Sligo Rovers 0
Sligo Rovers were extremely unfortunate not to come away with at least a point from Dalymount Park on Friday night following a dominative second half performance against Bohemians.
Ismahil Akinade’s first half strike proved enough as Bohs came away with the points. The Bit O'Red were denied what looked like a clear cut penalty early on when Raffaele Cretaro's cross clearly struck the hand of Bohs skipper Roberto Lopes inside the area. The Gypsies played almost an hour of this game with ten men after former Rovers man Anto Murphy was dismissed on the 35 minute mark following a dangerous tackle on David Cawley.
Bohemians’ Paddy Kavanagh should have done better with his minute opportunity on 21, but blazed aimlessly over from Adam Evans' cross from the left.
Akinade's neat turn brought him past Alan Keane on 25 but he screwed his shot wide of Richard Brush's far post.
Rovers took some time to settle and went close on 23 when Sander Puri did well to cut inside before testing Bohs goalkeeper Damien Delany with fierce shot which Delany had to push away at full-stretch.
However, it was the home side who took the lead on 31 when Keith Buckley flicked on Kavangh's throw-in and Akinade drilled past Brush.
Spurred on by this, Rovers threw caution to the wind and began to dominate the tie.
Joseph Ndo and Gavin Dykes' side were almost level on 33 minutes but the energetic Gary Armstrong saw his shot pushed away by Delany. The former Shels net minder was in good form and he once more denied Puri on 43.
Rovers introduced Morten Nielsen at the break and spent the majority of the second period camped in Bohs' half. Although Keith Long's men did break on 48 but Akinade shot wide.
Keane glanced his header from a Regan Donelon cross wide on the hour mark. While Delany denied Corcoran twice and once Puri as Rovers created several good goal scoring opportunities.
Puri then saw his shot swept off the line by Lopes before Nielsen was unable to turn in Corcoran's shot which sped across the face of the goal on 72.
The away side continued to cause havoc in the Bohs area but the Dubliners held out for the win.
Rovers' next league game is this Friday night, July 24th against St Patrick's Athletic at the Showgrounds. Kick-off is 8pm.
Bohemians: Dean Delany; Anto Murphy, Derek Prendergast, Dave Mulcahy, Stephen Best; Kealan Dillon (Robbie Creevy 64), Roberto Lopes; Paddy Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, Adam Evans (Jason Byrne 76); Ismahil Akinade.
Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush; Raffaele Cretaro, Alan Keane, Jake Dykes, Regan Donelon; Gary Boylan; Sander Puri, David Cawley, Gary Armstrong (Morten Nielsen h/t), Keith Ward (Ruairi Keating 64); Dinny Corcoran.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).