The game has ended between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk.
It was helter skelter at the end, Dundalk ecked out one last chance in the dying embers of the game, stringing passes together and winning a corner, but the ball was cleared and the whistle sounded soon after.
An entertaining match. If Dundalk weren't expected to be challenging for the title, you'd be forgiven for saying they would be happy with a point after that game. Sligo looked very sharp indeed and certainly seem to have kicked on a bit from last year. But it's only gameweek one, there will be plenty of action to come.
The spoils are shared at the Showgrounds. Keep an eye out for our match report to follow.
A botched clearance from Dundalk tees the ball up perfectly for Greg Bolger thirty yards out, he catches it well and Abibi does well to save. Phew, end to end stuff now.
Cameron Dummigan tries one from range and it's well wide. There are three minutes of added time.
Sligo score, or at least had the ball in the net. Byrne converts but it's deemed offside. It would have been their just deserts too.
David Cawley whack the ball downfield and it frees Kenny who gets himself into a one-on-one with the Dundalk 'keeper, Abibi, but his effort is beaten away.
Five minutes of normal time remaining. Despite Sligo's subs looking like they were erring on the defensive side of things and Dundalk introducing Michael Dufy and Sam Stanton, Sligo look the more likey to nick one. Gibson and Kenny have been very lively.
Gibson and Horgan conspire on the right to expose Dundalk. Gibson gets the ball across the goal and Kenny almost converts.
Gibson, who has been causing problems all night, has a shot blocked down in the box. Dundalk looked like they were on the verge of turning the screw not so long ago. Now it's Sligo who have the bit between their teeth and they look hungrier.
Kenny for the Bit O' Red, gets the ball on the Dundalk endline and whips in a fabulous ball that almost plonks right onto an onrushing head in a red jersey. Great ball from what looked like a lost cause and a tight angle.
Michael Duffy weaves his magic on the left and finds Sloggett on the edge of the box. Sloggett shoots but it sails wide. It looked goal-bound. It was hard not to shoot from there but there might just have been better options arriving.
Dundalk look like they are going to introduce Michael Duffy. Still a good pace to this game.
Patrick Hoban headed past McGinty from Cleary's cross and it looked a certain goal, it hits the post as if in slow motion, and McGinty recovers to gather.
Junior raced through to try and get on a bouncing ball, but it's cleared by the outrushing Edward McGinty.
In the neighbouring houses, there are a few lads standing on the felt rooves of their sheds/extensions watching this game. A subscription would be cheaper than going through those.
Hoban has a free header in the six yard box and misses. He'll be unhappy with that. The chance goes a'begging for the visitors.
Greg Sloggett shoots from the edge of the box, it takes a deflection which may have taken some of the venom out of it, safely gathered by the goalie.
A sloppy goalkeeping clearance, it seems to be a theme of this game, falls to Sligo and Walter Figueira hammers one back at goal, it's not very far wide at all.
A ball over the top is well taken down by Patrick Hoban who tees Cameron Dummigan up for a shot outside the box, but he leans back a bit too much and rifles it over.
The second half between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk has started. It looks like both sides remain unchanged.
It is half-time between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk. An exciting match, with chances for both sides but Sligo looking the more comfortable of the two at the break. Dundalk started well and opened the scoring but Sligo responded very well. That said, just before the whistle, Patrick Hoban missed a great chance to put the Lillywhties back on top.
I think after that scare, Sligo will be happy to get to half time with the score as is. Dundalk will want to get in the dressing-room and regroup after a half that has seen Sligo take the ascendency after going a goal down.
Patrick Hoban almost put Dundalk back in front. And again it's McGinty who misclears, Junior pulls it back for Hoban who tried to place it in the bottom corner but it zipped narrowly wide.
Alessio Abibi is a bit casual with a clearance and Kenny gest very close to nicking it, he bundles the netminder to the ground as the ball finds Dummigan and Dundalk get away.
After a sustained period of Sligo dominance Dundalk are coming back into it, their progress has been stalled a number of times by fouls. The man in the middle is just taking Greg Bolger aside for a word after a foul on Chris Shields.
Greg Bolger heads a ball into Romeo Parkes' path who breaks at pace and frees Gibson on the right side of the box. His shot looked destined to find the net, but treakled wide after hitting the upright. Good chance for the home side there.
Cleary is back on.
Clearly gingerly gets to his feet and hobbles off, I'm not sure if he's going to continue. The ref' is getting ready to resume play with a hop ball.
Johnny Kenny chases the ball down the right and cuts into the box, from a tight angle he gets his shot away as Boyle slides in. He wins the ball back again and Daniel Cleary clears the ball, but seems to hurt himself in the process.
Romeo Parkes (Sligo Rovers) scores.
Great response from Sligo. They looked a bit rattled after going one down at first but they have found their mojo again. Just before that goal, Johnny Kenny, pushed a shot wide.
Dundalk conceed from a set-piece and a header despite all of the height they have in their box.
Patrick McEleney (Dundalk) scores. That wasn't against the run of play, per say but Sligo made that very easy for Dundalk. Patrick McEleney was gifted that. Sloggett steals posession from the goalie's mis-clearance and McEleney made no mistake curling it past the reach of McGinty.
It's been a bit chaotic so far. Dundalk with the lion's share of possession so far but they haven't managed much with it. Both teams full of energy, but it has meant the game hasn't settled into any rhythm yet.
Jurkovskis gets away on the right hand side and plays a menacing looking ball in for Patrick Hoban but it has a bit too much on it for the striker to get onto it.
Patrick Hoban chases what looks like a lost cause ball, overhit into the corner, and wins his side a corner.
Patrick McEleney takes it but it is filcked on and out by a Dundalk player.
Neither team has managed anything of note yet. Dundalk attempting to get men away on the wings but Sligo have been dogged and aren't giving them any space.
Sligo come out of the blocks quickly and press Dundalk high. Looks like they are going for a 4-4-2. Dundalk opting for a 3-4-3 of sorts.
Both teams are out on the pitch. Sligo in their traditional red jerseys, Dundalk in their white kits with black shorts. The pitch looks in good order and the weather is fair.
Teams are in and we're not far away from KO. Ciarán Fisher here, taking you through this evening's action.
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 6 p.m. March 20, 2021