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LOI : Heary Seeks Derby Win While Sligo Aim To Bounce Back

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Bohemian FC –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

A Dublin derby takes place at Dalymount Park as Bohemians take on Shamrock Rovers.

A brace from Daniel Corcoran gave Bohemians a 2-2 draw with Drogheda United last week. Bohs still undefeated thus far will be looking for more than a draw here. Owen Heary will be pleased with how his side have started the season and will look for more of the same in this game. A strong start to the season for Bohs could equal a successful campaign.

Goals from Gary McCabe, Eamon Zayed and a brace from Ciaran Kilduff gave Shamrock Rovers an excellent 4-1 win over Athlone Town last time out. Rovers, looking to drop their draw specialist tag will be looking for another three points here and if they come close to matching last week’s clinical performance, they may just get it.

Prediction: Draw

Cork City –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

After both coming off wins last week Cork City play Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross.

A solitary Darren Dennehy goal was enough to give Cork City all three points last week against Derry City. The rebel army will look to build on that impressive away win by taking the three points against a Bray side also coming off an impressive win. John Caulfield has made an impressive start to his Cork City career and will be looking to his players to continue it.

Like their opponents a solitary goal was enough to give Bray Wanderers an unlikely win, Ciaran Byrne getting the goal that condemned Sligo Rovers to defeat. Bray can be happy with their start to the season, though early days there is an optimism that was lacking for much of last season. A victory here may turn that optimism into belief that the Wicklow side can compete and not just in a relegation battle.

Prediction: Home win

Drogheda United –v- Derry City    7:45

Looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, Drogheda United play host to Derry City at Hunky Dorys Park.

Two goals from Gary O’Neill earned Drogheda United a hard fought away point against Bohemians last week. The Louth side are the early league leaders and will look to cement their position by taking all three points here. New manager Robbie Horgan will be pleased but determined to get more from his team.

It has been a mixed start to the season for Derry City. One draw and one defeat was not what manager Roddy Collins would have envisioned for his side. The candystripes will go in to this game fully determined to land their first three points of the season and they face a tough challenge to do so.

Prediction: Home win

UCD –v- Athlone Town   7:45

Two sides looking for their first win face off here as UCD play Athlone Town at the UCD Bowl.

UCD will consider themselves unfortunate not to get a point out of last week’s 3-2 defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic, having lost out to a last minute goal. Despite the loss manager Aaron Callaghan will be pleased with his side’s performance and will be looking for more of the same here. If they match it then the students may just have their first points on the board.

Like their opponents Athlone Town are also looking for their first points of the season. Mick Cooke and his players have had a rough start back in Ireland’s premier division and will be determined to turn it around as quickly as possible. They face a side just as desperate for points and will know they will have to be at their best to get the win.

Prediction: Away win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Limerick    3:15 (Saturday)

League champions St Patrick’s Athletic play host to Limerick at Richmond Park.

A brace from Conan Byrne and a last minute winner from Christy Fagan was enough to give St Patrick’s Athletic all three points in a 3-2 win over UCD last week. The super saints will be looking for another three points here to add some real momentum in their attempt to retain their title.

Limerick will be disappointed with their 2-1 defeat against Dundalk last week, particularly after taking the lead. With one point on the board so far manager Stuart Taylor and his side will be looking to add some more but face a very difficult task here. Limerick will need to be at their resilient best here if they are to stand any chance of causing an upset.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Dundalk    7:45

Two title challengers face off here as Sligo Rovers play Dundalk at the Showgrounds.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for Sligo Rovers. One win and one defeat, the latter coming last week as Sligo lost 1-0 to Bray Wanderers. Ian Baraclough and his side will look to get back on track this week, but face tough opposition against a very good Dundalk side. Three points will be the goal, but a point will be acceptable, a defeat could have serious consequences to Sligo’s title ambitions.

After a poor opening game against their nearest rivals, Dundalk got back on track last week with a 2-1 win over Limerick. Patrick Hoban and Kurtis Byrne finding the net on that occasion. Dundalk face difficult opposition against a Sligo Rovers side with home field advantage and will need to be at their best to get a positive result out of it.

Prediction: Draw

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