PáDRAIG Amond boosted Sligo's faint hopes of a European spot with a late winner -- his second goal of the game -- to sink Drogheda at Hunky Dorys Park last night.
In a game short on quality but full of endeavour, Paul Cook's team just about deserved their 3-2 victory.
The game burst into life in the 14th minute when Drogheda right-back Eric McGill was fouled by Iarfhlaith Davoren out wide on the halfway line, and McGill's hopeful ball into the box was flicked beyond keeper Richard Brush by Glen Fitzpatrick for the opening goal. All that was immediately undone, however, as a foul by Darren Meenan presented Sligo with a similar opportunity, and Richie Ryan's free picked out Gavin Peers, whose downward header bounced over the stranded Paul Skinner.
After 30 minutes, Sligo were ahead when Gary McCabe's long ball out of defence picked out the unmarked Amond. Skinner advanced from his goal to close down the angle, but the Sligo striker won the ball in the tackle before rolling it into the empty net.
A half-time substitution from Drogheda boss Darius Kierans produced an almost instant result.
Six minutes in, centre-back Alan McNally delivered a good cross and Ronan McEnteggart -- a replacement for Meenan -- rose above two Sligo defenders to power a header past Brush.
However, the Bit O' Red kept pushing and got their reward on 83 minutes when Peers drove forward before teeing up Amond.