As Dundalk’s defence of their Premier Division crown continues to falter it is looking like it could shape up to be a two-horse race between the great Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian FC. Shamrock lead the way on 22 points with Bohs 4 points behind them. Dundalk are 4 adrift of Bohs and 8 off Shamrock.
Both Shamrock and Dundalk were held to draws in their respective fixtures against St. Patrick’s Athletic and Waterford FC. The meeting of Shamrock and St. Pat’s finished in a goalless draw in Richmond Park. Dundalk and Waterford finished 2-2 in Oriel Park. Waterford had led 2-0 thanks to goals from Matty Smith and Kurtis Byrne. However, the sending off of Ali Coote in the 78th minute saw Dundalk come back to earn a point.
Pat Hoban and Daniel Cleary with their goals. Those draws were capitalised on by Bohs. They won 1-0 away to Finn Harps in Finn Park, Daniel Grant with the game’s only goal. Shelbourne and Derry City played out a 1-1 draw in Tolka Park as Ryan Brennan scored for Shels with Ibrahim Leite scoring for Derry.
Cork City have moved off the bottom of the table thanks to their 3-0 win against Sligo Rovers in Turner’s Cross. Deshane Dalling, Kit Elliot, and Ricardo Dinanga got their goals. For those of you keeping note, that was the first time in four years that Sligo Rovers failed to beat Cork in Cork in August.
Cabinteely remain atop the First Division as they won 1-0 against Cobh Ramblers in Stradbrook. Shane Barnes got the winner as Cobh finished with ten when Pierce Phillips was sent off with two minutes to go. Meanwhile, Longford Town are in second three points behind them as they also won 1-0 away against Galway United in Eamon Deacy Park.
It was Aaron McCabe who scored with the game’s decisive strike in the 82nd minute. Drogheda are third and lost ground on the top two as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Athlone Town in the Athlone Town Stadium. Brandon Bermingham and Chris Lyons scored for Drogheda with their other being an own goal from Athlone’s Aaron Myles. Lee Duffy and Ronan Manning got the goals for Athlone, Manning scoring two with his second coming from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
Bray Wanderers are in fourth after they beat UCD 2-0 in the Carlisle Grounds as Darragh Lynch got both goals for Bray. Shamrock Rovers II were 2-0 winners against Wexford FC in the Tallaght Stadium, Thomas Oluwa with the first from the penalty spot and Max Murphy getting the second.