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Amond leaves it late to stun Students

Pádraig Amond scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Sligo Rovers snatched a 2-1 victory over UCD in Airtricity League Premier Division action at the Showgrounds last night.

Ciarán Kilduff thought he had grabbed a point for the Students with a deflected leveller two minutes from time, but Amond headed home his second of the game to seal a valuable three points for Rovers.

Sligo dominated the early exchanges, but it took them almost half an hour to take the lead.

The strike from Amond was worth waiting for, however, as John Dillon and Eoin Doyle worked the ball into the club's top-scorer, who expertly lifted it over UCD goalkeeper Gerard Barron from inside the area.

Once they got the breakthrough, it looked like Rovers would push on, and John Russell went close to grabbing a second with a stinging shot from distance that hit the crossbar.

UCD boss Martin Russell made a change at the break, with Robbie Creevy replacing Paul Corry, and the Students were much more competitive in the second half.

Richard Brush needed to tip a brilliant long-range effort from Keith Ward over the top on 52 minutes, and Paul O'Connor also tried his luck from distance just six minutes after that.

UCD grabbed an equaliser with just two minutes left, as Rovers lost possession in midfield and Kilduff saw his shot deflect off Jim Lauchlan and into the net.

But Amond won it for Sligo when he rose highest to nod home Joseph Ndo's free-kick in injury-time.


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