Airtricity League leaders Sligo Rovers have suffered a shock first defeat of the season at UCD’s Belfield Bowl.
Graham Rusk got on the end of a Daniel Ledwith cross on the half hour mark, steering his header past Gary Rodgers in the Bit O’ Red goal.
Sligo had failed to win just three of their opening 12 games and pressed for an equalizer but managed little more than half chances and Martin Russell’s students deserved to hold on for three points as they jump two places from last to 10th.
It was a night of upsets as Dundalk overcame St. Patrick’s 2-1 at Richmond Park. Substitute Mark Griffin was the key man for the Louth side as he netted two free kicks late on – the second deep into injury time at the end of the 90 minutes to inflict Pat’s first defeat of the season also.
It was a bad night all round for the teams at the top of the table as third placed (and last year’s champions) Shamrock Rovers were held to a 0-0 draw at bottom of the table Monaghan United.
Roddy Collins opted for six wide men and no centre forwards in a bid to frustrate the Hoops’ much vaunted wingers. It was a tactic that worked well as a draw was much more than the men from Gortakeegan would have thought possible going into the game. Rovers will need to improve considerably if they are to retain their title and match last season’s European exploits.