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Former Leicester manager Micky Adams is already working miracles at Sligo
It’s now two wins in three days for the Bit O’Red.

Sligo Rovers 1

Derry City 0

SLIGO ROVERS’ RELEGATION fears were eased this evening, as they recorded their second win in just three days, this time over Derry City, with a 1-0 victory at The Showgrounds.

Rovers were just three points behind their opponents going into this game, and knew that a win would help their relegation cause massively.

The hosts were very much in control of early proceedings, with the visitors happy to concede possession constantly. Although clear-cut chances were a thing of rarity early on, Micky Adams’ men did well to take the lead after just 19 minutes.

An excellent corner from Regan Donelon fell into the path of Tim Clancy who just got a touch to it, beating Ger Doherty from close range.

An injury to Aaron McEneff paved the way for Cillian Morrison’s introduction, and it proved to be a worthwhile sub for Peter Hutton, as the former UCD man was causing all sorts of problems for the hosts.

First, he came one-on-one with youngster Regan Donelon, beating the young left-back, before heading towards goal, but he could not direct his effort away from Richard Brush in goal, who was able to block the effort.

Next, he once again beat Donelon on the right, before crossing for Ciaran O’Connor who just can’t rise high enough to meet the cross.

There was a real sense of urgency about the Candystripes after the interval. Whatever Peter Hutton said at half-time seemed to work, as they barely moved out of the Sligo half for the first ten minutes of the second period of play.

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But perhaps there was too much urgency in their play, as they were reduced to ten men. Philip Lowry was send for an early shower after referee Padraigh Sutton consulted his fourth official Robert Hennessy when the Derry man was involved in an incident with Cretaro.

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The Tubbercurry native was rolling around in agony, and got back to his feet to show the marks on his back from the altercation with Lowry, prompting the refree to brandish the red card.

That proved enough to stop Derry in their tracks, and they suffered their second defeat in three days.

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush, Alan Keane, Gary Boylan, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon, Sander Puri, David Cawley, John Russell, Raffaele Cretaro, Jason Hughes, Morten Nielsen.
Derry City: Ger Doherty, Rob Cornwall, Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis, Aaron Barry Aaron McEneff, Philip Lowry, Patrick McEleney, Barry McNamee, Mark Timlin, Ciaran O’Connor.
Referee: Padraigh Sutton

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