Airticity League Premier Division round-up: Wins for Cork, Limerick, Bray, Derry and Drogheda
The Aitricity League roared back into action tonight and and their were six winners and six losers on the opening night of the 2017 season.
Boyle bags a brace as Derry blast past Bohs
Bohemians 1 Derry City 4
Nathan Boyle proved Derry’s supersub with a brace off the bench as they routed hapless Bohs at Dalymount.
Lively Derry were ahead on 14 minutes as Aaron McEneff drove home a penalty after home keeper Shane Supple tripped Rory Paterson.
Derry doubled their lead in first half stoppage time. Bohs’ skipper Derek Pender's overhit back pass was hacked off the line by the Supple. But the clearance ran to substitute Boyle who drilled low to the net.
And Bohs fell further behind five minutes into the second half. Derry broke quickly with Boyle racing though to shoot between the legs of Supple.
Bohs hit back on 55 minutes. Paddy Kavanagh’s deflected ball found Dinny Corcoran to volley home.
But Derry sealed their win with another counterattack on 64 minutes.
Boyle broke down the left. And though his shot was parried by Supple, Lukas Schubert, just on the pitch for Josh Daniels, bundled the ball home with his first touch.
Bohemians: Supple; Pender, Byrne, Brennan, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Poynton, Morris, Ward (Simon, 61); Doyle (Gannon, 78), Corcoran.
Derry City: G. Doherty; McDermott, McBride, Jarvis, B. Doherty (Whiteside, 68); Low, McEneff; Daniels (Schubert, 64), McNamee, Curtis; Patterson (Boyle, 28).
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).
Paddy McCourt's return to the Airtricity League spoiled by the Rebels
Finn Harps 0 Cork City 1
Sean Maguire spoiled Paddy McCourt’s League of Ireland return last night.
Maguire netted right on the blow of the half-time whistle for a barely-deserved win from the 2016 FAI Cup winners.
McCourt played the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t inspire a comeback for his new side.
Maguire pounced to steer home from close range after getting on the end of a Jimmy Keohane flick on.
Cork were inches from a second in the early moments of the second half. After Maguire got a flick on to a Steven Dooley corner, Ryan Delaney’s effort rebounded off a post and Barry Molloy, just, managed to clear.
After three pitch inspections, Finn Park was given the go-ahead by referee Rob Rogers three hours before kick-off and the constant drizzle hardly aided the night’s participants.
Chances were few and far between with a Kevin O’Connor effort that was saved by Harps 'keeper Gallagher.
Cork, captained by Ballybofey-born Johnny Dunleavey, lining at Finn Park for the first time, found Harps a tough nut to crack.
Caolan McAleer – one of four debutants in the Harps XI – forced Mark McNulty into action with a powerful shot in the 58th minute, but his effort was kept out.
Harps brought McCourt on to a big welcome with 20 minutes to go as they sought to salvage something from the tie.
The former Celtic winger and Northern Ireland international was signed by Harps this week to end a week of speculation in the north-west.
Conor McCormick was denied by Gallagher and his follow-up flew dangerously across the goalmouth. Cork were reduced to ten men on 75 minutes when Garry Buckley was sent off for a second booking.
Harps will have been content with how they had performed until Maguire show his killer instincts with what proved the match-winner. Last season, Maguire bagged a winner late in the game from a penalty. It was earlier, here, but every bit as vital.
FINN HARPS – C Gallagher; E Boyle, D McNulty, K Cantwell, C Coll; C McAleer, B Molloy (G Harkin 78), J Bonner, S Houston (P McCourt 70); D Morrissey (E Dsane 78), C O’Connor.
CORK CITY – M McNulty; C McCormack, J Dunleavy, R Delaney, K O’Connor; J Keohane, G Morrissey, G Bolger (K Sheppard 70), S Dooley (A Bennett 90); G Buckley; S Maguire.
REF – R Rogers (Dublin)
Drogheda mark return to the top flight with victory over Galway
Galway United 0 Drogheda United 1
Gareth McCaffrey scored the winning goal for Drogheda United as they got their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign off to the perfect start with a win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.
It was Shane Keegan’s first game in charge of Galway United and he wanted to please home fans, but McCaffrey was sprung from the bench in the 71st minute, and he scored ten minutes later.
New Galway signing Ronan Murray had a number of opportunities to score on his debut but he couldn’t find his way past Stephen McGuinness.
It was 0-0 at half-time, but both sides had plenty of chances. Stephen Elliott and Adam Wixted went close for Drogheda but it was scoreless at half-time.
Murray had another couple of chances after half-time, but McCaffrey finished expertly after he rounded Ciaran Nugent in the 81st minute.
Galway United: C Nugent; C Horgan, L Grace, S Folan, M Ludden; G Shanahan (P Cunningham 18), D Cawley, G Holohan, K Devaney; R Murray; V Faherty.
Drogheda United: S McGuinness; C Deasy, L Gallagher, C McGuigan, S Dunne; A Wixted (T Byrne 64), K Brennan (S Thornton 47), R Purdy, J Hyland, G Brennan; S Elliot (G McCaffrey 71).
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Limerick).
Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi l nets hat-trick as Limerick rout Sligo
Limerick 5 Sligo Rovers 1
THE boy from Brazil struck a hat-trick as Limerick routed Sligo at the Markets Field.
Brazil-born Rodrigo Tosi led the rout, and Ian Turner and Lee-J Lynch were also on the mark as Limerick marked their return to the Premier Division in style.
There was only three minutes on the clock when Turner fired Limerick ahead after Lee-J Lynch’s low drive was palmed into his path by Michael Schlingermann.
Tosi made it 2-0 from close range on 29 minutes after two Sligo defenders let a low Sean Kelly cross slip under their legs and he was on target again with a text-book header after Turner delivered a perfect cross.
Sligo sub Matthew Stevens reduced the deficit from inside the six-yard area on the hour, but there was never any chance of a comeback. Seven minutes later Tosi completed his hat-trick and Lynch made it five with a cheeky lob on 78 minutes just after Turner had missed a penalty.
Limerick FC – Hall, Kelly, Robson, Whitehead, Williams, Duggan, Hery (O’Connor 83), Lynch, Clarke (Ogbene 70) Tosi (Mulhall 77) Turner.
Sligo Rovers – Schlingermann, Leahy McFadden h/t), Donelan, Boylan, Adebayo-Rowling, Sadlier, Russell, Roddan, Kenny (Stevens h/t), Cretaro (Ayunga 85) Kearns
Ref – G Kelly (Cork)
Bray new boys Flood and McCabe the heroes in win over Pat's
Bray Wanderers 2 St Patrick's Athletic 1
DEBUTANTS Anthony Flood and Gary McCabe gave Bray Wanderers an opening-night win as St Pat’s finished with nine men at Inchicore.
Flood – who helped the Saints win the 2013 title – marked his Bray bow with a 22nd-minute opener before McCabe underlined their dominance with a second on 65 minutes.
Substitute Graham Kelly reduced the arrears five minutes from the end but Pat’s comeback hopes were dashed by dismissals in the final minute for Aidan Keena and Darren Dennehy.
Pacey winger Dylan Connolly sprung the home side’s fragile offside trap to down the left and squared for the unmarked Flood to apply a first-time finish.
Then McCabe struck a sweet second from just inside the box.
Tim Clancy’s failure to clear inside his box allowed Kelly to slip in and smash the ball home.
However, Keena was sent off for a lunge on Connolly before Dennehy followed him from the resulting melee.
ST PAT’S – B Murphy; Barker, D Dennehy, Peers, Bermingham; Cregg, A O’Hanlon (B Dennehy 54); C Byrne, JJ Lunney (Keena 70), K Byrne (Kelly 54); C Fagan.
BRAY WANDERERS – Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch; Sullivan, Buckley; Greene, McCabe (Brennan 83), Connolly (Moore 90+2); Flood (Pender 72).
Ref – D Tomney (Dublin)