Owen Heary got off to a flying start in his first game as Sligo Rovers boss on Saturday night as his team won out comfortable 3-1 winners against Shelbourne in their first pre-season friendly.
Sligo started the better of the two teams and had Raffaele Cretaro scored with his early chances the Bit O’ Red would have been 2-0 up.
But spectators had to wait until the 34th minute for the deadlock to be broken when new signing Dinny Corcoran met a cross from trialist Sander Puri to head home his first goal for the Rovers.
As the clock ticked towards half time, Rovers players Puri, David Cawley, Cretaro and Steven Beattie all had chances to double Rovers’ lead.
As the players came out for the second half it was a completely different Rovers team that took to the pitch with only Danny Ledwith, Puri and Gary Boylan not replaced by Owen Heary.
But it was Shelbourne who struck first when striker Mark Sandford put the ball past Ryan Coulter from close range. Their joy was short-lived though as nine minutes after equalising, they were behind again, this time is was Morten Nielsen who slotted home from a Kevin Devaney corner.
Rovers attempted to turn the screw but were left frustrated as Shelbourne goalkeeper Greg Murray made some superb saves to deny Rovers a third goal.
As the game came to a close, it was Ruairi Keating who added a third goal to wrap up a comfortable nights work for the Bit O’ Red.
Sligo Rovers 3-1 Shelbourne
Richard Brush (Ryan Coulter 45), Gary Boylan, Danny Ledwith (Regan Donelon 70), Jeff Henderson (Gavin Peers 45), Jake Dykes (Stephen Folan 45), David Cawley (Eoin Wearon 45), Keith Ward (Ryan Mc Manus 45), Raffaele Cretaro (Kevin Devaney 45), Steven Beattie (Ruairi Keating 45), Sander Puri (Gary Armstrong 70), Dinny Corcoran (Morten Nielson 45).
Greg Murray, Simon Dissonance, Evan Osam, Adam O Connor, Ryan Robinson, Gareth Coughlan, Craig Walsh, Daire Doyle, Conor Earley, Alan O Sullivan (Mark Sandford 45), Jordan Keegan.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena