First Division review - Round 6

Article by Andrew Dempsey.

Article by Andrew Dempsey.

In what was another big weekend of First Division action, Drogheda United put a halt to UCD’s blistering start to the season with a two-nil victory over the “Students”, while Shelbourne pummeled a poor Athlone Town by seven goals to nil. Wexford FC held Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers at Ferrycarrig Park and in the final game of the weekend, Longford Town dismissed Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely 3-0 in the Midlands with Galway United's trip to Finn Park postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

Drogheda United 2-0 UCD

In a game that was being described as the go-to game of the weekend in the First Division, Tim Clancy’s “Drogs” came out on top over Collie O’Neill’s highly fancied “Students” by a score-line of two goals to nil, with goals from Gareth McCaffrey and Lee Duffy sealing the deal for the “Drogs”.

Drogheda came into this clash of the titan’s affair on the back of a desperately disappointing three-two away defeat to Cabinteely last time out, while UCD were riding the crest of their early season wave as they lay top of the pile after a stunning opening start to the season.

Tim Clancy will surely be pleased with his sides reaction to last week’s disappointment at Stradbrook as they prepare for another mammoth home clash against Longford Town next time out, while UCD must re-assess where they are at as Finn Harps make the trip up to Belfield in the next round of fixtures.

Shelbourne 7-0 Athlone Town

After shocking the League of Ireland in general with a fantastic home draw against promotion hopefuls Finn Harps last weekend, Aaron Callaghan and his Athlone Town team really did disintegrate against an in-form Shelbourne side as they crashed to a heavy seven-nil beating at Tolka Park.

In a far from entertaining opening twenty minutes, Shelbourne took the lead through Davy O’Sullivan as he poked home after a mistake from Athlone netminder Nathan Murphy, who looked very poor throughout the game.

It was to get even worse for the “Town” as Adam Evans popped up twice in the space of nine minutes to seal the deal for Owen Heary’s men, as Athlone finished the half with Aaron Callaghan being dismissed following a verbal disagreement with the 4th official on the night.

It was clear that Athlone Town were no match for an impressive Shelbourne as David O’Sullivan scored a further three goals for himself in the second half, while Adam Evans got another goal for his collection as Owen Heary’s “Reds” put the seal on an incredibly easy win for the Drumcondra outfit. 

Finn Harps P-P Galway United

In the only game that fell foul of the weather this weekend, Finn Harps lost out on their second game of the season due to weather related issues as the Finn Park pitch was deemed unplayable for the visit of Shane Keegan’s Galway United side.  No date has been announced yet for the rescheduled fixture.

Wexford FC 1-1 Cobh Ramblers

Both Wexford FC and Cobh Ramblers played out a competitive 1-1 draw at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday Night as neither side could get that much needed victory to kickstart their respective seasons in County Wexford.

Ramblers took an early lead through Anthony McAlavey, as the dynamic midfield star saw his sweetly struck strike leave Aaron Bolger in the Wexford FC goal helpless as Stephen Henderson’s side took an early one-goal lead.

However, that lead was not going to last long as on-loan Shamrock Rovers striker Aaron Dobbs saw his well taken strike, from just inside the box, beat the despairing efforts of Paul Hunt in the Cobh Ramblers goal to put Damian Locke’s side level just moments after Cobh Ramblers took the lead.

After that frantic opening seven minutes or so, there was to be no more goals as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils on the night at Ferrycarrig Park.

Image with thanks to Longford Town FC Supporters club/Tiernan Dolan.

Image with thanks to Longford Town FC Supporters club/Tiernan Dolan.

Longford Town 3-0 Cabinteely

In what was the final First Division game of the weekend, Neale Fenn’s Longford Town swatted aside the challenge of Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely at the City Calling Stadium in a hard-fought victory of three goals to nil.  

Longford benefited from some good fortune as Kieran Butler of Cabinteely accidentally deflected a Shane Elworthy cross into the back of his own sides net to put Cabinteely one goal in front at the Midlands venue.

Despite some threatening Cabinteely attacks, the returning man, Peter Hopkins put the result beyond all doubt with a fantastic solo effort late on as new signing Dean Byrne danced his way through a faltering Cabinteely defence to put the icing on the cake for Neale Fenn’s side as they now only lie two points off the top of the table.