LOI: Athlone Go In Search Of Seventh Heaven


Bohemians –v- Limerick    7:45

In form Bohemians take on out of form Limerick at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Daniel Byrne, Jason Byrne and a James O’Brien o.g. gave Bohemians a 3-1 away win over rock bottom Athlone Town on Monday. That win lifts Bohs to fifth, four points off top spot. The Dublin side will look to continue their fine run of form by taking all three points from their struggling opponents.

Having not played on Monday, Limerick find themselves second from bottom and still looking for their first win of the season. This game will be their sixth attempt, fail and they may just find themselves falling into a rut that they will struggle to free themselves of. Stuart Taylor and his side know a big performance is needed here and it’s time his side delivered.

Prediction: Home win 

Cork City –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Title challengers Cork City look to cement their place on top as they host Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross.

Despite not playing on Monday, last week’s victory over Shamrock Rovers was enough to secure top spot for John Caulfield and his side. They will now look to pick up where they left off and that’s with a win. Their impressive form this season increases the likelihood of that, but Cork must be weary of a possible resurgence in Sligo or they may just slip up.

An Alan Keane goal helped Sligo Rovers secure a hard fought 1-1 draw with in form Drogheda United last time out. That secured their first point in four games and lifts them out of the relegation zone. They face an uphill task to get a result here, but if they repeat the resilience they showed against Drogheda, the may just get a result.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Athlone Town    7:45

Derry City host bottom side Athlone Town at the Brandywell.

Derry City will be disappointed and yet unsurprised with 3-0 away defeat against title contenders Dundalk on Monday. Although Derry have only registered one win this season, they will feel confident that their form is improving and that they will have more than enough to defeat their opponents, especially at home.

Six games and six defeats, it’s all gone wrong for Athlone Town. Even this early in the season it appears as if the writing is on the wall for both the club and manager Mick Cooke. A huge upswing in fortune is needed and quickly. This kind of turnaround has happened in the past and Athlone need it to happen quickly or all hope and belief may be lost.

Prediction: Home win

Drogheda United –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

Title challengers Drogheda United play host to Bray Wanderers at Hunky Dory’s Park.

The 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers on Monday would have been a disappointment to Drogheda United. Having not taken advantage of their poor form the Louth side missed a chance to go top of the table. They will be looking to take all three points here against an inconsistent side and put real pressure on the teams above them.

The 3-1 defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic was not a surprise for Bray Wanderers, but disappointing nonetheless. Bray have been very inconsistent so far this season, and with that meandering form it is unclear which Bray Wanderers side will show up. Manager Alan Matthews will hope it’s a Bray side who can win.

Prediction: Home win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Two title challengers face off here in a Dublin derby as St Patrick’s Athletic face Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park.

Goals from Christy Fagan, Lee Lynch and Chris Forrester gave St Patrick’s Athletic a badly needed three points against Bray Wanderers on Monday. That win leaves St Pat’s sixth, four points from top. Liam Buckley and his side know they have to be at their best here if they are to get the win they need to put themselves back in title contention.

After losing last week to title rivals Cork City, Shamrock Rovers bounced back immediately with a 2-0 win over UCD on Monday. That win leaves them third in the league on goal difference. Rovers will now look to take advantage of their opponents shaky form and land a win that may prevent St Pat’s from having any real impact on the title race.

Prediction: Draw

UCD –v- Dundalk    7:45

Seventh placed UCD take on title chasing Dundalk at the UCD Bowl.

The 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Monday was UCD’s third defeat of the season. They may be facing a fourth defeat here if they fail to play to their best. While they don’t struggle to score goals they suffer difficulties in keeping clean sheets, having not managed it so far this season. That could well be the reason why UCD may not pick up any points here.

Goals from Brian Gartland, Richie Towell and David McMillan gave Dundalk a 3-0 win over Derry City on Monday which leaves them second in the league on goal difference. Dundalk will be determined to add to that by taking all three points from a struggling UCD side.

Prediction: Away win

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