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Monaghan put to bed by Sligo

SLIGO Rovers remain joint top of the Airtricity League after an easy 1-0 victory over Monaghan United in Gortakeegan last night.

Striker Danny North broke the deadlock for Sligo on 49 minutes as the ex-St Pats man showed great composure to score after Raffaele Cretaro's fine pass.

Monaghan could only muster a handful of half-chances as Sligo bossed possession. If it wasn't for Monaghan Keeper Chris Bennion and the woodwork, it could have been more comfortable.

Bray thrashed

DROGHEDA United sounded a warning to the rest of the league with a fine 4-2 victory over Bray at the Carlisle Grounds.

Drogheda United took the lead after just 30 seconds when Tiernan Mulvenna's teasing cross was headed in by Dean Marshall.

Bray equalised on 52 minutes via Jason Byrne, but Brian Gannon hit a superb goal after a neat one-two on the edge of the area.

Sean Brennan and Fabio O'Brien stretched the lead to 4-1 before Dean Zambra hit a consolation with a 40-yard free-kick.

Derry push on

DERRY City kept their solid start to the new season going with a 2-0 victory over Cork City at the Brandywell last night.

Derry took the lead three minutes into the second half when Barry Molloy threaded a superb through-ball in behind the Cork defence and Mark Farren latched onto it before he drilled the ball past Mark McNulty from 18 yards.

They were two to the good four minutes later when Stephen McLaughlin capitalised on Mark McNulty's failure to make any connection to a backpass, and he slid the ball into an open net.

Dundalk's first

DUNDALK scored their first goals of the season to register their first win of 2012 in a 2-1 victory over UCD at Oriel Park.

John Mountney powered home Dundalk's opener on 50 minutes and they went 2-0 up five minutes later through Shane O'Neill.

The students scored a penalty through Graham Rusk but they couldn't find an equaliser.