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LOI: Fenlon Seeks To Put One Over Former Charges

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Bohemian FC –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

A Dublin derby here as Bohemians play host to fierce rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Karl Moore and Jason Byrne gave Bohemians victory over Drogheda United on Friday. This win keeps them in seventh position and has all but secured their position in the league next year. Having thus far surpassed their tenth place finish last year’s Bohs will be determined to finish as high as they can and are more than capable of doing so.

After the excellent start to Pat Fenlon’s reign at Shamrock Rovers, the 1-1 draw with Athlone Town on Friday put quite a dent into it. Rovers have had a short amount of time to regroup and will have to be at their best if they are to get a win here. Long term, this season can be considered a write off. It’s now just preparation for what must a serious title challenge next year.

Prediction: Draw

Cork City –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

Title chasing Cork City play relegation battling Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross.

A solitary goal from John O’Flynn gave Cork City all three points against Derry City on Friday. That win keeps up the pressure on Dundalk, who lead the league by four points. John Caulfield and his side know that they cannot afford to make any mistakes or the season is over. Each game remaining must now be treated like a cup final or Cork will lose out on their first league title since 2005.

The 1-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers has left Bray Wanderers still sitting in the relegation play-off position. Fortunately for the Wicklow side UCD have yet to take advantage of their slip ups. Unless Bray can put a run of results together then they must resign themselves to the play-off match.

Prediction: Home win

Drogheda United –v- Derry City    7:45

Ninth placed Drogheda United host sixth placed Derry City at Hunky Dory’s Park.

Drogheda United will be disappointed following Friday’s 2-1 defeat against Bohemians. Despite that defeat the Louth side will feel confident that they have what it takes to ensure their survival. Their home form will be important in that regard and Drogheda will be determined to take advantage of it.

Derry City would have been unsurprised yet disappointed at the 1-0 defeat against Cork City. Despite that defeat Derry are sitting comfortably in sixth and will be determined that is where they remain come they end of the season. The candystripes will feel confident that they have enough to get all three points here and will set out to do just that.

Prediction: Draw

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Limerick    7:45

Limerick travel to Dublin to play St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.

Goals from Keith Fahey, Conan Byrne and Ian Bermingham gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 3-2 victory over UCD on Friday. That win keeps them third and still in contention for a Europa League place next season. They face difficult opposition here, but with home advantage manager Liam Buckley will feel his side will have enough to come out on top.

Despite losing 1-0 to Dundalk, Limerick will be relatively pleased with how their season has gone. Though not mathematically safe Limerick will no doubt feel confident of a third successive season in Ireland’s top flight. They have a tough task here, but manager Martin Russell will feel confident his side can provide an upset.

Prediction: Home win

Sligo Rovers –v- Dundalk    7:45

Sligo Rovers play host to league leaders Dundalk at the Showgrounds.

An Eamon Zayed goal was enough to give Sligo Rovers a 1-0 away win over Bray Wanderers on Friday. That win cemented their fifth place position, putting them five points clear of sixth placed Derry City. They can expect much tougher opposition against in form Dundalk who are in touching distance of winning the league.

A late Patrick Hoban winner gave Dundalk all three points against Limerick last week. The win keeps them four points clear at the top of the league with nine games to go. Despite the tough game they face here, Stephen Kenny and his side will feel confident that they have what it takes to get the win that will bring them that much closer to the championship.

Prediction: Away win

UCD –v- Athlone Town    7:45

A relegation six pointer here as UCD play Athlone Town at the UCD Bowl.

Currently sitting in tenth, avoiding the relegation zone on goal difference only, UCD need a win and quickly. They face their best chance of getting that win against a team in a worse position then they are. Lose and they not only increase their chances of a relegation play-off but of direct relegation itself.

Athlone Town will feel that they will never get a better chance of avoiding relegation than they do by winning this game. Win and the gap with UCD and possibly Bray is two points, and with eight games to go everything is to play for. Lose and its season over and relegation has all but been assured.

Prediction: Away win

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