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Sligo breathe a big sigh of relief after nervy draw in Drogheda

The Bit o’Red needed a point to guarantee survival this evening.

Sligo Rovers Rhys McCabe (left) and Vinny Faherty (right) celebrate (file pic).
Sligo Rovers Rhys McCabe (left) and Vinny Faherty (right) celebrate (file pic).
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Updated at 22.57

Drogheda United 0
Sligo Rovers 0

Gerard Grimes reports from United Park

SLIGO ROVERS KEPT their Premier Division status as they were held to a scoreless draw by Drogheda United at United Park on Friday evening.

Jamie McDonagh’s long-range effort and Greg Moorhouse’s header from close range, both which went wide of the far post, were the closest either side came to scoring in what was a cagey first half.

The game came to life in the second half though with Jack Keaney testing McGuinness and Gary Boylan cross bouncing back off the bar.

It was Drogheda’s turn then to get involved in the action as Brennan’s free kick was flicked on Mulhall, headed back across goal by Meaney to Mulcahy but his effort was cleared.

Seven minutes later, Sligo went close again as Jack Keaney’s header was cleared off the line by Shane Elworthy before McFadden’s follow up was saved by McGuinness, a familiar trend on the night.

Mark Doyle would go closest to scoring in the remainder of the game for Drogheda, as his effort hit from just inside the box hit the side netting.

Sligo would be denied twice more by McGuinness, as he first pulled off a stunning save to stop McFadden’s header, before then saving a Benny Ighiehon in the closing minutes.

Drogheda United: McGuinness; Elworthy, Farragher, Mulcahy (C), Dunne; Wixted (Byrne 58’), S Brennan (Hollywood 93’), McEvoy, Doyle; Mulhall, Meaney (Russell 82’).

Sligo Rovers: Patton (McGinty 64’); Leahy, McFadden, Sharkey, Boylan; McDonagh (Cretaro 69’), Keaney, J Russell (C), McCabe; Moorhouse (Igiehon 82’), Faherty.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

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