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Premier Division

  • 15 June 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • The Showgrounds, Sligo
  • Referee: P. Sutton
  • • Attendance: 1784

Sligo Rovers 5-2 UCD - Bit o' Red return to third with big win

Sligo Rovers 5-2 UCD - Bit o' Red return to third with big win


The Bit o' Red returned to winning ways with a very one-sided victory over a disappointing UCD side at the Showgrounds, moving back up to third in the Airtricity Premier Division

Sligo Rovers had gone four games without scoring, but put five past UCD in an exciting game at the Showgrounds. David Cawley, Aaron Greene, Kieran Djilali, and Joseph Ndo were on target for the Bit o' Red, with Liam Traynor adding an own goal, while David McMillan and Dean Clarke scored for the Students, who were on the back foot for most of the game.

The Showgrounds was in shock as the Students took an unexpected lead after just two minutes. David McMillan was allowed in on goal by Jeff Henderson, and made no mistake with the first opportunity of the game. The Students had Conor O'Donnell to thank for keeping them ahead on 19 minutes when he denied Kieran Djilali, before Alan Keane wasted the rebound.

Sligo began to take control of the game and grabbed the equaliser just before the half-hour mark when David Cawley scored after a well-worked free-kick. Cawley had the chance to double his tally on the stroke of half-time, but saw his long-range effort well saved by O'Donnell.

The Bit o' Red went ahead just after the restart with Aaron Greene controlling the ball on the edge of the area before smashing it into the net. Sligo had complete control of the game by the hour mark, adding two goals in quick succession. Firstly Liam Traynor turned the ball into his own net from Cawley's cross and then Kieran Djilali finished well.

UCD substitute Dean Clarke scored just a minute after coming on, giving his side a lifeline with less than half an hour remaining. However, the Students conceded yet again as Joseph Ndo scored a simple finish from Alan Keane's cross.

Sligo's scoreless streak finally came to an end, and the win puts them back up to third heading into the mid-season break.