With it being an international week there was only one game played in the Premier Division over the week as Shamrock Rovers took on Finn Harps. In truth, it came as a surprise that this match wasn’t called off as well. Jack Byrne from Shamrock was drafted into Mick McCarthy’s squad while Brandon Kavanagh was picked by Stephen Kenny for his U21 panel. In the end, they ground out a 1-0 win in Finn Park. Greg Bolger with the game’s only goal in the 85th minute. They now have a seven point lead at the top of the table but have played two games more than the sides below them.
With only one game in the top flight, it allowed the First Division to take centre stage. And it proved to be a night of surprising results. The biggest one came in Ferrycarrig as bottom of the table Wexford FC picked up their first win of the season by beating high fliers Bray Wanderers 2-0. Emmet Nugent and Jack Doherty with the goals.
The other forerunners for promotion, Shelbourne FC, were also beaten. They lost 2-1 against Cobh Ramblers in St. Colman’s Park. Jaze Kabia and Denzil Fernades both scored for Cobh. Ciaran Kilduff kept up his good run of form by scoring for Shelbourne who finished the game with 10 men as Greg Moorhouse was sent off on the stroke of full time.
After picking up their first win of the season last week, Limerick made it two in a row, thanks to goals from Sean Russell and Connor Ellis they beat Cabinteely 2-1 in Stradbrook. Conor Keeley scored for Cabinteely, who like Shels, had a man sent off. Rob Manley seeing red in the 58th minute.
Galway United are struggling to get their season up and running and they suffered another home defeat. This time losing 1-0 in Eamon Deasy Park to Drogheda United. Mark Doyle with the game’s only goal.
In the first ‘Midlands Clasico’ of the season, Athlone Town took on Longford Town in the Athlone Town Stadium.
Both the Midlands sides have started the season well and this was the closest encounter between the two in recent years. Longford took the bragging rights. A second-half goal from Sam Verdon saw them take the points and also close to within a point of the top three. It will be back to a full programme of games in both divisions next weekend.