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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Fitting Byrne winner for Bohs

JASON BYRNE did what he does best by scoring the winning goal for Bohemians in Owen Heary's final game as they overcame Derry City 2-1 at Dalymount Park.

Wearing the captain's armband, Byrne may have been featuring at this level for the last time and if it was his swansong then capping it off with a goal was apt.

The veteran smashed in a penalty just before half-time to add to Dinny Corcoran's earlier strike after Bohs fought back from Mark Timlin's opener for Derry.

Bohs fought back from Mark Timlin's opener for Derry.

Byrne remains 21 goals behind Brendan Bradley on the all-time scoring list, but Bohs' seventh-place finish was a nice way to sign off.

GARY McCABE bagged his 12th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot as Shamrock Rovers saw off Limerick 1-0 at Tallaght Stadium.

Samuel Oji's clumsy trip on Ciaran Kilduff inside the box after 57 minutes allowed the attacker to bury his spot-kick to the left of Ali Abass.

Despite dominating the early stages, Rovers could have gone in behind at the break as Ian Turner's 40th-minute shot rattled the 'bar.

Once ahead, however, they were rarely troubled. Robert Cornwall and McCabe were off-target with late chances as the Hoops held on to complete the campaign seven games unbeaten under Pat Fenlon.

FAI Cup finalists St Pat's guaranteed European football for next season, with a convincing 4-1 win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Man of the match Conan Byrne scored twice and set up one for Christy Fagan, with his opener coming on 32 minutes from close range after a great cross from Ian Bermingham.

Danny Ledwith smashed a clearance off the helpless Brush and into the net early in the second half, but youngster Gary Armstrong responded immediately for Rovers with a fine finish from just inside the area.

Fagan got the third after some great play by Brennan and Byrne, before Byrne himself volleyed a fourth in stoppage time.

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