Tuesday 23 January 2018

Stubborn Derry frustrate Sligo

Defending champions Shamrock Rovers were the real winners after this Airtricity League Premier Division north-west derby at The Showgrounds resulted in a 1-1 draw as dominant Sligo Rovers were unable to overcome a resolute Derry City.

A cracking first half ended level -- Joseph Ndo's 15th- minute piledriver was cancelled out by a deflected effort from Stephen McLaughlin after 41 minutes -- but the home side fashioned the better chances.

Sligo should have increased their lead with leading goalscorer Eoin Doyle, Aaron Greene, Alan Kirby and Ryan all passing up good opportunities.

Substitutes inspire Hoops

Shamrock Rovers substitutes Billy Dennehy and Ciaran Kilduff inspired the Hoops to a crucial 2-1 victory over Dundalk at Oriel Park.

Dennehy bagged a 58th- minute goal when converting a Rohan Ricketts cross, while fellow replacement Ciaran Kilduff was fouled inside the area on 74 minutes by Carl McHugh with Stephen O'Donnell converting the resultant spot-kick.

Dundalk summoned a stoppage-time consolation goal when Mark Quigley headed home a Ross Gaynor free-kick, but Rovers held on despite an anxious finale.

Bohs hold out for victory

Bohemians are still proving to be a credible force in the Premier Division as last night's win 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers proved.

They took the lead in the 54th minute when Anto Flood got on the end of a Killian Brennan cross.

Aidan Downes added a second on 72 minutes before David Webster reduced the arrears with a late header from a corner.

UCD tops in Belfield thriller

A Belfield Bowl thriller ended in a 5-4 win for UCD as substitute Graham Rusk pounced in the last minute to seal the points.

The Students pinched two first-half goals courtesy of Paul Corry (22) and Samir Belhout (27), but Drogheda came thundering back.

Gavin Brennan trimmed the deficit seconds before the interval, while three third-quarter strikes from Jordan White (59), Philip Hand (61), and Lee Lynch (64) put the visitors two goals to the good.

UCD responded with goals from Darren Meenan (80), Robbie Creevy (84), and Rusk (89) to move them four points above Drogheda in the table.

More misery for Galway

There was no sign of a shock at Richmond Park last night as St Patrick's Athletic thumped basement boys Galway United 6-1.

Pete Mahon's Saints were clinical in the opening period hitting four goals without reply courtesy of a Seanie O'Connor brace, a Stephen Bradley penalty and a sizzling strike from Danny North.

North and substitute Paul Crowley added further goals after the restart on another miserable evening for crisis club Galway, who did manage a late consolation through Paul Sinnott.

Levein: referee was 'conned'

Scotland manager Craig Levein claimed Dutch referee Kevin Blom was "conned'' after his side were held to a 2-2 draw by the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 Group I qualifier at Hampden Park.

"The referee was conned for the first penalty and Christophe was clipped for our one,'' said Levein.

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