Sligo Rovers have risen to seventh in the League of Ireland Premier Division following last night’s 2-1 defeat of bottom side Bray Wanderers.
Jack Keaney and Eduardo Pinceli scored their first goals for the Bit O’ Red in a 2-1 win that sees Rovers leapfrog Bohemians and Limerick.
Rovers have now lost just once in their last five games.
Elsewhere, Dundalk went back to the top of the table after a 5-0 hammering of St Pat’s, with all of the goals coming in the second half.
Cork City were shocked by a 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers, while Derry City beat Limerick by the same score.
And Waterford were 1-0 winners over Bohs.
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Sligo Rovers 2
(Keaney 34, Pinceli 39)
Bray Wanderers 1
Martin Russell was in the Bray dugout as the league’ bottom team fell to another defeat at the Showgrounds last night.
With his appointment imminent, Russell watched his new charges match their hosts for the opening 30 minutes and they really should have been ahead on 33 minutes, when Daniel Kelly found space to break through the middle and into the area.
But goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney made himself big to make a vital stop, and Rovers had the ball in the net at the opposite end less than a minute later.
Adam Wixted found space on the right to cross perfectly to Greg Moorhouse at the back post, and the former Glenavon man headed back across goal for midfielder Jack Keaney to nod home his first goal for the club.
Eduardo Pinceli netted the second just five minutes after Keaney’s opener, as Wixted delivered another perfect ball for the Brazilian to head home.
But Rovers were left with a nervy finish when Cory Galvin fired the ball low past Beeney on a Bray counter-attack with eight minutes remaining.
SLIGO: Beeney, Waters, Mahon, McClean, Donelon, Pinceli (Morrison 74), Keaney, McCabe, Wixted (McAleer 66), Cretaro (Roy 85), Moorhouse.
BRAY: Moran, Hayes, Douglas, Kenna, Lynch, Galvin, McKenna, Gorman, Heaney, Kelly, Pender (Coughlan 66).
REF: R Hennessy.