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LOI: Fenlon Hooping For Great Start In Tallaght

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Cork City –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Two title challengers face off here as Cork City host St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross.

After the 2-1 defeat to Dundalk last week Cork City are in desperate need of a win in order to close the six point gap that has opened up at the top. Cork face very tough opposition here and will need a big improvement on last week if they wish to win the game. If they lose they will drop into third and may be as many as nine points behind.

A solitary Chris Forrester goal gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win over Sligo Rovers last week. That victory has allows them a chance to claim second place if they achieve a win here. To win in Cork will be a tough task but one Liam Buckley will feel his side are capable of achieving. Lose and a second league title may just slip from their grasp.

Prediction: Draw

UCD –v- Bohemians    7:45

After both suffering heavy defeats last week, UCD and Bohemians face off at the UCD Bowl.

A 4-0 away defeat at Drogheda last week was UCD’s thirteenth of the season and has kept them rooted in the relegation zone. The late form that helped them survive in the last seasons has yet to materialize but manager Aaron Callaghan will be hoping it starts here. Another loss will have the students dropping closer to the automatic relegation spot.

Like their opponents, Bohemians also suffered a 4-0 away defeat last week, this time to Derry City. It has left the Dublin sitting comfortably in mid-table with little advancement expected. Bohs would like to finish as high as they can, at the very least improve on last season’s 10th placed finish, something they are well on their way to achieving. Other than that this season has become a write-off.

Prediction: Away win

Drogheda United-v- Dundalk    8:00

Louth derby here, as revitalised Drogheda United host league leaders Dundalk at Hunky Dorys Park.

After a run of terrible results in which they conceded a huge amount of goals Drogheda United have bounced back well with three wins in their last four. Their 4-0 win over UCD last week was the perfect preparation for a derby with bragging rights on the line. A win for the Drogs could all but ensure their safety this season. A defeat could put a dent in any momentum and confidence they have gained.

Dundalk enter this game after winning their most crucial game of the season last week. The 2-1 away win  in Cork cemented their position on top and opened up a six point lead in the process. A win here could stretch that lead to nine, something which Stephen Kenny and his side will be determined to achieve.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Derry City    8:00

Fourth take on fifth here as Shamrock Rovers take on Derry City at Tallaght Stadium.

The 4-1 defeat against Limerick last week was the last hurrah for Trevor Croly. He was sacked from his position and quickly replaced with Pat Fenlon. The former Hibernian manager will be looking for an instant impact upon his return to a league he has won five times as a manager.

Braces from Rory Patterson and Michael Duffy gave Derry City a 4-0 win over Bohemians last week which has lifted them into fifth place. They face a tough ask to hold onto that position. Derry could well have inflicted a third successive defeat on Rovers if Croly was still in the dugout but expect the hoops to be buoyed by Fenlon’s arrival and come out on top.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Athlone Town    7:45

Sligo Rovers play bottom side Athlone Town at the Showgrounds.

Sligo Rovers will be disappointed with their 1-0 defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic last week. That defeat saw them drop into sixth place. The bit o’ red will be determined to regain their fifth place position and will feel confident that they can overcome a poor Athlone side at home.

Like their opponents Athlone Town will feel disappointed they did not take advantage of Bray Wanderers poor form and instead only managed a draw with them last week. Athlone face a tough task here and must be now preparing themselves to play first division football next season.

Prediction: Home win

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