Kurtis Byrne stunner claims victory for Bohemians over Sligo Rovers
Bohemians 1 0 Sligo Rovers
Kurtis Byrne struck an early goal-of-the-season contender as Bohemians produced a mixed performance to land three points against Sligo Rovers.
Eleven minutes were on the clock when Byrne scored a stunning goal, his first for his new club. Regan Donelon misjudged a cross-field ball, before Byrne found the top corner with a volley.
Bohs looked the more potent of the two in the opening 20 minutes, Sligo captain Tim Clancy’s recovering tackle preventing Ismahil Akinade a clear run on goal.
The visitors saw plenty of ball in the first half, though failed to test Bohs keeper Dean Delany.
Bohs should have doubled their lead on 63 minutes, Keith Buckley rattled the post from the edge of the box and Akinade stumbled over the rebound.
Philip Roberts should have done better for Sligo on 69 minutes, John Russell’s cross finding Roberts free at the back post but his header went high over the bar.
Rovers pressed for a late equaliser but Dean Delany kept out a Jaanai Gordon drive as Bohs held on for the win.
Bohemians: Delany, Pender, Prendergast, Murphy, K Byrne, Fitzgerald, Buckley, Wearen (Mulcahy 90+2), Quigley (Kavanagh 62), Akinade, Kelly (Mohammed 80).
Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Clancy, Donelon, Roberts, Richards, Keohane, Martin, Lyons (Russell 68), Gordon.
Referee: G Kelly (Cork).