If ever there is a way to win a derby, an away goal in the ninth minute of injury time is pretty much at the pinnacle.
Goals were in short supply in the Premier Division on Friday, with almost half of the eight scored coming in the Dublin derby in Tallaght. Shamrock Rovers were desperate to avenge the 3-1 defeat on the opening night of the season, and went ahead through Dan Carr on the half-hour mark.
Just as they did at Dalymount in February, however, Bohs battled back – and Dan Byrne found the net with twenty minutes remaining. Both sides pushed for the winner, with Shane Supple somehow keeping out Gary Shaw’s goal-bound header with just minutes remaining.
In the ninth minute of injury time, Darragh Leahy made himself a Bohs legend by turning home a low cross and giving Keith Long’s side all three points.
Ad the Carlisle Grounds, Bray Wanderers were still adjusting to the post-Dave Mackey era – so a visit of league leaders Dundalk was the last thing they would have wanted. That said, they gave a spirited performance under interim boss Graham Kelly, and could probably count themselves unlucky to go a goal down via Pat Hoban midway through the first half.
The Seagulls huffed and puffed but were unable to forge an equaliser, and all hope of taking anything from the game was lost when John Mountney sealed the win for Dundalk in stoppage time. Bray are expected to appoint a new manager (who may or may not be Martin Russell) in the coming days, and will take some hope that their performance here can be built upon under the next boss.
At Turner’s Cross, Cork City were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at the RSC, but were given a tough time of it by St. Patrick’s Athletic. Chances were few and far between in the first half, save for a Graham Cummins effort that struck the post.
Cummins would prove to be the difference in the end, with the striker’s looping header five minutes into the second half proving to be the only goal of the game. City move back into second place in the table, two points behind Dundalk.
Meanwhile, Derry City’s hope of turning the Brandywell into a fortress gathered pace with a 1-0 victory over in-form Waterford. As with most of Friday night’s Premier Division games, the match itself was tight with chances at both ends, and one goal was the difference between the two. Jack Doyle found himself at the end of a Conor McDermott cross to give Kenny Shiels’ side all three points, a win that takes them to fourth in the table.
Premier Division Results:
Shamrock Rovers 1-2 Bohemians
Bray Wanderers 0-2 Dundalk
Cork City 1-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic
Derry City 1-0 Waterford FC
While the Premier Division saw a shortage of goals, the same could not be said of the First Division. The second tier saw red cards, penalties, hat-tricks and no small amount of drama across the five games.
At Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway United were expected to see off the challenge of out-of-form Wexford, but the visitors drew first blood courtesy of Aaron Dobbs on the half-hour mark. The Tribesmen were finally spurred into action in the second half, and three goals in seven second-half minutes (via Danny Furlong, Alan Murphy and Carlton Ubaezuono) completely turned the tie in Galway’s favour. Eoin McCormack added a fourth in injury time for Shane Keegan’s men.
At Belfield, Georgie Kelly was the hero for UCD with a hat-trick against Finn Harps. The forward had the home side in front after fifteen minutes, but quickfire goals from Sam Todd and Mark Coyle had Harps in front at half time. UCD, however, refused to stay down, and two more from Kelly gave the Students a 3-2 win and kept them on top of the table.
First Division – GOAL 75′: Georgie Kelly completes his hat trick with a bit of luck as his header is saved and the rebound comes straight back off him and into the net!
UCD 3 – 2 Finn Harps pic.twitter.com/fiytCEKtdP
— UCD AFC (@UCDAFC) April 13, 2018
Cobh Ramblers didn’t have quite as many problems in their match with Athlone Town. Andrew Wall had Stephen Henderson’s side ahead after just four minutes, with Jaze Kabia adding a second just before half time. George Mukete narrowed the deficit on the hour mark to stoke hopes of a coeback, but another from Kabia put that to bed just one minute later. Darren Murphy added a fourth late on from the penalty spot, a result that sees the promotion hopefuls earn just their second league win in what is shaping up to be a hugely competitive division.
At Stradbrook, Cabinteely had a relatively straightforward win against Shelbourne. Conor Keeley converted a penalty on the half-hour mark, with Marty Waters sealing the win late on to move Cabo to sixth in the table.
Finally to United Park, where Drogheda United kept Longford Town at arm’s length with a late equaliser. Dean Byrne had the visitors in front ten minutes into the second half, but Ciaran Kelly ensured that Tim Clancy’s side would earn a share of the points with a leveller in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Athlone Town 1-4 Cobh Ramblers
Cabinteely 2-0 Shelbourne
Drogheda United 1-1 Longford Town
Galway United 4-1 Wexford
UCD 3-2 Finn Harps