This weekend in the Airtricity League…08/05/2021


The second series of fixtures in the Airtricity League Premier Division commenced  with two matches played this Friday evening. Derry City welcomed Longford Town to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium where the visitors took the lead but the hosts secured  a point with an added time equaliser.  Dundalk entertained Sligo Rovers in Oriel Park where they went down to a one nil defeat with a poor performance made worse by the fact that the visiting ‘Bit o’ Red’ played the final 40 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of centre back Gary Buckley.

The three remaining fixtures took place on Saturday evening with the top two St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers locking horns in Richmond Park where ‘The Hoops’ came from behind to score an added time winner for a two one victory and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Bohemian secured  a comfortable four nil victory over Finn Harps in Dalymount Park. Waterford, who parted company with their managerial duo Kevin Sheedy and Mike Newell in midweek, played their U19 side against visitors Drogheda United in the Regional Sports Centre because of Covid 19 implications and they suffered  a crushing seven nil defeat..

All five fixtures of Match Series 7 in the Airtricity League First Division  kicked-off at 7.45pm on Friday evening.  Cabinteely defeated Cobh Ramblers with the only goal at Stradbrook.  Cork City crushed Wexford by five goals to nil in Turner’s Cross. Galway United went down to a three two defeat by visitors Bray Wanderers in Eamonn Deacy Park.  Shelbourne defeated incoming leaders Athlone Town with the only goal in Tolka Park to leapfrog them and join  UCD , three two winners against visiting newcomers Treaty United, at the summit of the league table.