The League of Ireland First Division kicked off the 2021 season this weekend while the Premier Division had its second round of games.
Limerick’s new League of Ireland side Treaty United began life with a 0-0 draw in Bray on Saturday.
The side earned the valuable point after midfielder Sean McSweeney was given his marching orders in the 65th minute for a second yellow.
The game failed to bring much excitement with few chances being made in the windy conditions but the local side will be happy with what they got from the fixture.
Cork City started their comeback campaign with an important 2-1 home victory against rivals Cobh Ramblers.
It was City’s first win in 12 competitive games and a first competitive victory under new manager Colin Healy.
Elsewhere, Galway United and Shelbourne played out another 0-0 draw with a red card for the away side – Shelbourne forward Glen McAuley saw red after a harsh challenge near the end of the first half.
UCD and Athlone Town played the most exciting game of the round with the away side needing an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with the Students.
Cabinteely went top of the table after their 2-1 victory away to Wexford Youths – Kevin Knight and pre-season star Dean Casey scored for the Dubliners.
Finn Harps went top over in the Premier Division with striker Adam Foley netting twice in their game against Dundalk to give Ollie Horgan’s men a 2-1 victory in Oriel Park.
A second Friday night 2-1 victory saw Sligo Rovers put more misery on Waterford FC, who are yet to earn a point this season.
Saturday saw Conor Florin Davis lead a Longford comeback to earn a point at Dalymount after being two down to Bohemians.
The 22-year-old struck twice in the last 15 minutes to help the newly-promoted side to second in the table on goal difference.
Across the Liffey at Richmond Park, St. Patrick’s Athletic handed Drogheda United their first loss upon their return to the Premier Division after Billy King’s 90th-minute winner.
The Derry City – Shamrock Rovers fixture that was originally intended to be played at the weekend was rescheduled to April 13.
Fans will now look towards this weekend for the next round of games which include some mouth-watering fixtures such as Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk and Boh’s v St. Pat’s in the Premier Division as well as Cabinteely v Cork and Shelbourne v Bray in the first division.
Treaty United host Wexford Youths for their first home game in the League of Ireland on Friday night at 7:45 in Markets Field.