Martin back at Sligo for new season

Liam Martin, right, will be hoping to make an impact in the Sligo Rovers first team this season

Liam Martin, right, will be hoping to make an impact in the Sligo Rovers first team this season

  • by Alan Foley

Donegal Town native Liam Martin came on as a substitute for Sligo Rovers in their 5-0 Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final first leg win over Glentoran at the Showgrounds on Monday night.

Eighteen-year-old Martin was introduced by the Airtricity League Premier Division champions 18 minutes from time after goals from debutantes Anthony Elding and Evan McMillan, a brace from Lee Lynch and a first competitive strike from Ryan Connolly gave the Bit ‘O Red an easy win.

Martin, who scored a hat-trick for Sligo in their last pre-season outing, a 7-0 win over Castlebar Celtic last Wednesday week, spent last season on loan at Ballinamallard in Fermanagh having signed a two-year deal at the Showgrounds before his departure.

After making his Rovers debut against Dundalk in 2011, Martin, formerly of Donegal Town FC, won an FAI Cup winners’ medal having been an unused substitute in the penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium.

A former student of St Francis NS in Barnesmore, Martin and Colm McLaughlin from Buncrana, were the first recipients of a joint scholarship between IT Sligo and Sligo Rovers that same year.

Sligo open their season on Friday night at the Brandywell against Derry City, who drew their Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final first leg 1-1 on Monday night against Drogheda United. Rory Patterson gave the Foylesiders the lead before Declan O’Brien’s second half equaliser.

Ramelton native Barry McNamee played in midfield for the team managed by Declan Devine and his brother Tony was on the substitutes’ bench alongside former Finn Harps goalkeeper and manager James Gallagher, City’s current reserve netminder.

Sean Houston from Letterkenny missed out on the chance of making his Derry debut having signed from Bray Wanderers in December. The former UCD and Bray Wanderers midfielder is currently out for a spell for six weeks with ankle ligament damage.


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