By Micil Glennon
Sligo Rovers match-winner Mark Quigley says the dramatic climax of the league campaign was the reason he got into football.
With the score at 2-2 and the Bit O’Red needing a win against closest rivals St Patrick’s Athletic to secure the Airtricity League Premier Division title, the 26-year-old stepped up and coolly converted a late penalty.
He told RTÉ Sport: “These are the sort of days you want to be playing. You put on boots as a young lad and you hope to score the winner to win the league. Luckily enough I was put in that position to score.
“I was getting a bit of stick but I had to keep a cool head.”
Sligo were coasting at half-time thanks to two Raffele Cretaro goals.
But the Saints got right back in the game with second-half strikes from Christy Fagan and Chris Forrester, and could even have taken the lead only for Anto Flood’s shot to hit the crossbar.
Quigley said: “They came into it well in the second half. It’s the old one – it was a game of two halves.
“I thought we were very good in the first half. We pressed them very high up the pitch. They came into it and scored two early goals.
“And when they scored the second goal we started to play a little bit again and get a foothold in the game.
"To score in, probably, the 90th minute is just unbelievable and it’s after taking my breath away. I am just delighted to have won my first league.”