So after the third series of fixtures, what have we learned? Bohemians appear to be clicking into gear for their assault on three in a row, Pats look to be their biggest rivals to the title and Shamrock Rovers may be dragged into a relegation scrap that few would have predicted. Some great matches were played this weekend with plenty of goals and incident involved in the majority of them. The league is starting to take shape and beginning to produce encounter that have thrill the supporters of the league.
Bray Wanderers 1 – 3 Sporting Fingal
Sporting got their first win of the season after a convincing 3-1 victory against a Wanderers side that continue to struggle this season. Eamon Zayed opened the scoring for the Dublin side before Gary O’Neill gave Fingal the comfort of two goal lead. Shane O’Neill pulled a goal back for Bray before Gary O’Neill got his second and Fingal’s third goal of the game. Bray must be wondering what they need to do to stay in this league, whereas Fingal will be looking upwards and onwards after recording their first league victory of the season.
Drogheda United 2 – 4 Bohemians
Goals galore in this feisty encounter between the champions, Bohemians and relegation candidates, Drogheda. Bohemians took the lead through the returning Jason Byrne after he headed home from a Paul Keegan free kick. However, Drogheda hit back after the break with a goal from Paul Crowley and took the lead after a controversial penalty was converted by Joe Kendrick. The full back then received his marching orders after his second bookable offence after 85 minutes. Jason Byrne got his second of the game minutes later before John Flood was sent off for the home side in the 88 minutes. Seconds later, Bohs secured the points when Gareth McGlynn scored his first goal for the Gypsies. Paddy Madden finished off the late comeback for the Champions in the 90 minute. A second half full of incident that captivated the supporters in attendance.
St.Patrick’s Athletics 3 – 0 UCD
St.Pat’s continued their fantastic start to the season with a 3-0 demolition of UCD at Richmond Park. Vinny Faherty converted for the home side in the 45th minute to give Pat’s a deserved lead. The home side continued to dominate but the game wasn’t secured until the last five minutes of the game when Ryan Guy notched a double to give the Inchicore natives all three points in their bid to wrestle the title from Bohemians. Pat’s have started the season in great form and haven’t conceded a goal in their opening three games.
Sligo Rovers 1 – 0 Galway United
Sligo secured their first victory of the season in a closely fought encounter against a Galway side buoyed by their victory last week against Bray. The home side had numerous efforts to go ahead in the first half as Padraig Amond and Eoin Doyle combined well in attack for the Bit O’Red. The game remained scoreless till the 64th minute when Doyle converted from a John Dillion delivery. Galway were restricted to long range efforts throughout and Sligo can be very happy with their defensive display which will please Paul Cook. Sligo remain unbeaten this season whereas Galway have lost on the road on both of their away games this season.
Shamrock Rovers 0 – 2 Dundalk
Shamrock Rovers continue to dismay their fans after a poor performance led to their second defeat at Tallaght Stadium this season. Neale Fenn opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a placed finished from a Ross Gaynor through ball opened up the Rovers defence. The Rovers players were greeted by disgruntled fans as they left the field at half time. Only minutes into the second half, Dundalk doubled their lead with a terrific striker from Stephen Maher from outside the box. Rovers began to dominate the possession after Dundalk’s second goal, however they failed to turn their possession into chances. It was Dundalk that came closely to increasing their lead when Ross Gaynor was taken down by Rovers keeper, Alan Mannus. However, Paul Tuite decided not to award a penalty in Dundalk’s favour to the shock of Iain Foster. Dundalk contained The Hoops for the rest of the game to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Rovers have failed to win this season and will be hoping that Gary Twigg and Dessie Baker return from injury sooner rather than later.
The Betting Zone
Well, for the first time, my NAP of the week came through as St.Pat’s beat UCD -1. The Saints were priced @ 23/10 to do so and I hope you are a few quid richer this weekend, if you followed my NAP of course. Elsewhere, I predicted two correct result which is my worst total this season. Lets hope for better in the nest series of fixtures.