Sligo Rovers 3 - 1 BohemiansSLIGO ROVERS
are nine points clear at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division after their 3-1 victory against Bohemians at the Showgrounds last night (Monday) in front of an attendance of 3,127.
A massive crowd of 3,127 saw first half goals from Mark Quigley, Rafael Cretaro and Lee Lynch extend Rovers lead over nearest rivals Drogheda United as the chasing pack runs out of games.
Indeed, Bohs only scored in the final minute, although The Gypsies had their moments and their chances over the 90 minutes.
Filmed By RTE
Sligo Borough Council even discussed its wish to be included in League victory celebrations last night in a preliminary part of its September meeting, which was being filmed by RTE to mark the Borough's 400th birthday.
Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady said she was a lifelong Sligo Rovers supporter but recalled that City Hall had been ruled out as a victory celebration location on health and safety grounds when her son Conor had captained the Cup winning team...and celebrating supporters had to gather in the Showgrounds.
Cllr Jim McGarry drew laughter when he said" "A word of caution, there are still eight games to go. If they get over tonight they are in a great position."
The general feeling of supporters is there is 'more to it' when celebrations come back to City Hall.
"Im old enough to remember they won it in 1977" and a League win, he said, in recessionary times and hard times would give everybody something to sing about.
Cllr McGarry said that 3,000 people at a game meant the business community was also doing well. He asked that contact be made with the Chairman of Sligo Rovers well ahead of the final game on Friday October 26th against Shamrock Rovers.
Mayor David Cawley supported the moves to have the Town Hall as a focus for the football celebrations: "Sligo is a soccer town, a garrison town way back," he said.Heart of Sligo
"City Hall is the heart of Sligo and for me and for others it lacked something going to the Showgrounds." She urged the Council executive to "do everything" to ensure that they come back to City Hall.
Meanwhile, in the Showgrounds itself last night, Rovers were without defenders Ross Gaynor and Iarfhlaith Davoren through suspension and injury, while Danny North's cruciate surgery keeps him out for the season. It was also the first match since "Rommy" Boco returned to Accrington Stanley after a major role in Rovers extended unbeaten run.
Paschal Millien took Boco's place while Seamus Conneely slotted in at left-back. Bohs had Owen Heary and midfielder Ryan McEvoy both absent. Kevin Feely, the subject of cross Channel interest, also did not play.Through Ball
Sligo had a chance in the 9th minute when Mark Quigley's through ball took a deflection to Millien. His curling shot from 20 yards was easily held by Bohs keeper Craig Sexton.
In the 10th minute Lee Lynch had a further chance but his shot went well over the top.
Two minutes later, Sligo struck, again Mark Quigley. The Dubliner claimed his 11th goal of the season for Rovers. A Keane/Lynch one-two set up Lynch to cross from the right and Quigley - a former Bohs clubman -- headed home.
In the 15th minute, Bohemian went close -- a Dinny Corcoran free kick was headed down by Evan McMillan and Dave Mulcahy hooked the ball over the head of the stranded Sligo goalie Gary Rogers. Gavin Peers cleared off the line.
Sligo made 2-0 in the 26th minute 26 minutes when full back Alan Keane found Cretaro at the edge of the Bohemians area.
A quick turn by the Tubber man and his powerful shot skidded on the wet turf and bounced over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper to double Rovers' lead. (It had started to rain in the hour before last night's game).
Sligo were thoroughly in control of this game now – Joseph N'Do controlled the game...at his own leisurely pace.
Bohs, to their credit, were fighting a rearguard action but continued to press. However, Sligo's centre-half pairing of Gavin Peers (who was booked) and Jason McGuinness held firm.
Sligo has a remarkable sequence relating to goals in the 38th minute of various games this season and Rovers went 3-0 up last night when Keane, again, broke down the right and picked out Lee Lynch who netted in the bottom corner from 15 yards.
The visitors created two good chances in the opening minutes of the second period.
First, in the 49th minute Rogers saved a low drive from Derek Pender.
Then, in the 51st minutes Rogers had to dive smartly at the feet of Dinny Corcoran after he outpaced Peers to a low cross from Luke Byrne.
Pender (who picked up a yellow card last night along with colleague David Mulcahy) again came close in the 60th minute but his shot cannoned off the upright.Half Chances
Quigley and Cretaro had half chances to add their personal tallies for Rovers on the night, before Rogers did enough to keep out Joyce's long range shot in the 70th minute.
A minute later Rogers had to make a double save of sorts; first, Rogers couldnt hold Corcoran's shot but recovered quickly to thwart Bohs debutante Kevin Devaney.
Time was up -- and the game was 'up' too for Bohs -- when they made it 3-1 in added time, scoring from eight yards in a goalmouth scramble. Dave Scully should have scored at the back post, but the ball ricocheted back to Pender.Sligo Rovers:
Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Jason McGuinness, Gavin Peers, Seamus Conneely, Raffaele Cretaro, Lee Lynch, Joseph N'Do, Danny Ventre, Paschal Millien, Mark Quigley. Subs used: David Cawley or N'Do and Liam Buchanan for Millien, both 70th minute; Martin Owen for Keane 85th minute. Subs unused: Richard Brush, Jeff Henderson, Ryan Connolly and John Dillon.
Craig Sexton, David Mulcahy, Michael Barker, Evan McMillan, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Roberto Lopes, Derek Pender, Danny Joyce, John O'Connor, Dinny Corcoran. Kevin Devaney for Byrne 68th minute; Dave Scully for Corcoran 76th minute and Keith Ward for O'Connor 81st minute. Subs not used: Andy McNulty, Karl Moore, Andy Mulligan and Stephen Traynor.Referee
: Damien Hancock (Dublin).