It is now 16 league games unbeaten for Dundalk as the reigning champions look odds-on to retain their Premier Division title. On Saturday evening a goal from John Mountney gave them a 1-0 win away against St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park. St. Pat’s finished the game with ten men as Mikey Drennan was sent off in the 87th minute.

They now have an eight-point lead over second-place side Shamrock Rovers who drew 1-1 away to Cork City in Turner’s Cross. Daire O’Connor gave Cork City the lead. A goal from Aaron McEneff just before the hour mark earned a point for the away side. Third place side Bohemian FC weren’t able to capitalise on that slip-up.

They also drew 1-1 away from home against Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds. Danny Mandriou gave Bohs the lead from the penalty spot with David Cawley levelling for the home side. For Rovers that is ten games without defeat at home. Waterford put a halt to the recent good form of UCD by beating them 2-1 in the Belfield Bowl.

Zach Elbouzedi and Dean Walsh scored their goals. Debutante Liam Kerrigan scored for UCD. He had signed from Sligo Rovers during the week. UCD remain bottom and are three points behind Finn Harps. Harps beat their North-West rivals Derry City 1-0 in Finn Park thanks to a goal from Harry Ascroft.

Longford Town are now level on points with second-place side Drogheda United in the First Division. Drogheda had played out a goalless draw with Cabinteely in United Park. Longford took advantage by beating Galway United 4-0 in City Calling Stadium. Dean Byrne with two of their goals while Sean Boyd and Joseph Manley both got one apiece.

There is no stopping leaders Shelbourne FC who looks odds-on to claim the title and with it automatic promotion back to the top flight. They are eight points clear of both of those Drogheda and Longford. On Friday night they beat bottom side Wexford FC 5-2 in Tolka Park. Ciaran Kilduff and Jaze Kabia both scored two each with Ryan Brennan getting the other. Danny Furlong scored both for Wexford.

Bray Wanderers are still on the fringes of the play-off places. They beat Athlone Town 3-0 in the Carlisle Grounds, Dean Williams with a hat-trick against his former side. In the Munster derby, Limerick were beaten 4-3 by Cobh Ramblers in the Markets Field. Brian Murphy got two with Ian Turner and David Hurley the other scorers. Sean McSweeney, Karl O’Sullivan and Lee Devitt Molloy got the goals for Limerick.