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LOI: Promoted Sides Eye Big Scalps Over Dublin Duo

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The second Friday of March see’s the second instalment of this season’s League Of Ireland fixtures. The opening round produced a number of talking points, some surprising scores and a Dublin derby that saw the wind wreak havoc on what otherwise would have been a solid encounter. Here’s a preview of this week’s action.

Bohemians –v- Galway United    7:45

Bohemians host newly promoted Galway United at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Adam Evans, Dean Kelly and Lorcan Fitzgerald gave Bohemians a 3-0 away win against Limerick last week. Keith Long will have been pleased with his side’s strong start to the season and will be looking for more of the same in their first game at home. A win here could set the tone for what could be a strong season.

Galway will be disappointed that despite taking the lead, they ended up on the losing side of a 2-1 scoreline last time out against Derry City. The tribesmen will be determined to get some points on the board, but face a difficult trip to Dublin. Despite that, these are the games that they wanted to play while battling for promotion. They’re about to get their wish.

Prediction: Home win

Cork City –v- Limerick    7:45

In their first game at Turner’s Cross this season, Cork City take on Limerick.

Cork will be reasonably pleased with their 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers last week, thanks primarily to a last minute equaliser from Ross Gaynor. It was not the start they would have wanted, but will take nonetheless and motivate them to claim all three points here. Their home record last season was very good, the rebel army will want more of the same.

A disappointing 3-0 home defeat was a poor start for Limerick last week. In their two previous seasons in Ireland’s premier division Limerick’s away form has always been excellent something manager Martin Russell and his side will wish to continue. A win here could be the foundation of another good season for the blues.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Dundalk    7:45

Derry City host champions Dundalk at the Brandywell Stadium.

Goals from Sean Houston and Ryan Curran gave Derry City a 2-1 win over Galway United last week. Derry City face much tougher opposition in the form of the champions and will have to be at their best to get a result. Peter Hutton will no doubt have his side motivated and a win her could be the catalyst for a successful season.

A solitary Daryl Horgan goal gave Dundalk a 1-0 win over Longford Town last week and got his side’s title defence of to a successful start. They face their first big test here and the champions will be determined not to slip so early into the new season. A win will increase the momentum their title win has given them and could lead to a successful campaign.

Prediction: Draw

Drogheda United –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Drogheda United take on Sligo Rovers at the Hunky Dory’s Stadium.

A goal from Daryl Kavanagh gave Drogheda United a 1-0 away win at Bray last week and a perfect start to their season. They now open their home account with a tough match against Sligo Rovers and manager Johnny McDonnell will be looking to use that home field advantage to his sides benefit.

Sligo will have been relatively pleased with their 1-1 draw with Cork City last week. They will however, be determined to get their first three points on the board against a side they have usually have gotten the better of in seasons past. A strong win here could lay a marker of serious title intentions right at Sligo’s feet.

Prediction: Away win

St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

St Patrick’s Athletic open their home account by hosting Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park.

Losing their first game of the season against Shamrock Rovers will have been bitterly disappointing. Liam Buckley will now need to pick his side back up motivate them back to winning form. They will expect all three points here but know they will have to work for it against a side that battle for every point they get.

A 1-0 home defeat was the start to the season Bray Wanderers were determined to avoid. As a side that have constantly fought relegation in the last few seasons Bray know the importance of a good start and as a side who have avoided relegation how to come back from a bad result. They need the latter here but face a tough task to get it.

Prediction: Home win

Longford Town –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:30

Newly promoted Longford Town host Shamrock Rovers at the City Calling Stadium.

A 1-0 defeat against champions Dundalk would hardly have been a surprising result to Longford Town. They will now be hoping that home field advantage will help put their first points on the board, but given their opposition, they will have to work hard to achieve it. But with nothing to lose in a game they’re not expected to win, who says they can’t.

A Danny North goal gave Shamrock Rovers the perfect start in a 1-0 win over Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic. Pat Fenlon will want more of the same from his players, determined to get their team right back into the title race. Facing a newly promoted side in their first home game can be a tough spot, but these are they games you need to win if the league title is your ambition.

Prediction: Away win

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