Sligo go on the rampage
Sligo Rovers signalled their title credentials in Terryland Park last night, Matthew Blinkhorn grabbing a hat-trick as the Bit O'Red recorded their biggest ever win over their provincial rivals in a hopelessly one-sided affair.
Paul Cook's side opened the scoring in the fifth minute with Eoin Doyle grabbing his 15th goal of the campaign, and they doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Richie Ryan's powerful shot from the edge of the box beat Conor Winn at his near post.
Any hopes of a United comeback were dashed in the final 10 minutes of the half as the visitors added three more goals, while the home side were reduced to 10 men.
Raffael Cretaro grabbed the third in the 34th minute, and when Eduardo Dusi was given his marching orders two minutes later, there was no way back for United.
Blinkhorn added two more before the break, finding the net in the 39th and 44th minutes, and he completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute.
Paul Sinnott put through his own net two minutes later, and the rout was completed four minutes from time when Doyle grabbed his second.
Galway United -- Winn; Preston-Kelly (Gartlan 50), Browne, Walsh, Sinnott; Ryan (Cheevers 86), Murphy, Dusi, Kelly, Gilmore (Sibanda 66); Cauldwell.
Sligo Rovers -- Clarke; Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Greene; Ndo, Ryan, Kirby (Powell 68); Cretaro (Dillon 72), Blinkhorn (Russell 77), Doyle.
Ref -- T Connolly (Dublin).