Dundalk come from behind twice to win seven-goal thriller

Sligo Rovers 3 Dundalk 4

Sligo Rovers 3 Dundalk 4

Chris Turner scored twice inside the last 15 minutes to earn Dundalk a stunning victory at the Showgrounds as Sligo blew a 3-1 lead to remain deep in relegation trouble.

Matt Blinkhorn put Rovers in front after just four minutes. Right-back Romu Boco attacked from the back, fed Owen Morrison whose cross to the back post was headed home by Blinkhorn.

Dundalk levelled 10 minutes later when Turner’s quick free-kick caught Rovers napping. Ger Rowe’s cross wasn’t cleared and Michael McGowan drilled to the net from the edge of the box.

Blinkhorn restored Sligo’s lead on the half hour. Richie Ryan got forward from left back, found Raff Cretaro to cross and Blinkhorn turned well to fire past Peter Cherrie.

Cretaro made it 3-1 for Sligo on 53 minutes, connecting with Eoin Doyle’s cross from the left to shoot home.

Tiernan Mulvenna began Dundalk’s comeback on 68 minutes, scoring with an angled drive from McGowan’s pass.

Turner then equalised from a 75th-minute penalty after Joe Kendrick pulled down Paul McAreavey inside the area.

Midfielder Turner then won a remarkable match for Dundalk on 85 minutes with his second goal of the night against his former club.

Darren Mansaram, another ex-Sligo player, set up Turner who rifled past Richard Brush to the roof of the net from 20 yards.

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