Sport Soccer

Monday 22 January 2018

McMillan and North leave it late to crank up Sligo revival

Bohemians 0 Sligo Rovers 2

Evan McMillan, Sligo Rovers
Evan McMillan, Sligo Rovers

Jamie Moore

SLIGO ROVERS continued to put their poor early-season form behind them by securing their second win in four days thanks to late goals from Evan McMillan and Danny North at Dalymount Park.

Bohemians, in contrast, appear to be going in the opposite direction, having won just two of their opening nine games.

Such was the poor quality of the game, you would not have blamed any of the 1,140 in attendance had they not returned to their seats for the second half. Sligo had more of the ball in the opening period but didn't create anything, while Bohemians kicked everything long.

The only action of any note in the first half came in stoppage-time when Bohs' Kevin Devaney wriggled between Ross Gaynor and Jeff Henderson only to see his shot well saved by Gary Rogers.

The introduction of John Russell and North helped speed up Sligo's play after the break, but it was Bohs who could have gone ahead.

Ryan McEvoy put Rogers under pressure by chasing down a back-pass and the Sligo 'keeper eventually hacked the ball clear after first attempting to dribble it past the Bohs player.

The opening goal Sligo craved came with 11 minutes left when McMillan beat Aidan Price at the back post to head home Kieran Djilali's corner – after 'keeper Lee Murphy failed in his attempt to claim the ball.

Sligo made sure of the points in the 93rd minute. On-loan West Ham striker Sean Maguire's pass evaded Roberto Lopes and North swept the ball into the net.

Bohs' misery was compounded when Rogers saved Jason Byrne's penalty after Russell's handball.

Bohemians – L Murphy; Pender, Lopes, Price, McCabe (Devaney, 15); Kavanagh (J Byrne 82), Mulcahy, McEvoy, Moore; Walsh (Traynor 64); Beattie.

Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor (Russell 61); Djilali, Cawley, O'Conor (North 61), Ledwith; N'Do (Maguire 77); Greene.

Ref – J McKell

Irish Independent

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