Sunday 22 April 2018

Bit O'Red end away-day blues

Shelbourne 0 Sligo Rovers 2

SLIGO secured their first league win on the road since April 1 to stay on the coat-tails of St Pat's and Derry.

After a tame first half, both sides brought more zest to their play following the resumption.

The Bit O'Red gained a foothold and deservedly forged ahead on 58 minutes when Iarfhlaith Davoren whipped in a delivery which Seamus Conneely prodded home.

Danny North grazed the bar with a cross-shot and David Cawley arrowed his diving header a yard wide.

Kieran Djilali was their main attacking outlet, though, and his endeavours were awarded with Sligo's second which arrived 12 minutes from full-time.

North was released into space and expertly picked out the winger at the back post who forced the ball over the line.

Graham Gartland headed over five minutes from the end for what was Shels' best chance of the night, a sparse return in a game in which they were second best by a long distance.

Shelbourne – Burdon; Flynn, Gartland, Ryan, Shortall (Cornwall 55); Brennan (Hanlon 83), Cronin, O'Connor (Leech 66), Tinnelly; Bayly; Hughes.

Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Keane, Peers, Henderson, Davoren; Conneely, Cawley, Ndo (Martin 80), Djilali, Gaynor (Lynch 75); North (McMillan 83).

Ref – N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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