Goals from Lee Lynch and top scorer Anthony Elding saw Sligo make it eight wins from eight against a misfiring Cork City side at the ShowgroundsAnthony Elding became the first player in over 20 years to score in five successive home games for Sligo Rovers, netting from the spot to give the Bit o' Red their eight win of the season after Lee Lynch's first-half strike.
League top scorer Anthony Elding had a great chance after just five minutes but scuffed his shot after a great ball from Raffaele Cretaro put the striker through on goal. The visitors were a match for their high-flying opponents in the opening stages, and Daryl Horgan should have done better in the area, but was outmuscled off the ball when Danny Murphy unlocked the Rovers defence.
Sligo grew in confidence as the half progressed, playing some lovely passing football on the ground. However, they overplayed it on occasion, and a stray pass allowed Denis Behan in on goal. Luckily, Jeff Henderson immediately redeemed himself and forced the forward into a weak shot from distance. Moments later, Sligo had shouts for a penalty turned down when Elding's shot was blocked by the hand of John Dunleavy. Referee Padraig Sutton didn't see the infringement, and waved play on. Mark McNulty was in good form in the visitors' goal, and did well to save a long-range effort from Ross Gaynor on the half hour mark.
However, the Cork City goalkeeper had no chance for Lee Lynch's goal on 37 minutes. Ryan Connolly made a fantastic run down the left, putting in a dangerous ball, which was only cleared as far as Lynch who rifled in from the edge of the box to put the hosts ahead. McNulty pulled off a fantastic double save to keep out Aaron Greene and then Cretaro just before half-time.
Alan Keane won a free-kick in a dangerous position just after the break, which saw McNulty make another save to keep out Gaynor's curled set-piece. Some fine passing play from the visitors should have resulted in a shot on target, but Daryl Kavanagh's effort was wide of the mark when put through by Rundle.
Sligo continued to pass the ball well in the second-half, with Lynch and Cretaro both impressing in midfield, but found it difficult to find the killer pass to unleash Elding. Cork never totally looked out of the game, but Behan wasted another chance in the middle of the half, before being replaced by Danny Furlong. The second-half was a much less open affair, with Sligo sub Danny Ventre testing McNulty from range in a rare opportunity for either side.
Neither team really created anything as the half went on, but with nine minutes remaining Sligo doubled their lead. Kalen Spillane needlessly pulled down Evan McMillan in the area. Anthony Elding stepped up to score his ninth goal of the season. Minutes later McNulty pulled off another fantastic save to deny Kieran Djilali and keep the score down to 2-0.
The victory restores Sligo's lead at the top of the table to five points, and sees the Bit o' Red extend their winning streak in all competitions to 10 consecutive games.