Shamrock Rovers went back on top of the Airtricity League Premier Division thanks to a 2-1 win over Dundalk at Oriel Park.
Goals from Billy Dennehy and Stephen O’Donnell, from the spot handing Michael O’Neill’s the points and more importantly top spot.
O’Neill handed debuts to Rohan Ricketts, Jim Paterson and former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Richard Brush and the former Northern Ireland international will have been delighted with the impact of Ricketts as he created one was involved in the other.
Dundalk made a game of it for Shamrock Rovers and were unlucky to come away without a point, Mark Quigley’s injury time effort too little too late.
Derry may have lost top spot but they will have been pleased to come away from their top of the table clash with Sligo Rovers with a point as Stephen McLaughlin cancelled out Joseph Ndo’s 15th minute effort.
Both sides had chances to win with Eamon Zayed having an effort cleared off the line and Eoin Doyle going close for Sligo but in the end a point was a fair result.
St Patrick’s Athletic kept pace with the top three as they thrashed Galway United 6-1 at Richmond Park. Goals from Sean O’Connor, Stephen Bradley and two apiece from Danny North and Paul Crowley sealing a fourth win of the season against Galway.
Bohemian’s consolidated their position in 5th as they beat Bray 2-1 to record their first win in 3 games. In form Aidan Downes creating one and scoring one to take Pat Fenlon’s men 5 points of 6th place Dundalk.
Finally UCD edged a 9 goal thriller as they beat Drogheda to open up a four point between them and the visitors at the bottom of the league. Graham Rusk’s injury time effort breaking Mick Cooke’s side’s heart and leaving the student’s in dream land.
Even more remarkable, is coming into the game both sides had only scored 43 goals between them all season however nine different players found the net as Drogheda came from 2 down to lead by two only for UCD to score three goals in the final 10 minutes to snatch the points.