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LOI: Drogs Seek Derby Day Success

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Bohemians –v- Longford Town    7:45

Bohemians host Longford town at Dalymount Park.

A late goal from Mark Griffin was enough to give Bohemians a 1-0 away win against Drogheda United last week. That win keeps them fourth and close to the top of the table. Its early days but the Dublin side will be extremely pleased with their start and hope that they can challenge for their first league title in six years.

So far Longford Town have not looked out of their debt in Ireland’s premier division. The 2-2 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic shows that Longford are very tough team to beat and pose a serious challenge to any team they come across. This season is all about staying in the league. For Tony Cousins and his side, so far so good.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Shamrock Rovers travel to the Brandywell Stadium to face Derry City.

Derry City’s disappointing start to the season continued in a 3-0 defeat against Cork City last week. The candystripes had high hopes for this season, but thus far their ambitions have not come to fruition. A win here could see a change in fortune for Peter Hutton’s side, but they will have to really work hard to get it.

A brace from Michael Drennan and a Brandon Miele goal gave Shamrock Rovers a 3-0 win over Galway last week. That win keeps them third, only two points behind Dundalk.  Pat Fenlon will be pleased with his sides start and will be looking for more of the same in what could be a serious title challenge.

Prediction: Away win

Dundalk –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Louth derby here, as Dundalk play Drogheda United at Oriel Park.

Dundalk dropped their first points of the season last week in a 1-1 with Limerick. Despite that result the Louth side will feel well in control of the league so far and are hoping to score another win against their local rivals. Form goes out the window in these games, forcing Dundalk to try and win on quality alone.

It’s all been going wrong for Drogheda United as of late. Another defeat last week, this time coming in on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat against Bohemians. Given that form is not usually a deciding factor in a derby game, this may be the perfect place to get their season back on track. A victory here could be the spark to reignite their early season form and push on to better things.

Prediction: Home win

Galway United –v- Sligo Rovers    7:45

Galway United face Sligo Rovers at Deacy Park.

Life in Ireland’s premier division has been difficult so far for Galway United. With only one win and five defeats to their name, Galway are showing the kind of form that sees them heading straight back down. They can consoles themselves with the knowledge that it is early days and that they have plenty of time to turn things around.

Much like their opponents, Sligo have also been struggling badly so far this season. Still yet to pick up their first win the bit o’ red look far removed from their title challenging form. They will see this game as an opportunity to get their first win of the season and lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Prediction: Draw

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

Cork City travel to Dublin to face St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.

A 2-2 with Longford Town last week has somewhat scuppered St Patrick’s Athletics’ momentum of recent weeks. Now St Pats must start again and build a run of results that could push them closer to the top of the table. They face very tough opposition here and will need to be at their best to get anything at all.

A goal from John O’Flynn and a brace from Karl Sheppard gave Cork City a 3-0 win over Derry City last week. That was Cork’s fourth win in five games and keeps them in a great position to overtake Dundalk at the top of the table. This game sounds tough on paper, but John Caulfield and his side given the form their in will feel like they can beat anyone.

Prediction: Draw

Bray Wanderers –v- Limerick    5:45

Bray Wanderers host Limerick at the Carlisle Grounds.

After five consecutive defeats a David Cassidy hat-trick gave Bray Wanderers their first win of the season last week. Now that the duck has been broken, new manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki will want his side to put some more points on the board. Home field advantage may just give the Wicklow side the edge they need to get another three points.

A last minute Paul O’Conor goal gave Limerick a 1-1 draw with league leaders Dundalk last week. That result, while having little impact on their league standings may just be the spark to ignite Limerick’s season. Another win here could push the Lims to move steadily up the table and away from the relegation zone.

Prediction: Away win

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