By Michael Spencer (Goal.com) at the Showgrounds
UCD remain just one point ahead of fellow strugglers Athlone Town after a heavy defeat to the hands of the Bit o' Red
Gavin Dykes guided Sligo Rovers to their first win under his reign as Bit o' Red boss with a convincing victory over UCD. Goals from Eamon Zayed, Gary Armstrong, Paul O’Conor and Danny Ledwith left the Students deep in a relegation battle.
The home side nearly opened the scoring after only 20 seconds, Paul O’Conor’s solo effort clipping off the post from distance with UCD’s blues spared. Rovers continued their pressure in the early stages. Raffele Cretaro broke free down the wing cutting past Gareth Matthews but his one-on-one was deflected by Conor O’Donnell who pushed his body in the way of the shot keeping his side in the game.
The Students did change the flow of possession shortly after and held onto the play for the next 30 minutes but were unable to capitalise on the strong period of play. Samir Belhout with a chance from distance but his optimistic shot drifted just over the cross bar. This was then followed by several chances for the away team. Ayman Ben Mohamad and Belhout linking up well in the final third but unable to break past Richard Brush with a number of important saves required to keep the pair away.
Rovers opened the scoring against the run of play before the break. Cretaro once again breaking down the wing with Eamon Zayed on the end of the low cross, his chance hitting the back of the net despite O’Donnell’s best efforts.
As the second-half got underway the Bit o’ Red left off how they ended the first. Gary Armstrong doubling his sides advantage on his home debut. Zayed playing the ball back to Armstrong who placed the ball into the corner of the net.
UCD suffered yet another blow shortly after the restart Zayed once again involved in the play. Paul O’Conor was the recepient of Zayed's cross, volleying the ball past the keeper.
Rovers played out till the end of the game and Danny Ledwith complimented a successful night for Gavin Dyke’s side. His cross evaded everyone in the box including O’Donnell before creeping into the bottom corner.
The defeat sees UCD fail to make ground in the relegation battle, sitting just one point above bottom-placed Athlone Town.