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Goal-shy Bohs suffer fifth defeat in six games at the hands of Sligo

The hosts found their scoring boots at home again, and it was Liam Martin who gave them the lead.

Sligo's Liam Martin scored the only goal of the game (file pic).
Sligo's Liam Martin scored the only goal of the game (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Sligo Rovers 1

Bohemians 0

A FIRST-HALF Liam Martin goal inflicted a fifth defeat in six games on Keith Long’s Bohemians FC, whose difficult period continues.

Bohs went 591 minutes without scoring prior to this fixture, and they almost ended their baron run with just two minutes on the clock, as a Roberto Lopes effort smacked the post of Micheál Schlingermann from close range.

The Gypsies continued to press, and Ismahil Akinade certainly should have done better when he shrugged off Craig Roddan, just poking the ball over the post.

The hosts have found their scoring boots at home again, and it was Liam Martin who gave them the lead after 18 minutes.

Keohane’s ball fell to Kieran Sadlier, whose backheel was creeping towards goal, but the Donegal native managed to run on to it and ensure it hit the back of the net, despite a deflection from what appeared to be a Bohs body.

Sadlier, making his first start in four games, played in Raff Cretaro minutes later, as the Tubbercurry man shook off Derek Prendergast, but he failed to trouble Delany in goal.

The visitors did enjoy a period of possession, in which they certainly could have pulled one back, with Akinade and Lopes again the danger men.

Rovers would have to make do with 10 men for the remainder of the game, though, as defender Mick Leahy received a second yellow card shortly after the hour mark.

The Gypsies continued to search for the equaliser, but efforts from Akinade and substitute Jake Kelly went amiss.

This victory continues Sligo’s fine run of form at home, as they now look to move further up the table.

Sligo Rovers: Micheal Schlingermann, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Regan Donelon, Michael Leahy, Gary Boylan, Jimmy Keohane, Craig Roddan, Kieran Sadlier, Phil Roberts (John Russell, 61 [Jordan Richards, 85]), Liam Martin, Raffaele Cretaro.
Subs: Ciaran Nugent, Chris Lyons, Gary Armstrong, Jaanai Gordon, Tim Clancy.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Prendergast (Dan Byrne, 39), David Mulcahy, Ayman Ben Mohamed,Roberto Lopes (Dylan Hayes, 78), Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley (Jake Kelly, 71), Patrick Kavanagh, Ismahil Akinade.

Subs: Stephen Best, Paul Rooney, Kurtis Byrne, Lee Steacy.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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