Griffin double does job for Bohs
BOHEMIANS kept up their good start to the 2015 season as Keith Long's side eased into the next round of the EA Sports Cup with a 3-0 dismissal of Athlone Town.
But Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers both suffered at the hands of lower-league opposition as they exited the competition at the first hurdle.
It was a home debut for new Bohs boss Long and his new-look side and they made no mistake against Athlone.
Marc Griffin scored a goal in each half to set up the win and Jake Hyland made it 3-0 on 72 minutes.
With back to back 3-0 wins from the opening games of the season, Long now takes his side into their first home league game of the season on Friday against Galway United.
Ex-Gypsies manager Owen Heary is also settling in well at his new club as Sligo Rovers trounced the Mayo League 8-0 at the Showgrounds, Liam Flatley the star with a second-half hat-trick.
Danish import Morten Nielsen and Gary Armstrong had given Rovers a 2-0 lead at the break but Armstrong (again), then Sander Puri and Raff Cretaro added more goals to make it 5-0, but there was still time for Flatley to score three more.
Drogheda boss John McDonnell was undone by his former club, United losing 1-0 at home to Kevin Doherty's Shelbourne. Ex-Shamrock Rovers man Mark Sandford struck to claim the only goal of the game four minutes into the second half at United Park.
Bray were the other Premier Division side to suffer as they lost 4-2 away to Crumlin United.
Former Shelbourne and St Pats man Ger Rowe scored late on to give Crumlin a 3-2 lead and then junior international Greg Moorehouse added a fourth to make sure of a place in the next round for the non-league side and end Bray's hopes of a run in the competition, another blow for Wanderers who lost on the opening day of the league season last weekend.