League of Ireland Recap: Rovers Gain on Leaders While Cork Fall Further Behind


The SSE Airtricity Leagues continued last week with rounds three and four of the First Division and Premier Division, along with the rescheduled Derry City – Shamrock Rovers fixture.

Local side Treaty United played a 1-1 draw against Cobh Ramblers with 10 men on Friday night in the First Division.

Defender Charlie Fleming was dismissed after half an hour, with his red card being Treaty’s third in as many games.

Sean McSweeney had the home side in the lead before the red and Cobh equalised through Darryl Walsh after gaining the man advantage.

James Doona got off the mark in his new colours.

Slender margins helped Shelbourne and Athlone Town to wins last Friday night against Wexford Youths and Cork City.

A Conor Crowley own goal got Shels over the line while Athlone’s new signing James Doona got his first goal for the side as they took down the 2017 Premier Division champions.

UCD and Bray Wanderers drew 0-0, which now leaves Bray winless in four and the Students two points off Athlone at the top of the First Division.

Galway United was awarded a 3-0 win after Cabinteely’s positive COVID test.

Drogheda United made a statement over in the Premier Division with a 4-0 win away to fellow promoted side Longford Town.

Mark Doyle netted twice as his side cruised to victory.

St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Robbie Benson and Darragh Burns condemned Derry City to a third successive loss to begin the season after centre-half Danny Koy Lupano was given a second yellow after 33 minutes.

Finn Harps continued their fine form when they completed a comeback against Waterford FC at Finn Park to stay joint top.

Captain David Webster netted an injury-time winner to take all three points after star man Adam Foley cancelled out John Martin’s opener for Waterford.

An early Bohemians penalty, scored by Georgie Kelly, condemned Dundalk to a third defeat this season and extended their winless run to four.

Graham Burke’s midweek goal is an early contender for the goal of the season.

The two Rovers – Sligo and Shamrock – both scored in the final minutes to earn a 1-1 draw.

Forward Walter Figueira thought he had won it for Sligo in the 82nd minute before the away side pulled one back after John Mahon turned the ball into his own net with two minutes to go.

Shamrock Rovers went third on goal difference, ahead of Sligo, after their midweek win against Derry City at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

The rescheduled fixture ended 2-0 with the second goal being an audacious Graham Burke strike from the halfway line.

The action continues this weekend in both divisions with the pick of the bunch being the Premier Division clash between Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps on Saturday evening at 18:00.

Limerick’s Treaty United travel to Eamonn Deacy Park tonight at 19:45 to face Galway United with hopes of getting back to winning ways and improving their discipline.



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