SOME Darren Mansaram heroics earned Sligo Rovers an unlikely three points at The Showgrounds last night. Rovers looked dead and buried, trailing 2-1 as full-time approached, but Mansaram produced a stunning goal on 87 minutes and won a penalty less than a minute later to rob the points from a stunned St Pat's.
Pat's broke the deadlock on 20 minutes with livewire Keith Fahey the architect. His free-kick from the right picked out defender Colm Foley, who headed past John O'Hara from close range. Rovers strikers Matthew Judge and Darren Mansaram both had half-chances but Rovers were dealt a second blow on 41 minutes when Trevor Molloy's low cross from the left was powerfully directed to the net by the inrushing Dave Mulcahy.
Rovers came out in determined mood after the restart and narrowed the gap in the opening minutes. Barry Ryan did brilliant to parry Judge's initial effort but Fahrudin Kudozovic picked the striker out again from the resulting corner and he made no mistake with the header.
Mansaram's brilliant 87th minute finish took Rovers level, and less than a minute later he was hacked down in the box enabling Northern Irish U21 international Turner to clinch a dramatic win.
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