Oriel stalemate puts Shamrock Rovers on title brink





One win from their remaining four matches is all that Shamrock Rovers need to clinch the SSE Airtricity League title after second-placed Bohemians were held to a scoreless draw by reigning champions Dundalk at Oriel Park last night.

While Stephen Bradley’s men are not in action for the next couple of weeks due to a number of Covid-19 cases, it now looks certain that the league title is heading for Tallaght for the first time since 2011.

This result was not much use for either side with Keith Long’s side needing all three points to keep the pressure on the Hoops and Dundalk hoping for a win to continue their push to qualify for Europe next season.

While Filippo Giovagnoli’s side sit in third place with a game in hand over fourth place Waterford FC, they also have the distraction of the Europa League to contend with next week.

The match itself was one of few clearcut chances. The best for Bohs came after just four minutes when Keith Ward’s shot rebounded kindly into the path of Andre Wright who fired wide from close range.

Andy Lyons also forced a good stop from Gary Rogers on 40 minutes with Dundalk’s best chance coming on 55 minutes when Patrick Hoban slipped Michael Duffy in on the left only for the winger to fire agonisingly across the face of goal.

Bohs then went close again on 62 minutes when Promise Omochere’s cross was headed goalward by Wright. Ward then nipped in and looked destined to find the net but somehow Rogers kept it out.

DUNDALK: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Cleary, Dummigan; Shields, Sloggett; Kelly (Oduwa 51) (Colovic 75), McEleney (Murray 65), Duffy; Hoban. Subs not used: McCarey, Flores, McMillan, Boyle.

BOHEMIANS: Talbot; Lyons, Barker, Kirk, Breslin; Buckley, Levingstone; Omochere, Ward (Mandroiu 74), Grant; Wright. Subs not used: McGuinness, Corcoran, Tierney, JJ Lunney, Ferguson, Moylan.

Referee: Damien MacGraith (Mayo).

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