Fixtures between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers always tend to be entertaining affairs and this one at Oriel Park last night was no different as the sides played out a thrilling draw.
The game didn't take long to come to the boil. Jason Byrne had the first sighting of goal after just 30 seconds, heading over following a slick Dundalk move down the right flank.
Sligo were denied what looked a clearcut penalty in the fourth minute when Eoin Doyle went down under pressure from Michael Hector, but Connolly waved play on much to the fury of Bit O'Red boss Paul Cook.
Cook's blood pressure would have sky rocketed again three minutes later as his side went behind in comical fashion. Richie Ryan's crazy pass across the face of his goal bounced off two players before falling kindly for Byrne, who fired home in customary fashion.
Dundalk were pegged back in the 33rd minute.
John Dillon's teasing corner from the left was met by Gavin Peers and the centre-back's header flew past Peter Cherrie to find the net.
The entertainment value went up a notch in the second-half. Dundalk attacked with pace and they almost restored their lead in the 54th minute when Hector guided a Kearns cross just past the post.
Mark Quigley had the home crowd applauding yet again in the 69th minute, weaving his way past four defenders only to blaze over.
Ultimately, however, neither side could find a winner.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Hawkins, Hector, N Murphy; Kearns, Bennett (Ward 38), McDonnell, Gaynor; Quigley, Byrne (Breen 80).
SLIGO ROVERS -- Clarke; Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Davoren; Horgan (Greene 71), Ryan, Russell (Kirby 89), Doyle; Dillon, Cretaro (Foran 77).
REF -- Tom Connolly (Dublin).