Cawley and North reveal delight in Derry

Goalscorers David Cawley and Danny North hailed the Bit o’ Red’s win over Derry City on Friday night as Sligo Rovers moved to third place in the Airtricity Premier thanks to a 2-1 success in The Brandywell.

Rovers secured their third league win out of three against the Candystripes thanks to two second half goals and a stunning penalty save from Gary Rogers.

Midfielder Cawley told Ocean FM: “The three points were the main thing. Derry are right up there chasing for the title. It was really important we got back to the winning ways. It was difficult with the conditions and the opposition but we're absolutely delighted.

“I think Kieran Djilali slipped me for the goal and as long as I got my body open, I was going to hit it low. With the wind, the keeper could have fumbled or anything, I was delighted when it went in.

“We were playing very well in the last few matches and the chances were there. We just weren't taking them. Whether it was luck or whatever, thankfully on Friday night the two goals went in and we got the three points.”

North, a second half substitute, notched his first league goal in over a year, latching on to Raffaele Cretaro’s header to slam the ball past Ger Doherty.

It gave Rovers a 2-0 lead and while Sean Houston scored late, Rovers held on to take the victory.

North was thrilled to take the chance in front of goal.

“That is what I thrive on,” the 25-year-old stated.

“Raff has come up with an absolutely fantastic flick-on and it has sat right for me. There was no doubt in my mind I was going to smash it into the bottom corner.

“I'm buzzing to score in the league, it has been since June last year, so it is nice to be back on the scoresheet in such an important game.

“It was a good performance, it was a bit back to the walls towards the end but we're just delighted to come up here and win. It is three wins from three against Derry and personally I'm delighted to get a goal.

“It is a real tough place to come and with the weather, anything can happen with the conditions. 2-0 you're happy and they score and it puts you under pressure a little bit, but we fought them off well and could have had another one at the end. I think we deserved it overall.”

Rovers have moved to with four points of leaders St Patrick’s Athletic while Dundalk sit just a point behind the Saints in second place.

North is determined to keep focus on the Bit o’ Red displays in the final series of matches.

“We can only concentrate on our own games and not worry about the other results. All we can do is keep winning the games.

“The position we are in, the table does not lie. We deserve to be third because we haven't been good enough to be at the top.

“Between now and the end of the season, we have to really kick on. Last week against Shams was probably one of the best performances of the season and it was just missing a goal.

“Tonight might not have been as good, we were good, but we managed to get goals and goals win games.”

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