The weekend’s League of Ireland Premier Division produced fourteen goals over six games. The gap between Cork City and Dundalk was reduced to three points, while at the foot of the table, a draw for Athlone closed the gap between themselves and UCD to three points.
The first game of the night came between reigning champions St Patricks Athletic and, the supposed champions elect, Dundalk FC. A solitary Christy Fagan goal on three minutes was enough to see the Inchicore club take all three points from the game. Despite only the one goal, the game was a fiery affair and produced a whopping eight yellow cards, while some players were lucky to stay on the pitch for the full ninety minutes.
Across the capital, Bohemians saw off Bray Wanderers. Dinny Corcoran opened the scoring on nine minutes, before Jason Byrne doubled the Dublin side’s lead just after the halftime interval. Bray’s consolation goal came on sixty six minutes when David Mulcahy put the ball into his own net. Luckily for him, the error didn’t change the result as the Gypsies ran out two one winners.
Cork City kept their title hopes alive over the weekend with their one nil victory over Shamrock Rovers in Turners Cross. It was late, but in the end it was great, as Daniel Murray’s goal sent the Shed into raptures. The win moves City to within three of leaders Dundalk.
Derry were happy to see off ten man Sligo in a game that produced three goals. Eamon Zayed opened the scoring on twenty six minutes for the visitors, before Ryan McBride drew the game level before the break. City picked up where they left off just before the break as Aaron Barry but the home side in front. The visitors went down to ten men with fifteen minutes to play when Danny Ledwith was shown red, for a second bookable offence.
In the midlands Drogheda and Athlone played out a one all draw in United Park. Gavan Holohan opened the scoring on twenty six minutes, a one goal lead the home side would hold till the end. A late strike from Ian Sweeney found the back of the “Drogs” net, to gift Athlone a point in their bid for Premier League survival.
Limerick ran riot in The Bowl as the Blues beat the Students by three goals to one. Rory Gaffney was the first to put the ball past Conor O’Donnell on thirteen minutes, and it was the striker who doubled his side’s lead on fifty eight minutes when he fired home to make it two. UCD came back into the game, and pulled a goal back four minutes later when Timmy Molloy found the back of the Limerick goal, but three minutes later Ian Turner secured the win for the Munster club, when he put the ball in the home side’s net, as the Student’s slipped who their sixteenth loss of the season.
David Pheasey, Pundit Arena.