Tuesday 21 October 2014

LOI wrap: Tough night for the teams at the top of the Airtricity League

Published 18/08/2014 | 21:53

18 August 2014; Rory Gaffney, right, Limerick, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the match with his teammates. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, St Patrick's Athletic v Limerick, Richmond Park,  Inchicore, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Rory Gaffney, right, Limerick, celebrates scoring his side's winner with his teammates. Picture credit: David Maher/Sportsfile

Away from the drama that saw the Rovers-Bohs game postponed, there were five other games in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tonight.

St Patrick's Athletics hopes of retaining their title were dealt a hammer blow as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Limerick at Richmond Park.

The Saints had a lot of possession in the first half but created little and were punished five minutes into the second half when Rory Gaffney's low drive beat Brendan Clarke.

Stephen Kenny's Dundalk had to be content with a 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

The Bit o'Red led through a 31st minute penalty from Danny North and looked set for the points until David McMillan's equaliser four minutes from time.

Sligo's Alan Keane was sent-off for a second bookable offence deep into injury time.

Cork City blew the chance to cut Dundalk's lead at the top to two points after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with 10-man Bray Wanderers at Turner's Cross.

Gavin McDonagh gave the visitors the lead after 14 minutes with a clinical finish but their chances were dealt a blow when Michael Barker was shown a straight red card for a foul on City's John Dunleavy.

Garry Buckley equalised four minutes into the second half but the Rebels couldn't force a winner as the Seagulls held out.

A Cathal Brady goal secured victory for Drogheda United against Derry City at Hunky Dory Park.

In the basement battle, Athlone and UCD shared the spoils at the Belfield Bowl after a 1-1 draw.

Conor Cannon gave the Students the lead inside 10 minutes but the Athlone equalised in the second half when Conor O'Donnell failed to keep out a tame John Mulroy effort.

Here's what the results mean for the table:

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