Sligo Rovers produced an accomplished display in overcoming Bohemians by 3-0 in their Airtricity League Premier Division encounter at Dalymount Park last night.
The win maintains the champions' perfect start to their league campaign and given the absence of key personnel such as Joseph Ndo, Danny Ventre and Danny North, it was a startling reminder of the strength in depth prevalent in Sligo's ranks.
Of course, the visitors benefitted from a dream start handed to them by Raffaele Cretaro in the 2nd minute who was allowed too much space to poke home from six yards after the hosts had failed to deal with Ross Gaynor's left wing centre.
There was little seen from the hosts from an attacking perspective in the early stages with full-back Derek Pender their most lively player in that regard, instigating a number of ultimately fruitless attacks.
At the opposite end, Sligo looked far more threatening with Cretaro and Anthony Elding combining intelligently and Bohs were indebted to Own Heary for a number of timely blocks in his own penalty area.
After Evan McMillan had tested Dean Delany with a 25th minute header, Bohs almost equalized when Pender timed his pass to perfection in releasing Keith Devaney, who rushed his finish, blazing horribly wide from eight yards.
Sligo availed of that let-off to double their lead on the half-hour mark as Aaron Greene turned sharply before producing a powerful drive from twenty yards that flew into the bottom left-hand corner of Delany's net.
Bohemians pushed on for the remainder of the half but a lack of ingenuity undermined their attacks with a fierce drive from Ryan McEvoy that flew two yards wide in the 43rd minute, the closest they came to reducing their deficit.
The second-half resumed in fairly dull fashion with Sligo content to contain and sporadic Bohemians pressure with Karl Moore's turn and shot in the 57th minute failing to test an underworked Gary Rogers.
However, a goal at the opposite end always looked more likely and a third duly arrived in the 71st minute as Anthony Elding pounced for his fifth consecutive league match when nodding home a glorious centre from Cretaro.
A sprinkling of late pressure from the hosts failed to deliver a consolation and they'll need to bounce back quickly with local rivals Shelbourne next on the agenda this coming Monday.