Saturday 16 December 2017

LOI Wrap: Sligo keep title hopes alive while Bohs keep Shels rooted to the bottom

Keith Buckley, Bohemians, in action against Darren Tinnelly
Keith Buckley, Bohemians, in action against Darren Tinnelly

Sligo Rovers kept tabs on St Pats and Dundalk at the top of the Airtricity League while Derry condemned strugglers Bray to another defeat and Bohs beat Shels in a relegation six-pointer.

Sligo Rovers kept up their title challenge with a 3-0 victory over UCD at the Belfield Bowl.

There were no goals in a poor first half with Hugh Douglas' brave defending keeping the Students level.

Ian Baraclough's men hit the front five minutes after the break through Kieran Djilali who unleashed a fierce volley from the edge of the area which flew past Ger Barron.

That lead was doubled 15 minutes later when Joseph Ndo found the net.

The points were wrapped up in the final minute of normal time when Danny North got in on the scoring action.


Derry City condemned relegation-threatened Bray Wanderers to a 2-0 defeat at the Brandywell with goals in either half

The Candystripes hit the front when McDaid met Simon Madden's cross with his head.

They sat back on their lead and Wanderers were the better side for the remainder of the half.

Rory Patterson should have made the game safe on 55 minutes but blasted against the crossbar when put through one-on-one with Darren Quigley..

Substitute Michael Rafter did seal the win 11 minutes from time when he latched on to Patrick McEleney’s defence-splitting pass and finished.


Shelbourne stay rooted to the foot of the Airtricity League table after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Dublin rivals Bohemians at Tolka Park.

Shels had dictated the early exchanges but found themselves behind after 18 minutes when Dinny Corcoran scored for the visitors.

Both sides were struggling to create chances but 10 shots to three in Bohs favour told the story of the first half.

Bohs were 2-0 to the good on 57 minutes when Ryan McEvoy ran onto a clever throw-in to beat the defence and score.

The win was copperfastened in the 83rd minute with Dave Mulcahy’s strike to ensure that the gap between the sides in the league stretched to five points.

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