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Football | League of Ireland final day roundup

The curtain has come down on a historic 2020 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.

Shamrock Rovers have made history by becoming the first club in League of Ireland history to finish a Premier Division season unbeaten.

Jack Byrne and Aaron Greene bagged the goals as Stephen Bradley's champions beat Shelbourne 2-0 at Tolka Park on the final day of the 2020 Premier Division season.

The Hoops, who finish the season on 48 points after 18 matches, are the first side in 93 years to go an entire season undefeated in the league.

The home defeat consigns Shelbourne to the promotion/relegation play-off against Longford next week.

Dundalk have secured European football for next season despite slipping to a 2-0 home defeat to Sligo Rovers.

The Lilywhites were forced to rely on results from elsewhere after Gary Rogers allowed Jesse Devers' cross to sail over his head in the 10th minute, before Ronan Coughlan wrapped up an impressive away win for the Bit O'Red in the dying minutes.

Victory sees Sligo pip St. Patrick's Athletic and Waterford United to fourth in the table, and Liam Buckley's side will secure European football next season if one of the three teams above them wins the FAI Cup.

Bohemian FC, who were guaranteed a comfortable second-place finish, ended their campaign with a 2-1 away win against Dublin rivals St. Pat's at Richmond Park.

Daniel Grant and Andre Wright found the net for Bohs after Jordan Gibson had fired St. Pat's into the lead in Inchicore.

Defeat sees Pat's finish sixth in the table on 21 points, four places and 16 points adrift of Bohs.

At the other end of the table, Finn Harps pulled off another great escape.

Ollie Horgan's men triumphed 1-0 against Waterford United at Finn Park to finish outside the bottom two.

Adam Foley's 28th-minute goal proved to be the difference in Donegal, sealing an eighth-placed finish for Harps on the final day of the season.

Waterford end the season in fifth place, one point behind Sligo in fourth.

Elsewhere, relegated Cork City held Derry City to a 1-1 draw at Turner's Cross.

Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh gave the Leesiders the lead on the hour mark, before James Akintunde earned a point for the Candystripes in the 76th minute.

Cork end the season bottom of the pile on 11 points, while Derry have been forced to settle for seventh-placed finish on 20 points.


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