Crusaders' Setanta Cup hopes all but ended
Crusaders 1 Sligo Rovers 4: Crusaders slumped to a disappointing Setanta Cup defeat to FAI Cup holders Sligo Rovers, that effectively rendered next month's second leg redundant.
In 2012, Crusaders claimed the All-Ireland trophy with a string of gutsy displays, but none of that fighting spirit was on show at Seaview as the home side turned in a limp display. In Crusaders' defence, Stephen Baxter made seven changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Glenavon on Friday.
Sligo turned their good start into a goal in the 17th minute after debutant Eric Oohiambo stroked home a marvellous lob.
Rovers doubled their advantage when Lacroix failed to deal with a David Cawley shot. Paul O'Conor was on hand to turn the ball towards goal, which allowed Aaron Greene to poke home.
Oohiambo got his second goal of the game in first half stoppage time, after he played an impressive one-two with Cawley. Oohiambo completed the move by rifling the ball into the net from 10 yards.
Crusaders showed signs of improvement, but Sligo snuffed out any chance of a dramatic comeback when Oohiambo completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute. The former Leicester City man poked home a Greene corner-kick.
Declan Caddell pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute with an impressive shimmy and shot, but that was all the Crues managed.
Crusaders: Lacroix; King, Magowan, Robinson, Hanley; Clarke, Caddell, Snoddy: D. McAllister (71 Owens), E. McAllister (88 Dempter) , Smith (88 Dillon). Subs: O'Neill, Leeman, McMaster, O'Hanlon.
Sligo Rovers: Rogers; Conneely, Gaynor, Henderson, Spillane; Greene, Russell (63 Maguire), O'Conor; Oohiambo (71 Ledwith) Cretaro, Cawley. Subs: Brush, Keane, McMillan, Dykes, N'do.
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast).