SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Sligo Rovers 5
(Sadlier 17, 24, Kearns 51, Keohane 57, Place 90+2)
Wexford Youths 0
A stylish display from Kieran Sadlier saw Sligo Rovers ease past an understrength Wexford Youths side at the Showgrounds.
Wexford boss Shane Keegan opted to go to see their play-off opponents in action in Drogheda rather than travel to Sligo, and he rested most of his first-choice players, as Sadlier’s brace, and goals from Jimmy Keohane, Daniel Kearns and youngster Mikey Place ensured Rovers finished fifth in the league.
Sadlier’s opener arrived after just 17 minutes, as Phil Roberts did brilliantly to swing in a cross from the endline, and Sadlier’s volley crept in off the post.
He claimed his second just seven minutes later, this time getting on the end of a cross from Tobi Adebayo-Rowling to float a header over Graham Doyle and into the net.
Before those goals, Wexford had created the game’s first real opportunity, as Aiden Friel’s cross picked out an unmarked Dean George inside the area, but his header lacked conviction and missed the target.
And the game was ended as a contest by the hour-mark, as Rovers scored twice more.
Kearns got number three as he stabbed the ball home from close range after Wexford substitute keeper Corry Chambers had saved his initial effort.
The former Glenavon man then turned provider for Keohane on 57 minutes, as his cross was neatly converted by the Wexford native.
A Place fired home an injury-time fifth for his first senior goal for the club to put the icing on the cake.
SLIGO: Nugent, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Leahy, Boylan (Hannon 86), McCann, Roddan, Keohane, Kearns (Place 86), Sadlier, Roberts.
WEXFORD: Doyle (Chambers ht), Friel, Delaney (McCormack 78), Sutton, Brennan, Quinlan, Higgins, Dempsey (Kenny 30), Porter, Dunne, George.
REF: D Keeler.