Premier Division round-up: Dundalk stun Shamrock Rovers with last-gasp winner as Galway United break Drogheda United hearts

Dundalk claimed the result of the night on Friday evening as they edged past Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. 

After a chaotic week in Co Louth for the Lilywhites, midfielder John Mountney scored in injury time to condemn the Hoops to their fourth league defeat of the season.

And the victory for the Liam Burns led side has seen Dundalk move to within three points of ninth-placed Drogheda United. 

“It’s the best way to do it,” Mountney told his club’s media team after the full-time whistle. “We wanted to show what we’re about as players and I think we did that

“We dug deep and there’s no better way to do it than in the last minute against Rovers.

“We didn't get many chances in the second half and luckily it fell for me in the right place.”

Meanwhile, Galway United struck twice in injury-time to claim a remarkable win away from home against Drogheda United at Weavers Park. 

The Tribesmen have now risen to fourth in the table as a result of their win and are just a point behind champions Shamrock Rovers in third. 

Rob Slevin gave John Caulfield’s side a fifth-minute lead but they were pegged in the 24th minute via Evan Weir’s fine free-kick. 

Zishim Bawa scored in the 74th minute to put the Boynesiders ahead in the second-half - and it looked as if that would see them over the line. 

But Maurice Nugent levelled in the 91st minute for the Tribes - while Stephen Walsh won it four minutes later much to the delight of the travelling fans.


Elsewhere, Shelbourne stayed top of the pile with a narrow 1-0 win over Waterford at Tolka Park. 

The Reds had only won once in the previous nine games before kick-off in Drumcondra but managed to claw themselves over the line against the Blues. 

Sean Boyd netted the winner for Damien Duff’s leaders. 

And Bohemians won for the first time in five games as they swept aside a poor Sligo Rovers side at the Showgrounds. 

The Bit O’Red were always on the backfoot in this one and fell behind after two minutes when James Clarke opened the scoring for Bohs. 

Aboubacar Keita doubled their lead soon after from a Dayle Rooney corner-kick, while Rooney completed the rout in the second-half when he thumped home a fine finish. 

The Gypsies now sit in fifth-place and are just two behind Shamrock Rovers in third. 

There was also no fairytale return to the League of Ireland dugout for Stephen Kenny as he watched his St Patrick’s Athletic side slump to a 1-0 loss at home to Derry City. 

The Candystripes scored the only goal of a dour contest in the second half when Paul McMullan slotted home with ease. 

The Saints remain in seventh while Derry are now second and remain one point behind Shelbourne at the summit.