Monday review as Rovers falter by the sea
Three games took place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division on Monday night with the major headline coming out of County Wicklow as Shamrock Rovers fell to yet another defeat, this time against bottom side and previously win-less, Bray Wanderers.
Elsewhere, Waterford FC's selection crisis grew larger as the "Blues" had another two players sent off on Monday night, this time against a resurgent St.Pat's, who claimed a 1-0 victory on the much discussed Richmond Park patch of land.
Finally, Derry City made it seven wins in a row with a comprehensive 3-1 triumph at home to Bohemians.
Bray Wanderers 1-0 Shamrock Rovers
Undoubtedly the shock of the season in the Premier Division as Bray Wanderers claimed a maiden three points for 2018 against an extremely poor Shamrock Rovers team on the night.
Kevin Horgan has been a man under pressure of late but only for the Rovers youngster things could've been a whole lot more embarrassing for Stephen Bradley, who's role as Shamrock Rovers boss is now under untold scrutiny, following a sixth defeat in just twelve league outings.
Ronan Coughlan was the match winner for the "Seagulls" as the on loan striker pounced on a loose pass from former Dundalk man, Ronan Finn before firing low and hard past a helpless Horgan on fifty-three-minutes.
Shamrock Rovers then seemed to lose their discipline as has been a trademark during Bradley's tenure and on sixty-four minutes the in-form Daniel Carr received his marching orders after becoming involved in some needless antics, following the award of a free-kick to the hosts on half-way. A totally mindless act from the former Huddersfield striker.
In truth, Rovers created next to nothing from there on in, with Bray looking the more likely side to grab a goal on the break as Graham Kelly held on for his first ever win as caretaker boss.
Bray Wanderers remain bottom but now just five points adrift of eleventh placed Limerick, while Rovers are almost certainly out of any potential title race and may find it difficult to qualify for Europe with both Derry City and Waterford ahead of the "Hoops" thanks to this latest slip up.
St.Patrick's Athletic 1-0 Waterford FC
Without the services of key midfield duo, Stanley Aborah and Bastian Hery via length suspensions and with manager, Alan Reynolds serving a touchline ban at Richmond Park last night, this was always likely to be a tough task for the newly promoted side.
However, despite losing two more key men on Monday night with Gavan Holohan and Sander Puri both seeing red, it took a sixteenth minute header from Ryan Brennan to earn St.Pat's all three points in this potential European qualification showdown.
Liam Buckley's "Saints" almost doubled their lead thirteen minutes after the opener when Jake Keegan failed to convert from the penalty spot but this win sees the Dublin club move level on points with City rivals, Shamrock Rovers, while Waterford are now within five points of the Inchicore club.
Derry City 3-1 Bohemians
City's one-hundred-percent home record continued on Monday night as Kenny Shiels side collected back to back wins over Keith Long's Bohemians side.
A single goal is all that separated the sides at Dalymount Park in their most recent encounter but despite "Bohs" derby day heroics on Friday the form book was most certainly in the hosts favor for this tie.
Goals from Aaron McEneff, Nicky Low and Rory Patterson were enough to cancel out Dylan Watts twenty-sixth-minute equaliser as the "Candystripes" moved into the European places with victory. As for "Bohs" they remain just three points clear of relegation threatened Limerick.