Dundalk’s quest for total dominance of Irish football continues unabated. They have already won the President’s Cup this season and at the weekend added the EA Sports Cup to their tally. This is the Irish equivalent of the League Cup. They beat Derry City 6-5 on penalties after the sides had finished full and extra time level at 2-2.
There was a full house in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium and they were treated to a thrilling game. David Parkhouse and Junior Odedi-Uzokwe scored for Derry with Michael Duffy and Sean Gannon on the mark for Dundalk. Derry had to play for over an hour with ten men as Grant Gillespie was sent off after getting two yellow cards. Chris Shields got the winning penalty for Dundalk then in the shoot-out.
So as it stands, they are leading the league by seven points and are also in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup. They will also likely be the League’s representative in the Unite the Union Champions Cup. This is a new showcase competition that will see the winners of the Premier Division – Dundalk! – take on Linfield who won the NIFL Premiership. It will be a two-legged affair with both games to be played in November.
There were three games played in the Premier Division last Friday night. Stephen O’Donnell’s first home game in charge of St. Patrick’s Athletic ended in a goalless draw against UCD in Richmond Park. That was a valuable point for the Students as the side just above them in the table, Finn Harps, were beaten 3-1 by Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds.
Niall Watson, Ronan Murray and Sam Warde got the goals for Rovers, and Harry Ascroft got one back late on for Harps. Waterford look to have assured themselves of top-flight football for next season. They beat Bohemian FC 2-1 in Dalymount Park thanks to goals from Rory Feely and Tom Holland. Ross Tierney was the scorer for Bohs.
Bohs put that defeat behind them last night as they beat non-league side Crumlin United 2-0 in the quarter-final of the Extra.ie FAI Cup. Andre Wright and Andy Lyons scored their goals in Richmond Park, and they will now play fierce rivals Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals. That game will be played in Dalymount Park on Friday 27th September.
Another side celebrating silverware this weekend are Shelbourne who clinched the First Division title and with it automatic promotion to the Premier Division. They did so by beating second-place Drogheda United 3-0 in front of a sold-out United Park. Aidan Friel, Oscar Brennan and Lorcan Fitzgerald came through with the goals. Luke McNally scored for Drogheda who also had Sean Brennan sent off and will now ready themselves for the play-offs.
Longford Town who are also in the play-offs were beaten 2-1 by Bray Wanderers in the City Calling Stadium. They finished the game with nine men as both Karl Chambers and Anto Breslin saw red. Dean Byrne got their goal with John Martin and Dean Williams getting the goals for Bray. Cabinteely are all but assured of their position in the play-offs as well.
They beat Athlone Town 3-1 in Stradbrook. Kieran ‘Marty’ Watters got two of the goals with Rob Manley getting the other, and Nika Kalandarishvili with just the one for Athlone. Elsewhere Limerick, who have been getting plenty of off the field headlines in recent weeks, had put that all behind them to beat Wexford 4-1 in the Markets Field. Galway United were also amongst the goal scorers as they beat Cobh Ramblers 7-1 in Eamon Deacy Park.
Galway were back in action last night again in Eamon Deacy Park for their last home fixture of 2019. They beat Limerick 3-2, with Maurice Nugent, Cian Murphy and Conor Barry getting the goals, as Sean McSweeney and Lee Devitt Molloy were the scorers for Limerick.