Limerick 1-2 Rovers - Report
A moment of magic from Rhys McCabe saw Sligo Rovers claim victory in this early-season six-pointer.
McCabe handed Rovers the lead with a superb 60 yard lob over Limerick stopper Brendan Clarke.
Greg Moorhouse netted his first for the club when he doubled the Bit O'Red's lead, before former Rovers winger Daniel Kearns pulled one back for Limerick.
Rovers however held on to leap-frog the Blues into eighth place ahead of Tuesday night's visit to Cork.
Adam Morgan had scored as many goals as Limerick had going into this one, so it was no surprise to see him land the first chance. Clarke was equal to his low drive, though.
Shane Duggan flashed two efforts just wide of Mitchell Beeney’s goal, but their lack of a final ball still hurt them.
The lack of clear-cut chances was a testament to the sides’ goal-shy nature in recent times and it was always going to take something special to break the deadlock that remained firmly in place at half-time.
That something special arrived just shy of the hour mark, courtesy of Rhys McCabe.
Sligo won a free-kick in their own half with seemingly little danger to Limerick present. However, McCabe spotted Blues stopper Brendan Clarke off his line.
From here, McCabe struck the ball what must have been 60 yards – and it found the net, much to the amazement of his team-mates and the fury of his opponents.
As the Blues chased the game, Moorhouse capitalised on depleted defensive ranks to drill his effort into bottom corner before Kearns pulled one back for the home side.
Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Kilian Cantwell, Tony Whitehead (Daniel Kearns, 63), Darren Dennehy; Shaun Kelly, Cian Coleman (Will Fitzgerald, 63), Conor Clifford, Billy Dennehy; Shane Duggan; Mark O’Sullivan, Danny Morrissey (Connor Ellis, 81).
Rovers: Mitchell Beeney; Gary Boylan, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Patrick McClean, Regan Donelon (Calum Waters, 86); David Cawley, Jack Keaney, Eduardo Pinceli (Caolan McAleer, 63); Rhys McCabe, Adam Morgan, Raffaele Cretaro (Greg Moorhouse, 76).
Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin).