A spirited Bohemians were no match for Sligo Rovers as The Bit O' Red swept aside their opponents with goals from Cretaro, Greene and Elding
Champions Sligo Rovers extended their winning streak to seven consecutive games with a comprehensive victory over a hard-working Bohemians side at Dalymount Park. Ian Baraclough's side took an early lead through Raffaele Cretaro, with goals from Aaron Greene and Anthony Elding sealing the victory.
Sligo made the best possible start as Roberto Lopes and Owen Heary dawdled over clearing a loose ball in the box to gave Raffaele Cretaro the opportunity to pounce, and put Sligo a goal ahead after just two minutes. Sligo dominated after the goal, with Cretaro the main source of creativity, showing good composure on the ball and causing the Bohs defence problems. Heary partially made up for his early mistake with important clearances and blocks as they weathered the storm.
Bohs' build-up play was good in the first half, with Karl Moore and Luke Byrne impressing, but a lack of penetration limited them to few chances. Sligo midfielder Aaron Greene picked up the ball just outside the box around the half hour mark, created space for himself and smacked the ball hard in off the post to double his side's advantage.
Aside from a few set-pieces the hosts did not look like scoring with Sligo goalkeeper Gary Rogers never really tested. The visitors added a third goal in the 71st minute as Cretaro was played down the right and chipped a ball across for a completely unmarked Anthony Elding to head into the net.
Bohemians started with seven players aged 24 or under and the experience in the Sligo side was evident in the result. The Gypsies will need to work on their finishing if they want to come away with something when they travel to Tolka Park to take on Shelbourne, while Sligo continue their best ever start to a season and will hope to keep their 100% league record when they meet UCD at Belfield on Easter Monday.