Shamrock Rovers snatch victory against Longford to go top
Round-up: Ogedi-Uzokwe rescues a point late on for Dundalk against St Patrick’s Athletic
Aaron Greene celebrates as Sean Gannon scores a late winner. Photograph: Inpho
It may have been a below par performance from the champions but the 2-1 win nonetheless puts Stephen Bradley’s side top of the the Premier Division table for first time this season - albeit on goals scored. They are in a three-way tie ahead of St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers.
With the sides having swapped penalties early in each half, Rovers’ late pressure told three minutes into added time.
Dylan Watts’s free kick was half cleared to Gannon whose drive deflected to the net off Longford captain Aodh Dervin.
Dylan Grimes confidently sent Alan Mannus the wrong way from 12 yards to give Longford the lead.
Rovers’ eighth corner of the night finally brought an equaliser on 54 minutes. Remarkably, it was a reverse of the game’s first penalty incident as Dobbs hauled down Lopes as he darted across the area to meet Graham Burke’s quickly taken corner.
Burked drilled the resulting spot kick down the middle.
Dundalk needed a late equaliser from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe to ensure a day of turmoil at the Oriel Park club didn’t end in defeat on the pitch as they held St Patrick’s Athletic to a 1-1 draw.
Dundalk played their way back into the game and got a deserved equaliser on 85 minutes when Junior shot through the legs of Vitezslav Jaros.
Sligo Rovers ended Finn Harps’ unbeaten start to the season by extending theirs with a 1-0 win at The Showgrounds.
Teenager Johnny Kenny was the local hero with an opportunistic first competitive goal for the club six minutes into the second half.
Having been introduced at the interval, the 17-yer-old striker punished a mistake by Harps’ goalkeeper Mark McGinley to shoot the loose ball to the net.