Séamus Conneely helps Sligo Rovers to first win on road for two months
Kieran Djilali caps fine display with a late second against Shelbourne
Sligo’s Kieran Djilai with Graham Gartland of Shelbourne. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
Shelbourne 0, Sligo Rovers 2
Séamus Conneely’s first league goal of the season helped champions Sligo Rovers to a first win on the road in almost two months.
Kieran Djilali then capped a fine display with a late second as the visitors punished Shelbourne who simply wilted in the second half at Tolka Park.
Midfielder Conneely struck on 58 minutes as Shels failed to properly defend a corner. Iarfhlaith Davoren whipped a good ball into the box and Conneely shot home from close range.
David Cawley headed narrowly wide from a Danny North cross on 75 minutes before Sligo got a deserved second three minutes later. Again North was the provider with another excellent delivery, this time from the right, and Djilali forced the ball home at the back post.
Not surprisingly, Sligo enjoyed the better possession, as Shelbourne, with Robert Bayly impressive in midfield, eagerly snapping at their heels in a competitive first half. Openings were scarce, though, with Sligo’s North, on his first start of season, showing some rustiness when shooting well wide after Djilali put him in on goal.
Sligo upped the tempo on the resumption with Djilali jinking through to win a free-kick which brought a real chance on 48 minutes - Ross Gaynor’s dead-ball effort coming back off the wall for Conneely to shoot from the edge of the area. But Brian Shortall bravely put his head to the goal-bound shot to clear.
Shelbourne responded within a minute as Seán Brennan put Bayly in at the other end. Sligo skipper Gavin Peers got back smartly to take the ball off Bayly’s toe.
SHELBOURNE: Burdon; Flynn, Ryan, Gartland, Shortall (Cornwall, 55 mins); Brennan (Hanlon, 83 mins), O’Connor (Leech, 66 mins), Cronin, Tinnelly; Bayly; Hughes.
SLIGO ROVERS: Rogers; Keane, Peers, Henderson, Davoren; Conneely, Ndo (Martin, 80 mins), Cawley, Gaynor (Lynch, 75 mins); Djilali, North (McMillan, 83 mins). Att: 1,214.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).