Rovers 1-0 Bohs; Report
Vinny Faherty scored the only goal of the game as Sligo Rovers moved out of the drop zone with a vital win over ten man Bohemians at the Showgrounds.
Faherty struck for Rovers in the ninth minute as he threw himself at Regan Donelon's corner before glancing the ball beyond Shane Supple for his second goal for the club.
Bohs had Keith Ward dismissed for an off the ball incident mid-way through the opening half.
Rovers should have doubled their lead shortly after Faherty's opener. Donelon involved again as he found John Russell who had broken free of his marker in front of goal. The Galway man however, was only able to guide the ball over the Bohs crossbar from six yards out.
The home side continued to press and the Gypsies had captain Derek Pender to thank mid-way through the half. Faud Sule failed to control a punt forward from the Rovers back line before possession fell to Daniel Kearns. The winger embarked on a 30 yard run but was foiled as he pulled the trigger, by a brave challenge from the determined Pender.
The Dubliners were reduced to ten men shortly after when Ward was sent to the stand.
Supple was on hand to keep out Tobi Adebayo-Rowling's side footed effort from close range on the half hour as Sligo looked to make the most of their numerical advantage.
The Bohs net minder was on hand to keep Sligo at bay on the hour. On his first league start for the club, Rovers' Jack Keaney sent substitute Greg Moorhouse clear on goal with a wonderful through ball. Supple stood his ground before tipping Moorhouse's clipped effort over his crossbar.
The same player found himself bearing down on goal three minutes later, but he could only watch on as his shot flew past the post. While Faherty headed over from Adebayo-Rowling's cross on the next attack as Rovers continued to pass up decent opportunities to pull away.
Donelon came to Rovers' rescue five minutes from time when he took the ball off the toe of Ishamil Akinade just as the striker pulled the trigger.
Sligo Rovers: Shaun Patton; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Seamus Sharkey, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Regan Donelon; John Russell (Benny Igiehon 82), Rhys McCabe, Craig Roddan, Jack Keaney, Daniel Kearns (Greg Moorhouse 56); Vinny Faherty (Raffaele Cretaro 71).
Bohemians: Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Rob Cornwall, Daniel Byrne, Ian Morris; George Poynton, Faud Sule, Keith Ward, Oscar Brennan; Ismahil Akinade, Dinny Corcoran.
Referee: Graham Kelly