Cork stay top: Tonight's eircom league match reports

Cork City 1 Bohemians 0

John O’Flynn gave Cork a win their scarcely deserved to keep them top of the Premier Division table.

With Roy O’Donovan and Billy Woods suspended, Cork lacked width and really struggled to take the game to Bohs in the first half.

The Gyspies, without the player/boss Gareth Farrelly due to a family illness, were the better side before the break but failed to convert the half a dozen chances they created.

Cork improved in the second half and got the breakthrough on the hour mark.

Denis Behan broke clear down the wing to cross and O’Flynn applied the finish to leave pointless Bohs bottom of the table with a goal to their name after three games.

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Derry City 3 Sligo Rovers 1

Sligo were brought back down to earth after their opening win over Bohemians last week as Derry comfortably won this game.

Pat McCourt put Derry in front on 47 minutes with a typical solo effort.

The mercurial McCourt then made the second for Gary Beckett to stab home three minutes later.

Mark Farren, taken down by keeper John O’Hara, then ended the game as a contest with a 68th minute penalty.

Sligo skipper Michael McNamara got their consolation goal five minutes later.

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Dublin City 0 Drogheda United 1

Glenn Fitzpatrick scored his first goal for Drogheda as Paul Doolin’s men ground out another 1-0 win at Dalymount Park.

A well organised Dublin City frustrated Drogheda in the first half.

But Drogheda got on top after the break and skipper Declan O’Brien had a header tipped over the bar by Vikings’ keeper Gary Rogers before the only goal arrived on 74 minutes.

Dan Connor’s long clearance found James keddy on the left and his cross was finished by Fitzpatrick to keep Drogheda joint top of the table with rivals Cork City.

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St Patrick’s Athletic 2 Shelbourne 2

A game of two half if ever there was one as both sides finished with 10 men in this tempestuous Dublin derby.

Saints stunned Shels to take a third-minute lead when Paul Keegan beat the offside trap to slip the ball to Mark Rutherford and the winger, who made his name with Shels, shot past Steve Williams.

It was 2-0 on 17 minutes when Trevor Molloy, another former Shels player, was left unmarked to head home Sean O’Connor’s cross from the left.

Jason Byrne headed home Joseph Ndo’s corner to get Shels back into it on 56 minutes before all hell broke loose two minutes later.

Shels skipper Owen Heary was sent off by Cork referee Alan Kelly for a bad challenge on John Frost with Keegan also seeing red for retaliating in the melee that followed.

Shels then scored a brilliant equaliser on 83 minutes. A superb cross in from the left by Ollie Cahill was headed home in classic fashion by central defender Colin Hawkins.

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Waterford United 0 UCD 1

Brian Shortall’s first goal for UCD lifted them off the bottom of the table as Blues had skipper Chris Deans sent off.

UCD were much the better side in the first half and full value for what proved the winner which came right on 45 minutes.

Alan Cawley’s corner wasn’t defended and Paul Byrne knocked the ball back for central defender Shortall to head home from just a yard out.

The game remained uninspiring and Deans completed a sad night for Blues on 85 minutes when shown a straight red card by referee Dave McKeon for an elbow on Connor Kenna.

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