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Brennan brace buries Derry to put Drogheda third

DROGHEDA UNITED have leap-frogged Shamrock Rovers into third place in the Airtricity League and looked well worth their lofty league position when easily beating Derry City 3-0 last night at the Brandywell.

Young defender Michael Barr gifted Drogheda the lead when he allowed Gavin Brennan to nip in and slip the ball beyond the advancing Gerard Doherty after nine minutes.

They doubled their lead just after the break with Brennan grabbing his second and they secured all three points eight minutes later when Declan O'Brien pounced on another defensive error and lobbed the hapless Doherty.

SLIGO ROVERS battled from a goal down to remain top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 victory over Dundalk at Oriel Park thanks to a brace from leading marksman Danny North.

The Lilywhites were ahead on 37 minutes when Michael Rafter met Mark Griffin's cross with a powerful header that left Gary Rogers with no chance.

The lead didn't last long and North restored parity just seven minutes later tapping in from close range.

Sligo's winner came five minutes after the restart when Peter Cherrie dropped a routine cross from Joseph Ndo and North slammed home the winner.

CORK CITY made it a perfect night for teams on the road outside the capital with a convincing 3-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

They were in front by the five-minute mark thanks to Tadhg Purcell's well-placed header.

Shane Duggan slid in to volley Colin Healy's cross to the net on 34 minutes to extend the Rebels lead and the game was put to bed 20 minutes into the second half when Vinny Sullivan rounded Darren Quigley before sliding the ball into an empty net.