Ten unbeaten at home for Rovers

Sligo Rovers stretched their unbeaten run at home to ten as they drew with Bohemians at the Showgrounds.

The last side to beat the Bit O’Red in Sligo, Bohs took the lead courtesy of a Danny Mandriou spot-kick on 37 minutes.

But Rovers pegged the Gypsies back before the break through David Cawley’s third goal of the season.

Both camps had goal-scoring opportunities during an entertaining opening.

Looking to stretch that unbeaten record on their own patch, it was Rovers who were presented with the game’s first chance.

Lewis Banks nodding the ball into the path of Daryl Fordyce, whose effort from close range lacked the required power as James Talbot easily claimed.

Bohs debutant Andrew Wright had his drive at goal blocked down by a series of Sligo legs from a disguised indirect free-kick nine yards from goal.

This after Ed McGinty handled a back pass from Kyle Callan-McFadden.

The Dubliners then had to rely on their skipper Derek Pender to bravely block down Romeo Parkes’ shot after Ronan Coughlan’s through ball.

Michael Barker’s header from a Luke Wade-Slater corner then sailed narrowly over Ed McGinty’s crossbar shortly before the half-hour.

Eyeing a second win in Sligo this season, Bohs had their lead eight minutes from the break.

Danny Kane tripped Wade-Slater inside the area. Mandriou slotting home from 12 yards, sending McGinty the wrong way in the process.

Liam Buckley’s charges were to have their leveller before the interval however.

Cawley turning Kris Twardek’s driven cross from the right beyond Talbot.

Mandriou’s left-footer from the edge of the box then skimmed off the top of the Rovers crossbar on the hour. The visitors looking the more dangerous on the ball. 

McGinty had to watch Keith Buckley’s shot all the way on 72 after Cawley conceded possession inside his own half.

There were half chances for either side late on, but a winner was to prove elusive.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Lewis Banks, John Mahon, Dante Leverock, Danny Kane; Kyle Callan-McFadden; Daryl Fordyce, David Cawley; Kris Twardek, Romeo Parkes; Ronan Coughlan.

Bohemians: James Talbot; Derek Pender, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy; Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Buckley, Conor Levingston, Kevin Devaney (Danny Grant 68); Danny Mandriou; Andre Wright.

Referee: Graham Kelly.

Attendance: 2,011