Galway United 3
Sligo Rovers 1
Daragh Small reports from Eamonn Deacy Park.
KEVIN DEVANEY’S SENSATIONAL goal put Galway United on their way towards safety with a massive win over Sligo Rovers.
The Sligo native turns 27 on Tuesday, and he scored the crucial second goal against his former side, after Marc Ludden levelled the game at the end of the first-half.
Kyle Callan-McFadden had given Sligo the lead but it was 1-1 at half-time and Devaney passed to Gavin Holohan for Galway’s third.
There were 2,117 at Eamonn Deacy Park for one of the biggest Connacht derbies in years in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.
Galway trailed Sligo by two points coming into the game and looked hungrier in the opening stages with several chances in front of goal.
They should have opened the scoring and Ronan Murray went closest in the 13th minute when his free-kick, from just outside the area, rattled the Sligo crossbar. Devaney and Padraic Cunnningham also had their opportunities but Shaun Patton’s goal remained intact.
Sligo took the lead against the run of play in the 15th minute. Regan Donelon’s free-kick was connected to by Greg Moorhouse and Callan-McFadden blasted his shot off the crossbar and into the Galway net.
Jamie McDonagh almost doubled Sligo’s lead with a stunning effort but it cannoned against the crossbar and this time bounced clear.
These sides had drawn 1-1 on both of their league encounters so far this season and with just one minute left in the first-half Ludden equalised. Holohan cut inside the cover to provide the assist.
Devaney curled a stunning effort into the top right corner in the 72nd minute and then he gave the perfect pass to Holohan who added a third three minutes later.
Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Stephen Folan, Alex Byrne, Marc Ludden (Gary Shanahan 85); Kevin Devaney, David Cawley, Rory Hale (Conor Melody 89), Gavin Holohan; Ronan Murray, Padraic Cunningham (Eoin McCormack 65).
Sligo Rovers: Shaun Patton; Gary Boylan, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Seamus Sharkey, Regan Donelon; Jamie McDonagh, Chris Kenny (Benny Igiehon 76), Rhys McCabe, Daniel Kearns; Greg Moorhouse (Raf Cretaro 35) (John Russell 67), Vinny Faherty.
Referee: Jim McKell (Tipperary).
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