By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs had the advantage of a very good start in this game, but could not sustain a convincing challenge to the crisp passing and good distribution of the Sligo midfield, and although they had some chances in the second half, the four goals they shipped in the first half did the damage.
From the kick-off the Drogs moved the ball well and following great work on the right by Aaron McNally, captain Sam Byrne headed in from the subsequent corner for the lead goal after only three minutes.
On seven minutes Cian Quinn was desperately unlucky when his brilliant header rebounded off the crossbar to safety.
Aaron McNally had a brilliant shot saved on 10 minutes and on 14 mins came the first Drogs blunder when they conceded a needless penalty through careless defending and it was 1-1.
On 19 minutes keeper Hogan made a good save to keep the score to 1-1 with a great save and on 24 the Drogs re-took the lead when McDonnell stabbed home the rebound from a Quinn shot.
This lead lasted only two minutes and unfortunately the Drogs started to play the ball long instead of taking back the initiative from Sligo by playing football out of defence.
As Sligo pressed the home defence, the Drogs clearances were ineffective and on 26,29, and 40 the home defence went awol and Sligo went in at half time with a 4-2 lead.
With two substitutions at half time in defence, the Drogs were much more purposeful in the second half and they coped quite well with the Sligo attack.
The crucial moment of the second half for the Drogs was on 60 minutes when they pressed well and Michael McHugh was desperately unlucky not to make it 4-3 when his header went just wide of the post.
The Drogs continued to press but were caught out in defence in the 70th minute when Sligo made it 5-2.
Team:, Harry Hogan, Stephen Doran (Karl Spooner), Ryan O’Shea, Sam Byrne (Derick Dunne), Cian Quinn, Aaron McNally, Michael McHugh, Cameron Brennan, Frank Cabraley, Kian Hussey(Gregory Akinsanya), Callum McDonnell (Tom Adeyinka),
Subs: Daniel Grace, Niall Blaney,.