eircom League mid-term report (Part 2)

Derry City Manager-less Derry City played out a 1-1 draw with Cork City at Turner’s Cross in the big game in the Premier Division. Fortunately for the supporters of both sides the game ended up a very poor draw, the only talking point being a disputed first half goal for Derry that gave the City a point to earn a draw.    Both sides had made a number of changes to their starting elevens following poor midweek results. Mid-term report When Stephen Kenny left the club for Scotland and with new man Pat Fenlon moving into the Brandywell hot seat many people in the game put Derry City down as champion for this season.   Pat Fenlon’s honeymoon was soon over as the results went against City.  It was time for Pat to walk away from the Brandywell, and back to Dublin with his tail between his legs.   With Peter Hutton in the hot seat a very long season lies ahead at the Brandywell – the only hope for the season is a good cup run. UCD UCD ended Waterford United’s recent unbeaten run of five games and secured their first win in seven league games with a 3-1 success at the RSC.   The win lifts UCD into the top half of the table as the league gets set for two weeks without games. Mid-term report Pete Mahon is in his fourth season in charge at Belfield and has retained most of his squad for this season.   But for me UCD will always be a very good mid-table outfit who will always play good football – maybe this time round a good cup might lift the season. Bray Wanderers Tadhg Purcell’s goal gave the Shamrock Rovers a 1-0 win over Eddie Gormley’s Bray Wanderers.   Bray were unfortunate not to leave North Dublin with something having had the better of much of the game.   In-form Bray had enough chances to have won with a bit to spare but failed to take them. That result leaves Bray on 14 points, witch leaves them 12 points clear of bottom club Longford Town. Mid-term report Eddie Gormley’s main job this season is to keep Bray Wanderers in the Premier League as they have been up and down for far too long.   Eddie is working on a shoesting and with his team being all part-timers he has his work cut out to live with the big boys in the league – with little or no money to bring in new players it will be a very long season, but I think Bray will just stay up this term. Galway United A Derek Glynn double secured all three points for Galway United as they inflicted a second defeat in five days on table-toppers St. Patrick’s Athletic following a topsy-turvy Eircom League of Ireland Premier Division encounter at Richmond Park.   Glynn made no mistake on 75 minutes when he put Galway ahead. He took possession just right of the Pat’s box and slotted past Ryan and into the bottom left corner of the net. Mid-term report Galway’s decision to go full-time this season in my eyes was a bold move by the club.    United have built a good team around old heads. A very slow start to the season saw United in the bottom three of the league.   Going into the break United are putting some good results together and with Longford being docked points United look safe this time round.