Airtricity Premier Division: Matchday 24 - Sligo defeat UCD to move eight points clear

Sligo Rovers defeated UCD 3-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division table as Drogheda United could only draw

Bohemians 2-2 Shelbourne

Bohemians twice came back to win a point against Shelbourne at Dalymount Park in an exciting 2-2 draw.

Shelbourne took the lead from the penalty spot after David Cassidy was bundled over in the box. Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan wasn't happy with the decision, but referee Alan Kelly waved away protests. Philly Hughes stepped up to take the spot kick, and confidently struck the ball past Andrew McNulty in the Bohs goal.

Bohemians pushed men forward for an equaliser in the second half, and Dwayne Wilson went close with a long-range effort. At the other end, Paddy Kavanagh had a good shot saved by McNulty as the game opened up. Bohs got a deserved equaliser in the 77th minute as Evan McMillan put the ball past Chris Bennion from Owen Heary's centre. Five minutes later Shels were back in front with Kevin Dawson scoring after McNulty saved Kavanagh's initial effort.

Shels looked to have gained all three points, but a 92nd-minute penalty from Keith Ward saw both teams share the spoils.
Bray Wanderers 0-0 Derry City

Bray Wanderers and Derry City played out a nervy 0-0 match at the Carlisle Grounds.

Kieran Marty Waters was once again the key man for Bray, but could not find the target with an early opportunity. Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty did well minutes later to keep out John Mulroy's header. At the other end, Darren Quigley was rarely threatened despite Derry having a number of chances, but could not get their shots on goal as the two sides went in level at half time.

Bray were the better side in the second half, as Waters and John Mulroy both forced Doherty to make good saves, but once again despite having a number of chances, they failed to make them count and will be disappointed not to have won the game.
Cork City 3-2 Drogheda United

Cork City defeated Drogheda United in a five-goal thriller at Turner's Cross to further dent Drogheda's title hopes.

The sides went in level at the break, with Cork City scoring early in the half and Drogheda United leaving it late to grab an equaliser. Vinny Sullivan gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead with a simple tap-in after Danny Murphy's free kick came out of the post. It took a while for Drogs to settle into the game, but when they did, they went level. Eric Foley blasted a long-range free kick into the net to tie the game in the 41st minute.

Cork restored their lead five minutes into the second half with Kevin Murray finding the net after Drogheda failed to clear their lines from a free kick. Drogs were handed a lifeline when they won a penalty for a foul by Mark McNulty on Gavin Brennan. McNulty received a very harsh red card, and Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien stroked home the spot kick.

However, the 10 men were back in front just two minutes later as Davin O'Neill's shot hit a defender on the way past Gabriel Sava to make it 3-2 to the Leesiders.
Dundalk 0-1 St Patrick's Athletic

St Patrick's Athletic were forced to work hard to defeat bottom-placed Dundalk at Oriel Park.

Despite a good start from Pat's, the visitors had Barry Murphy to thank for keeping the game scoreless after 10 minutes when the goalkeeper did well to keep out John Mountney's shot. Peter Cherrie was busy in the Dundalk net, and had to be at his best to deny Ger O'Brien and Sean O'Connor. At the other end, Murphy's blushes were spared when Gary Shanahan's attempted lob just skimmed the crossbar with the Pat's keeper beaten.

After a quiet first half, Christy Fagan and Chris Forrester looked much livelier after the break, and the duo teamed up to gift O'Brien a great chance two minutes into the second half. Forrester was involved again 10 minutes later as Pat's finally broke the deadlock, setting up Sean O'Connor for the game's only goal.
Sligo Rovers 3-0 UCD

Sligo Rovers extended their lead at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division table to eight points thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over UCD.

Sligo Rovers dominated the first half, with Romauld Boco squandering a great chance to give them a 20th-minute lead. However, two goals in three minutes just before half time saw Sligo go in two ahead at the break. Boco set up Mark Quigley for the opener before the on-form forward became the creator himself with a through ball for Pascal Millien. Unfortunately for the Bit O' Red, Millien was forced off injured shortly after scoring, with Rafaele Cretaro coming on in his place.

Sligo seemed happy to hold onto their lead in the second half, as they defended well and didn't allow UCD into the game. The hosts had a few chances of their own, and added a third through a fine finish from Romauld Boco.