The Leesiders secured their first league win by beating Bohemians at Turner’s Cross on Friday night, with second-half goals from Danny Furlong and Daryl Horgan overturning Owen Heary’s opener. Bray were beaten by champions Sligo Rovers on Saturday, but after an opening night win over Shelbourne, won’t be fearful of Cork’s threat on their home patch.
Limerick, meanwhile, will throw open the gates of Thomond Park for the second time when UCD make the trip south following their harrowing 6-0 defeat to Derry City.
The Shannonsiders picked up a more than credible draw at Drogheda United on Friday night, despite having led until the 87th minute, when Declan O’Brien struck a second penalty of the evening home in an ill-tempered game which saw Lims finishing up with nine men and manager Stuart Taylor sent to the stands by referee Graham Kelly.
Fresh from their impressive win over the students, Derry will meet Drogheda for the third time in just over a fortnight at the Brandywell, following the Setanta Cup quarter-final in which the Louth side narrowly advanced 3-2 over two legs.
It’s the start of a busy week for Drogs, who take on Trabzonspor in a friendly at Tallaght on Thursday night — the game is televised both on Setanta Ireland and Turkish television — as well as a home game against Bray next Sunday.
Manager Mick Cooke, speaking at a press conference to promote the game, said it could be a shop window where some of his players can impress to attract potential suitors. “All you need is 90 good minutes in a game that’s live on TV. Just look at Keith Fahey against Hertha Berlin,” he said.
Elsewhere this evening, Sligo, the only side with a 100% record, make the trip to Dundalk, and even though the Lilywhites have made a promising start to life under Stephen Kenny with four points from six, the Bit O’Red will still be expected to come home with the points.
Finally there’s a Dublin derby at Richmond Park, where Shelbourne will look to pick up their first points of the campaign away to a St Patrick’s Athletic side who were defeated comprehensively by Shamrock Rovers on Friday.