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Premier Division

  • 6 April 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • The Showgrounds, Sligo
  • Referee: P. McLaughlin
  • • Attendance: 3158

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne - Elding double sees Sligo extend perfect start

Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne - Elding double sees Sligo extend perfect start


Two goals from Anthony Elding saw the Bit o' Red record their seventh win in seven games, easing to victory at the Brandywell against a lacklustre Shelbourne side

Sligo Rovers continued their perfect start to the 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season with a comfortable victory over Shelboure. Anthony Elding scored a goal in each half, with Raffaele Cretaro putting in another impressive display for Ian Baraclough's side.

The league champions dominated from the outset, with Shels goalkeeper Niall Burdon called into action to prevent Anthony Elding opening the scoring after just two minutes. Aaron Greene then squandered a decent chance before Elding struck to give Sligo the lead. A quick counter-attack from the Bit o' Red saw Raffaele Cretaro set up Elding for the striker's seventh goal of the season.

At the other end, Gary Rogers didn't have to make a save until just before half-time when Adam Hanlon had a weak effort and then Dean Kelly tested him from range. The hosts led at the break, and were good value for their lead, dominating possession.

Sligo continued the second-half as they ended the first, holding up the ball well and trying to create chances by unlocking the Shelbourne defence. When they finally found an opening, they doubled the lead. Cretaro's initial effort was saved by Burdon, but only fell as far as Elding, who added his second from close range.

The second goal deflated Shelbourne, and Sligo eased to victory, extending their winning run to seven league games, and moving five points clear of Derry City once again.