The game has ended between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers.
A comprehensive victory for Dundalk and they finish with a pomp in their stride. Match report to follow.
Patrick Hoban (Dundalk) scores. Duffy cuts in from the left and feeds Pat the ball, he makes no mistake from the edge of the box. That's likely to be the last moment of note in this game.
Greg Sloggett thumbs a ball teed up for him for Hanratty, it wasn't far over. The Louth side finishing the strongest here, Sligo just can't get any moves going.
Patrick Hoban slams a bouncing ball with his left foot goalwards, it's up and over.
Five minutes of added time.
Waterford and Harps also winning at the moment, three points here won't move Dundalk out of relegation playoff zone, but helps them not slip further into the quagmire.
Seamus Keogh gets a shot away, and Peter Cherrie would have seen that late, but the 'keeper gets down to it and parries well.
A few in the running for MoTM in the Dundalk side. Leahy has been excellent at centre-back, Sloggett dominated his area and been collected on the ball, Hoban has worked his socks off, Dummigan has given real options going forward and thwarted attacks down his side and Murray is sitting on a brace. Green shoots.
Sligo have been probing Dundalk for weaknesses, long balls to Parkes is the preferred route at the moment. Dundalk not as much on top as in the first half, but they have dealt with this period of pressure well.
Lorenzen, for Sligo, does well with a ball from Banks out from the back. But the resulting cross doesn't come to much and rolls out of play on the far wing.
Patrick Hoban (Dundalk) scores. It's 3-1. I've given that to Hoban but it could have come off John Mahon. What is clear is Dundalk are in the driving seat now.
Duffy almost has a quick impact on the game, he gets in on the box, dinking round the attention of the red shirts and gets his shot away. McGinty has to make a great save to deny him.
Michael Duffy - Han Jeongwoo (Dundalk). Perth commented on how they are trying to manage an injury with Duffy at the moment. He was a notable absense from the starting 11. But he comes on from the bench, hopefully a good sign for Dundalk fans that he's not too bad.
Half chance for Dundalk. Murray delivers a fine ball into the box, Hoban gets his head on it but can't make it count.
The table tells a story of two very different season. Dundalk have given a good account of themselves so far. But Sligo won't have a much better chance to widen the distance between them, with Dundalk missing: David McMillian, Sam Stanton, Andy Boyle, Patrick McEleney, Brian Gartland and Michael Duffy a doubt.
So far the story of the first half is straightforward enough. Dundalk scored, Sligo equalised and then Dundalk scored again. Not much in between really. Dundalk playing much better, the better team in the opening half. The game is ebbing and flowing.
Half an hour gone here now and Dundalk with their noses in front still, 2-1. Dundalk has a lapse for the eqaliser but they are looking in control since that second goal. Kenny almost gets played through 1 on 1 with Cherrie, but the Dundalk netminder comes out of the box to head the danger away, well read by the Scot.
Dundalk certainly looking a lot more assured with their passing and possession than they have in a long long time. I think it speaks volumes that they were able to bounce back from a quick equaliser, too often they have gone down the first time a team has laid a glove on them. I'll stop with the boxing metaphors now - but the point I'm trying to make is there are signs of a fighting spirit here.
Sean Murray (Dundalk) scores.
There was a cagyness creeping back into the game after two quickfire goals, and as I typed that Hoban turned and hit a Jurkovskis cross which pinballed out of the box, fell to Sean Murray who picked his spot through a crowded box. That's 5 goals in 6 matches for him now, his second of this game. This is an interesting game!
Johnny Kenny (Sligo Rovers) scores. The gloves are very much off. Sligo respond in good time.
A long ball from the back goes over Dan Cleary's head, John Kenny holds off Latvian international Jurkovskis to take a touch and poke past Peter Cherrie. Dundalk won't be happy at their defending when they look back at that, but Kenny did very well to make that out of a punt forward.
Sean Murray (Dundalk) scores. And there you go! Just after mentioning neither side has had a clear cut chance, Sean Murray converts Ben Amar's cross. A well worked move with clynical finishing. The shadow boxing phase is over.
It's been evenly matched in terms of possession and play in their own halves. Neither side has done mutch to make that breakthrough, yet.
Dundalk forge the best chance of the game so far:
Dummigan gets down the left, frees Han who floats a great ball into Ben Amar, but his header ends up being more of a defensive one - on an enticing looking ball and a nice move comes to an end. Ben Amar needed to do better than that.
A cautious opening from both sides so far. The home fans in fine voice, they will be needed to lift their side tonight.
Two changes for Dundalk from the side that beat Finn Harps on Tuesday. Cleary returns from injury and Han Jeongwoo is covering for Michael Duffy who has a niggle.
Four changes for Sligo Rovers from the team that succumned to Shamrock Roverse by a single goal last week.
Hello everyone and welcome. Ciarán Fisher here covering the action happening in Oriel Park. Dundalk don't have much time to recover from their Quarter Final replay against Harps. Extra-time was required to seperate the teams. Dundalk march on in the cup - but a very serious task awaits the Lilywhits in the league. They currently sit in relegation playoff spot. Unimaginable stuff not so long ago. Sligo's focus is at the other end of the table, having led the pack for a period of time, the sit in third and will be hoping to secure that standing.
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 24, 2021