LOI: Hoops Seek Big Win Over Rebels
Bohemians –v- Bray Wanderers 7:45
Bohemians host Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.
Bohemians will look to bounce back from their surprising 5-3 defeat against Galway last week. That result put a big dent in their title ambitions, leaving them 11 points behind. A win here will help make up for some lost ground, but Bohs must feel the title is beyond them at this point.
A Peter McGlynn goal helped Bray Wanderers pull off a shock result against St Patrick’s Athletic last week. That result will have been a big boost to Bray’s survival chances as another win will lift them out of the relegation zone. They will face tough opposition here but the Wicklow side will hope that new manager Trevor Croly will bring the best out of his players.
Cork City –v- Shamrock Rovers 7:45
Second versus third here as Cork City play Shamrock Rovers at Turner’s Cross.
A goal from Karl Sheppard was enough to give Cork City a 1-0 away win against struggling Limerick last week. They face a much tougher challenge this time around against a side who have been breathing down their necks all season. Cork have played a game more than the teams around them, if they wish to keep pushing for the league this is a must win game.
A brace from Maxime Blanchard and a goal from Gavin Brennan gave Shamrock Rovers a 3-2 win over Longford Town last week. This result keeps them keeps them four points behind Cork with a game in hand, which will be down to one point should they win here. If Rovers want to win the league, these are the games that they must win.
Derry City –v- Sligo Rovers 7:45
Eighth take on ninth as Derry City face Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell Stadium.
After just losing out to Dundalk last week, Derry City will be determined to gain all three points against a side who have been struggling this season. Derry have been struggling at times themselves but it’s their lack of goals, the poorest return in the league that is killing them. Should their goal scoring improve, Derry will no doubt improve with it.
A brace from Daniel Corcoran gave Sligo Rovers only their second win of the season in a 2-0 win over Drogheda United last week. The bit o’red will hope that that win will be enough to see a shift in the momentum of their season. Lose here and Sligo may be faced with a real relegation battle, one their inconsistency will never let them out of.
Prediction: Home win
Drogheda United –v- Galway United 7:45
Struggling Drogheda United host Galway United at Hunky Dory’s Park.
After finally getting their first win since the second week of the season, Drogheda have followed it up with two consecutive defeats against Cork and Sligo, derailing any momentum the win may have given them. They face a tough task here against an in form side who are scoring freely. Lose here and they may slip into the relegation zone.
Goals from Jake Keegan, Padraic Cunningham, Ryan Connolly and a brace from Enda Curran gave Galway United an impressive 5-3 win over Bohemians last week. That win lifts Galway to sixth and comfortably mid table. Tommy Dunne’s goal of staying up this season is right on track.
Prediction: Away win
St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Dundalk 7:45
League leaders Dundalk travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic.
The shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bray Wanderers last week has left St Pats 13 points adrift of the top spot and ended their chances of a second league title in three years. Their opponents this week could make that gap 16 points and given their form it seems a real possibility. St Pats need a big win and will have to be at their very best if they are to stand a chance of getting it here.
A late John Mountney goal gave Dundalk a 1-0 victory over Derry City last week and keeps them four points clear at the top of the league. With their nearest rivals playing each other this week the Louth side may see an opportunity to increase the gap at the top. They face wounded St Patrick’s Athletic which may cause them serious problems, but if Dundalk intend to retain their title, these are the games they need to win.
Prediction: Away win
Longford Town –v- Limerick 7:30
Longford Town host bottom side Limerick at the City Calling Stadium.
Longford will have been disappointed with their 3-2 defeat against Shamrock Rovers last week. That result keeps them seventh, a comfortable position for the newly promoted side. Like Galway, this season is all about survival for Longford and manager Tony Cousins will believe his side have more than enough to achieve that goal.
Now thirteen games in and Limerick have still yet to record a win this season. Their latest defeat, losing 1-0 against Cork City. And now with the gap between them and the rest of the league getting wider Limerick must feel that if they don’t get a win and quickly then they must resign themselves to playing first division football next season.
Prediction: Home win