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Twigg's parting double at Sligo

GARY Twigg bade farewell to the League of Ireland with another impressive two-goal performance as Sligo Rovers lifted the Airtricity League Premier Division title.

The Scot, who scored his 88th and 89th goals for the Hoops, was the difference between the sides and while he conceded that Sligo are deserved champions, he warned that their reign will be short-lived.

"Fair play to Sligo Rovers, they have been the best team and they deserve the title. Disappointing on our own behalf," Twigg said before heading north to Portadown.

"Since I've signed I've just tried to score as many goals as I can and be successful. We're the best team in the country but obviously this year has not materialised like we wanted. Shamrock Rovers will win it next year.

"Last week I think all the emotion got drained out of me, it's disappointing that this will be the last time I wear the green and whites hoops. I've enjoyed my four years and I couldn't have asked for anything more."

The striker opened this scoring with a typical poacher's finish on 10 minutes when he crashed an effort off the crossbar but the rebound dropped onto the left foot of the stumbling Scot who guided the ball back over a stranded Gary Rogers.


There was a slight delay to proceedings when fireworks were thrown onto the field while the Sligo players were failing to deliver much in the way of a spark on the pitch.

Joseph Ndo had Sligo's best chance of the opening period but Oscar Jansson was equal to his rasper.

Rovers doubled their lead at the start of the second period when Twigg capitalised on a loose Sligo pass to race clear, round Rogers and slam home from an acute angle.

Despite plenty of endeavour, the hosts never looked like getting back into the game. Ian Baraclough will be disappointed that his side finished the season with back-to-back defeats but the large Showgrounds crowd didn't seem to care.