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North strike leaves Sligo sitting at top of table

SLIGO Rovers are the new leaders of the Airtricity League after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Bray Wanderers.

Sligo started brightly at the Carlisle Grounds and hit the front on 10 minutes when Alan Keane found time down the right to deliver a perfect cross for Raffaele Cretaro to head past Bray Wanderers keeper Darren Quigley.

Despite the visitors' bright start Bray were level nine minutes later, thanks to a defensive error as Gavin Peers' attempted back pass was intercepted by Kieran Marty Waters and he fired low past past Gary Rogers.

Sligo were always in the ascendancy and they took all three points after Joseph Ndo rolled a free-kick to Danny North who fired home on 49 minutes.

DROGHEDA United continued their fine start to the season by beating Monaghan United 1-0 at Gortakeegan despite playing the second half with 10 men. Declan O'Brien scored the game's only goal in the 43rd minute after going close on a number of occasions but United put themselves under pressure when Ryan Brennan was dismissed for a rash challenge on Robert Bayly.

Monaghan now prop up the table on two points while Drogheda are tied for second on 13 from a possible 18.

UCD picked up an unlikely point when they held Derry City scoreless at the Brandywell for a share of the spoils.

Derry's Kevin Deery had a brace of chances but couldn't convert while Mark Langtry could have scored for the students. Mark Farren had a glorious chance to steal a win late on but his header was straight at the goalie.

There was another goalless stalemate at Oriel Park as both Dundalk and Shelbourne failed to convert any chances. Gary Shanahan had the best chance for the hosts but he pulled his shot wide while David Cassidy did likewise for Shels.