Sligo Rovers suffered their second home defeat in four days at the Showgrounds on Monday night when they were beaten 2-1 by Cork City.
A Sean McLoughlin header gave John Caulfield’s side the lead early on – in a first-half which Cork controlled. Rovers difficulties were compounded when they lost Regan Donelon to injury.
An excellent long-range finish from Gearoid Morrisey saw City establish a 2-0 lead.
But Rovers battled back gamely and pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute when Kyle Callan-McFadden headed home Jack Keaney’s corner.
Rovers pressed for an equaliser but were unable to find a way through as Cork held on for their first league win of the new season.
Rovers have one point from their opening three matches and now go to Finn Park on Friday night to play Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps at 8pm. Harps picked up their second point of the season on Monday with a 0-0 draw against St Patrick’s Athletic at Inchicore.
Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty; Kyle Callan-McFadden, Dante Leverock, John Mahon; Lewis Banks, Regan Donelon (Niall Morahan 7); Jack Keaney, Daryl Fordyce (David Cawley 66); Kris Twardek, Liam Kerrigan (Sam Warde 66) ; Romeo Parkes.