’s probably the one thing all Rovers fans have been missing… an away day!

It’s been almost 2 years since The Red Army have been on the move.

Well, we have some great news. On Saturday the 4th of September we’re back on the road!

We have teamed up with The White Hag Brewery for an epic match day experience.

We will travel to the Brewery by rail from Sligo departing at 15.05 and arriving in Ballymote, the home of The White Hag Brewing Company at 15.22. (You can also travel by road)

The Ireland v Azerbaijan World Cup Qualifier kicks off at 17.00 and either side of that we will have DJ’s,
Brewery Tours, and you can taste all the beer you like.

The train will return to Sligo, departing Ballymote Station at 19.55.

The price (€35) includes all refreshments, music, game, and tour (travel is not included).

The event will adhere to covid-19 guidelines which means tickets are limited. We have waited a long time for something like this, so don’t miss out.

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Sligo Rovers 1-2 FH Hafnarfjörður: European dream slips through Bit O’Red’s grasp

Sligo Rovers controlled proceedings but were wasteful in their second leg tie against FH Hafnarfjörður, condemning the Bit O’Red to a 3-1 aggregate defeat. All the goals in the Showgrounds came from set-pieces, with carnage in Rovers’ box from a wide free-kick and a penalty for each side providing the action on Thursday evening.

Rovers made 3 changes from the first leg with Regan Donelon, David Cawley and Walter Figueira replacing Colm Horgan, Greg Bolger and Mark Byrne for a game where attack was necessary considering our first leg deficit. FH made one change from the previous clash, with Vuk Dimitrijevic replacing Helgason.

The first half was dominated by Sligo Rovers and their continued presence in Hafnarfjörður’s box led to a number of chances and corners, but no goals. The most jarring miss came in the middle of the half when Romeo Parkes controlled a long ball and drove into the box but the chance from his cutback was put wide. FH’s timewasting would prove to be beneficial. A fairly innocuous tackle from Lewis Banks led to a free-kick and pinball in the box, which ultimately resulted in the opening goal of the match for Hafnarfjörður, against the run of play and on the stroke of half time.

It went from bad to worse for Rovers after the break as Regan Donelon was caught in possession and gave away a penalty, pulling down Jónsson in the box. Lennon made no mistake in converting past McNicholas’ dive to make it 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate. There was hope after a bout of substitutions with a fresh and a familiar face coming on with Adam McDonnell and Seamas Keogh making club debuts. It was another substitute who brought Rovers a faint glint of hope with a late penalty but in the end, it wasn’t to be.

This one was hard to write, folks. We’ll be back again with Waterford away on Sunday.


SLIGO ROVERS:  L McNicholas, L Banks, G Buckley, S Blaney, R Donelon (D Kane 70), J Gibson (S Keogh 78), D Cawley (C Horgan 70), N Morahan (A McDonnell 78), W Figueira, R De Vries (J Kenny 58), R Parkes.

FH HAFNARFJÖRÐUR: G Nielsen, G Kristjánsson, P Vidarsson, G Þórisson, H Gunnarsson, B Sverrisson (Róbertsson 80), E Jonsson, J Jónsson (Arnarsson 90), V Dimitrijevic (Guðlaugsson 73), S Lennon (Hreidarsson 90), M Vilhjálmsson.

REF: Luis Teixeira

Rovers Ratings

Luke McNicholas: 6 – Was helpless for both goals.

Lewis Banks: 6 – Was productive in the first half.

Garry Buckley: 6 – Shuttled the ball well when in possession.

Shane Blaney: 6 – Solid despite the goals.

Regan Donelon: 5 – Was sloppy in giving away the penalty. Taken off for Kane.

David Cawley: 6 – His playmaking efforts helped us in the first half but once the second goal went in and heads dropped, he couldn’t make his mark on the game. Hooked for Horgan.

Niall Morahan: 6 – Wasn’t troubled by FH’s midfielders. Replaced by McDonnell late on.

Walter Figueira: 6 – Did well in the first half but as FH sat deeper he couldn’t work his magic.

Jordan Gibson: 6 – Didn’t stamp his authority on the game in the way he would’ve wanted. Subbed off for Keogh.

Ryan De Vries: 6 – Didn’t get much of the ball on the left. Kenny came on in his place on the hour mark.

Romeo Parkes: 6 – Alone up top at times.

Johnny Kenny: 7 – It’s hard to justify him starting with only one day’s training before the game but come on, we looked a different side with him on the pitch.

Danny Kane: 6 – Did decent in a somewhat new role to him.

Colm Horgan: 6 – Grabbed the ball and brought it back to the centre circle after the consolation so the mentality is there!

Seamas Keogh: N/A – Probably wasn’t the most enjoyable debut for the local lad but he now has more European appearances than Pelé so… every cloud?

Adam McDonnell: N/A – Didn’t get enough time on his debut to warrant a rating.

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Sligo Rovers v Longford- Match Preview

Sligo Rovers face Longford Town FC this Saturday, for the third time this season. The game will be held away from home, at Bishopsgate, adding diff iculty with their more compact and narrow pitch.

Sligo Rovers sit 3rd in the table with 35 points, on an equal footing with St.Pats and Shamrock Rovers who lie in second and first place. Longford lie in 10th place, at the very bottom of the table.

This season, the previous fixtures against this side have both resulted in wins for us, 1-0 and most recently 2-0. However, they were not easy victories, the opposition threatened continuously, pressing high for large periods of the game. In both fixtures Longford had several close chances on target.

Last week seen an outstanding performance for the Bit O’Red, earning a 4-0 win over Bohs, who were also a strong side who played very well. This performance will be remembered among supporters not only for it’s brilliant score-line but for the hat-trick achieved by Johnny Kenny.

Team News

Our defense is slightly altered as Mc Court cannot play due to a wrist injury. Defender Donelan, who played our fixture against Bohs is doubtful due to a hamstring injury. Horgan is likely to start in replacement of one of these defenders. On a positive note, Gary Buckley has recovered from his injury and can return for this game. The midfielder was absent for the last 2 fixtures and the absence of his link-up play mid-field was noticed. His return brings a more solid yet adaptable mid-field ahead of the fixture.

New signing and academy graduate, Seamus Keogh, is awaiting national clearance but it likely to start against Longford, either on the starting 11 or as a substitute. Keogh plays as an attacking midfielder and although it will take time for him to gel with the squad, the 19 year old has a rack of experience through playing for Premier League Southampton and through the captaining of the underage national side. His wealth of experience and enthusiasm as a young player will prove an energetic addition to our side.


Looking at the previous 5 games for both sides, Sligo Rovers have managed 2 losses, 2 wins and 1 draw. Longford have struggled much more with 3 losses, 2 draws and no recent win. Statistically, looking at the table and recent fixtures, Sligo Rovers do seem the much more dominant side and likely winners of this fixture. However, Longford can create chances, and are fast on the counter attack. Aaron Mc Nally is probably Longford’s biggest threat ahead of this fixture. Mc Nally has netted most of the goals for his side in recent games and has speed.

Even with their recent losses to St.Pats and Waterford, Longford managed to score each game. All of their recent draws seen the side score also, resulting in several 1-1 score lines. The side clearly has an ability to score regardless of the final scoreline. Sligo Rovers however are much further up the table, 26 points ahead of Longford and have impressed consistently since the season began. The Bit O’Red have scored double the number of goals as Longford so far this season which makes a Sligo Rovers win very likely.

However, as I said, Longford can score, and tend to score every game, even when they lose. So my prediction is 2-1 to Sligo Rovers. If Kenny does start, and follows his form from last weekend, one of our goals is very likely to come from him.

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Sligo Rovers v Bohemians- Match Preview

The Gypsies head to The Showgrounds tomorrow, Saturday 25th June to take on the Bit O’Red. Bohs lie in 4th place with Sligo Rovers just above them in 3rd. Bohs are only 5 points behind, but across their last 5 games, have remained undefeated. Sligo Rovers on the other hand have had a few disappointing results recently, with 2 losses and a draw after sitting top of the table by the mid-season break. Both teams are certaintly driving to win this game and retain positions in the top 4.

Recent Games

Bohs come to Sligo having bet last seaons’ champions Shamrock Rovers 1-0 earlier this week. Days earlier they defeated Drogs 5-0, which is a substantial win considering Drogheda are seriously impressing this season, and were one of our toughest opponents so far. This is one of the highest scorelines across the League this season. Bohs also managed to net 5 goals against a struggling Dundalk last month. The Dublin side are clearly a high goal-scroing side.

Although Sligo Rovers were defeated by St Pats, who sit top of the table, and Drogheda in recent weeks, form, play and results were consistently impressive since the season opened. Despite drawing to Derry on Monday, our tempo, pace and drive are improving as we dictated the pace and were the better side for large periods of the game. A win would be a brilliant result and prove that we are back out of this short slump.

Who to watch out for

The main man to be wary of for this game is Georgie Kelly, without a doubt. Kelly is the League’s top goals scorer this season, having scored 11 goals so far. Looking at recent games alone, Kelly netted 4 goals against Drogheda, including a hat-trick, and scored the winning goal against Shamrock Rovers. A lot of clubs across the League are lacking a go-to- goal scorer, but Bohs seem to have found this through Kelly. The forward also has speed, brilliant footwork and brings an extremely high drive and tempo with him. Discussing this game Kelly stated

‘Sligo have had a couple of disappointing results so they’ll be all guns blazing looking for the win but we feel like we can beat anyone in this league’.

Our defense needs to remain extremely solid to close in on his pace and press his continous attack. Quick strong clearances will be essential to prevent conceding. Kelly tends to press very high as a centre forward so will most likely have chances one on one with Mahon. Another player to keep an eye on is left- winger Ali Coote who has scored 4 goals this season, and provided 2 essential assists.

Our Squad

We are nothing short of impressive players and signees this season either. Greg Bolger will again prove pivotal with his experience and leadership skills, which will be needed in a high pressure tight game like this. Bolger commands the squad each game and is essential in retaining the ball across the midfield. Jordan Gibson and Romeo Parkes are potential goal scorers for this game, depending on link-up play coming through the midfield. Gibson is known for his ‘wonder’ goals and is a brilliant striker from distance. Parkes has the ability to work the ball up field and score, and is very good with set pieces. Parkes has been an ‘on and off’ player in recent games and often takes some time to get into the game, but if this is one of his good nights, he is a possible goal scorer.

Johnny Kenny may or may not be part of the starting 11. Most supporters agree that he should start, bringing enthusiasm, pace and drive. Having Kenny start dictates the tempo from the opening minutes. Mahon will remain essential for long clearances on the back line and will likely be put under a lot of pressure throughout the game. Although Kelly is a top goal scorer, Mc Ginty is one of the Leagues’ top goalkeepers. Mc Ginty has managed some brilliant saves in recent games and can hold the same pressure this fixture. He also plays very cleverly often coming off the line as a sweeper keeper.

A Prediction

Boh’s are in the middle of a very impressive spell notably thanks to Georgie Kelly, while Sligo Rovers are battling a disappointing couple of weeks in the season. The Bit O’ Red will probably have a higher drive to win than they did in recent weeks, in order to prove themselves as a top of the table club. On the other hand, Bohs will push the same in order to further prove they are able to retain this good spell and remain unbeatable.

Given this, it will probably be an extremely fast paced and tight game. Depending who dictates the tempo, the game could really go either way. Neither club is an outright dominant side going into this fixture. If goals are scored by either club it is likely they will come from set pieces. If the game is as tight as imagined, injuries, cards, free kicks and penalties are likely, which both teams need to be wary of.

A predicted score is very difficult for this particular fixture, however most neutral LOI supporters and pundits are backing a tight draw. If Sligo Rovers pick up the tempo and retain the drive they had in the opening games of the season, a win is very doable!

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Disappointment for returning fans as Rovers fall to 2nd: Sligo Rovers 1-2 Drogheda United


Sligo Rovers lost 2-1 to Drogheda United in our first game with spectators for quite some time, with 100 season ticket holders allowed to enter the Showgrounds to witness an admittedly poor performance. We return to 2nd in the table after Chris Lyons’ brace and Shane Blaney’s late header, behind Shamrock Rovers on goal difference.

Rovers made 2 changes from our last match, with Ryan De Vries and Shane Blaney coming in for Romeo Parkes (after his red card against Finn Harps) and Garry Buckley (he’s injured). 17-year-old Sean McAteer made his first appearance in a Sligo Rovers senior squad when he was named on the bench for Saturday’s game. Drogheda made 3 switches of their own from our visit to Head in the Game Park in goals, defence and midfield.

The Bit O’Red started the first half in control but were quickly shocked by a dagger though Chris Lyons when Greg Bolger gave away possession. The ball was collected by Lyons who spotted Ed McGinty off his line and found the net with an audacious lob from close to 25 yards out. Rovers had to fend off the incessant Drogheda press throughout the half with the visitors’ style of play showing why they lie 4th in the table. This isn’t to say we didn’t have chances though, with Figueira coming close midway through the half.

The second half proved to be a lot more fruitful for Liam Buckley’s boys in terms of creating chances, with Ryan De Vries, Jordan Gibson, Robbie McCourt and Lewis Banks all coming close, but it would prove to be Lyons again who struck a hammer blow on the hour mark by striking well above McGinty’s dive after beating Shane Blaney to the ball. Ironically, it would be Blaney who brought hope back into the contest late on from a corner to head the ball and loop over Odumosu’s dive, but in the end, it wasn’t to be as Drogheda saw out an important 2-1 win.

Thanks for reading despite the loss. Our next game is Pat’s away next Friday. Join us here for another report, and on YouTube for post-match analysis.


SLIGO ROVERS:  E McGinty, L Banks, J Mahon, G Buckley, R McCourt, W Figueira, G Bolger, N Morahan, J Gibson, M Byrne (J Kenny 46), R De Vries (C Heaney 88).

DROGHEDA UNITED: D Odumosu, J Brown, D Massey, C Kane, D O’Reilly, G Deegan, D Markey (J Clarke 79), R Murray (K Phillips 62), M Doyle, J Hyland, C Lyons (D Corcoran 70).

REF: Robert Hennessy

Rovers Ratings

Ed McGinty: 5 – Should’ve done better on the second goal – limited himself by not standing tall but there’s a reason I play for my local team and he plays for a professional club.

Lewis Banks: 6 – Wasn’t at too much on the right.

John Mahon: 6 – Suffered without Buckley beside him.

Shane Blaney: 5 – Questionable for both goals but he saved his skin somewhat with the goal.

Robbie McCourt: 6 – Nearly scored in the second half, did well as a wingback.

Greg Bolger: 6 – Lost the ball for the first goal and struggled from there.

Niall Morahan: 6 – Taken off at half time for Horgan in a change of system.

Walter Figueira: 6 – Had some moments but didn’t threaten overall.

Jordan Gibson: 6 – Tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck later on but couldn’t create chances.

Ryan De Vries: 5 – Unless his game is modelled around Roberto Firmino I don’t know what he was doing so far down the pitch. Hooked for Heaney with 2 minutes left.

Johnny Kenny: 6 – Didn’t get much service when he came on.

Colm Horgan: 6 – Anonymous at times after coming on.

Cillian Heaney: N/A – Showed fight in the little time he was on.

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Greg Bolger wins LOI Player Of The Month Award May 2021

Bit O’Red captain Greg Bolger has grabbed the League of Ireland Player Of The Month award for May 2021. Amongst Bolger, nominees included notable players such as Derry City’s Will Patching and Drogheda’s Gary Deegan. This is the second time Bolger has won the award, having been awarded the same nomination in 2016 while with Cork City. Bolger accepts this award as the first Sligo Rover’s player to achieve this title since 2013 when Anthony Elding and Danny North both were awarded.

Having only signed for us this season, Bolger has already proved a key player in our rise to top place in the table. Bringing with him experience from Cork City, St. Pats and Shamrock Rovers, he has become a squad leader on and off the field. Bolger not only impresses with his skill, footwork and determination but continuously leads his team through his direction and example. Bolger has been a key player in our starting 11 for every game since this season. His linkage play with players such as Buckley, Morahan and Gibson further upfield, has provided our side with a much more solid and adaptable midfield in comparison to last season.

His role as leader has become more evident across the League as Sligo Rovers not only rose to the top of the table, but managed to stay there, defeating 2020 champions Shamrock Rovers, who sat comfortably at the top of table since the start of the season. Bolger gained attention across the League for his performance in this game against Shamrock Rovers on 24th May. He altered between pushing back into defence when needed but also pressed high when there was an opportunity, he was all over the field and intercepted a series of balls allowing us to exchange our defensive position to a counter attack. This proved how skilful and adaptable Bolger is as a player.

Bolger is highly impressed with our club’s side and improvement since his signing

“I think there could have been two or three Sligo lads up for the award because everyone has been excellent. It’s nice that I’ve won it and I’m grateful but it could have been any of my team-mates”.

The midfielder admits

“My performances have been good and I’m happy enough but I still think there is more in me”.

We will next see Bolger in action this Saturday as Sligo Rovers take on Drogheda Utd, another team who have impressed this season. The match will be held in The Showgrounds, and will be the first time home supporters are allowed back in the ground since this season has begun, with 100 season ticket holders set to attend.