Cretaro inspires in form Sligo as Derry slump to first defeat
Derry City 0 Sligo Rovers 2
Sligo Rovers made it two wins in a row following this deserved win at high-flying Derry City.
In truth, Sligo should have won by a bigger margin, as Derry suffered their first defeat at home this campaign.
Sligo had a good chance to break the deadlock on six minutes, when a well-worked corner created another clear-cut chance for the visitors, but Mick Leahy headed wide from close range, after Russell’s corner had picked out the centre-back.
On 24 minutes, another defence-splitting pass by Martin picked out Raffaele Cretaro, who raced clear of the City defence, but his shot was kept out by Doherty.
Sligo deservedly opened the scoring a minute later after Craig Roddan’s left-wing free-kick caught out Patrick McClean and the grateful Cretaro gleefully powered his header home past Doherty.
Derry’s best chance came on 61 minutes after Conor McDermott’s right-wing cross found substitute Ronan Curtis at the back post, but his left-footed effort towards goal flashed across the six yard box.
Rovers should have doubled their lead on 61 minutes as Cretaro went close but his shot, which had Doherty beaten, rattled the post and Martin’s follow-up strike from six yards came back off the bar. Sligo did add a second on 70 minutes thanks to Jimmy Keohane’s low drive.
Derry City – Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, McClean, McDermott; McCormack (Daniels 73), McEneff, McNamee; Ward (Jarvis 57), Patterson, Boyle (Curtis h-t).
Sligo Rovers – Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Donelon, Leahy, Roddan, Cretaro (Sadlier 90), Richards, Boylan, Keohane, Russell (Roberts 90), Martin.
Referee: Robert Rogers (Dublin)