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Leverock helps Sligo to first league win

Danté Leverock put in a solid shift at both ends of the pitch to help Sligo Rovers to their first league win of the season away to Finn Harps last night.

The Bermuda international defender made some vital tackles and went close to opening his scoring account in the visitor’s 2-1 triumph in an exciting SSC Airtricity League derby at Finn Park.

“Great result. First derby win, first three points,” Leverock said. “Credit to the whole team. We defended well.

“I’m now looking to build on this. Our aim is to win more games, keep more clean sheets, so that’s something we need to work on.

“But it’s a great group and I’m happy to be a part of this team.”

Romeo Parkes put Sligo ahead in the 29th minute when he got in behind the Harps defence and slotted home to earn the visitors a 1-0 advantage at the interval.

Sligo then doubled their lead three minutes into the second half through a Kris Twardek strike.

The home side finally got a foothold in this northwest Irish derby when Daniel O’Reilly headed home at the back post after Sligo switched off.

Leverock pushed forward and had a header saved and another effort deflected over the bar.

“I was close to scoring, I just tried to get in the right positions,” he added. “It’s a long season, goals will come.”

Sligo surged two places in the standings from ninth to seventh, tied on points with sixth-placed Waterford.

n Nahki Wells and his Queens Park Rangers team-mates will be gunning for their second straight win away to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship today.

Elsewhere, Reggie Lambe and Cambridge United are away to Grimsby Town in the Sky Bet League Two while Jonté Smith’s Oxford United hosts Scunthorpe in the League One at the Kassam Stadium.