Airtricity League Round up; Ireland star returns to St. Pat’s

Defending champions Shamrock Rovers were hammered 4-0 by Bohemians at Dalymount in the shock of the night while Keith Fahey returned to support local club St. Patrick’s Athletic.

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Peter McMahon grabbed a goal inside the first ten minutes of each half while Karl Moore added his own brace inside the last five minutes of action as Rovers suffered their second four goal defeat of the campaign, having been hammered 5-1 by St. Pat’s at the end of May.  Bohemians now move up to seventh in the table while Rovers drop to fourth.

St. Patrick’s Athletic beat Shelbourne 1-0 at Inchicore.  Former Pat’s star and current Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey was on hand to lead the band at the south Dublin venue and received a rousing reception from the 1,500 strong crowd.  Greg Bolger netted the only goal shortly before half time as the Saints remain just four points behind league leaders Sligo with Úachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins also at Inchicore to take in proceedings.

Sligo Rovers meanwhile have maintained their four point lead at the top of the Premier Division thanks to a brace of goals from star winger Danny North which was enough to overcome Dundalk at Oriel Park who lost 1-2 with their goal opening the scoring through Rafter eight minutes before half time.  North equalized right on the short whistle however.  He nicked his second of the night and 14th of the season after Cherrie dropped a straightforward catch five minutes into the second half.

Elsewhere, Cork City were much too good for Bray Wanderers with a fourth minute header from Purcell and further goals from Duggan and a quality team goal from Sullivan with 25 minutes remaining seeing the Rebels to a very comfortable  0-3 win at the Carlisle Grounds, though they could have netted double that.  The leesiders now move up to sixth in the table while Bray stay ninth.

Drogheda had too much for Derry City, winning 0-3 at the Brandywell.  The Drogs move up to third in the table and above Shamrock Rovers.  Derry stay fifth but are now just one point above a chasing pack of three.

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