Shamrock Rovers extend Premier Division lead as streaming service begins

The new watchloi.ie live streaming service debuted on Friday. The first match to be live streamed on the service was Derry City v Sligo Rovers. Overall, the stream worked very well and there were only a few minor teething problems.

Sligo won their first points of the season at the fifth attempt by beating Derry 0-2 at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

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The visitors took the lead inside the opening 20 minutes when a Regan Donelan corner was headed home by Kyle Callan-McFadden.

The goal seemed to give the visitors confidence and they created the better of what few chances that were created. They doubled their lead when home centre-half Eoin Toal was adjudged to have brought down Ryan De Vries just inside the box. Ronan Coughlan stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

From there, Derry huffed and puffed but created little in the way of clear-cut scoring chances, with Gerardo Bruna putting a lob harmlessly wide of goal and wasting a free-kick opportunity from 22 yards out while Walter Figueira had a penalty appeal waved away.

Shamrock Rovers beat Finn Harps 3-1 at Tallaght Stadium to extend their lead at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division to five points as second-placed Dundalk could only draw 1-1 with Saint Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.

Ireland senior international Jack Byrne gave The Hoops the lead over relegation threatened Harps from an excellent free-kick from 25 yards out into the top corner after just seven minutes on Friday night.

Nine minutes later, Dylan Watts doubled the home side’s lead following a bad mistake at the back from Harps. Byrne played Watts in and he made no mistake from 15 yards out.

It was 3-0 on 36 minutes with Byrne again providing the assist for Aaron McEniff to hammer home a piledriver from 25 yards out.

Harps pulled one back a few minutes later when Karl O’Sullivan chested down a flick-on from a throw-in before volleying to the net from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors battled bravely from there but Rovers never looked in danger of dropping points.

Dundalk were held to a 1-1 with Saint Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.

Before kick-off at Oriel Park there was a minute’s silence for Harry Taffe, a Dundalk fan who had contributed in many ways to the club, most recently as a groundsman. He died last week.

The home side took the lead midway through the first half. Luke McNally took a poor first touch on the edge of his own box. Stefan Colovic was quick to pounce and he played the ball across the six yard box into the path of Patrick Hoban, who smashed the ball into the almost unguarded net from a few yards out to make the Galwegian the top scorer in the top flight this season with six goals.

Pat’s equalized almost immediately. Good build up play from Dan Ward released Shane Griffin down Pat’s left flank. He played a great low ball across that was met by Robbie Benson to equalise from close range but at a tight angle against his former employers.

After that, Pat’s came closest to scoring with Dan Ward baring down on Gary Rogers in goal but he was very unlucky as his left footed shot came back off the post after 34 minutes. Feely also had a header cleared off the line in the first few minutes of the second half.

Dundalk dominated possession from there, but Pat’s battled valiantly and created chances of their own and were good value for their share of the spoils.

Former Ireland international John Sheridan enjoyed a 0-1 win in his first match in charge of Waterford at newly promoted Shelbourne on Saturday. The goal came when a high ball from Tyreke Wilson to the back post was headed down by Tunmise Sobowale, with the ball evading everybody in the six yard before John Martin tapped it home from a few yards out.

Waterford were good value for the win which moved them up to fourth in the table but it was Shels who came closest to adding to the scoresheet with Sam Bone blocking bravely a goalbound effort from Karl Sheppard.

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A fifth minute goal at Turners Cross was enough for Bohemians to beat Cork City, who slipped to the bottom of the table as a result.

A good run and 25 yard shot from Danny Grant was parried by home goalkeeper Mark McNulty with André Wright finishing composedly to the net from the rebound. The goalkeeper will feel he should have done better with the initial shot however.

Shortly afterwards Bohs came close to doubling their lead through former City man Dan Casey’s header which looped just over.

From there, the Phibsboro side retreated somewhat but they coped well with most of what the home side had to throw at them.

Wright and Danny Grant were an almost constant threat though the City back-line generally coped well.

As the game ticked towards the final minutes it was City who forced the issue in a bid to get back into the game. Corey Galvin had a long range shot saved by Stephen McGuinness with Deshane Dalling miscuing from close range in injury-time as Bohemians held for what was an overall deserved win.

Bohs are now in third place in the table with relegation a possibility for The Rebels.

Derry City meanwhile earned a well-deserved 0-2 win over Sligo Rovers. As well as taking a knee before the match, there was a minute’s silence for Derry City president John Hume who passed away within the last 24 hours.

Derry dominated territory and possession and five minutes into the second-half they took the lead. Colm Horgan and Jack Malone linked up to feed James Akintunde who finished past a Saints’ defence which was slow to react.

Derry captain Conor McCormack then struck 18 minutes from time to seal the win. He came onto a ball from Walter Figueira before finishing expertly past Clarke from the edge of the box.

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James Clancy

A qualified Irish football journalist and photographer with an interest in all aspects and all of football. My knowledge is dominated by (but certainly not limited to) Irish and British football issues; contemporary, nostalgic, current affairs and quirky. Being a youngster during the 1990 World Cup has also given me a soft spot for Italy and Italian football ever since. Email: james@hoogensports.com

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