Sligo Rovers defender Alan Keane has said the title race for the Airtricity League Premier Division is far from over following St.Patrick’s Athletic win over Shamrock Rovers but warned St.Pat’s they must beat Drogheda United tomorrow to stay in the hunt.
St.Pat’s beat Rovers 2-1 at Richmond Park thanks to a penalty from Sean O’Connor and a Colin Hawkins own goal to move themselves to within six points of leaders Sligo with the two set to clash on the 13th October at The Showgrounds.
Keane believes the game with St.Pat’s will be a massive occasion but he has reminded the Inchicore club that they must first beat fellow title-hopefuls Drogheda United tomorrow night first.
Speaking exclusively to SportsNewsIreland, the 28-year old said: “I think the title race is far from over as you know in football anything can happen, one loss and you can let the other teams back into it.
“I think both teams behind us have a great chance but what we have in our favour is that they play each other this coming weekend which could decide which team will be our main challengers.
“The Pat’s game will be massive in the showgrounds if they win their game in hand but I think the game against Drogheda for them will be bigger because no team can afford to drop points,” continued Keane. “It’s games like this that players relish though so I think it will go down to the wire.”
The former Galway United full-back also realises that his Sligo team have to travel to Drogheda in the coming weeks and the Galway man hopes the league is over by then.
“I hope for ourselves that we will have the league wrapped up by then as Hunky Dorys Park is a hard place to go and get a result.
“Drogheda have had a fantastic season winning the league cup and everyone writing them off as title challengers but they have proved everyone wrong. As I said earlier they have to play St.Pat’s this weekend which will decide if they are still in the hunt or not come October.
The title race for the League of Ireland Premier Division is hotting up with tomorrow’s game between Drogheda and St.Pat’s sure to be a nervy affair.
Sligo are at home to struggling Derry City as the men from Connacht seek to keep the chasing pack at bay on Saturday night.