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Sligo dent Hoops' hopes


Jack Keaney

Jack Keaney

Jack Keaney

Liam Buckley hailed the finish from one of his Sligo Rovers players as Messi-esque as the Showgrounds club put a hole in the title ambitions of his former side Shamrock Rovers.

And an open title race is now on the cards after the top three sides all dropped points over the weekend, Dundalk with the chance to go top of the table next weekend for the first time this season, if they can beat a third-placed Bohemians.

Bohs, who lost at home to Cork City, and Dundalk, who threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to Derry City, were left to rue those dropped points 24 hours later as Rovers lost 2-1 in Sligo.

That leaves Dundalk just three points behind Rovers, Bohs one point further behind, but those clubs both have a game in hand on the Hoops and Stephen Bradley's side are not in action for another two weeks.

"I am delighted for the players as they have been working hard but our results have not reflected what I believe the group can achieve," said Buckley, after a stunning free kick from Jack Keaney earned then the 2-1 win, ex-Sligo man Aaron Greene on target for the Hoops.

"We are still in the process of getting better, on Saturday night Shamrock Rovers played better with the ball, from a possession point of view, but we took our two chances brilliantly.

"The free kick, it doesn't get any better than that, maybe Messi's one but if you saw them both they'd be in the same bracket, and if we keep showing the same spirit, we will be ok."