League champions

VIDEO: Here's how Sligo Rovers clinched their first title in 35 years

Highlights of the Bit O’Red’s dramatic 3-2 win over St Patrick’s Athletic and reaction from manager Ian Baraclough.

The Sligo players celebrate yesterday. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

THE WAIT IS finally over for Bit O’Red fans as they wrapped up the Airtricity League Premier Division title in front of a 5,000-strong crowd at the Showgrounds yesterday.

Rafael Cretaro, born and bred in Tubbercurry, scored a quick-fire double in the first half before second-placed St Patrick’s Athletic made a comeback to pull level. However, former Saints striker Mark Quigley stepped up to dispatch a late penalty and secure Sligo’s third ever title.

Manager Ian Baraclough, who has enjoyed the success in his debut season in Irish football, told journalists afterwards:

‘When it’s been backs to the wall, we’ve really dug in and seen it through. To have lost one record is a great record and I’d like to keep that intact if we can.

35 years is too long for a town like this to be waiting for a league title and I’m just so please to be able to deliver it for them.”

Watch the key moments from yesterday’s game below:

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Danny Ventre: “It’s unbelievable. I can’t put it into words.”

In pictures (and tweets): Sligo are the League of Ireland champions!