Sligo Rovers maintained their 100 percent start to the season by comfortably beating Bohemians 3-0 in their Airtricity League Premier Division tie as Dalymount Park on Friday evening.
Raffaele Cretaro opened the scoring in the second minute and Aaron Greene’s powerful strike on the half-hour mark doubled Sligo’s advantage heading towards the interval.
Bohs were slightly more impressive upon the restart but Anthony Edling put the result beyond doubt with a far-post header from Cretaro’s cross 20 minutes from time.
The confidence derived from last year’s success and their impressive start to this season was evident as early as the second minute when Cretaro seized on defensive hesitancy to slot home from six yards following an inviting delivery by Ross Gaynor.
Both Roberto Lopes and Own Heary came to their side’s salvation with desperate blocks on Cretaro. The impish forward left the Bohs midfield for dead in the 20th minute but his subsequent shot from 20 yards failed to unduly trouble Dean Delany in the home goal.
Within five minutes, former Bohemians centre-half Evan McMillan almost doubled his side’s lead with a powerful header from Gaynor’s corner that was just too close to Delany, who saved well at his near post.
From the subsequent clearance, the hosts fashioned their best chance of the half with Derek Pender producing an inviting pass into the onrushing Keith Devane,y who blazed wastefully wide from eight yards.
Devaney was left to rue his miss just four minutes later as Sligo added a second goal when Aaron Greene turned adroitly to hammer a precise finish beyond Delany from 20 yards, with Bohs negligent in not closing the winger down quickly enough.
The hosts enjoyed a greater degree of possession for the remainder of the half but, a 43rd-minute snapshot from Ryan McEvoy aside, they struggled to make any inroads into a well-marshalled away defence.
Bohemians looked slightly brighter upon the restart but there was little end-product to their pressure as Karl Moore drove over Gary Rogers’ crossbar when well placed in the 57th minute.
At the opposite end, Sligo looked threatening with every attack and it was of scant surprise when Edling notched for the fifth consecutive league game, heading powerfully home after clever play from Cretaro.
The game petered out from that juncture, with late Bohemians pressure failing to eke out a consolation goal as Sligo took a clean sheet and three points back west.
Bohemians: Delany; Pender, Heary (Paisley, 46), Lopes, Byrne; Buckley (Hanaphy, 82), Mulcahy, Traynor, McEvoy, Moore (Scully, 61); Devaney.
Sligo Rovers: Rogers; Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor; Connolly (Djilali, 66), Cawley, Lynch, Greene (Millien, 79); Cretaro (Martin, 88), Elding.
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork)