Shelbourne looked to have had the First Division title and with it the automatic promotion spot all wrapped up. However, the door has been left slightly ajar following on from their surprise 1-0 defeat away against Cobh Ramblers in St. Colman’s Park. Matthew Lambe got the game’s only goal in the 90th minute.
Their lead is now down to five points. Second place side Drogheda United capitalising as they beat Galway United 3-1 in Eamon Deasy Park. Luke McNally, Chris Lyons and Stephen Meaney with their goals. Marc Ludden was the scorer for Galway. Also on 45 points are Longford Town.
They beat their midland rivals Athlone Town 5-1 in the Athlone Stadium. Aodh Dervin, Any Breslin, Sean Boyd, Peter Hopkins and Sam Verdon got their goals. Kealan Dillon got a consolation for Athlone. Cabinteely continued with their good form. They are now in fourth and in the play-off places.
They beat Cabinteely 3-0 in Stradbrook. Rob Manley with a brace while Keith Dalton got the other. Limerick finished with ten as Tomas O’Connor was sent off in the second half. In the remaining fixture, Bray Wanderers beat Wexford FC 5-1 in Ferrycarrig. Paul Keegan, Brandon McCann, John Martin, Dylan McGlade and Philip Gannon with their goals. Danny Furlong scored for Wexford.
There were three games in the Premier Division and they each had relevance as regards the relegation battle. Finn Harps look to have found their feet at the right time. They picked up another huge three points by beating Bohemian FC 1-0 in Finn Park. Harry Ascroft with the game’s only goal. Given the results in the other two games only heightened the significance of that result.
Bottom side UCD were beaten 3-1 in the Belfield Bowl by Derry City. Jamie McDonagh, Conor Davis and David Parkhouse with the goals. Davis scoring against his former club. Sam Byrne scored for UCD who finished with ten men as Jack Keaney saw red in the 86th minute. In the other game, Cork City were beaten 1-0 by St. Patrick’s Athletic in Turner’s Cross.
Ronan Hale with a goal on his debut. He signed from Crusaders during the week. So that means that Harps now have a six-point gap over UCD and have closed to within four points of Cork and safety. For Cork, it is worrying times as they have gone from challenging for the league to being dragged into the relegation battle.