The curtain came down on the Premier Division over the weekend and in keeping with the season it began and ended with plenty of news items. Sligo Rovers were home to Shamrock Rovers in the Showgrounds and before the game, they announced that Liam Buckley had been appointed as their new manager on a one year deal. He was introduced to the home support at halftime and watched from the stands as his new charges won 2-0. Mikey Drennan and John Mahon with the goals, Drennan finishing with seven for the season and after the game he let it be known that he wanted to stay on for another season.
That result meant that Rovers finished the season in 7th place. They passed over Derry City whose season really collapsed after they won the EA Sports Cup. On Friday night they were beaten 5-0 by St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park. James Doona scored two with Conor Clifford, Kevin Toner and Jake Keegan getting the other goals. St. Pat’s announced in the lead up to the game that former Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny had been appointed as their new boss. He had previously played with the club and had also been assistant manager to Buckley. Derry meanwhile are on the lookout for a new manager as it emerged that Kenny Shiels left by mutual consent following on from that defeat.
Cork City warmed up for this weekend’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final as they beat relegated Bray Wanderers 5-1 in Turner’s Cross. Jake Ellis scored for Bray with Kieran Sadlier getting a hat-trick for Cork while Gearoid Morrissey and Barry McNamee got one apiece.
Champions Dundalk were held to a 1-1 draw by Bohemian FC in Dalymount Park. Dinny Corcoran scored for Bohs with Daniel Cleary equalising for Dundalk. All the talk going into the game had been about Dundalk striker Pat Hoban and if he could become the first player to score 30 league goals. He couldn’t and he came off injured and is now a doubt for Sunday’s Cup Final.
Another game that attracted a lot of attention was the meeting of Waterford and Limerick in the Regional Sports Centre. It was a dead rubber game in that the result wouldn’t affect the league position of either side. Betting was suspended before the game with rumours swirling that Waterford players were going to throw the game. In the end, they proved to be just that as the home side won 4-1. Dessie Hutchinson scored a brace with Garry Comerford and John Martin their other scorers. Colm Walsh O’Loghlen scored for Limerick. The Shannonsiders were back in action last night as they faced Finn Harps in Finn Park in the first leg of the promotion/relegation play-off. They were beaten 1-0 with Paddy McCourt getting the game’s only goal. The second leg is on Friday night in the Markets Field.