Limerick now know who they will face in the promotion/relegation play-off and it will be a familiar foe in Finn Harps. Harps secured their place as they beat Drogheda United 2-0 in Finn Park. John Kavanagh and Nathan Boyle with the goals which gave the men from Donegal a 3-1 aggregate win.
Limerick were in league action in the Premier Division and were beaten 4-0 in the Market’s Field by St. Patrick’s Athletic. Kevin Toner, Jake Keegan and Simon Madden scored for St. Pat’s with their other being an own goal from Jack Brady. Limerick and Harps last met in the play-offs in 2015 with Harps triumphing that time to relegate the Shannonsiders who will be hoping that history doesn’t strike twice. Speaking of history Bohemian FC are the first side from the league through to the last eight of the Irn Bru Cup, the draw for which was held during the week. They will play Scottish League One side East Fife at home which will be played on Saturday 16th November. Bohs were in action over the weekend against Bray Wanderers whom they beat 5-0 in the Carlisle Grounds. Dinny Corcoran scored four and Kevin Devaney got the other.
Shamrock Rovers have all but ensured that they will finish third in the league as they beat the only side that could have caught them, Waterford FC, 3-1 in the Tallaght Stadium. Gary Shaw, Daniel Carr and Ronan Finn scored for the home side with Ismahil Akinade pulling one back for Waterford. Derry City have been treading water since they won the EA Sports Cup and that trend continued as they lost 3-0 at home in the Brandywell against Cork City. Gerard Doherty was unfortunate to score an own goal with Barry McNamee and Shane Daly-Butz the two scorers for Cork.
It was a tumultuous week for Sligo Rovers. It began with the announcement that the contract of their manager Gerard Lyttle wasn’t going to be renewed and that U-19 coach Brian Dorrian would take over as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Then on Friday night, they were away to Dundalk in Oriel Park on the night that the Lillywhites were to pick up the league trophy. Rovers were beaten 5-0. John Mountney and Patrick Hoban scored two for Dundalk with Michael Duffy also scoring. Hoban’s brace means that he has tied the all-time record of 29 goals for most league goals in a season. He joins Brendan Bradley who set the record in the 1975/76 season. Hoban has one more game to now try and break it. Among the spectators in Oriel was former St. Pat’s manager Liam Buckley who is expected to be named as the new manager of Rovers.