Relegation misery for Tribesmen
Galway United were demoted to the First Division following a 4-3 home defeat to Dundalk last night.
Even if the Tribesmen had won, results elsewhere meant that they would have gone down anyway, with St Patrick's Athletic drawing away to Derry City and Sligo Rovers securing the point they needed in a goalless affair at doomed Drogheda United.
Stephen Folan gave the home side hope, putting them ahead on eight minutes, but defensive frailties came back to haunt Galway, with deposed champions Dundalk scoring three goals before the break, through Niclas Vemmelund, Jamie McGrath and Patrick McEleney.
Rory Hale pulled one back, and when Ronan Murray equalised with a fine volley on 88 minutes, there was suddenly a possibility that the pendulum could swing dramatically - a late winner out west, combined with a Derry goal in the Buncrana would have sent Pat's down.
But it was not to be. There were howls of protest from Galway fans when it looked as though Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers had picked up a backpass, but play was waved on, and within seconds, Michael Duffy had taken advantage of a howler in the home defence to make it 4-3 and condemn Galway to the drop.
Elsewhere, Bohemians beat 10-man Finn Harps 3-1 at Dalymount Park, thanks to goals from Philip Gannon, Ismahil Akinade and Jamie Hamilton.
That victory took Bohs above Bray Wanderers - who lost 1-0 away to champions Cork City -into fifth place.
Conor James McCormack got Cork's goal.
Brandon Miele and Ronan Finn got the goals as Shamrock Rovers held off a Limerick fightback to win 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium and make sure they grabbed third place, ahead of Derry.