|26 June 2021||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2021|
A Johnny Kenny masterclass handed Sligo Rovers an emphatic 4 nil win over Bohemians at the Showgrounds tonight.
A goal in each half for the teenager and a forced error from Rob Cornwall as well as a Ryan DeVries goal gave the Bit O’Red all three points.
The game started lively with Kenny letting his intentions be known early on with his first opportunity coming in the sixth minute of the game with Gibson and DeVries also making a nuisance of themselves.
With little over 10 minutes played, Jordan Gibson smashed a free kick from about 20 yards against the Bohemians wall but was fortunate that the ball landed to give him a second chance, sweetly struck it looked as though it was heading for the bottom corner only for James Talbot to get down in time. Talbot however, was only able to parry the ball into the path of the schoolboy Kenny who needed no invitation to rattle the side netting and give his side an early lead.
The goal seamed to give both sides a lift with Sligo coming close and McGinty being forced into an excellent save. It didn’t take long before Kenny was involved in another goal, full back Lewis Banks found himself surging into the Bohemians box when he spotted Kenny making a run to the far post. His low drilled shot somehow evaded Talbot in the goal and forced Rob Cornwall to intervene as Kenny surely would have bagged his second, Cornwall however turned the ball into his own net half way through the first half.
The game ebbed and flowed for the rest of the half with both teams having opportunities and creating chance, the best of which fell to Kenny who struck the post with a header after Mark Byrnes pin pointed cross and Tierney with a strike from 18 yards for their respective sides.
Bohemians started the second half with all guns blazing bringing on Lyons and Breslin and looking to move to a wider attacking play and had the ball in the back of the net after 3 minutes only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.
Still in shock, Sligo almost let Bohs into the game moments later but the confident McGinty pulled out a superb stop that could only be described as a wakeup call for Sligo. As Bohs attempted another attack John Mahon stepped in to steal the ball away and find Gibson on the halfway line. Gibson in turn released New Zealander Ryan DeVries who drove into the box and with all the composure in the world slipped the ball past Talbot to give his side some breathing room.
Sligo almost got another minutes later as Kenny rattled the post once more.
Bohs were not giving up and continued to chase the game bring on Keith Ward and James Finnerty but could not break down the Sligo defence with Banks Mahon and Donelon all putting their bodies on the line for the cause.
Sligo, in particular Kenny, were not finished, with 10 minutes to play Gibson found Kenny in space and the academy graduate found the net again for his second of what could easily have been 4 or five, to secure all 3 points for the home side.
As time ran out David Cawley saw an opportunity to put the Rovers back top of the table on goal difference but his strike was just wide.
Next up before both sides head off to Iceland for their respective Europa Conference ties, Sligo is the short trip to bottom side Longford Town while Bohemians host table toppers St Patricks Athletic.
|Damien MacGraith||Allen Lynch|
|The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland|