Bray Wanderers finally recorded their first victory of the 2018 Premier Division season, and did so in surprising circumstances.
Still under the temporary stewardship of Graham Kelly, the Seagulls defeated a lacklustre Shamrock Rovers side at the Carlisle Grounds to bring an end a long run of defeats in the league.
A mistake from Hoops captain Ronan Finn eight minutes into the second half allowed Rónán Coughlan in to break the deadlock
The Hoops’ evening went from bad to worse on the hour mark, as Dan Carr received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
1-0 the final score, and the results means that Stephen Bradley’s men have now suffered defeat in four of their last five Premier Division matches. Bray Wanderers, meanwhile, remain bottom of the table but narrow the gap on Limerick to five points.
At Richmond Park, St. Patrick’s Athletic were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Cork City against Waterford. Ryan Brennan scored what would prove to be the only goal of the game with fifteen minutes on the clock, the midfielder heading home a cross from Darragh Markey. Jake Keegan was given the chance to double the advantage from the penalty spot midway through the first half, but the forward hit the spot kick wide.
On a day when Waterford announced that they would be appealing the lengthy bans handed to Bastien Hery and Stanley Aborah, Alan Reynolds lost two more midfielders to red cards. Sander Puri was sent off early in the second half for a second bookable offence, while the Blues had to play the last fifteen minutes with just nine men when Gavan Holohan was given a straight red for a foul on Markey.
The result puts St. Pat’s level on points with Shamrock Rovers, while Waterford slip to fourth in the table after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time this year.
In the third and final game of Monday night, Derry City maintained their fine home form with victory over Bohemians at the Brandywell. Aaron McEneff’s sixth goal of the season had Kenny Shiels’ side in front on the twenty-minute mark before Dylan Watts, still on a high from his brilliant showing in last week’s Dublin derby, equalised just five minutes later.
Paddy Kavanagh was sent off ten minutes into the second half for a foul on Ronan Curtis, and Derry took full advantage of their numerical advantage by restoring their lead just two minutes later through Rory Patterson.
Nicky Low put the icing on the cake with the home side’s third deep into stoppage time – 3-1 the final score and Derry City’s sixth win on the bounce takes them to third in the Premier Division table.
Premier Division Results:
Bray Wanderers 1-0 Shamrock Rovers
Derry City 3-1 Bohemians
St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 Waterford
Tuesday night sees the matchday rounded off with Cork City facing Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross, and Limerick hosting league leaders Dundalk at Markets Field.