Dundalk took another huge step towards regaining the Premier Division title as they beat their closest rivals Shamrock Rovers 1-0 in the Tallaght Stadium, Sean Gannon with the game’s only goals. Ahead of their clash, both sides strengthened their squad.
Dundalk brought back to the club defender Andy Boyle who had left them in 2016 to sign for Preston. Shams have signed the highly rate UCD duo of Neil Farrugia and Gary O’Neill. Farrugia’s signing is something of a surprise given there was a lot of interest in him from clubs in the UK.
Dundalk followed up that win with another. Last night they were 3-0 winners against Waterford FC in Oriel Park. Daniel Kelly and Jamie McGrath scored two of the goals, the first being an own goal from Kenny Browne.
Shamrock bounced back from their defeat against Dundalk. They won 2-0 away against St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park. Greg Bolger and Sean Kavanagh got their goals. It was a good weekend of action for Bohemian FC.
On Friday a last-minute goal from Michael Barker gave them a 2-1 win away against Waterford FC in the Regional Sports Centre, and last night they played out a goalless draw with Derry City in Dalymount Park. Derry went into the game on the back on an impressive 4-1 win against Cork City in Turner’s Cross.
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s hat-trick in the game was his first for the club. Cork didn’t end this mini blitz of games empty handed as they drew 0-0 with Finn Harps in Finn Park. For Harps, it was a pivotal weekend as they picked up four points from a possible six.
On Friday evening two goals from Nathan Boyle meant that they beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 in the North West derby. Rovers bounced back by beating UCD 5-1 in the Showgrounds last night. Ronan Coughlan getting a hat-trick with Johnny Dunleavy and Romeo Parkes both scoring a goal apiece.
Liam Scales scored for UCD in what was more than likely his last game for the club. He is linked with a move to Bristol Rovers. UCD are now bottom as before the game against Rovers they had been beaten 1-0 by St. Pat’s last Friday evening in the Belfield Bowl.
Shelbourne continue to lead the way in the First Division. They picked up an impressive 1-0 win away against Limerick in the Markets Field. Longford Town are second as they won by the same score at home to Cobh Ramblers in the City Calling Stadium.
It also finished 1-0 in the meeting of Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers in United Park with Drogheda the victors. A 2-0 win for Cabinteely over Wexford FC in Stradbrook means that they are up to fourth. The remaining game saw Galway United and Athlone Town play out a 1-1 draw in Eamon Deasy Park.