Sligo Rovers produce a clinical away performance to make it three wins from three games so far this season
Holders Sligo Rovers kept up their 100% record in this campaign with a dominant away performance against Dundalk. Sligo looked comfortable on the ball throughout, on what was a bitterly cold night at Oriel Park. A fluid attacking display resulted in goals from Raffaele Cretaro, Gavin Peers and Anthony Elding for the Bit O’Red. The home side responded through Kurtis Byrne, but could not add to their tally.
Starting brightly, former Lillywhite Ross Gaynor forced Petter Cherrie into a testing save with barely a minute on the clock. Cherrie has been in good form of late, but could do nothing about Cretaro’s effort moments later. The Sligo midfielder cut in from the wing and powered a low drive into the net from 18 yards. Cretaro’s goal means he has now scored in 12 consecutive seasons for his local club, a feat never achieved before.
A dubious free-kick resulted in Sligo’s second. Gaynor found Gavin Peers unmarked from the set piece and the defender knocked it in despite the best efforts of Cherrie. Anthony Elding’s terrific form continued as he grabbed Sligo’s third. Cretaro turning provider this time as he produced a pinpoint cross for Elding to nod in. The new signing allaying any worries about the fitness of Danny North, with his fifth goal in as many games.
A fantastic volley from Kurtis Byrne was the only consolation Dundalk took from the game. The striker thumped a volley into the top corner from 25 yards out in the 67th minute. However, despite the lifeline, Sligo held out for a comfortable win to gain their third victory in three games.
Sligo host Limerick at the showgrounds on Saturday, while Dundalk travel to Belfield to take on UCD.