Shamrock Rovers were left frustrated by Sligo Rovers for the second time this season after an entertaining draw at the Showgrounds.
After trailing 2-0 at Tallaght earlier in the year, the Hoops were pushed back by Bit O’Red when Jordan Hamilton’s equalizer canceled out an Andy Lyons opener.
The hosts had chances of a second goal but fell behind in the closing stages after centre-back Garry Buckley received a second yellow card.
Stephen Bradley’s men deservedly led at half-time, while Lyons headed in a Jack Byrne corner midway through the first half.
It was the fifth goal of the season for in-form Lyons, who are the club’s top scorer this year.
He was also heavily involved in the corner build after Ronan Finn landed on Byrne’s brilliant release pass and crossed to Lyon to knock off Danny Mandroiu, but the striker’s attempt was blocked by Ed McGinty.
However, Lyons stole in to bring home a header from the corner and McGinty was unable to stop it at his near post.
Sligo had deployed defensively on the night, with Colm Horgan – more of a full-back – acting as a defensive midfielder alongside Greg Bolger and Adam McDonnell.
This left a crowded middle of the pitch, although Dylan Watts’ energy and Byrne’s finesse created space for the visitors.
They could have had a great opportunity for a second as Lewis Banks failed to intercept a ball from Byrne and the lively Rory Gaffney looked clear.
But Mandroiu was sidelined and believed to be involved when the flag was raised.
Buckley was booked for a foul on Lyon and he would receive a second yellow card in the last quarter as the hosts chased an unlikely winner.
They had at least earned the cushion of an equalizer by then when striker Jordan Hamilton deftly flicked a header past the helpless Alan Mannus with 20 minutes to go.
SLIGO: McGinty, Banks, Buckley, Pijnaker, Blaney (McCourt 57), Horgan, Bolger, McDonnell, Cawley, Hamilton (Kirk 87), Keena (Heaney 66).
SHAMROCK: Mannus, Hoare, Lopes, Grace, Finn (Farrugia 83), Watts (Towell 77), O’Neil (Burke 87), Byrne, Lyons, Mandroiu (Emakhu 83), Gaffney (Greene 83).
REFERENCES: R. Harvey.
Dundalk 4 Drogheda United 1
Darragh Leahy is as unlikely a goal-scoring source for Dundalk as they have at their disposal. Although he rarely gets his name on the scorer sheet, he still develops a knack for finding the net on big occasions.
He was second top scorer for Stephen O’Donnell’s side as they beat Drogheda United in the Louth derby. Revenge was sweet for Dundalk, who suffered his first setback of the season at Boyneside last month.
These were the defender’s first Dundalk goals, coming just over four years after his only other career goal in the league. That was also the winner in a derby when the then 19-year-old helped Bohemians bring down Shamrock Rovers.
Lost points for Sligo and St Pat’s mean Dundalk finish third, best of the others but still a seemingly irretrievable distance from the top two.
Leahy batted first when Keith Ward’s free kick shot off the bar. He reacted quickly and bent down to jump in. Up to that point the odds were slim and United manfully repelled Lilywhite’s advances. The occasional foray into Drogheda was little.
The second goal came when Sean Roughan missed a low cross from Lewis Macari and Leahy completed in the center forward position. Ward was an exuberant presence as Dundalk sped past their bitter rivals. Long made good saves from Daniel Kelly and Greg Sloggett, but Pat Hoban’s penalty put the game over the visitors after Keith Cowan’s handball.
Drogheda native Ryan Brennan was greeted with derision at his introduction, but his late consolation – following a blunder by Brian Gartland – silenced the home crowd, if only for a moment. Substitute John Martin scored a late, late breakaway goal.
DUNDALK—shepherd; Macari, Connolly (Gartland, 64); Boyle, Leahy; Doyle; Adams, Sloggett, (Bone, 77) Ward (O’Kane, 80), Kelly (Martin, 77); Hoban (McMillan, 77).
DROGHEDA—Long; quinn; Roughan, Cowan, Massey; Deegan, Heeney, Nugent (Brennan, 55); Poynton (Grimes, 63), Rooney (Boudiaf, 80); Lyon (Clarke, 64).
REF – S grant
Bohemia 3 UCD 0
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe scored in the third game in a row to put the Bohemians back on track after last week’s humiliating defeat by arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers.
Dawson Devoy and Promise Omochere added more goals to give Bohemians only their second home win of the season – although it’s now just a loss in six for Keith Long’s side.
UCD remain winless and rooted at the bottom of the table.
The Bohemians were frustrated for most of the first half and found their deserved lead a minute before the break. Winger Liam Burt leapt past a defender to exit a low drive Lorcan Healy couldn’t hold, allowing the alert junior to fire home.
The Bohemians then doubled their lead three minutes later with a penalty awarded to college skipper Sam Todd for a tackle on Junior. As UCD’s protests subsided, Devoy drilled the penalty deep into the bottom right corner.
The Bohemians then ended the game in the 69th minute when Devoy threaded a ball for Omochere, who took a touch before putting his shot into the net.
Finn Harps 1 Shelbourne 0
Barry McNamee’s 88th-minute winner was the only shot on target as Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps defeated Damien Duff’s Shelbourne for the second time this season.
Regan Donelon’s corner was headed clear by Dan Carr and when Luke Rudden let his skipper get to the ball, McNamee fired home the only goal of the game.
A disallowed goal from Yoyo Mahdy was the only real topic of conversation before.
With the defense dominating, the former Shelbourne frontman struck home from close range after Rob Slevin headed in a Donelon free-kick. However, with Luke Byrne staying down in the lead up to the goal, Derek Tomney, the game’s referee, called for a foul.
Neither goalkeeper was put to the test in a first half that was full of effort but few chances.
The best opportunities both created were quite similar, first by Aodh Dervin for the visitors and then by Harps’ Jesse Devers when they couldn’t control half-volleys that both went over the bar.
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