Second half surge sees Sligo past UCD in Belfield
UCD 0 Sligo Rovers 2
Second half goals from Dante Leverock and David Cawley deservedly brought Sligo Rovers the three points at the UCD Bowl.
The win moves Liam Buckley’s side six points clear of UCD - who slumped to a fourth straight defeat - in the relegation play-off place.
Sligo started the better with skipper Cawley bringing a comfortable save from Conor Kearns after good approach play from Kris Twardek and Ronan Coughlan.
Without skipper Gary O’Neill, who was on the bench, UCD struggled to get their passing game going.
That said, College striker Conor Davis brought the first real save of the game 17 minutes in, forcing Mitchell Beeney to tip his free kick over for a corner.
Romeo Parkes was Sligo’s chief threat, heading a Regan Donelon cross straight at Kearns before blasting a shot over the bar as the game laboured to ignite.
A howler from Beeney then almost gifted UCD the lead on the blow of the interval.
Allowing a low shot from Davis to squirm under him, the Sligo keeper was relieved to see the ball go out for a corner.
The game needed a goal to spark it to life and it thankfully came as Sligo took the lead on 54 minutes.
UCD only partially cleared a Donelon corner.
Coughlan whipped the ball back into the near post where Bermudian central defender Leverock scored with a stooping header.
Another corner undid UCD for Sligo’s second on 80 minutes.
Cawley’s ins-winging delivery wasn’t dealt with and the ball ended up in the net with the help of a deflection.
UCD – Kearns; Farrell (McDonald, 80), Collins, Scales, Dignam; Doyle, Molloy (O’Neill, 66); Coffey (Mahdy, 69), O’Farrell, Farrugia; Davis.
Sligo Rovers – Beeney; Dunleavy, Mahon, Leverock, Banks; Twardek (Kerrigan, 87), Cawley, Keaney, Donelon; Coughlan (Murray, 58), Parkes.
Ref– Sean Grant (Wexford).