After a near five-month gap, action resumed in the SSE Airtricity League over the weekend. Shamrock Rovers picked up from where they left off as they made it five wins out of five in the League by beating Finn Harps 3-1 in the Tallaght Stadium. Jack Byrne, Dylan Watts, and Aaron McEneff scored their goals while Karl O’Sullivan pulled one back for Harps.
They now lead the champions Dundalk by five points who were held to a 1-1 draw by St. Patrick’s Athletic in Oriel Park. Patrick Hoban had given them the lead with their former player Robbie Benson getting the equaliser. Bohemian FC returned to action with a win as a goal from Andre Wright gave them a 1-0 win away to Cork City in Turner’s Cross.
John Sheridan got his reign as Waterford FC manager off to a winning start, with the Blues beating Shelbourne 1-0 in Tolka Park, John Martin with the game’s only goal. It was also confirmed after the game that former Irish international Daryl Murphy had signed for his home town club. Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers had lost their opening four league games.
But they got their maiden win of the season as they beat Derry City 2-0 in the Brandywell, Kyle Callan-McFadden and Ronan Coughlan with their goal each. Derry bounced back from that defeat as they beat St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 in Richmond Park, James Akintunde and Conor McCormack with the goals.
Sligo Rovers were due to take on Waterford in the Showgrounds this evening but that game was called off as one of the Waterford players was displaying COVID-like symptoms and has to be tested. Finn Harps will be taking on Shelbourne in Finn Park, kick-off is at 7:45 pm.
Action got underway over the weekend in the First Division as well as Wexford were 3-1 winners away to Athlone Town in the Athlone Town Stadium. It finished goalless in the meetings of UCD and Longford Town, and Bray Wanderers and Cobh Ramblers in the Belfield Bowl and the Carlisle Grounds respectively. Cabinteely beat Galway United 2-0 in Eamon Deasy Park.
Shamrock Rovers II looked on course for three points as they led Drogheda United 2-0 after 25 minutes with the visitors down to 10. However, Drogheda came back to earn a point with the game finishing 2-2. There were two games last night: Bray beat Longford Town 2-0 in Bishopsgate, while Galway drew 2-2 at home to Athlone.