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Finn strikes for Rovers to leave Shels deep in mire

Shelbourne's relegation concerns were deepened last night as they succumbed to Shamrock Rovers by 1-0 in their disappointing Dublin derby at Tallaght Stadium.

Johnny McDonnell's confirmation as manager failed to inspire a side decimated through injuries and suspensions, with Ronan Finn opening the scoring in the 29th minute after fine build-up play by Karl Sheppard.

Shelbourne's limitations in attack ensured the Hoops maintained control with an excellent interception from Derek Foran denying Philip Hughes in the 78th minute.

Jason Byrne closed in on another entry in the record books as Bray Wanderers snatched an injury-time winner against nine-man Drogheda. The former Ireland striker scored in the 95th minute at the Carlisle Grounds to complete a stunning hat-trick and give his side a 3-2 win.

United's David Cassidy was dismissed for a second yellow after fouling Kieran Marty Waters. The visitors had net-minder and former Seasider Gabriel Sava dismissed on the half hour for handball outside the box.

Ian Baraclough's Sligo Rovers failed to convert chances in a tight affair against Limerick at Thomond Park, ceding top spot to St Pat's. Opportunities were crafted in both halves by Sligo, but Limerick's pluck was rewarded with a point, which ensured manager Stuart Taylor cut a satisfied figure.

Two goals in the space of a couple of minutes saw Cork City share the spoils with Derry City at the Brandywell.

With nearly their first shot on target, the visitors took the lead against the run of play on 83 minutes, Darryl Horgan curling the ball over Gerard Doherty and into the net. Derry rightfully levelled things two minutes later after a terrible back-pass by John Dunleavy found Rory Patterson and the striker calmly scored.


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