It remains as you were at the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Divison as they top three all drew in their respective fixtures. Second place side Shamrock Rovers were held to a goalless draw by Sligo Rovers in the Tallaght Stadium. It also finished 0-0 in the meeting of third place side Bohemian FC and Cork City in Turner’s Cross.
There were goals and late drama as the leaders Dundalk played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Derry City in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Going into the 90th minute the sides were level at 1-1. David Parkhouse gave Derry the lead with Georgie Kelly levelling for Dundalk.
Pat Hoban then came off the bench to give Dundalk the lead and what looked like the three points. That is until the 95th minute when Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed a point for Derry. The one side who did capitalise on the top three drawing as they made up ground was St. Patrick’s Athletic.
They won 2-1 away to Waterford FC in the Regional Sports Centre. Cory Galvin gave Waterford the lead but goals from first Conor Clifford and then Dean Clarke gave St. Pat’s the win. They now move up to fourth in the league. The game with the most at stake came in the Belfield Bowl.
Bottom of the table UCD welcomed the side above them in the table Finn Harps. UCD had edged out Harps in the race for the First Division title last season. They went into this game four points behind Harps but that gap is down to a point now as they won 1-0. Jason McClelland with the game’s only goal in the 8th minute.
There seems to be no stopping Shelbourne FC in the First Division. Their 3-0 win away against Galway United means they now have a five-point lead at the top of the table. Shane Farrell scored one of their goals with James English getting the other two.
Second place side Drogheda United also won. They beat Cobh Ramblers 4-2 in United Park. Mark Doyle getting two while Stephen Meaney and Sean Brennan both got one apiece. Stephen O’Leary and Cian Leonard scored for Cobh.
Third place side Longford Town lost ground on the top two as they were beaten 3-1 by Limerick FC in the Markets Field. Tomas O’Connor, Kieran Hanlon and Lee Devitt Molloy scored for Limerick. Aaron Dobbs scored for Longford who will be looking to ensure they make at least the play-offs come the end of the season.
Hot on their heels are Cabinteely who are now only a point behind. They beat their rivals Bray Wanderers 2-1 in Stradbrook. Paul Fox and Yuta Sasaki with the goals for Cabinteely. Dylan McGlade scored for Bray.
The remaining game saw Athlone Town beat Wexford FC 3-1 in the Athlone Town Stadium. Patrick Kelly, Evan Pierce and Dean George scored for Athlone. Sean Roche was the scorer for Wexford.