Sligo extend lead at top

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Updated: July 24, 2011

Sligo Rovers moved two points clear at the top of the Airtricity league of Ireland despite being held to a goal less draw at home to St Patricks Athletic.

Paul Cook named an unchanged side for the 5th game in succession, keeping faith with the players that have taken Rovers to the top of the table while Pats supremo Pete Mahon made 4 changes from the team that beat Karagandy in the Europa League win just 2 days earlier.

As you would expect from a top of the table clash with so much at stake, the game was a tense effort with clear cut chances few and far between.

Rovers top scorer Eoin Doyle and his Pats counterpart Danny North both went close with half chances in the opening 45 minutes.

Doyle’s effort wonderfully blocked by Pats defender Derek Pender before North took advantage of an Alan Keane lapse too fire into the side netting.

The 2nd half followed a similar theme with Alan Kirby going closest for the home side with an effort that sailed wide.

St Pats will be pleased with the point especially given the events of 48 hours earlier and the point keeps them in contention at the top. Rovers meanwhile move 2 points ahead of Derry and Shamrock Rovers but more worrying is that fact that Michael O’Neill’s men now have a game in hand.

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