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Airtricity League wrap: Sligo stalemate sees St. Pats climb to summit

There were goals galore around the league this evening.

There was little to separate Sligo and Limerick in Thomond Park.
There was little to separate Sligo and Limerick in Thomond Park.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

SLIGO ROVERS WERE held to a scoreless draw in Thomond Park on Friday night thanks in large part to a man of the match performance from Limerick goalkeeper Barry Ryan.

The result, coupled with those elsewhere, could see Sligo slip to second place in the Airtricity League.

It was a disappointing night for Rovers who certainly started the game the brighter of the two sides with Anthony Elding featuring prominently throughout.

However, it was Limerick who had the game’s first real chance when Bossekota’s goal was correctly ruled out for handball.

Sligo began the second half with similar intent to the first when Elding forced a fine save out of Barry Ryan just seven seconds after kick-off.

However, Rovers failed to capitalise on a number of well-worked set pieces in the second period and Limerick were good value for the draw in the end.

Top of the League

Elsewhere, St. Patrick’s Athletic claimed top spot in the league thanks to a 2-0 win away to Bohs.

Both Pats’ goals came in the space of two first half minutes when Chris Fagan found the net after 25 minutes only for Killian Brennan to double their lead from the penalty spot seconds later.

Bray Wanderers snatched a dramatic late win at the Carlisle Grounds when Jason Byrne completed his hat-trick in the 95th minute to secure a 3-2 victory over Drogheda United.

Derry City and Cork City played out a 1-1 draw at the Brandywell with goals from Daryl Horgan and Rory Patterson ensuring the spoils were shared in Derry.

A first half Ronan Finn goal was enough to secure all three points for Shamrock Rovers in their Dublin derby with Shelbourne at Tallaght Stadium.

Finally, UCD came from 1-0 down after just two minutes to win 3-2 on the road to Dundalk with David McMillan (2) and Robbie Benson cancelling out two goals from Pat Hoban for the home side.

Airtricity League results:

Limerick 0-0 Sligo Rovers
Bohemians 0-2 St Patricks Athletic
Bray Wanderers 3-2 Drogheda United
Derry City 1-1 Cork City
Dundalk 2-3 UCD
Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Shelbourne

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