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Airtricity Premier Division: Matchday 12 - Sligo Rovers extend lead to eight points
Two goals from Jason Byrne saw St Patrick's Athletic slip further behind Sligo Rovers in the title race, as Bray Wanderers and Pat's played out a thrilling 3-3 draw
|Bohemians 1-2 Derry City|
New Republic of Ireland international James McClean was in attendance to watch his former club Derry City record a 2-1 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
There was plenty of chances for Derry City in the opening half but despite good efforts from Patrick McEleney and Ruaidhri Higgins, they created little that tested goalkeeper Craig Sexton. Gerard Doherty had little to do other than collect Keith Ward's free kick.
Ward had a chance to open the scoring after the break, but hit the ball straight at the Derry keeper. The visitors finally found an opening on 68 minutes, with Stephen McLaughlin jumping highest to meet Dermot McCaffrey's free kick. Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan received his marching orders shortly after for arguing with referee Rob Rodgers about waving play on when Callaghan wanted to make a substitution.
Ireland underage international McEleney doubled Derry's lead from the penalty spot after Evan Macmillan handballed in the area. Bohemians pulled one back in stoppage time after Ryan McBride conceded a foul at the edge of the box. Ward's free kick evaded Doherty, but it was too late for Bohs to get anything from the game.
|Bray Wanderers 3-3 St Patrick's Athletic|
St Patrick's Athletic slipped up in the title race with Bray Wanderers scoring a late equaliser in an enthralling game at the Carlisle Grounds.
Jason Byrne hit the net for the ninth time this season, giving Bray the lead in the 36th minute after a cut-back from Kieran 'Marty' Walters. The lead was short-lived as St Pat's equalised on the stroke of half time, with Christy Fagan pouncing on Pierce Sweeney's block to score.
The second half had a lively opening, with Jake Kelly going close for Pat's on a number of occasions. However, Bray went ahead against the run of play on the hour mark, as John Mulroy drove the ball past Brendan Clarke to make it 2-1 to the hosts. Once again, Bray didn't hold their lead for long, as John Russell crossed for Sean O'Connor to equalise. John Russell hit a hopeful shot from long range on 72 minutes which sailed past Quigley and gave Pat's the lead for the first time in the game.
Pat's looked to be going home with the three points, but Jason Byrne had other ideas, hitting home a Walters cross in the 93rd minute to give Bray a late point.
|Cork City 4-2 UCD|
A hat-trick from Davin O'Neill saw Cork City run out 4-2 winners against UCD in an exciting match at Turners Cross.
The opening stages saw both sides find the scoresheet, with Daryl Horgan picking up Tadgh Purcell's pass to send the ball into the top corner on 13 minutes. Two minutes later, UCD were level after winning a penalty. Johnny Dunleavy fouled Chris Lyons in the area, and Graham Rusk stroked it home. Cork regained the lead before half time when Davin O'Neill's shot was judged to have gone over the line.
Paul O'Connor got an equaliser for the Students with 10 minutes remaining, but O'Neill had other ideas, scoring twice to take home the match ball and give Cork City a late win. The first was from the spot after Hugh Douglas handballed, before capitalising on a defensive mistake in stoppage time.
|Dundalk 1-2 Monaghan United|
Roddy Collins' Monaghan United came back from an early goal to beat Dundalk 2-1 to move one point away from Premier Division safety,
The match didn't take too long to get going, as Michael Rafter struck a 23rd-second shot to give Dundalk the earliest of leads. The rest of the first half wasn't as intense, but Monaghan improved as the half went on, despite rarely threatening Peter Cherrie's goal.
The second half also started with a goal, this time Jordan Keegan scoring a long-range effort to level the tie in the 48th minute. A well worked move led to Monaghan's second goal, with Keegan finishing past Cherrie on 62 minutes. Dundalk tried to find an equaliser, but Michael Schlingermann did well in the Mons goal to deny Chris Shields and Mark Griffin as Monaghan held on for what could be a vital win.
|Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Drogheda United|
Spain international Michel Salgado and some members of the Republic of Ireland backroom team were in attendance at the Tallaght Stadium to see Shamrock Rovers return to winning ways against Drogheda United.
The televised game got off to a slow start, but the Hoops had the better of the early stages, and broke the deadlock just after the half hour with Gary McCabe running on to lash Gary O'Neill's pass under Gabriel Salva. Drogheda had a couple of chances near the end of the half, but neither Derek Prendergast nor Sean Brennan could keep their efforts on target. Billy Dennehy had the ball in the net for the hosts just before the interval, but was correctly ruled offside.
A cross from McCabe then found Gary Twigg in the area, who played a one-two with O'Neill to leave Salva with no chance. Twigg should have doubled his tally soon after, but shot straight at Salva after a great ball from O'Neill. Shamrock Rovers went close again with a quarter of an hour left. Killian Brennan's long-range free kick beat Salva, but smacked off the crossbar and out for a goalkick. Twigg headed in his second nine minutes from time after Ken Oman's header was cleared off the line by substitute Mark O'Brien.
Drogheda got a late consolation goal when Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien controlled the ball well on the edge of the box before turning to drive the ball past Oscar Jansson. It proved to be a comfortable win for Rovers, who were on top for most of the game.
|Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shelbourne|
Two goals from Danny North saw Sligo Rovers hold onto top spot in the league and help North stay ahead in the top scorers' chart.
Sligo took the lead just before half time as a long ball from Danny Ventre found North, who beat off the attentions of Andy Boyle to go through on the keeper and score his 12th goal of the season. The hosts started the second half as they finished the first, with North adding a second in the 47th minute after a good pass from Mark Quigley.
North was withdrawn for new fan favourite Pascal Millien with seven minutes to go, and the Haitian international made an immediate impact with a wonderful solo goal to make it 3-0. The win keeps Sligo eight points ahead of St Pat's and Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table.
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