Dundalk go into tomorrow night’s game against Waterford sitting a pretty ten points clear at the top of the table, they will also be buoyed on by last weekend’s EA Sports Cup final win when they came from behind twice before beating Derry City on penalties. Last week’s win means that a treble is very much still on for Vinny Perth’s side in what is shaping up to be a memorable first season in charge for the former Lilywhites midfielder.

Dundalk are very much in the driving seat but Perth will certainly not want his players resting on their laurels, especially with closest challengers Shamrock Rovers hoping to take advantage of any slip-ups. Rovers perhaps have a marginally more favourable run in and of course the two sides still have to meet each other once more on Monday night. Tomorrow Rovers face a St. Patrick’s Athletic side who are still in the hunt for European football this summer.

Also in the case for the final European spot are Derry City and Bohemians, who meet tonight at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Currently, Bohemians occupy that final spot but a win for Declan Devine’s side tonight will see them leapfrog the Bohs and they will still have a game in hand.

The full fixture list for tomorrow is as follows, all games kick off at 19:45 unless otherwise stated:

Cork City v Finn Harps

Derry City v Bohemians

U.C.D. v Sligo Rovers

Waterford v Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick’s Athletic (tomorrow night at 20:00)

The league SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table looks like this at present:-

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Dundalk 30 23 5 2 63 13 50 74
2 Shamrock Rovers 30 20 4 6 53 18 35 64
3 Bohemians 31 14 7 10 42 26 16 49
4 Derry City 30 12 11 7 45 29 16 47
5 St. Patrick’s Athletic 31 13 8 10 26 28 -2 47
6 Sligo Rovers 31 9 11 11 34 41 -7 38
7 Waterford 31 9 7 15 38 49 -11 34
8 Cork City 30 7 9 14 25 39 -14 30
9 Finn Harps 31 6 5 20 25 59 -34 23
10 U.C.D. 31 5 3 23 21 70 -49 18

 

It was a poor week for our writers last week in our prediction league with Keith, Bryan and Cameron scoring a grand total of zero points and no one else got more than a single point. This means that Darren is still ahead, leaving Cameron by three points and Bryan by four.

The full leaderboard looks like this:-

1: Darren 84
2: Cameron 81
3: Bryan 80
4: Rodney 71
5: Liam 69
6: Keith 65
7: Adrian 61

 

As usual, it’s three points for predicting the correct result and a point for the correct outcome, Liam kicks things off this week:

Liam

Cork City 1-1 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-1 Bohemians

U.C.D. 0-2 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-4 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 3-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Rodney

Cork City 2-0 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-1 Bohemians

U.C.D. 1-3 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Darren

Cork City 1-0 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-1 Bohemians

U.C.D. 0-0 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-2 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-0 St Patrick’s Athletic

Keith

Cork City 0-1 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-1 Bohemians

U.C.D. 1-3 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-5 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Bryan

Cork City 1-0 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-2 Bohemians

U.C.D. 1-3 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Adrian

Cork City 1-1 Finn Harps

Derry City 2-3 Bohemians

U.C.D. 0-3 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 1-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Cameron

Cork City 1-0 Finn Harps

Derry City 1-1 Bohemians

U.C.D. 2-1 Sligo Rovers

Waterford 0-2 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 3-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Saturday is the last day of the SSE Airtricity League First Division but there will be no last day drama as Shelbourne have already wrapped up the league title and secured top-flight football for the first time since 2013. Drogheda, Longford and Cabinteely have also secured a further shot at promotion via the play-offs. Nevertheless, there are still five games being played on Saturday as follows, all kicking off at 19:45:

Athlone Town v Galway United

Bray Wanderers v Drogheda United

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

Shelbourne v Limerick

Wexford v Cabinteely

Here are the league standings for the First Division:

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Shelbourne 26 18 3 5 43 19 24 57
2 Drogheda United 26 16 3 7 58 32 26 51
3 Longford Town 26 15 3 8 38 22 16 48
4 Cabinteely 26 13 8 5 37 27 10 47
5 Bray Wanderers 26 13 4 9 40 25 15 43
6 Limerick 26 10 6 10 33 34 -1 36
7 Cobh Ramblers 26 8 7 11 37 48 -11 31
8 Galway United 26 7 4 15 34 40 -6 25
9 Athlone Town 26 4 5 17 28 59 -31 17
10 Wexford 26 2 5 19 21 63 -42 11

 

Join us again tomorrow as we give you our predictions for the top flight fixtures north of the border and take a closer look at tomorrow’s League of Ireland games.