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Sligo fail to turn screw on title rivals

SLIGO Rovers failed to capitalise on major slips from title rivals St Pat's and Shamrock Rovers but battled bravely to salvage a point with Mark Quigley (below) the hero against a spirited Cork City at the Showgrounds.

The Rebels looked destined for all three points when they led 2-0 after 57 minutes thanks to goals by Ian Turner and Vinnie O'Sullivan but Sligo sub Quigley had other ideas. Quigley struck in the 63rd and 83rd minutes to keep the Bit O' Red four points clear of Drogheda at the top.

Cork went ahead with their first attack as Ian Turner's speculative 30-yard effort took a severe deflection off David Cawley and beat Gary Rogers.

Sligo were in control of possession but Cork doubled their lead when Vinnie O'Sullivan cleverly placed his 16-yard shot into the bottom corner.

But Quigley would be Sligo's saviour. First, with his curling free-kick, which found the top corner, and seven minutes from time Danny North won a dubious looking penalty and Quigley slotted home his second.