Sligo Rovers 2 Drogheda United 1
Gary McCabe scored a late screamer to move Sligo up to third in the table and all but leave Drogheda staring relegation in the face.
The game only sprung to life on 26 minutes when Sligo took the lead from defender Alan Keane’s penalty after striker Matthew Blinkhorn had been taken down inside the area.
Under new boss Bobby Browne, Drogheda didn’t lie down and they hit back to level right on the hour mark when Eric McGill’s cross deceived home keeper John Gibson to dip into the net.
But McCabe did his former club Bray Wanderers a big favour when he hit the winner on 81 minutes.
Defender Jim Lauchlan knocked down a Joseph Ndo free-kick and McCabe beat Robert Duggan with a stunning volley from 25 yards.
While Sligo move above St. Patrick’s Athletic into third place on goal difference, Drogheda are now six points adrift at the foot of the table and will be all but relegated if they lose at Bray next Sunday.