In Pictures: League of Ireland leaders Dundalk held by Shamrock Rovers

Club now five points clear at the top

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Dundalk's goalscorer Brian Gartland applauds to the fans©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Dundalk have been held to a draw by Shamrock Rovers.

The League of Ireland champions and Europa League group stage participants had to come from a goal down to secure a 1-1 result at Oriel Park, which leaves them five points clear at the top of the table.

A mistake by Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers allowed Rovers to take the lead in the 33rd minute as Gary Shaw put the Hoops ahead.

But Brian Gartland grabbed a vital equaliser for the league leaders in the 59th minute when he fired the ball home from just six yards out.

Dundalk now lead Cork City by five points, having played a game more.

Dundalk's David McMillan is fowled off the ball by Robert Cornwall of Rovers ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Dundalk's Brian Gartland celebrates scoring ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Dundalk's Stephen O'Donnell is fowled with Dean Clarke and David Webster of Rovers ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson