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Due to Bohemians defeat last weekend Shamrock Rovers have now moved eight points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and with seven games to go Stephen Bradley’s side look pretty well placed to claim their first Premier Division title since 2011.

Bradley’s side have to wait until Monday night to take to the pitch again when they host Waterford at the Tallaght Stadium. Waterford currently find themselves without a manager after John Sheridan joined Wigan Athletic last week but with the side chasing European qualification for the first time since 1986 the players will have to dust themselves down in time for Monday night’s game, they currently trail Dundalk on goal difference.

After losing his first game as Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli has won three out of three matches since then, against Cobh Ramblers in the FAI Cup, Shelbourne last week in the league and a European victory last night. This week they will no doubt fancy their chances against bottom side Cork but the pressure is on as they seek to bring European football to the club for the eight season in a row.

Here is the full fixture list for this weekend: –

Derry City v St. Patrick’s Athletic (Friday 18th September at 17:45)

Sligo Rovers v Bohemians (Friday 18th September at 19:45)

Shelbourne v Finn Harps (Saturday 19th September at 19:30)

Cork City v Dundalk (Sunday 20th September at 17:00)

Shamrock Rovers v Waterford (Monday 21st September at 19:00)

Here is the current Premier Division league table: –

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Shamrock Rovers 11 9 2 0 24 6 18 29
2 Bohemians 11 7 0 4 12 7 5 21
3 Dundalk 10 5 2 3 20 14 6 17
4 Waterford 11 5 2 4 14 12 2 17
5 Sligo Rovers 11 5 1 5 14 15 -1 16
6 Derry City 10 3 3 4 11 10 1 12
7 Shelbourne 11 3 3 5 9 12 -3 12
8 St. Patrick’s Athletic 11 3 3 5 6 10 -4 12
9 Finn Harps 11 2 2 7 7 18 -11 8
10 Cork City 11 2 2 7 6 19 -13 8

 

In our Charity Writer’s Prediction League Liam still leads the way and has managed to extend his lead again but only slightly as he now leads Rodney by four points. Liam may be pulling out ahead but with the rest of the chasing pack closing in on each other nobody can afford any slip ups as we enter the final weeks of the season.

Here is the full leaderboard: –

1. Liam (Irish Cancer Society) 39
2. Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Care) 35
3. Richard (The National Autistic Society)/Keith (North-West Hospital) 30
5. Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK) 27
6. Bryan (Children’s Cancer Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital)/Darren (Cancer Research UK)/Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society) 26

 

This week Adrian is first up with his predictions and as usual it’s three points for a correct prediction and a point for guessing the correct outcome.

Adrian (Alzheimer’s Society)

Derry City 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 1-0 Finn Harps

Cork City 1-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Waterford

Rodney (Marie Curie Cancer Centre)

Derry City 2-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-1 Bohs

Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps

Cork City 1-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Waterford

Liam (Irish Cancer Society)

Derry City 0-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps

Cork City 0-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Waterford

Richard (The National Autistic Society)

Derry City 3-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 1-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-1 Finn Harps

Cork City 0-4 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Waterford

Darren (Cancer Research UK)

Derry City 1-1 St Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-2 Bohemians

Shelbourne 0-0 Finn Harps

Cork City 0-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Waterford

Keith (North-West Hospital)

Derry City 2-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Bohemians

Shelbourne 1-1 Finn Harps

Cork City 1-2 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Waterford

Cameron (Prostate Cancer UK)

Derry City 1-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sligo Rovers 2-2 Bohemians

Shelbourne 2-1 Finn Harps

Cork City 0-3 Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Waterford

In the First Division Bray have leap-frogged Drogheda into top spot and hold a two point lead but with just six points separating the top six in the division there are sure to be a fair share of twists and turns over these next seven games.

There is a full First Division programme tonight with the following games all kicking off at 19:45: –

Athlone Town v Cobh Ramblers

Bray Wanderers v Longford Town

Galway United v Wexford

U.C.D. v Drogheda United

Shamrock Rovers II v Cabinteely

Here is the full First Division league table heading into tonight’s games: –

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Bray Wanderers 11 7 2 2 19 9 10 23
2 Drogheda United 11 6 3 2 25 11 14 21
3 U.C.D. 11 6 2 3 25 13 12 20
4 Longford Town 11 6 2 3 13 10 3 20
5 Cabinteely 11 6 2 3 16 16 0 20
6 Cobh Ramblers 11 5 2 4 13 14 -1 17
7 Galway United 11 3 5 3 14 11 3 14
8 Shamrock Rovers II 11 2 2 7 12 15 -3 8
9 Wexford 11 1 3 7 6 27 -21 6
10 Athlone Town 11 0 3 8 13 30 -17 3

 

In other news Linfield and Shamrock Rovers bowed out of Europe last night with the Blues going down 1-0 against Maltese champions Floriana and Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting his name on the scoresheet as Rovers lost 2-0 against AC Milan.

Coleraine’s European adventure also came to a close as they lost on penalties against Scottish opposition in the shape of Motherwell, the score being 2-2 at the end of extra time with Ben Doherty scoring a brace from the penalty spot.

Elsewhere a David McMillan goal was enough for Dundalk to advance against Inter Club d’Escaldes, they are now the only Irish side left in European competition.