Premier Division weekend round-up

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Premier Divsion Weekend Round-Up 22/09/17 by @AndrewDempsey2

It was ANOTHER incredibly topsy-turvy weekend in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division as the trio of Bohemians, Galway United and Limerick all secured vital and morale boosting victories in their quest for survival.

“Bohs” secured a huge 3-2 victory in front of a 2,500 strong crowd at Dalymount Park over Dublin Rivals St Patrick’s Athletic. The dynamic duo of Dinny Corcoran and Ishmael Akinade were on hand to deliver a huge win for the North Dublin club. The result now leaves St. Pats precariously sitting in the relegation zone. Gavin Peers was dismissed as the “Saints” tumbled back into the drop zone. Liam Buckley’s men must now try to rescue themselves from a dreadful end of season predicament when they face Shamrock Rovers in yet another Dublin derby on Monday night, “Pats” will have the home advantage in that one.

A big Sligo following travelled down the N17 to Galway to see their side be comprehensively swept aside by 3 goals to 1 in their Connacht Derby clash. A Kyle McFadden opener was cancelled out by Marc Ludden who sent Galway on their way to a vital victory at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Limerick FC arguably had one of the shock results of the season as a beautifully placed Rodrigo Tosi lob put the Shannonsiders on their way to a 2-1 victory over the surely incoming champions Cork City. A great opening to the game saw three goals scored within a quarter of an hour. The result now leaves Limerick in a safer predicament than they were previously in 7th place.

Tallaght Stadium saw a reaction of some sorts from their side as Shamrock Rovers easily dispatched relegation threatened Finn Harps 4-1. James Doona popped up with a brace which came after goals by former Longford Town striker Gary Shaw and the in-form Brandon Miele. BJ Banda scored a late consolation goal to add a slice of respectability to the scoreline in the 88th minute for Ollie Horgan’s team.

In a far from surprising result at Oriel Park, Dundalk easily dispatched their Louth Rivals Drogheda United with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Steven Kinsella, David McMillan and Michael Duffy all registered on the scoresheet to close the gap on Cork City to 11 points ahead of the potential title deciding game on Monday night at Turners Cross (Live on RTE2 from 7:00pm)

And finally, Bray Wanderers will have raised a few eyebrows with their 5-0 hammering of Derry City at Maginn Park. Aaron Greene, Darragh Noone, Ryan Brennan and Gary McCabe all scored to make it a very one-sided affair at the “Candystripes” temporary home venue. The result now leaves Bray only one point behind Derry, although the Foylesiders do still have a game in hand over the “Seagulls”.

 

  • League Table 22/09/17

 

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Cork City 28 23 1 4 63 18 45 70
2 Dundalk 28 19 2 7 64 19 45 59
3 Shamrock Rovers 28 15 2 11 44 36 8 47
4 Derry City 28 12 7 9 43 35 8 43
5 Bray Wanderers 29 12 6 11 51 47 4 42
6 Bohemians 29 12 4 13 32 38 -6 40
7 Limerick 29 9 8 12 35 45 -10 35
8 Galway United 29 7 11 11 36 40 -4 32
9 Sligo Rovers 29 6 13 10 28 43 -15 31
10 St. Patrick’s Athletic 28 7 9 12 35 46 -11 30
11 Finn Harps 29 9 3 17 32 56 -24 30
12 Drogheda United 28 4 6 18 18 58 -40 18

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