Corcoran rises above row to see Sligo safe
St Patrick's Athletic 0 Sligo Rovers 2
Published 24/10/2015 | 02:30
Dinny Corcoran came off the bench to score twice to all but seal Sligo Rovers' Premier Division survival.
With Limerick and Drogheda United both losing, Sligo move up to ninth in the table, three points ahead of second bottom Drogheda, with a far superior goal difference.
The result, however, leaves fourth-placed St Pat's still looking to rubberstamp a Europa League place going into next week's final game.
In added intrigue to Corcoran's match-winning display was the fact that Sligo assistant manager Alan Rogers answered "no" when asked on Twitter on Thursday was he happy that their leading scorer had played a GAA match for St Patrick's Donabate less than 24 hours after Sligo's draw with Longford Town a fortnight ago.
Regular Corcoran didn't start last night.
St Pat's started brightly and Jamie McGrath, Aaron Greene and James Chambers all had chances before Sligo keeper Richard Brush made a terrific point-blank save to deny Christy Fagan.
Brush made his second vital save of the game three minutes into the second half, touching Greene's shot round a post.
St Pat's had loud shouts for a penalty turned down after Danny Ledwith cushioned a cross from Ian Bermingham back to Brush.
But on 64 minutes when Sligo stole the lead. On for Raffaele Cretaro eight minutes earlier, Corcoran's headed in the rebound after Pat's keeper Conor O'Malley had done well to parry a shot from Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Winger Myrie-Williams then won the penalty that sealed the win on 75 minutes when he raced clear to be pulled down by O'Malley, with Corcoran firing his spot-kick into the corner for his 12th goal of the season.
Sligo Rovers - Brush; Boylan, Peers, Keane, Ledwith; Cawley, Ward; Myrie-Williams (Keating, 90+2), Cretaro (Corcoran, 56), Puri; Nielsen (Devaney 80).
St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; O'Brien, Hoare, McEleney, Bermingham; Chambers; McGrath, Brennan; Byrne (Desmond, 78), Fagan, Greene.
Ref - A Buttimer (Cork).