There is only one side in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division that is yet to record a win this season and that is Sligo Rovers. They have lost their opening four league games and are currently bottom of the table. The streak continued over the weekend as they were beaten 3-2 in the Showgrounds by the league leaders Shamrock Rovers with Ronan Coughlan and Niall Morahan scoring their goals.
Jack Byrne, Aaron McEneff, and Aaron Greene scored for the Shamrock who are the only side in the league with a 100% winning record. It wasn’t a great weekend for the sides from the North West as both Finn Harps and Derry City were beaten in their respective fixtures against Dundalk and Waterford. Harps lost 4-0 in Finn Park as Pat Hoban scored two for Dundalk with Michael Duffy and Greg Sloggett getting their others.
Derry were beaten 2-1 in the Regional Sports Centre where Sam Bone and Shane Griffin scored for Waterford, and Stephen Mallon scored for Derry. Griffin got the winner in the 90th minute. In keeping with the trend in recent weeks and following in the footsteps of Jordan Flores’s wonder strike last week, Griffin’s long-range strike from distance is another goal well worth checking out. A goal from Billy King gave St. Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win against Cork City in Richmond Park.
Bohemian FC beat their near-neighbours Shelbourne 2-0 in Dalymount Park with Andre Wright and Daniel Mandroiu getting their goals. There had been talk in the offseason that Cabinteely had been thinking of pulling out of the league. Thankfully that turned out to not be the case and after three games they are currently atop the First Division. They played out a goalless draw with Shamrock Rovers II in Stradbrook.
Drogheda United have started the season well also. They were 5-1 winners against UCD in United Park. Mark Doyle, Jordan Adeyemo, Chris Lyons, Jack Tuite, and Sean Brennan all got their goals while Liam Kerrigan scored for UCD. Galway United are still waiting for their first win of the season. They played out a goalless draw with Wexford in Ferrycarrig.
Cobh Ramblers beat Athlone Town 3-2 in St. Colman’s Park. Bryan Murphy, David Hurley, and Ian Turner got the goals for Cobh. Darren Meenan scored both for Athlone. The meeting of Longford Town and Bray Wanderers that was to have been played in Bishopsgate was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.