Friday 20 April 2018

Rovers see off Bohs for second win of season

Sligo Rovers 2 Bohemian FC 0

Jonah Ayunga celebrates his first goal for the club. Pic: Carl Brennan
Jonah Ayunga celebrates his first goal for the club. Pic: Carl Brennan

Sligo Rovers got the post Dave Robertson era off to an ideal start with a 2-0 victory over Keith Long's Bohemian FC.

Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga gave the Bit o'Red the lead after 12 minutes, before defender Mick Leahy made it 2-0 with his second-half goal.

Rovers departed with manager Dave Robertson last Wednesday following 'a review of the season to date' with assistant manager Declan McIntyre stepping up to take the reins in the interim.

The hosts came into this game looking for their second win of the season, while Bohs were looking to bounce back from a 4-0 defeat at the hands of St. Patrick's Athletic in their last league outing.

McIntyre's team certainly looked up for the challenge, and started the game brightest, taking charge after just 12 minutes.

Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Jonah Ayunga was alert and dispossessed Daniel Byrne, bursting forward and holding off two Bohs defenders, slotting to Shane Supple's left to make it 1-0 to Rovers.

It was almost 2-0 to Rovers just seconds later. Tobi Adebayo-Rowling's cross from the right was falling into the path of Leahy who was inches from the goal-line, but a Bohs leg just managed to nick it wide for a corner.

Lorcan Fitzgerald, always dangerous from a dead ball, forced Micheal Schlingermann into action - the Mayo man's fingertip save just forcing the free-kick over the bar.

The visitors enjoyed a purple patch in the Rovers half after the re-start, dominating play for a large period of the second-half.

Oscar Brennan and Derek Pender both went close for the visitors in the later stages of the game, but it was Rovers who made the most of their chances in front of goal.

On 79 minutes, Shane Supple flapped at a Kieran Sadlier corner, and defender Leahy was on hand to get the ball across the line - although there were suggestions of a handball, but there was little protest from the Dublin side who knew they should have done better on the night.

Rovers travel to Tallaght on Friday evening to take on Shamrock Rovers, a win there could see the Bit o'Red move nicely up the table ahead of the Dublin side.

The search for a new manager continues, with names such as Martin Russell, Jim Lauchlan and even Micky Adams being linked to the vacant post, although Adams has ruled himself out of the running.

Sligo Rovers: Micheal Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Leahy, Kyle Callan McFadden, Gary Boylan, Liam Martin, John Russell, Craig Roddan, Kieran Sadlier, Raffaele Cretaro (Chris Kenny, 72), Jonah Ayunga (Mathew Stevens, 92).

Subs: Shaun Patton, Paul Doyle, John Mahon, Jack Keaney, Mikey Place.

Bohemian; Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Robert Cornwall, Daniel Byrne, Kaleem Simon (Stephen Nolan, 87), Patrick Kavanagh, Dean Casey (Keith Ward, 81), George Poynton (Philip Gannon, 87), Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule.

Subs: Greg Murray, Jamie Hamilton, Dylan Hayes, Eoghan Morgan.

Referee: Rob Hennessy.

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