Sligo strike late to land FAI Cup

Anthony Elding struck deep into added time as Sligo Rovers FC defeated Drogheda United FC 3-2 in dramatic fashion and sealed their third FAI Cup title in four years.

Sligo celebrate their dramatic success in the Dublin Arena
Sligo celebrate their dramatic success in the Dublin Arena ©Sportsfile

Forward Anthony Elding got to live a "schoolboy dream" as his added-time winner secured Sligo Rovers FC a 3-2 win against Drogheda United FC in the FAI Cup final.

A crowd of 17,573 at the Dublin Arena witnessed one of the most dramatic showpieces in recent seasons as Sligo came from a goal down to win the trophy a month after surrendering their league title to Saint Patrick's Athletic FC.

Drogheda went into the game as underdogs but started confidently, taking the lead on 13 minutes as midfielder Paul O'Conor turned in a Shane Grimes cross. The incident-packed final swung Sligo's way when Danny North came off the bench on 70 minutes and registered two stunning goals, before Drogheda midfielder Ryan Brennan sprinted free to beat Gary Rogers soon after. More drama was to come, though, North diverting the ball into the path of Elding who gave Micheal Schlingermann no chance with a powerful strike.

"To score the winner in the cup final, this is what you dream about as a schoolboy when you start off playing," said match winner Elding."We started poorly, we didn't turn up in the first 20 minutes, but the game turned our way when Danny North came on. At 2-2 deep into injury time, it looked like we were going to extra time so to score so late was amazing. I never had a feeling like that in football before."