Sligo Rovers picked up a big three points Saturday night by beating St. Pat’s at The Showgrounds 1-0.
Raff Cretaro was the hero again with the only goal of the game early into the second half.
The win moves Rovers to nine unbeaten now in games played at home.
Dave Robertson made four changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Bray Wanderers a fortnight ago. Jordan Richards has since returned to Notts County, while Michael Leahy, John Russell and Liam Martin all dropped to the bench.
Gavin Peers, Phil Roberts and Raffaele Cretaro all returned to the starting eleven, while new signing Daniel Kearns made his debut having received international clearance just in time.
It was a quiet opening to the game but Rovers did look dangerous on the few occasions they broke forward, and they will be wondering how they failed to take the lead on 25 minutes after an almighty goalmouth scramble.
Jimmy Keohane's cross from the left led to Rovers having three stabs at hitting the back of the net, first Roberts, then Sadlier and finally Kearns who saw his tame shot blocked on the line.
The introduction for an injured Regan Donelon of Liam Martin sparked life into the hosts, and he had fans on their feet just after the re-start as his shot from the left just slid across the goal front.
Just seconds later, the fans were on their feet again as Martin played in Cretaro, whose first touch took the ball past Clarke in goal, leaving the veteran to tap it into the net, giving Rovers the lead.
The Bit o'Red almost doubled their lead as Cretaro nodded Roddan's cross into the path of Sadlier, but the former Peterborough man blasted his volley well off target.
The visitors did go in search of their equaliser, but their attempts proved fruitless as Schlingermann was not to be beaten on the night.
Rovers now move up to seventh place, behind Galway and Pat's on mere goal difference.
Rovers: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Donelon (Martin 22), Peers, Boylan, Kearns (Russell 55), Roddan (c), Keohane, Sadlier, Roberts, Cretaro.
Subs: Nugent, Leahy, Place, Doyle, Lyons.
St. Pat’s: Clarke, Barker, Desmond (Corcoran 83), Dennehy, Hoare, Byrne, Cawley (Markey 75), Tracey, McGrath (Timlin 79), Verdon, Fagan.
Subs: Jennings, Bermingham, Dennehy, Feely.
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