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Friday 19 January 2018

Cawley and Corcoran on the mark as Sligo put paid to Crumlin

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Crumlin

Crumlin's Martin Cramer in action against Sligo's David Cawley, Sligo Rovers
Crumlin's Martin Cramer in action against Sligo's David Cawley, Sligo Rovers Newsdesk Newsdesk

Sligo Rovers put aside their Premier Division troubles to see off a mediocre Crumlin United in a thrill-free tie at The Showgrounds.

First-half goals from Dinny Corcoran and David Cawley set up Rovers for what was only their third home win in all competitions this season.

Sligo, who started without the injured John Russell and the unavailable Alan Keane, were the superior side from the outset.

The recently-crowned FAI Intermediate Cup winners fell behind in the eighth minute when Corcoran punished hesitant defending by converting David Cawley's pass.

Sligo had numerous opportunities to extend their lead in the first-half with Eoin Wearen, Sander Puri and David Cawley all going close before Ross Carrig missed a free header from Gerard Rowe's free-kick.

Despite Sligo's dominance, Crumlin had their moments. and Gregory Moorehouse flashed a shot wide in a rare counter-attack before Cawley doubled Sligo's lead in the 39th minute with the help of Crumlin goalkeeper David Meehan who should have done better/

Sligo coasted through a lacklustre second half, the highlight of which came on 70 minutes when Meehan made a double save to deny Corcoran.

SLIGO ROVERS - Brush; Boylan, Peers, Folan, Ledwith; Beattie, Wearen, Cawley, Puri (Devaney 59); Cretaro (Armstrong 79); Corcoran (Nielsen 79)

CRUMLIN - Meehan; Loughran (Slattery 81), Hyland, Carrig, McGuinness; Hurley (Byrne 68), Lee, Cramer, McGreal (Zambra 53); Moorhouse, Rowe.

REF - R Matthews (Mullingar)

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