For the second away game in a row Dundalk have put five goals past their opposition. This week they came from behind to beat Shamrock Rovers 5-2 in the Tallaght Stadium. Daniel Carr gave the home side the lead but that was the highlight of the game for the home support. Pat Hoban levelled the game and Dundalk then built on that with further goals from Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey and Robbie Benson who scored two. Roberto Lopes got a second for Shamrock.
Cork City remain on their tails as they were 3-0 winners against third place side Waterford FC in Turner’s Cross. Garry Buckely, Graham Cummins and Kieran Sadlier with the goals. It has been a tumultuous week for Waterford. Last weekend their manager Alan Reynolds was hospitalised in a random attack and suffered a broken leg. They did announce the return to the club of former Irish international Noel Hunt who joins as player/assistant manager. Hunt previously played for the club and was most recently with Wigan Athletic with whom he won the League One title. St. Patrick’s Athletic remain out of form as they went down 3-1 against bottom side Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds.
Cory Galvin, Darragh Gibbons and Daniel Kelly with the goals. Thomas Byrne scored for St. Pat’s and was then also sent off in stoppage time. After a run of five league games without a win Sligo Rovers weren’t expected to cause an upset against Derry City in the Brandywell but that they did. They produced one of their best performances of the season to win 2-0. David Cawley and Lewis Morrison with the goals. Morrison’s was his first for the club. With Bray and Rovers both winning that put pressure on both Limerick and Bohemian FC as the race to avoid the drop starts to tighten up. Barry Maguire gave Limerick the lead but the game finished 1-1. Dan Casey with a late equaliser for Bohs. In the First Division it’s very much a case of as you were. UCD remain top. They beat Cobh Ramblers 3-1 in the Belfield Bowl thanks to goals from George Kelly, Kevin Coffey and Liam Scales. Anthony McAlavey scored for Cobh.
Drogheda United stay in second thanks to their 2-0 home win against Cabinteely. Chris Lyons and Mark Doyle with the goals. Thanks to their 4-1 win over Cabinteely in Tolka Park, Shelbourne remain on the fringes of the promotion race. Derek Prendergast scored two with Shane Farrell getting one and their fourth was an own goal from Owen McCormack. Dean Kelly got on the scoresheet for Wexford. Finn Harps also scored four as they beat bottom of the table Athlone Town 4-0 in Finn Park. Jesse Devers, Ciaran O’Connor, Mikey Place and Niall McGinley with the goals. Longford Town got their promotion campaign back on track thanks to their 3-2 win over Galway United in the City Calling Stadium. Conor Barry and Stephen Walsh scored for Galway with Aodh Dervin and Sam Verdon on the mark for Longford. The decisive goal was an own goal from Galway’s Robbie Williams.