Saturday 24 March 2018

Lyttle making mark with revitalised Sligo

Sligo Rovers 3 Limerick 0

Sligo Rovers' Jonah Ayunga. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers' Jonah Ayunga. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile newsdesk

Gerard Lyttle may only be three games into his term as Sligo Rovers manager, but he's already making a difference.

Saturday night's emphatic victory over Limerick at The Showgrounds was the Belfast native's first win at his new club and it moved struggling Sligo, who had won only two of their previous 11 top flight games, out of the Premier Division's bottom three.

Former Cliftonville manager Lyttle hailed the work-rate of his charges in a game defined by early goals - Raffaele Cretaro's powerful strike after two minutes, followed 13 minutes later by Jonah Ayunga's tidy finish.

The outstanding Kieran Sadlier - Sligo's talisman, who hit the crossbar in the first-half - capped another excellent performance when he netted the third after 47 minutes.

"When you get hard work and determination, your luck can change," said Lyttle.

"I thought we were very, very good, I have to give credit to the boys.

"Every player carried out the game plan. I thought our shape, particularly in the back line, was excellent."

Limerick's interim manager Willie Boland was understandably downbeat after his side failed to produce the form that had seen them go five games unbeaten prior to their Sligo outing.

"We just didn't perform - Sligo were by far the better side. We gifted them the three goals, they didn't have to work very hard for any of their goals," he said.

Sligo Rovers : Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Callan-McFadden, Donelon; Martin, Russell, Boylan, Sadlier (Place 88); Cretaro (Roddan 78); Ayunga (Stevens 86)

Limerick: Clarke; Kelly, Williams, Whitehead, Robson; Clarke (O'Flynn 46), Duggan, O'Conor (Hery 63), Ogbene; Lynch (Mulhall 80); Tosi

Ref - D McGrath (Dublin)

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