Bohemians 2 Sligo Rovers 0
What should have been a stroll turned into a slog for Bohemians as the hosts were made to work hard against a dogged Sligo Rovers.
When the Ireland U-21 international Danny Mandroiu – watched at Dalymount Park by Stephen Kenny's assistant Keith Andrews – put Bohs in front after nine minutes, there was every probability they would romp home against a Sligo side who had failed to register a point or a goal so far this season.
But a good reaction from the visitors, a lack of incisiveness from Bohs, and the woodwork on one occasion, restricted the Gypsies until ex-Sligo man Kris Twardek scored from close range in injury time.
Sligo had barely settled when they were 1-0 down, Mandroiu with the final shot after Rovers had gifted them a chance. Kyle Callan-McFadden was slack in possession and when Glen McAuley's cross was blocked, Mandroiu was unmarked and able to slot home.
Sligo did find their feet after half an hour though. They finished the first half as the stronger side and they carried that spirit into the second period, David Cawley with a good effort while Murray was a constant threat.
Bohs did wake up at one stage and they had goal chances denied by McFadden on the line and then the post – both efforts from McAuley – but at the other end saves from McGuinness allowed Bohs hold on, until Twardek got sight of goal in added time and scored his first goal for the club, to the hosts’ relief.
BOHS – McGuinness; Barker, Kelly, Casey, Kirk; Buckley, (Tierney 60) Levingston; Twardek (Devoy 91), Mandroiu, Wade-Slater; McAuley (Grant 71).
SLIGO – McGinty; Morahan, McFadden, Penningkangas, Cooper; Seymore, Buckley, Cawley; Noone (Byrne 86), Coughlan, Devers (Murray 73).
REF – B Connolly