North’s double ensures points go west

Danny North scored in each half as Sligo Rovers kept their unbeaten Premier Division run intact last night.

This was the former St Patrick’s Athletic striker’s 12th goal for Sligo since joining the club. North scored twice either side of half-time before Patrick Millien made in three in the 85th minute, 60 seconds after making his debut as a replacement for North.

Paddy Kavanagh forced Sligo keeper Gary Rogers into a smart save inside a minute of the first half as the Shelbourne man bore down on goal.

Dane Cassidy had a 25-yard effort blocked by the home defence in the fourth minute.

Dean Delaney got down quickly to gather a shot by Quigley after nine minutes.

A clever ball in by skipper Danny Ventre after 14 minutes found Jason McGuinness but his blistering drive whistled wide of Delaney’s goal.

Anto Murphy’s clever run up along the sideline three minutes later unhinged the home defence but the danger was eventually cleared.

David Cawley had a chance close in the Rovers after 22 minutes following good play by Ventre but the Shelbourne was quickly off his line to gather the ball.

A timely interception by Barry Clancy averted the danger in the 25th minute as North raced towards goal, while nothing came from Quigley’s corner.

Sligo stepped up a gear after the half-hour mark and Quigley’s teasing ball across the face of goal had the visitors’ defence at full stretch.

A superb Shelbourne move took the home side apart after 38 minutes but was eventually quelled, and a quick counter by the Bit O’Red put Alan Keane through on goal. Rock solid defending by Shelbourne again kept Ian Baraclough’s side at bay.

Sligo went ahead two minutes before half-time when North raced in on goal as acres of space opened up in front of him as the hitherto solid Shels defence was caught cold.

Delaney got a hand to the shot but he was unable to keep it out.

North’s finish straight after the restart ended Shelbourne’s hopes of getting something from the game while Millien’s late cameo, laid on by Raffaele Cretaro, capped a great night for the leaders.

SLIGO ROVERS: Rogers, Davoren, Peers, McGuinness, Keane, Ventre (Dillon 86), Cawley, Cretaro, Boco, Quigley (Lynch 59), North (Millien 84).

SHELBOURNE: Delaney, Matthews, Boyle, Cronin (Hughes 74), Cassidy, Kavanagh (Byrne 46), Shorthall, Clancy, Gorman, Murphy, Sullivan (Dawson 54).

Referee: P Tuite (Cork).

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