in front of goals cost Sligo Rovers a further home defeat, 2-0 to Bohemian in the Showgrounds last night, Saturday
Perfect weather conditions and a holiday weekend helped to deliver ba bumper crowd of 2,033.
But it was Bohemian FC who left the Showgrounds with all three points.
Both their goals were scored by Daniel Grant, in the 68th and 85th minute.
The first was a superb individual strike, curled into the top corner after breaking away from a corner at the other end.
second was an unmissable tap in via the post after all the spadework
was done by Stokes, taking it past John Mahon in the Rovers rearguard.
out-and-central striker, comfortable too on either flank, Grant has
greatly Irish football fans since he came to senior soccer this season.
Rovers opened promisingly, with a flurry of corner kicks which came to nothing.
throughout the match and throughout the team they seldom matched their
visitors for competitiveness, passion, cohesion..... or for having a
Especially so in a second half when the Bit O’ Red came up short too often in the ‘creation’ compartment.
The result saw Sligo Rovers fall back below Bohemian to eighth place but with a game in hand.
Bit O’ Red boss Gerard Lyttle said recently that ‘the table doesn’t lie.’
He has a point: Rovers have fifteen points from 15 games since February.
In that time, Sligo Rovers have scored just thirteen times in the SSE Airtricity League and conceded 22 goals.
Uncannily, Bohemian have almost line-for-line the same stats for season 2018.
The two sides have a most predictable quality, too — ie their unpredictability.
Rovers have been impressive ‘on the road’ all season, against Cork City and Waterford. Home form has been disaster unlimited.
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High flyers Waterford are the next visitors to the Showgrounds, on Tuesday night for the quarter final of the League Cup.
Rovers face a stiff task to travel to Oriel Park and face Dundalk —
still smarting from their weekend league defeat at the hands of
Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Gary Boylan, Patrick McClean, John Mahon, Calum Waters, Jack Keaney, Rhys McCabe, Eduardo Pinceli, David Cawley, Raffaele Cretaro and Greg Moorhouse.
Subs used: Adam Wixted for David Cawley 70th minute, Ali Roy for Rhys McCabe 80th minute and Lewis Morrison for Waters 85th minute.
Subs not used:
Ed McGinty, Regan Donelon, Kyle Callan McFadden and Caolan McAleer.