Derry City maintained their winning run at the Brandywell on Friday night, but were made to work hard for the three points by a dogged St. Patrick’s Athletic side.
Two brilliant goals from Aaron McEneff either side of half time from proved to be enough for the Candystripes, but Liam Buckley will feel that a disallowed first half ‘goal’ from Dean Clarke should have stood. Clarke did go on to reduce the deficit in the second half to put a bit of pressure on Derry – and but for a last-ditch clearance from Darren Cole right at the death, Pat’s could have claimed a share of the points.
2-1 the final score and another home win for Kenny Shiels’ outfit.
1-0 to Derry as Aaron McEneff capitalises on the lose clearance from St Pat’s pic.twitter.com/rd5QAUMK8C
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At the Carlisle Grounds, meanwhile, Cork City tore Bray Wanderers apart in the space of four crazy second half minutes. The visitors took the lead after eight minutes courtesy of Sean McLoughlin, the young defender scoring his first senior goal after a scramble in the Bray box.
It remained 1-0 up until midway through the second half, but quickfire goals from Barry McNamee and Kieran Sadlier (x2) turned it into a rout from nothing. 4-0 the final score in Bray as City stay top.
At Oriel Park, Dundalk kept pace with the leaders with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bohemians (and kept yet another clean sheet to boot). Pat Hoban scored his sixth goal in five games with two more tonight. Michael Duffy put the icing on the cake late on, but one point of worry for manager Stephen Kenny will be the loss of goalkeeper Gary Rogers in the first half.
Dundalk stay a point behind Cork City, while Bohs stay just one point clear of the relegation playoff place.
Over at Markets Field, Waterford continued their tremendous start to the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Limerick in the Munster derby. Striker Courtney Duffus built on his brace in last week’s win against Shamrock Rovers with the opener midway through the first half, before a Paul Keegan penalty six minutes from time made sure of the points.
The win keeps Alan Reynolds side level with Dundalk and just a point behind Cork City, while Limerick stay third from bottom.
In Tallaght, Shamrock Rovers bounced back from last week’s defeat to Waterford by defeating Sligo Rovers, but they didn’t have it all their own way. They persevered, however, and Daniel Carr’s strike on the hour mark proved to be the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
Stephen Bradley’s Hoops stay in touching distance of the top three, while Gerard Lyttle’s outfit remain second from bottom.
Premier Division Results:
Bray Wanderers 0-4 Cork City
Derry City 2-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic
Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians
Limerick 0-2 Waterford
Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Sligo Rovers
In the First Division, Drogheda United fell to their first defeat of the season with a 3-2 reversal at Cabinteely. Tim Clancy’s side have started the campaign brightly, but fell to defeat on a dramatic night at Stradbrook.
Elsewhere, Galway United and Longford Town played out a scoreless draw at Eamonn Deacy Park in a game that at one point fell victim to floodlight failure. Shane Keegan’s side missed the chance to leapfrog Drogheda but in a tight race this could still prove to be an important result for both of these sides.
Athlone Town claimed their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Finn Harps, while Shelbourne climbed into the top three with a 1-0 victory at Wexford.
Finally, UCD climbed to the top of the table with a 2-0 win against Cobh Ramblers, in a match that was delayed due to bad traffic., Liam Scales made it 1-0 after 20 minutes at St. Colman’s Park before Maxi Kouogun doubled the advantage midway through the second half.
First Division Results:
Athlone Town 1-1 Finn Harps
Cabinteely 3-2 Drogheda United
Galway United 0-0 Longford Town
Wexford 0-1 Shelbourne
Cobh Ramblers 0-2 UCD (L)