Sunday 25 February 2018

Bohs push Sligo into mire

Bohemians 2 Sligo Rovers 0

After a scrappy start, Keith Long’s side availed of a howler to take a ninth minute lead. Stock photo: Sportsfile
After a scrappy start, Keith Long’s side availed of a howler to take a ninth minute lead. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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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.

After a scrappy start, Keith Long's side availed of a howler to take a ninth minute lead.

Midfielder Ward was made to 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 at goal; his dipping shot looked 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.

A perfectly weighted diagonal ball in from the left by Regan Donelon was met by Raff Cretaro, but the veteran striker took it first time and fired his half-volley wide when he should have equalised.

Bohs keeper Shane Supple produced a terrific save from Sligo substitute Liam Martin on 77 minutes, before the Gypsies ruthlessly 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, and there was no way back for the Bit O'Red.

 

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 - R Matthews (Longford).

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