Two games in and already a familiar pattern is emerging as there were wins once again for both Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. The Champions won 2-1 away against newly promoted Shelbourne. Andy Boyle and Pat Hoban scored their goals. Gary Deegan pulled one back for Shels. Shamrock routed Cork 6-0 in the Tallaght Stadium. Irish international Graham Burke scored five with another Irish international Jack Byrne getting the other.
St. Patrick’s Athletic recorded their first win of the season as they beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 in the Showgrounds. Both goals came in the first half through first Ronan Hale and then Chris Forrester. St. Pat’s finished the game with ten men as Ollie Younger was sent off midway through the second half. Another side who picked up their first win were Bohemian FC.
They won 2-0 away against Waterford FC in the Regional Sports Centre. Their first was an own goal from Sam Bone. Daniel Mandroiu scored their second. Derry City are still without a win as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their North West rivals Finn Harps in the Ryan McBride Brandywell. Ryan Connolly gave Harps the lead with Adam Liddle equalising for Derry in the 90th minute.
After so much speculation the First Division got underway at the weekend less Limerick FC and with Shamrock Rovers II. Drogheda United who reached the play-offs last season opened their campaign with a win. They beat Cobh Ramblers 2-0 in St. Colman’s Park. Chris Lyons and Sean Brennan with their goals. Following their relegation last season UCD began their season with an away trip to Ferrycarrig to take on Wexford FC.
They played out a 1-1 draw. Colm Whelan gave the Students the lead with Conor English scoring in stoppage time to earn his side a draw. Cabinteely who will be looking to build on the progress they made last season got off to a winning start. They beat Bray Wanderers 4-2 in Stradbrook. Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters, Vilius Labutis and Keith Dalton scored their goals with Dalton scoring two. Gary Shaw and Jack Watson were the scorers for Bray.
Rovers II had their first game of the season away against Longford Town in Bishopsgate. Ahead of the game all of the clubs in the First Division had announced that they were playing Rovers II under protest and only for this season. Aodh Dervin and Rob Manley got a goal in each half to get Longford’s season off to a winning start.