Fallen Champions Return to the Summit
Bohemians sit pretty on top of the League of Ireland table this morning after beating Drogheda United 1-0 at Dalymount Park. An Anto Flood goal was enough to put the 2009 champions on top of the league with two wins from two, yet they Gypsies will need to maintain a fully fit squad if they are to maintain any form of title tilt. United manager Mick Cooke is still searching for his first points and will do well to keep the Boynesiders up this term.
The story of the night came from Richmond Park where Bray Wanderers came back from the dead to beat St Patricks Athletic 3-2. The Inchicore side roared into a two goal lead with an own goal from Derek Prendergast followed by an effort from Evan McMillan. However the Saints took their eye off the ball and two goals from Conor Murphy in the space of ten minutes put the Seagulls level. New signing Joe Kendrick struck late on to give Pat Devlin`s men their first victory of the season.
A similar scoreline was played out at Oriel Park where Dundalk took the spoils over Galway United. A sublime goal from Mark Quigley put the hosts ahead before Joseph Yoffe equalised from the penalty spot. Jason Byrne put the Lilywhites ahead with only twenty minutes remaining but Ian Foster`s men were pegged back when Sean Kelly found the net for the Tribesmen. A late goal from Shane Guthrie secured the win for the Louth side three minutes from time.
Derry City recorded their first win upon returning to the Premier Division by beating UCD 2-0 at the Belfield Bowl. Gareth McGlynn and Daniel Lafferty bagged the all important goals for the Candystripes.
The final clash of this weekend sees Shamrock Rovers travel to the North West to take on Sligo Rovers in a repeat of last year`s FAI Cup Final. All eyes will be on the Showgrounds as the two main title contenders square off in an early six pointer.