League of Ireland Round Up

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It was a night to forget for John Caulfield’s side tonight as Cork City’s hopes of retaining the league took a significant dent at Dalymount Park.

A Damien Delaney own-goal after ten minutes was not the start the visitors had hoped for. By the half-hour mark, Daniel Kelly had added two more for Bohemians. And if Graham Cummins looked to have injected hope into City’s chances with his 36th minute finish, Derek Pender’s goal a minute before half-time, essentially ended all thoughts of a comeback.

Jimmy Keohane did add a second for Cork after 57 minutes, but the scoring ended there. The defeat leaves Cork six points adrift of league leaders Dundalk, having now played a game more than their closest rivals. The two sides meet next Friday night as the league settles into its final run-in. Dundalk will travel to Cork, knowing a result there, will have a major influence on where this seasons league title will ultimately rest.

Shamrock Rovers having any such designs on league winning aspirations may have dissipated substantially by this stage, however they kept up their push for European football with a 5-0 hammering of Limerick tonight at Tallaght Stadium. Goals from Roberto Lopes, Dylan Watts, Greg Bolger and a brace from Ronan Finn, left their visitors cemented in their relegation qualification position.

Noel Hunt turned back the clock this evening when he added to Sander Puri’s first half goal, to secure a 2-0 win over bottom side Bray Wanderers. The victory leaves Waterford just two points behind Rovers in their quest for European football. Waterford and Rovers will face each other in Tallaght on October 19th, in what could be a hugely significant fixture.

Meanwhile in the First Division,it was a night to remember for UCD, with Finn Harps no longer able to continue to hang on to UCD’s coat-tail’s. Keith Cowan gave the visitor’s a 1-0 lead after 80 minutes. However it only took their hosts a minute to equalise, former Reading player Conor Davis scoring for the students. And with that, they were in dreamland and secured the First Division title.

Cabinteely and Shelbourne played out a 1-1 draw, as did Galway United and Wexford FC;  while Gareth McCaffrey scored twice in an important 2-1 win for Drogheda United over Longford Town. Dean Dillon opened the scoring for Longford, but it was not enough and the victory puts a chink of daylight in the shape of two points between the two sides.

However tonight was about UCD, whose sharp and fast-paced approach to games will be welcomed warmly next season in the Premier Division.