Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 1
Bohemians went three points clear at the top of the Premier Division thanks to a late winner from Krystian Nowak at the Showgrounds.
Nowak climbed highest to head home at the back post from a corner in the last 10 minutes, just as it was starting to look like the Gypsies would have to settle for a point against a Sligo Rovers team that will feel they deserved a draw from an even contest.
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There was late drama in the three minutes of injury-time at the death, as the hosts pushed hard for a leveller.
Twice they managed to send dangerous balls back into the box as Bohs struggled to clear from a corner.
But when the best chance eventually fell to Luke McNicholas – who had ventured forward into the opposition’s box – the goalkeeper was unable to keep his half-volley on target with the last action of the game.
The 80 minutes that preceded Nowak’s strike looked unlikely to produce a breakthrough, with defence on top and both goalkeepers relatively untroubled.
Bohs striker James Akintunde and Rovers forward Max Mata both had half-chances just past the hour-mark, but it was left to centre-back Nowak to claim a priceless winner with his first goal for the club, and earn the pacesetters a sixth victory in seven league matches.
Sligo Rovers: McNicholas, Liivak, Mahon, Pijnaker, Hutinson, Bolger, Morahan (Radosavlevic 79), Vastuk (Barlow 89), Fitzgerald, Hartmann, Mata.
Bohemians: Talbot, Benn (Horton 64), Nowak, Radkowski, Kirk, McDonnell, McManus, Clarke (Connolly 64), Coote (McDaid 89), Akintunde, Afolabi.
Referee: R Hennessy.