It is only two weeks into the restart but already it looks like the Premier Division title is Tallaght-bound. Shamrock Rovers have now an eight-point advantage over reigning champions Dundalk. The Lillywhites were beaten 2-1 by Bohemian FC in Dalymount Park as Daniel Grant and Keith Buckley scored their goals while Michael Duffy pulled one back for Dundalk.
Shamrock meanwhile came from a goal down to beat Derry City 2-1 in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Walter Figueira gave Derry the lead with an own goal from Colm Horgan, bringing the sides level. Roberto Lopes then scored what proved to be the winner for the league leaders. Bohs are now up to second, six points behind their great Dublin rivals.
Another side very much in form since the restart are Sligo Rovers. They followed up their win against Derry City last week with a 2-1 win over Shelbourne in the Showgrounds. Cousins Jesse Devers and David Cawley scored the goals for Rovers and Gary Deegan got a goal back in stoppage time for Shels.
It finished in a goalless draw in the Munster derby between Waterford FC and Cork City in the Regional Sports Centre. Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Athletic beat Finn Harps 2-0 in Richmond Park, Georgie Kelly with both goals, his first for the club since signing on loan from Dundalk. In a strange twist of fate, the same two sides met again last night in the first round of the Extratime.ie FAI Cup.
As is so often the case in football, it was Harps who prevailed this time. They won 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Ryan Connolly. Despite being held to a goalless draw by Wexford in Ferrycarrig, Cabinteely continue to lead the First Division. Drogheda United are up to second as they beat Bray Wanderers 3-1 in United Park.
Mark Doyle, James Clarke, and Stephen Meaney got their goals while Sean McEvoy scored for Bray. A brace from Sam Verdon gave Longford Town a 2-0 win against their midland rivals Athlone Town in Bishopsgate. They are now up to third, level on ten points with Drogheda and both are three points behind Cabinteely.
Hot on the heels of the top three are UCD. They beat Shamrock Rovers II 3-1 in the Belfield Bowl – Colm Whelan, Liam Kerrigan, and Jack Keaney scored for the students with Thomas Oluwa scoring for Rovers’ second side. The remaining game was a 2-2 draw between Cobh Ramblers and Galway United. Charlie Lyons scored both goals for Cobh with Francely Lomboto and Vinny Faherty scoring for Galway.