THE WAIT for the coronation of Shamrock Rovers as League of Ireland champions 2011 goes on for another few days at least as Sligo Rovers keep alive their faint hopes of landing the trophy thanks to a clinical dismissal of Bohemians in Dublin last night.
But even though Sligo are still in with a shout, it could all be over as early as Monday night should the Hoops win away to UCD, with Sligo defender Gavin Peers admitting that his team's title push is a lost cause.
Derry City's 1-1 draw away to St Patrick's Athletic last night means that Stephen Kenny's side now have no chance of the title, but Sligo technically remain in the hunt as they moved to within a point of the leaders, though Shamrock Rovers have that game in hand.
Sligo's 3-0 win last night, secured thanks to three goals in the space of 13 second-half minutes from Eoin Doyle (two) and Matt Blinkhorn, means that the north westerners have effectively secured second place and a European place for next season unless they lose their last game, at home to UCD next weekend, by a 12-goal margin.
"It's good that we're more or less guaranteed to finish in the top two but it's disappointing to not win the league given how close we came. From my point of view it's all over now," said Sligo defender Gavin Peers.
He's aware that, for them to win the league, Sligo may need to rely on Galway United winning away to Shamrock Rovers next Friday. "We still have a mathematical chance but I can't see Shams slipping up against UCD and Galway," said Peers.
"All we can do is win our game next weekend and see what happens.
"Looking back, we threw it away with the games at home to Bohs when they beat us twice. We will push on and try to win next week but it's just hard to see Shams slipping up," added Peers.
Sligo made it six wins from seven league games last night, though the scoreline was perhaps flattering as an evenly balanced game turned on an incident 17 minutes into the second half when Bohs centre-half Liam Burns -- who has been so reliable this season -- gifted Sligo substitute Eoin Doyle an opening with a dreadful back pass, and Doyle had an easy finish.
"I felt sorry for Liam as he's been so good for us this season, he's devastated," said Bohs boss Pat Fenlon.
"We had done well up to that point, but Liam making that mistake un-nerved other people around him and we fell asunder a bit."