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Quigley show helps Gypsies to see off Sligo

WHILE distant thoughts will turn to a 'glamour' Champions League qualifying clash with Belgian giants Anderlecht, Bohemians got down to business in the Airtricity League Premier Division and emerged with a 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers at Dalymount Park.

The Gypsies' money-spinner against Anderlecht is, of course, dependent on them completing their Champions League third qualifying round mission in Wales on Tuesday, where they take a 1-0 lead to Oswestry.

The Belgian giants will travel to face the winner of that tie on either July 27 or 28, before visiting the 28,000 capacity Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels a week later.

The prize money of €220,000 would significantly boost the coffers at the Phibsboro club and last night they warmed up for their big night across the Irish Sea with a Mark Quigley-inspired win over Sligo Rovers at Dalymount Park to move to third in the table.

The ex-St Pat's man has not had the best time of it since crossing the city, but his recent form has improved and he showed just why manager Pat Fenlon has kept the faith.


Bohs started brightly, with Raffaele Cretaro's cross just evading Gareth McGlynn in front of goal before Quigley had an attempted lob saved.

Sligo got a foothold in the game and John Dillon headed wide, before Pádraig Amond beat Bohs 'keeper Barry Murphy to a Gavin Peers ball over the top, only to see his shot go over.

The sharp reflexes of Richard Brush the saved Peers from putting the ball into his own net from a Conor Powell cross, before Quigley headed wide.

But Sligo went closest as Murphy produced a superb reaction to turn Jim Lauchlan's rising drive on to the post and away. Amond then spurned a gilt-edged chance at the other end as he was given a free header in the Bohs box, but he hit Joseph Ndo's corner wide.

And that profligacy was punished sharply by the champions as Paul Keegan struck. Quigley started the move with a no-look pass that fooled the Sligo defence and played in Paddy Madden who pulled the ball back for Keegan, whose connection wasn't the cleanest but was enough to beat Brush.

The second arrived on the hour mark, Quigley delivering it on a plate for Ken Oman. Lining up a free inside the Sligo half on the left, all of the Bohs players stood at the front post before Oman peeled off to the back to head home a perfectly delivered ball.

TNS have tabled a mischievous bid for Madden in between the European ties and while he didn't score, the striker impressed, while Jason Byrne got a run as he works his way back to fitness.