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Kris of death for Sligo

Bohemians 2 Sligo Rovers 0


Kris Twardek of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal

Kris Twardek of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal

Kris Twardek of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal

What should have been a stroll turned into a slog for Bohemians who had to work hard, very hard, for a win at home to Sligo Rovers.

And it was only a 90th-minute goal from former Sligo player Kris Twardek, to make it 2-0 for Keith Long's men, that nerves could ease among the home support.

When Ireland U21 cap Danny Mandroiu, watched at Dalymount Park by Stephen Kenny's assistant Keith Andrews, put Bohs in front after only nine minutes, there was every chance that the Gypsies could romp home against a Sligo side who had failed to register a point or a goal so far this season.

But a good reaction from Sligo, a lack of incisiveness from Bohs and the width of the post, which denied the impressive Glen McAuley, caused problems for the northsiders.

Sligo had barely settled in when they were 1-0 down, Mandroiu with the final shot after Rovers had gifted them a chance - Kyle Callan-McFadden slack in possession and when McAuley's cross was blocked, Mandroiu was unmarked and able to slot home.

Bohs owned the ball for a spell after that, Sligo a shapeless mess at times, but they were unable to profit - McAuley wide with one effort and a second chance saved by keeper Ed McGinty.

Sligo did find their feet after half an hour, though, and grew into the game.

Ronan Coughlan was close with a header on 34 minutes, from a good cross by Alex Cooper, soon after that Coughlan forced Ciarán Kelly to concede a corner, and four minutes from the break, Garry Buckley saw a shot sail just over the bar.

Liam Buckley's side finished the first half as the stronger side and they carried that spirit into the second period, Bohs sluggish and unable to make things happen.

Bohs needed keeper Stephen McGuinness, making his home debut, to pull off a good save to deny David Cawley on 53 minutes, and soon after that a strong surge from midfield saw Garry Buckley pose a threat, forcing a corner from Kelly.

Sligo will have been frustrated to see their chances and possession yield nothing and while it did take them time, Bohs woke up and regrouped.

On 57 minutes, they should have been 2-0 up. Sligo keeper McGinty did well to save from Mandroiu, from the rebound McAuley struck and was on target but defender McFadden blocked bravely, the ball going out for a corner.

McAuley, the former Liverpool trainee who joined Bohs in the off-season from St Patrick's Athletic, was close again in the 63rd minute, his effort striking the post after he was set up by sub Ross Tierney.

McGuinness pulled off a series of saves late on to deny Sligo, only for Bohs to break with a finish from Twardek in the final minute.