Thursday 14 December 2017

Bohemians move into the top half of the table as Ward and Corcoran punish dreadful Sligo

Bohemians  2 Sligo Rovers  0

Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Goals early and late from Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran punished dreadful Sligo defending to give Bohs victory at Dalymount Park.

The win moves the Gypsies up into the top half of the table as Sligo hover above the relegation zone without a win now in seven games.

Keith Long's side ended a scrappy start to the game to avail of a shocking howler to take a ninth minute lead.

Midfielder Ward was made retake a free-kick after he played it short too quickly for Longford referee Ray Matthews.

And at the second time of asking Ward, had a go with his dipping shot looking comfortable for Micheal Schlingermann to gather but somehow the Sligo keeper fumbled the ball which flew into the roof of his net.

Sligo then blew their best chance of the first-half on 41 minutes when a perfectly weighted diagonal ball in from the left by Regan Donelon was met by Raff Cretaro.

The veteran striker took it first time but fired his half volley wide when he he should have equalised.

Bohs’ keeper Shane Supple then produced a terrific save from Sligo substitute Liam Martin on 77 minutes, before the Gypsies doubled their lead on 82 minutes.

Corcoran raced through after Sligo failed to clear skipper Derek Pender’s long ball to calmly slide home his 10th league goal of the season.

BOHEMIANS: Supple; Pender, Byrne, O’Hora, Morris; Sule; Poynton, Brennan, Ward (Gannon, 84), Kavanagh (Fitzgerald, 87); Corcoran (Akinade, 90+1).

SLIGO ROVERS: Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan McFadden, Donelon; Boylan; ; Ayunga (Place, 86), Kearns (Martin, 63), Russell, Sadlier; Cretaro.

REF: Ray Matthews (Longford).

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