St. Patrick's Athletic failed to find the result to go with a much improved performance than when losing 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium back in March as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers before their biggest crowd of the season at Richmond Park.
It does move Liam Buckley’s side above Derry City to second in the table, though Sligo Rovers will be happy the result leaves them three points clear at the top.
Despite their dominating the first half, St. Pat's struggled to finish the few chances they created with Christy Fagan wasting the best of them when blazing over the bar after great work by John Russell and Chris Forrester on the half hour.
The second half brought further one-way traffic, but again St. Pat’s weren’t hitting the target as Russell was narrowly wide with a downward header from Conan Byrne’s cross.
The St. Pat’s frustration mounted as Killian Brennan was just over the bar with a set-piece after Fagan had won a free-kick in a swift counterattack on 70 minutes.
Six minutes later Rovers almost snatched what would have been a most undeserved lead. Danny Ledwith burst through the middle to hit a 30-yard drive which Brendan Clarke got across to parry away at full stretch. Ciaran Kilduff fired the rebound wide.
Ledwith soon limped off leaving Rovers to play the last ten minutes with ten men as they had used all their substitutes. But St. Pat’s couldn’t press home their advantage as Hoops' keeper Barry Murphy made a big save to deprive Kenny Browne’s header at the back post four minutes from time.
Drogheda United bounced back well from Saturday's Setanta Sports Cup final humiliation to beat ten man Limerick 1-0 at Thomond Park.
Drogheda were full value for what proved their matchwinning lead when it arrived on the half hour. Limerick lost possession cheaply and Drogheda midfielder Paul O'Conor hit a shot from distance that beat home keeper Barry Ryan.
Limerick's hopes of retrieving the situation weren't helped when midfielder Joe Gamble was sent off for a second yellow card offence on 77 minutes.