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Brennan praise for 'champions elect' Sligo

Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00

Galway United caretaker manager John Brennan mistakenly referred to Sligo Rovers as the league champions in the aftermath of his team's thrashing at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.

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Though he quickly corrected himself, it was an understandable slip of the tongue, given the ruthless display he had witnessed.

Seven goals, including a hat-trick from Matthew Blinkhorn, crushed the visitors. The game over as a contest by the 27th minute, when Rovers had already netted three times, with Galway having been reduced to 10 men after 24 minutes.

A fourth followed before the break, and Brennan -- who had to plan without five regulars -- admitted that the visitors were never a match for their full-time hosts.

"It was always going to be an uphill task, but the second half performance was better than the first and at least we scored a goal," he said.

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"We scored a goal against the league champions -- well not the league champions yet, but they are close to it."

After the kick-off had been delayed by 35 minutes because of a problem with the floodlights, Rovers went ahead on 15 minutes when Aaron Greene finished off a good move for his third goal in two games.

Ronan Caldwell saw red on 23 minutes for a foul on Greene in the penalty area and John Dillon fired home the resulting spot-kick.

Blinkhorn got his first from a tap-in on 27 minutes, before Alan Keane fired home from a well-worked free-kick just before the break.

Blinkhorn's second was cancelled out by an Oscar Sibanda strike, but Blinkhorn and substitute Raffaele Cretaro put an icing on the cake with two late finishes for the hosts.

Sligo boss Paul Cook said: "I'm delighted with our performance. We are at that stage now where results are massive and it is not so much how you play that matters.

"I am convinced that there will still be twists and turns in the title race over the next few weeks, so we are just trying to win as many games as we can."

SLIGO ROVERS -- Clarke, Keane, Peers (Kirby 58), Foran, Davoren (Powell h-t), Dillon (Cretaro 66), Ventre, Ndo, Russell, Greene, Blinkhorn.

GALWAY UNITED -- Egan, Caldwell, Sinnott, G Kelly, Browne, Gaughan (Dusi 18), S Kelly, Sibanda (Enuibe 82), Kim (Ryan 55), Gilmore, Murphy.

REF -- A Buttimer (Cork).

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