Long delight as Grant double sinks Sligo
Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 2
Danny Grant made himself an instant Bohs hero at the Showgrounds, where his deadly double downed the Bit O'Red.
The 18-year-old showed confidence and composure to expertly finish two swift counter-attacks and secure an unlikely three points for the Gypsies.
"They were two excellent goals finished in style by Danny, who is a young promising player that has come through our U-19s," said delighted Bohs manager Keith Long, who admitted that the goals were the only two moments of quality in an otherwise poor game.
"We made a subtle change at half-time, moving Danny out wide as opposed to up front and that paid dividends. He combined well with Eoghan Stokes."
Stokes set up the second for Grant, and also had a great chance to claim a third on another breakaway in injury-time.
Long added: "It was a scrappy first half with lots of stoppages, lots of free-kicks, lots of headers and clearances.
"Second half, I thought we defended really well and we stood up well to everything Sligo threw at us.
"We won our headers and our tackles. We were first to most things and have hit them on the break twice with two well-executed goals."
Rovers have now lost six of their nine games at home this season, but with high-flying Waterford visiting the Showgrounds for an EA Sports Cup quarter-final tomorrow, their boss Gerard Lyttle says they won't dwell on another poor result.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," he said. "We looked like we had turned a corner to be honest.
"Momentum was with us and our first-half performance was good, but we just have to pick ourselves up for another big game on Tuesday night."
Grant, though, was the hero. He curled home his first goal after 68 minutes, against the run of play, before clinching victory by striking for the second with five minutes left after good work by Stokes.
SLIGO rovers - Beeney, Boylan, Mahon, McClean, Waters (Morrison 85), Pinceli, Cawley (Wixted 70), McCabe (Roy 80), Keaney, Cretaro, Moorhouse.
BOHemians - Supple, Buckley, Casey, Morris, Leahy (Byrne 23), Devaney, Brennan, Watts, Stokes, Ward (Kavanagh 82), Grant (Gannon 89).
REF - B Connolly