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LOI takeaways: Derry City continue free-scoring form as Shamrock Rovers stumble


LOI Takeaways.

Pundit Arena’s LOI takeaways are here after another busy night of League of Ireland action, with 30 goals going in across nine matches in two divisions.

As Shamrock Rovers dropped points, Derry City’s 4-0 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic will feel even sweeter for the Candystripes. Here are the main talking points from Friday night’s action.

LOI Takeaways: Make some noise for the Derry boys.

Since Derry Girls returned to our screens for series three, the Derry boys have been in free-scoring form, hitting 13 goals in four games in the Premier Division.

While it’s unlikely that Sister Michael or the teenage tearaways have anything to do with the form of the Candystripes, the success of both just adds to the cultural buzz around the city in recent times.

Ruaidhri Higgins’ men are now three points clear of Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table and while there’s still a long way to go, if they do manage to secure a first league title since 1997, there will be even more cause for celebration in Derry.

Shamrock Rovers stumble.

After winning five on the bounce, Stephen Bradley’s side stumbled away to their fellow Rovers on Friday night.

RTE’s live TV offering saw Andy Lyons put the Hoops ahead in the first half, but a 71st-minute Jordan Hamilton equaliser secured a second draw of the season for the Bit O’Red against the champions.

While the gap at the top between Shamrock Rovers and leaders Derry is still a meagre three points, it all points to a potentially pivotal meeting between the two sides at Tallaght Stadium on May 13th.

Duff luck continues.

Last week, not for the first time this season, a passionate Damien Duff interview did the rounds on social media.

It came after his Shelbourne side lost 2-1 to Dundalk thanks to a late John Martin winner, and saw the the former Ireland international called on his team to start winning some matches, starting with Friday night’s trip to face Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

His pleas never materialised however, as Shels fell to another late goal, this time from Barry McNamee, to secure a 1-0 win for Ollie Horgan’s men.

Harps have now won just two matches this season, both of which came against Duff’s side. While the former winger’s playing credentials naturally injected a bit of glamour into the league, sometimes that’s not enough to beat a wily old campaigner such as Horgan.

It’s now three defeats on the bounce for Shelbourne since their impressive win up in Derry on April 15th, a run which they will hope to end when they host Sligo Rovers next Friday night.

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Galway show fighting spirit in promotion race.

It’s looking a like a decent battle between Cork City and Galway United for the First Division title and the automatic promotion that comes with it.

That’s clearly the aim for both clubs and their big fanbases but for the Tribesmen, it looked like they had come up against a roadblock on Friday night.

2-0 down away to Treaty United with just over an hour played, Cork fans would have been forgiven for having a cheeky smile at their phones as they checked how their main promotion rivals were getting on.

However, three goals in the last 15 minutes secured a remarkable turnaround for John Caulfield’s side and they remain just three points behind the Rebels with a game in hand.

The next meeting between the top two is scheduled for May 27th and there is sure to be plenty at stake.

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