Monday 24 October 2016

In-form Cretaro seals battle of the Rovers

Christy Fagan. Photo: Sportsfile
Christy Fagan. Photo: Sportsfile

Goals from Achille Campion, John Russell and the in-form Raff Cretaro saw Sligo Rovers come from behind to beat Shamrock Rovers 3-2.

Sean Boyd put the visitors in front on early on, but Campion scored on his Showgrounds debut to level matters and the recalled John Russell put the hosts in charge early in the second half with his first goal of the season.

Substitute Aaron Dobbs pulled one back for the Hoops late on, but the home side prevailed.

Boyd opened the scoring with a cool finish on 14 minutes after spinning the Sligo defence, but Campion levelled right on the stroke of half-time with a close-range header, before Russell calmly fired home from distance on 54 minutes.

Cretaro's fifth goal in six games sealed the win, despite Dobbs late effort.

St Pat's slim hopes of winning a European place for next season were kept alive as they all but killed Galway's with this hard-fought 1-0 win at Richmond Park. The sole goal came three minutes in. Ryan Connolly gave the ball away and Christy Fagan guided it home with panache for his seventh league goal of the season.

Aaron McEneff's pair of penalties in the first half fired Derry City to a routine 5-0 win over Finn Harps in Ballybofey last night. McEneff netted twice from the spot, both after fouls on Lukas Schubert, as City comfortably dispatched their derby rivals with Nathan Boyle, Schubert and Keith Ward netting in the second half.

Jonny Bonner's first league goal of season and a late penalty from Paul Murphy gave Wexford Youths a deserved 2-0 victory at Ferrycarrig Park to greatly boost their survival hopes. Eight points adrift at the foot of the table now, and 10 off safety, on this poor showing, Longford look doomed.

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