Curran settles derby to lift Galway clear of drop zone
Galway United 2 1 Sligo Rovers
Galway United climbed clear of the relegation zone thanks to two Enda Curran goals which gave them a sweet derby victory over Sligo Rovers.
Curran's brace arrived in two second-half minutes as United climbed six points clear of the automatic relegation spot, but the search for points goes on for the Bit O'Red, who remain in a tie for second last place.
Curran turned home Conor Melody's shot 15 minutes from time to give the Tribesmen the lead and made sure of the points with a header a minute later.
Dinny Corcoran pulled one back for Rovers six minutes from time, but they couldn't find the net for a second time.
Chances were few and far between in the first half - Sligo finished it strongly and the hosts had Conor Winn to thank for keeping them scoreless.
After the break the chances continued to flow for Rovers, but their poor form in front of goal came back to haunt them when Curran finished well from the six yard line to open the scoring.
And he doubled his tally a minute later when he headed a long clearance from Winn over the advancing Richard Brush.
Despite Corcoran's strike and some late pressure, the home side held on for the precious win.
Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Oji, Cantwell, Ludden; Shanahan, Sinnott, Connolly, Melody (O'Leary 76); Keegan, Curran (Walsh 87).
Sligo Rovers - Brush; Keane, Peers, Clancy (Elding 90), Donelon; Myrie-Williams (Cretaro 76), Cawley, Boylan (Ward 76), Puri; Nielsen, Corcoran.
Ref - R Rogers.