After two league defeats on the trot, Dundalk returned to wining ways in dramatic fashion at Oriel Park as Patrick Hoban’s late winner finally broke Sligo Rovers’ resistance.
t looked like Ger Lyttle’s side had done enough to go home with a point but with 89 minutes on the clock, Hoban glanced home a stunning Dane Massey cross to take his tally to 11 for the season.
The striker had earlier given Dundalk the lead with a 23rd minute spot-kick after Dylan Connolly was crudely upended by Patrick McClean.
But Stephen Kenny’s side, just as they did against Waterford at the RSC last week, conceded in the 47th minute of the first half when Rhys McCabe scored from the opposite penalty spot.
The hosts had a number of chances to win the game in the second half, most notably on the hour mark when Robbie Benson put the ball on a plate for Ronan Murray but he could only sidefoot wide with the goal gaping.
Substitute Jamie McGrath was denied by the legs of Mitchell Beeney after going through on the left and with nine minutes to go, Connolly blazed another fine Massey cross over the top.
Hoban, though, popped up at just the right time when he gave another fine Massey centre the finish it deserved to leave Sligo floored.
There was still time for a late scare, however, and Sligo substitute Adam Morgan saw a 94th-minute header cleared off the line by Dean Jarvis as Dundalk saw it out to move a point behind Cork City in second place.
DUNDALK – Rogers; Hoare, Gartland, Folan (Massey 56), Jarvis; Shields (Tagbajumi 79), Benson; Connolly, Murray (McGrath 66), Duffy; Hoban.
SLIGO ROVERS – Beeney; Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Mahon, McClean (Keaney 42), Donelon; Cawley, McCabe, McAleer, Cretaro (Wixted 67); Moorhouse (Morgan 59).
REF – T Connolly