Seven for Shamrock Rovers

Without having to kick a ball, league leaders Sligo Rovers were the only winners as Drogheda United and St. Patrick's Athletic played a 0-0 draw at Hunky Dorys Park.

Seven for Shamrock Rovers

Without having to kick a ball, league leaders Sligo Rovers were the only winners as Drogheda United and St. Patrick's Athletic played a 0-0 draw at Hunky Dorys Park.

That stalemate between second and third means that Sligo can extend their lead at the top to eight points if they beat Derry City at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.

Goalkeeper Gabriel Sava was the Drogheda hero, frustrating St. Pat's with a string of quality saves to deprive Christy Fagan, Greg Bolger, Sean O'Connor, Ian Birmingham and then substitute Chris Forrester.

Shamrock Rovers ended their poor run of four straight defeats in all competitions in some style as they found their goal touch to trounce bottom-of-the-table Dundalk 7-0 at Tallaght Stadium.

The game was over by half-time as Rovers led 3-0 with strikes from Ronan Finn, Ken Oman and Ciaran Kilduff.

Gary McCabe added two penalties in the 57th and 66th minutes before Gary Twigg scored twice inside as many minutes shortly afterwards as Rovers finally gave their fans some cheer with their biggest win yet in Dublin 24.

Substitute Dave Scully scored twice late on as ten man Bohemians somehow salvaged a 2-2 draw against UCD at the UCD Bowl.

It began badly for Bohs when they had central defender Kevin Feely sent off for a foul on Danny Ledwith after just five minutes.

Ledwith then curled home a delightful goal from the resultant free-kick.

UCD doubled their lead on 22 minutes when midfielder Paul O'Conor's shot from distance took at least one deflection before beating Greg Murray in the Bohs goal.

Scully shot home what looked a mere consolation goal for Bohs in the 90th minute.

But Aaron Callaghan's side pressed hard in added time and unbelievably levelled in the 95th minute with Scully the hero when forcing the ball home following a corner.

Darren Quigley made a terrific save to earn Bray Wanderers a big point to help steer them further away from the relegation play-off place as they held Shelbourne to a 0-0 draw at Tolka Park.

That save came ten minutes into the second when Paddy Kavanagh jinked into the box to fire off a stinging shot which Quigley dived full stretch to push out for a corner.

Both sides did have the ball in the net but Shels' Paul Byrne had his effort disallowed for an offside while Bray's Jason Byrne had his "goal" ruled out for a push.

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