Dundalk 1 – 0 Bohemians
In a close encounter at Oriel Park, it was Wayne Hatswell’s second half strike that seperated the two sides. Bohemians has numerous chances in the first half, but couldn’t find the target on the majority of these occasions. Mark Quigley tested Peter Cherrie from inside the area and Ruadhri Higgins had a number of long range efforts that missed the target. The teams went into the break level and Bohs continued to pile on the pressure at the beginning of the second half, however Dundalk began to come into the game more and in the 77th minute, Wayne Hatswellbundled home from a corner to the delight of the home fans. Iain Foster will be delighted withthe 3 points that take his side back tot he summit of the league with St.Pat’s. Pat Fenlon will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways against Sporting Fingal on Monday night.
Galway United 3 – 1 Drogheda United
Anto Flood was the hero for the Tribesmen in a game that gave Galway 3 vital points to move away from the drop zone. The home side got the perfect start after 2 minutes when Karl Sheppard picked out Flood who secured a fantastic start for Galway with a brilliant finish. It was 2 – 0 soon after when Rhys Meynellscored to the delight of the home fans. Flood got his second of the game after some neat interplay with Sheppard once again. Corrie Tracy managed to pull one back for the visitors in the 55th minute after Eric McGill had been sent off minutes earlier. A satisfying victory for Sean Connor’s men that has them looking up the table now.
St.Patrick’s Athletic 1 – 0 Sligo Rovers
St.Pat’s continued their title charge with a scrappy victory against a resilient Sligo side. Both sides knew a win here would justify their title credentials, however it was the Inchicorenatives who gained the bragging rights with a wonder goal from David McAllister after 57 minutes. Sligo played a more defensive formation than normal as Padriag Amondstarted up front on his own with Joey Ndo playing behind him. Sligo had chances to secure a draw but the Pat’s defence held out for another victory and another clean sheet in their bid to become Champions.
Shamrock Rovers 1 – 0 Bray Wanderers
Gary Twigg scored the only goal of the game in match that Rovers were expected to win comfortably, however, The Hoops were frustrated for much of this game. Twiggopened the scoring after 36 minutes with a close range finish from Billy Dennehy’scross. Brian Kane made some smart saves in the second half of the match to give the Rovers support an anxious finish to the game. The 3 points moves Rovers to 3rd in the table and their poor start to the season looks well beyond them. Bray look destined for the drop come the end of the season unless Eddie Gormley can get his young side to start picking up points soon.