After a turbulent week where their manager Dave Robertson left the club, Sligo Rovers beat Bohemians 2-0 at the Showgrounds on Saturday evening.
Under the interim coaching team of Declan McIntyre and Under 19 coach Brian Dorrian, the Bitored scored early and late through Jonah Ayunga and Michael Leahy.
The win moves them up a place to tenth in the table, and now face a trip to the capital to face a struggling Shamrock Rovers team on Friday night.
Coach Brian Dorrian said of the win, “Great home victory for us, we played really well in first half and took the lead through Jonah.”
“The second half to be fair was mostly all Bohs as they put us under severe pressure. I thought the players coped really well although Bohs had a great opportunity to score but their player was off target from the set piece.”
“Then we scored a second through Mick leahy from a corner. We saw the game out from then on.”
On the turmoil at the club this week Dorrian said, “it’s been a difficult week for the players with the gaffer moving on on Wednesday, but to be fair the lads have responded in a very professional manner.”
“Their application has been second to none, and anything Declan has asked from them they have done.”
Goalscorer on the night Michael Leahy told us, “Good solid team performance. We’ve probably had the better of the first half, passed it well at times and created a few opportunities. Jonah scored a nice goal.”
“In the second half, Bohs were on top but we’ve defended resolutely, particularly from a lot of set-pieces. That was something we’d worked on during the week, knowing they had scored a few from set-pieces already this season. The second goal gave us some breathing room then and we saw out the last 10 minutes fairly comfortably.”
On his goal Leahy said, “Nothing spectacular, but as they say, they all count. It was a header from a corner. Their keeper came for the cross and missed it. I’ve managed to lose my marker and finish it at the back post. It gave us some breathing room in the game and it was nice to get off the mark for the season. Hopefully there’ll be more to come.”
Leahy was personally delighted to keep a clean sheet for the first time this season saying, “Obviously the results for the team haven’t been as good as we’d like. Personally I feel myself and Kyle have had some good performances but, ultimately, if the team isn’t keeping clean sheets, the defence and the defenders will get critizised.”
“Last night was our first clean sheet of the year and we defended well as a team, so hopefully we can continue that as a unit over the coming weeks.”
Leahy’s defensive partner Kyle Callan- McFadden said, “Great result for us last night after a difficult week regarding our manager leaving, but that just shows how good of a team spirit when have here in Sligo to go and get the three points after that tough week.”
“Declan Mcintyre and Brian Dorrian have been top class with us all week too, helping us prepare for the Bohs game and it show that it all paid off.”
On settling in at the Bitored this season he said, “Myself and my missus are settling in very well here. Home for me is just up the road in Donegal, about 2 hours and home for Ella is back In Norwich which is an hour flight away so settling in hasn’t been bad at all.”
“The lads have been great with me from day one. Before coming here I knew Liam Martin, Shaun Patton, Kieron Sadlier, Brian Dorrian and Declan Mcintyre so it wasn’t hard for me fitting in around all the other lads.”
“The season is starting to pick up for me and the lads now. We had a rocky start but that’s what you get with a lot of new players coming in. Great bunch of lads here and a great togetherness in the team so it’s onwards and upwards now.”