They might have had a slight blip at the start of the season but there is no doubt that Dundalk are in full pomp now. They followed up their win against Sligo Rovers last week by beating their North West neighbours Finn Harps 3-0 in Ballybofey, Michael Duffy, John Mountney and Brian Gartland with the goals.
They have also opened up a two-point lead on Shamrock Rovers after the Hoops were held to a 2-2 draw by Derry City in the Tallaght Stadium. Trevor Clarke and Jack Byrne scored for the home side, with Ciaran Coll and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe scoring for Derry.
There was one other game in the Premier Division, as Liam Buckley welcomed his former side St. Patrick’s Athletic to the Showgrounds. Their game with Sligo Rovers finished in a 1-1 draw. Buckley is yet to taste victory against his former side, and Jack Keaney had given them the lead – however Kevin Toner then equalised for St. Pat’s.
Shelbourne remain atop of the First Division as they ground out what is becoming a trademark 1-0 win. This time beating Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds, Karl Moore was their scorer. Drogheda United are two points behind after their recorded their fifth win in a row. They beat Athlone Town 4-2 in United Park.
Sean Brennan, Chris Lyons, Luke Heeney and James Clarke scored their goals. Evan Pierce and Kaleem Simon scored for Athlone. Drogheda announced after the game that Thomas Byrne had left the club. He had been linked with a move to MK Dons in the offseason, before re-signing with his hometown club.
Longford are in third, and they were made work hard of their 1-0 win against Wexford at the City Calling Stadium, Jamie Doyle getting the winner in the 89th minute.
Limerick are in fourth, and in the clash of the two relegated sides from last season they beat Galway United 2-1 in the Markets Field. Connor Ellis and Kieran Hanlon scored their goals. Shane Doherty was Galway’s scorer as they remain third from bottom and will be playing First Division football again next season.
The remaining game was between Cabinteely and Cobh Ramblers in Stradbrook, and it finished in a 2-2 draw. Rob Manley and Jack Watson scored for Cabinteely, however Kevin Taylor and Jaze Kabia replied for Cobh. Their manager Stephen Henderson informed the media after the game that they will be looking to reduce their wage bill. This means a couple of the senior squad will be leaving and he will promote members of their U-19’s.