Well, the more things change the more they stay the same. The reigning champions Dundalk might have changed manager and have had a slow start to the new campaign but they are back at the top of the table. Shamrock Rovers weren’t in action this weekend giving the Lillywhites the chance to leapfrog them providing they could beat Bohemian FC in Dalymount Park. This they did, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Georgie Kelly and Sean Hoare.
Derry City missed out on the chance to gain ground on the top three as they were held to a 1-1 draw by St. Patrick’s Athletic in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Barry McNamee gave them the lead with Lee Desmond earning a point for the Super Saints. Cork City are in recovery mode and that continues as they beat UCD 2-0 in Turner’s Cross, Karl Sheppard and Graham Cummins their scorers.
The game of the weekend was in the Regional Sports Centre as Waterford FC and Sligo Rovers played out a six-goal thriller drawing 3-3. Cory Galvin, Shane Duggan and Ismahil Akinade scored for Waterford with Kris Twardek, Ronan Coughlan and Romeo Parkes responding for Rovers. Both sides also missed a penalty, Duggan for Waterford and Parkes for Rovers.
Despite suffering their first league defeat of the season, Longford Town remain top of the First Division. Cabinteely beat them 1-0 in the City Calling Stadium to close the gap between the two to a point. Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters with the game’s only goal. Shelbourne are up to third. They beat Athlone Town 2-1 in Tolka Park.
Ryan Brennan and Ciaran Kilduff scoring for Shelbourne with Dean Williams the scorer for Athlone. Drogheda United are fourth, they edged out Limerick FC 3-2 in United Park. Sean Brennan with a hat-trick for Drogheda, two of which were penalties. Darren Murphy and Adam Foley scored for Limerick.
Wexford FC and Cobh Ramblers played out a 2-2 draw in Ferrycarrig. Jack Doherty and Danny Furlong were on the mark for Wexford. Cobh’s first was an own goal from Darragh O’Connor and their second came from Denzil Fernandes.
The other big news from the league was the return of a cross border competition. The ‘Unite the Union Champions Cup’ will take place in November and will be a two-legged affair between the champions from both sides of the border. The last such competition was the Setanta Sports Cup which was last played in 2014.