League of Ireland Review – Galway stun Champions

Bohemians 2 – 3 Galway United

Karl Sheppard emerged the hero for Galway after scoring 2 goals and winning the penalty that secured a huge victory for The Tribesmen. Bohemians were looking to bounce back from their defeat to Shamrock Rovers, however, Sheppard opened the scoring after 16 minutes with a cool finish past Barry Murphy. Rafael Cretaro managed to level the scores in the 22nd minute after some good work from Paul Keegan. Minutes after half time, Sheppard struck again to make it 2 – 1 to Sean Connor’s men.

Jason Byrne continued his solid goalscoring start to the season with a simple finish after a perfect cross from Conor Powell. Chaos ensued in the final minutes as Ken Oman received his marching orders after bringing down Sheppard in the penalty area. Stephen O’Donnell converted the resulting penalty. However, the action was far from over, Cretaro was shown a straight red card for a blatant kick out at Sheppard, while O’Donnell was shown red for his reaction to Cretaro’s actions.

Drogheda 0 – 2 Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers built on last week’s derby victory by seeing off Alan Matthew’s Drogheda. The first half passed without incident and it was only after the interval that Rovers managed to get the upper hand on the Boyneside club. Robery Bayly put the visitors ahead in the 47th minute with a curling effort from just outside the area. Joe Kendrick and Joe Flood had chances for the home side before Gary Twigg scored his first goal of the season, having returned from injury last week, in stoppage time. A win that has seen Rovers move up the table, above champions Bohemians, and no more than they deserved on their overall performance.

Sporting Fingal 2 – 1 Dundalk

Sporting Fingal climbed to the top of the table after defeating Dundalk thanks to a controversial penalty from Alan Kirby. Dundalk went into this game as the league leaders but went behind after only 9 minutes due to an unfortunate deflection off Wayne Hatswell beat Peter Cherrie in the Dundalk goal. JJ Melligan levelled the scores in the 51st minute after expertly chipping Darren Quigley in the Fingal goal. The lead didn’t last long however, Gary Breen tangled with Gary O’Neill in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Alan Kirby converted past Peter Cherrie to send the league newcomers to the summit of the league.

So, Bohemians continued their sluggish start to the season, Shamrock Rovers appear to have got their act together and Sporting Fingal sit on top of the league. What are your views on this week’s results?

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