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Sligo Rovers 5-0 UCD

Updated: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:03 | Comments

Alan Keane scored Sligo's opener as they proved too strong for the Students
Alan Keane scored Sligo's opener as they proved too strong for the Students

Sligo Rovers' resurgent form continued as they recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over UCD in the SSE Airtricity League at the Showgrounds.

Goals from Alan Keane, Paul O'Conor, Aaron Greene, Daniel Ledwith and Eric Odhiambo secured the Bit O'Red's second league victory of the season.

The Students' cause wasn't helped by the fact that they were forced to play the majority of the game with ten men, following Tomas Boyle's 25th-minute dismissal.  

Following a low-key start, it was the away side who threatened first. Tomas Boyle's header from a cross from the left was well dealt with low down by Sligo goalkeeper Gary Rogers, with a quarter of an hour played.

Cillian Morrison did well to stay in possession of the ball inside the Sligo area, under close scrutiny from Jeff Henderson three minutes later. Morrison played the ball into the path of Gary Burke who could only sky his shot over Rogers' crossbar. 

The in-form Greene sent a speculative effort from 20 yards wide of Conor O'Donnell's goal mouth on 25 minutes, seconds before Rovers grabbed the lead.

Greene was upended inside the Students' box by Boyle as he made his way toward goal. Referee Paul Tuite adjudged Boyle to have been the last man, awarded the penalty and dismissed the UCD centre half. Sligo captain Keane stood up and blasted the ball beyond O'Donnell for his second league goal of the season.

O'Conor doubled the lead 11 minutes later. Greene's over-cooked cross from the right was controlled by Ross Gaynor before the former Dundalk man found O'Conor at the edge of the area. Hitting it on the half-volley, O'Conor rifled the ball into O'Donnell's top corner for his first competitive goal for Sligo.

Henderson squandered a wonderful opportunity to extend Rovers' lead on the stroke of half-time. Gaynor's ball from deep found the Newcastle native unmarked at the front post. Henderson failed to send the ball goalward, instead nodding over the crossbar.

Ledwith tested O'Donnell five minutes into the second period, the UCD net-minder doing well to block Ledwith's attempt at his front post. Half-time substitute John Russell saw his attempt from inside the area diverted away for a corner three minutes later, as Sligo looked to make the most of their numerical advantage.

Greene missed the target from six yards in the 62nd minute, Rovers now piling on the pressure. Gaynor saw his shot from the angle hit O'Donnell's side netting a few minutes later.

The pressure eventually told on 66 minutes, when the home side grabbed their third. Djilali's cross from the right was expertly headed over the outstretched arms of O'Donnell by the impressive Greene as the ball looped into the net.

The 3,331 strong crowd had barely got their breath back following Greene's goal before Ledwith made it four. Greene's chip across the face of goal was met by the left foot of Ledwith.

Substitute Odhiambo made it five in the 78th minute. Djilali was fouled inside the UCD box as he made his way toward goal. O'Donnell did well to palm away Keane's penalty but he could do little about the ball falling to Odhiambo who slipped the ball under the goalkeeper for his first league goal for Sligo.

Djilali almost got Rovers' sixth with six remaining but he scuffed his shot from close range having been teed up by Keane.

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Evan McMillan, Jeff Henderson, Ross Gaynor; Kieran Djilali, Joseph Ndo (for Danny North 67), David Cawley (for John Russell resugence), Paul O'Conor, Danny Ledwith (for Eric Odhiambo 70); Aaron Greene. 

Subs not used: Richard Brush, Jake Dykes, Kalen Spillane, Sean Maguire.

UCD: Conor O'Donnell; Gareth Matthews, Tomas Boyle, James Kavanagh, Mark Langtry (Thomas O'Halloran 75); Gary Burke (Michael Burke 28), Robbie Creevy, Samir Belhout, Robert Benson, Chris Mulhall; Cillian Morrison (Colm Crowe 75).

Subs not used: Mark McGinley, Barry McCabe, Dwayne Wilson, Michael Scott.

Sent off: Boyle 25.

Referee: Paul Tuite.

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