SLIGO ROVERS GOT their league campaign off to a great start with a 1-0 win over Derry City at the Brandywell.
Ian Baraclough’s side scored the only goal of the game through recent signing Anthony Elding – making his Airtricity League debut on the night. The English striker latched onto Rafael Cretaro’s cross to beat Ger Doherty in the Candystripes goal on 31 minutes.
Derry improved in the second half but it was David Cawley who came closest to scoring next when the midfielder struck the bar from 20 yards out and the Bit O’Red saw out the closing minutes to earn three points.
Stephen Kenny welcomed his former club to the home of his new one as Shamrock Rovers visited Oriel Park.
2,598 turned out in Louth and it was Dundalk who were edging it when Dane Massey brought down Billy Dennehy inside the box on 67 minutes. Karl Sheppard stepped up but was denied by Peter Cherrie from the spot.
Massey was shown a second yellow and subsequent red when he fouled Sheppard in injury time but Ronan Finn couldn’t take advantage with the resulting free-kick and it finished scoreless.
At Richmond Park, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni witnessed the home side earn a win against Drogheda United thanks to returning midfielder Shane McFaul. On 65 minutes, McFaul drove his strike home after Drogs had failed to clear a corner.
Shane McFaul celebrates scoring for Pat’s. Credit: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Bohemians sit top of the table tonight after edging UCD out at Dalymount Park.
21 minutes in, the Students went down to 10 men when Mark Langtry brought down Chris Lyons and the same player dusted himself off before dispatching the penalty.
David McMillan equalised from the spot 10 minutes into the second half but Kevin Devaney grabbed the winner with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Jason Byrne, meanwhile, notched against his former club to hand Bray Wanderers a win over Shelbourne at the Carlisle Grounds.
The veteran striker got on the end of Kieran Marty Waters’ cross to head past Ger Hanley midway through the second half.
In the First Division, Longford Town put five past Salthill Devon away from home with David O’Sullivan bagging a hat-trick. Kevin Purdy and Josh O’Hanlon added the other two.
Finally, Waterford United and Finn Harps played out a 1-1 draw – Ben Ryan put the Blues in front in the first half but the visitors restored parity in dramatic fashion with a last minute goal from Sean McCarron.
- Bohemians 2-1 UCD
- Bray Wanderers 1-0 Shelbourne
- Derry City 0-1 Sligo Rovers
- Dundalk 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
- St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 Drogheda United
- Salthill Devon 0-5 Longford Town
- Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps