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Cretaro and North double act sinks Derry

Three goals in the last 12 minutes helped Sligo Rovers dump holders Derry City out at the Showgrounds last night.

Strikers Raffaele Cretaro and Danny North scored two each -- all in the second half -- as Derry finished the game with 10 men.

It was Rovers' first competitive outing since June 1, but they showed little rustiness, with North a constant threat and Cretaro turning in a Man of the Match performance.

Sligo dominated throughout but only broke the deadlock five minutes after the break. North's flick released Cretaro and he fired home from inside the area.

Rovers had a lucky escape on 69 minutes, when Rory Patterson's close-range finish was flagged offside. And North eventually got his goal, albeit with a bit of luck on 78 minutes.

The striker netted the rebound when his penalty effort was saved, after Derry substitute Ryan McBride was sent off for taking down Cretaro in the area. North added his second with a tap-in on 85 minutes, after the excellent Cretaro had completed his brace from outside the box.

Sligo -- Rogers, Boco, Peers, McGuinness (Dillon 24), Davoren, Cawley, Ndo (Lynch 82), Ventre, Gaynor (Millien 75), Cretaro, North.

Derry -- Ferry, Madden, Greacen (McBride 59), S McEleney, McCaffrey, Morrison (Curran 83), Higgins, P McEleney, McDaid, McLaughlin, Patterson.

Ref -- R Rogers.

Irish Independent