Cork City maintained their strong start to the new Premier Division season on Monday night, while Shamrock Rovers went goal-crazy in Tallaght.
To the Showgrounds first where John Caulfield’s side made the perfect start at a ground where they’ve tended to struggle in recent years. Graham Cummins, coming back from suspension, had Cork City in front with just three minutes on the clock, before Kieran Sadlier netted from the penalty spot just after the ten-minute mark.
The visitors made it three less than a minute into the second half, Cummins netting again to strengthen the lead, and just as it looked as though they were looking comfortable, and Adam Morgan penalty on the hour-mark injected a bit of nervousness into proceedings.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoresheet in the closing stages, but it was Cummins who was to have the final say, completing his hat-trick in the dying minutes to ensure that he left with the match ball and City, for the third game in succession, with the three points.
At Tallaght, meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers kickstarted their season in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 dismantling of Bray Wanderers. Stephen Bradley’s side were still searching for their first win of the campaign coming into tonight’s game, and from the moment Graham Burke put them ahead just before the half-hour mark with a cracking strike, it only really ever looked like going one way.
Rovers doubled their lead soon after the restart courtesy of Brandon Miele, but the real hammer blows would be saved until midway through the half. In the space of six minutes just after the hour mark, David McAllister, Dan Carr and Sean Kavangh had all scored to make it 5-0 and turn it into something of a hammering.
If Bray thought that was the end of it though, Miele had other ideas, the playmaker scoring his second and the Hoops’ sixth right at the death to put the icing on the cake for he vctorious hosts.
In tonight’s only other Premier Division game, Waterford got back to winning ways against St. Patrick’s Athletic at the RSC. Kenny Browne set the home side on their way to victory with a powerful header after just ten minutes, and Bastien Hery doubled the lead on the hour mark with a strike that was so brilliant, Waterford have asked RTÉ for permission to post footage of it well ahead of next week’s episode of Soccer Republic.
— Waterford FC (@WaterfordFCie) February 26, 2018
Premier Division Results:
Shamrock Rovers 6-0 Bray Wanderers
Sligo Rovers 1-4 Cork City
Waterford FC 2-0 St. Patrick’s Athletic
Tuesday night’s Premier Division matches see Dundalk welcome Limerick to Oriel Park, and Derry City travel to Dalymount to face Bohemians.