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Last weekend, Derry City continued their inconsistent start to the season and Declan Devine’s side find themselves in desperate need of some points on the board if they are to avoid getting sucked into a relegation dogfight. So far, the Candystripes have just two wins and four defeats and are only four points above the bottom spot.

Dundalk also dropped points last weekend again, leaving Vinny Perth’s defending champions eight points behind current leaders Shamrock Rovers and in third place in the table.

Rovers didn’t have the greatest of weekends themselves as they could only pick up a point on the road to St. Pat’s, meaning that Bohemians’ win over Finn Harps reduced their lead at the top from six points to four.

On Tuesday night Sligo played their game in hand at home to Waterford and goals from Ronan Coughlan and Tadhg Ryan saw them come from behind to pick up a crucial three points, while Michael O’Connor was the goalscorer for the visitors.

Going into this weekend’s fixtures the Premier Division table currently looks like this: –

PosClubPlWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Shamrock Rovers87102061422
2Bohemians8602104618
3Dundalk8422169714
4St. Patrick’s Athletic832365111
5Waterford832379-211
6Shelbourne831468-210
7Sligo Rovers8305813-59
8Derry City822489-18
9Cork City8215412-87
10Finn Harps8116313-104

 

This weekend Devine’s Derry side play host to Cork at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Derry head into the game just a point ahead of their opponents and a defeat could plunge them well and truly into a relegation scrap, especially if current bottom side, Finn Harps, manage to pick up a result on the road to Waterford.

Bearing in mind that they do not play until Saturday evening, Dundalk could find themselves as many as 11 points off top spot as both Rovers and Bohemians play before them. Perth’s men have an away game to Sligo who know a win will move them only two points behind last season’s league winners.

Rovers and the Bohs do both enjoy home advantage this weekend but neither are guaranteed to have things their own way as they face tricky enough fixtures against Shelbourne and St. Pat’s respectively.

Here is the full fixture list for this weekend: –

Derry City v Cork City (Friday 21st August at 17:45)

Shamrock Rovers v Shelbourne (Friday 21st August at 19:45)

Bohemians v St. Patrick’s Athletic (Saturday 22nd August at 14:00)

Sligo Rovers v Dundalk (Saturday 22nd August at 17:00)

Waterford v Finn Harps (Sunday 23rd August at 14:00)

In terms of our Writer’s Charity Prediction League, Liam has managed to retain his place in first place after picking up four points last weekend. Liam correctly predicted a 1-1 draw between Shelbourne and Derry and also backed Bohemians to emerge victorious against Finn Harps.

Rodney managed to take advantage of a poor week from Richard to move into 2nd place after also predicting a 1-1 draw between Derry and Bohemians and wins for Cork and Bohs.

The full leaderboard is below, remember this time around our writers our competing for a cash pot they will donate to their current charity: –

1. Liam (Irish Cancer Society)35
2. Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care)27
3. Bryan (Children’s Cancer Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital)26
4. Darren (Cancer Research UK)/Richard (The National Autistic Society)23
6. Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society)21
7. Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK)20
8. Keith (North-West Hospice)19

 

This week’s predictions will follow now and as usual, it is three points for predicting the correct result in a game and a point for getting the outcome correct. Rodney is first up this week: –

Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care)

Derry City 2-0 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Shelbourne

Bohemians 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-3 Dundalk

Waterford 3-0 Finn Harp

Liam (Irish Cancer Society)

Derry City 1-1 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Shelbourne

Bohemians 2-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Dundalk

Waterford 3-1 Finn Harps

Richard (The National Autistic Society)

Derry City 0-1 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Shelbourne

Bohemians 2-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-4 Dundalk

Waterford 5-0 Finn Harps

Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society)

Derry City 2-1 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne

Bohemians 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 0-2 Dundalk

Waterford 2-0 Finn Harps

Keith (North-West Hospice)

Derry City 1-1 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Shelbourne

Bohemians 1-0 Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Dundalk

Waterford 1-0 Finn Harps

Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK)

Derry City 2-1 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne

Bohemians 3-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-2 Dundalk

Waterford 2-0 Finn Harps

Darren (Cancer Research UK)

Derry City 1-0 Cork City

Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Shelbourne

Bohemians 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-1 Dundalk

Waterford 1-0 Finn Harps

In the First Division, Cabinteely remain the only side unbeaten and are sitting five points ahead of nearest rivals Drogheda. They play U.C.D. at home tomorrow night, the Students have had a mixed season so far following their relegation last season and find themselves sitting fifth in the table.

Here is the full First Division table: –

PosClubPlWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Cabinteely76101441019
2Drogheda United7421168814
3Bray Wanderers7412107313
4Longford Town741275213
5U.C.D.7322810-211
6Cobh Ramblers72239818
7Wexford7133410-66
8Shamrock Rovers II7124610-45
9Galway United704359-44
10Athlone Town70251018-82

 

Here are this weekend’s First Division fixtures with all games on Friday 21st August at 19:45 unless otherwise stated: –

Athlone Town v Shamrock Rovers II

Cabinteely v U.C.D.

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

Wexford v Drogheda United

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town (Saturday 22nd August at 19:00)

Next weekend sees the second round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup second round take place. The full draw is as follows: –

Athlone Town v Wexford

Galway United v Shelbourne

Drogheda United v Derry City

Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps

Cobh Ramblers v Dundalk

U.C.D. v Sligo Rovers

Shamrock Rovers v Cork City

Bohemians v Cabinteely

Last night Dundalk played in their Champions League qualifying tie, losing 3-0 against Slovenian champions NK Celje, and over the next week Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, and Derry will play their Europe League qualifying ties, you can read Liam’s preview of their fixtures HERE.