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Shamrock Rovers clinch league title with dramatic late, late winner

Michael O’Neill’s side retain their League of Ireland crown thanks to a Dean Kelly strike, deep in injury time. And in the First Division, Shels back in the big time.

Ken Oman celebrates scoring Rovers' first goal of the game.
Ken Oman celebrates scoring Rovers' first goal of the game.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

SHAMROCK ROVERS FANS were made to hang on 24 hours for this game after it was postponed last night amongst the Dublin floods.

But they’ll reckon it was worth the wait.

Dean Kelly clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory for 10-man Hoops at Belfield Park  - as well as wrapping up the league crown.

After a scoreless first half, the visitors looked to be up against it when Craig Sives was sent off after 48 minutes for a second yellow.

Despite that however, they took the lead. Rohan Ricketts flashed in a corner and Ken Oman headed home.

Moments later the Students were back on level terms, through Robert Benson from a corner of their own.

Craig Sives of Rovers is sent off by referee Neil Doyle (INPHO/Donall Farmer)

As the title race looked to be going to the final Friday of the season, however, Michael O’Neill’s side made sure the trophy would reside in Tallaght for another 12 months.

Kelly popped up to score from close range, sending the travelling supporters into raptures.

Meanwhile, in the First Division, Shelbourne have secured their place in the top flight once again.

The Drumcondra side beat Finn Haps 4-0 at Tolka Park thanks to goals from Ryan, Hughes, Cassidy and Byrne to ensure the pressure is off ahead of the visit of Cork City on Saturday.

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