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Croly's future in the balance after defeat

A demoralising 4-1 defeat to Limerick City last night for Shamrock Rovers at Thomond Park has piled more pressure on underfire boss Trevor Croly (inset).

Rory Gaffney opened the scoring for Limerick with a stunning shot following an assist from dynamic debutant Lee Lynch before Ian Turner doubled their lead in the 16th minute.

It got even worse on the half hour mark as Conor Kenna headed into his own net. Stephen Folan's header on 85 minutes sealed the deal for 
Limerick before Sean O'Connor's late consolation.

DERRY City manager Peter Hutton celebrated his new contract by watching his side produce another free-flowing display by easily seeing off in-form Bohemians 4-0.

City took the lead on 23 minutes as Rory Patterson made no mistake from 12 yards out. Seven minutes later Derry added a second through Michael Duffy before the winger notched the third on the stroke of half-time.

Patterson hit the fourth to end a miserable evening for the Gypsies.

IT was a dream start for new Drogheda United manager Damien Richardson as they beat UCD 4-0.

Drogheda zipped the ball around United Park superbly, going a goal ahead via Gavin Brennan on seven minutes before they relaxed into a rhythm that UCD could not cope with. Gary O'Neill, Cathal Brady and O'Neill again put paid to the Student challenge.

Michael Barker's top-corner finish in the second minute of stoppage time saw Bray dramatically climb out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw against Athlone.