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Sligo enjoy rare home win

Sligo Rovers 2 Shelbourne 1

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Sligo Rovers' David Cawley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers' David Cawley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

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Sligo Rovers' David Cawley celebrates. Photo: Sportsfile

With no wins from four before lockdown, Sligo Rovers made it two wins from two since the resumption thanks to a deserved victory over Shels at the Showgrounds.

The Bit O' Red hadn't recorded a home win since last September, but made the perfect start with the ball in the Shelbourne net before any of the visiting players managed a worthwhile touch.

Ronan Coughlan laid the ball off to Ryan de Vries, who showed skill and composure to turn inside and out in the area, before his perfectly floated ball was headed home by the impressive Jesse Devers.

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Sligo Rovers' Regan Donelan in action with Alex Cetiner of Shelbourne. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers' Regan Donelan in action with Alex Cetiner of Shelbourne. Photo: Sportsfile

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Sligo Rovers' Regan Donelan in action with Alex Cetiner of Shelbourne. Photo: Sportsfile

 

The 44 minutes that followed in the opening half were well contested, with both sides creating chances, but neither looking particularly likely to convert.

Shels' Dale Rooney was off target with a shot from outside the area, while 'keeper Colin McCabe had to react sharply to prevent another Devers effort from catching him out at the near post.

The visitors almost levelled it early in the second half when centre-back Daniel Byrne headed narrowly over from a corner, but they were undone by a set-piece at their own end just a minute later.

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Sligo Rovers' Jesse Devers of Sligo Rovers battles for the ball with Shelbourne's Alex O'Hanlon. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers' Jesse Devers of Sligo Rovers battles for the ball with Shelbourne's Alex O'Hanlon. Photo: Sportsfile

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Sligo Rovers' Jesse Devers of Sligo Rovers battles for the ball with Shelbourne's Alex O'Hanlon. Photo: Sportsfile

 

Regan Donelon's corner bobbled around inside the box before falling for Rovers captain David Cawley to stab home from close range.

Shels reacted with three substitutions as Georgie Poynton, Aaron Dobbs and Daniel O'Reilly were sprung, but they had to wait until injury-time for a response before Gary Deegan rifled to the net from the edge of the box.

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