Sligo back on top as UCD stun St Pats

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Updated: August 7, 2011

Sligo Rovers capped off a poor week by returning to the top of the table despite an injury time penalty from Mark Quigley denying them a win at Oriel Park against Dundalk.

All the goals came in the final minutes with Rafael Cretaro 88th minute effort looking to have given Paul Cook’s side, at the time down to 10 men after Danny Ventre was sent off, the points however Dundalk had other ideas.

Dundalk leap frog Bohemians to move into fifth place in table some 10 points off the top. While Sligo meanwhile will rue the late goal that hands the initiative back to Shamrock Rovers, who are now level on points with a game in hand.

Meanwhile at Richmond Park, UCD came back from two goals down to dent St Patrick Athletics’ title hopes in a game that saw three men sent off.

First half goals from Sean O’Connor and David McMillan looked set to hand Pete Mahon’s side the points and move them to within two points of the top.

Martin Russell’s side had other ideas however and two goals in a minute changed the outcome of the game and left St Pats Reeling.

With 70 minutes on the clock, St Pat’s keeper Gary Rogers gave away a penalty when he took down Darren Meenan in the box, the keeper earning a red card in the process.

Dean Marshall stepped up to sent the spot kick past substitute keeper Chris Bennion before a minute later the Scottish born custodian was picking the ball out of his again as Graham Rusk headed in Meenan cross.

An exciting final 10 minutes failed to produce any further goals with Paul Crowley going close for Pats and Rusk heading over for UCD, there may not have been any more goals but there was still time for more drama as Meenan and Shane McFaul were sent off in separate incidents.

Meenan saw red after getting a second yellow for dissent while McFaul got his marching orders with his second yellow of the day after taking a free kick too early.

A missed chance for St Pat’s, while UCD will be glad of a point that moves then two points ahead of Drogheda.

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