Eircom League mid-term report (Part 3)

Sligo Rovers Sligo Rovers stunned Bohemians and former boss Sean Connor at the Showgrounds. The Bit O’Red secured a 2-1 win over title hopefuls Bohs as Fahrudin Kuduzovic scored a dramatic winner from the penalty spot in injury-time.   Bohs went into the game as massive favourites having beaten league leaders St. Pats on Monday night. Mid-term report It all went wrong for Sligo Rovers – just as the season started when new manager Rob McDonald walked out on the club just three days before the season.   The Sligo board looked again to across the Irish Sea for a new manager and signed Paul Cook to take over at the Showgrounds.   Sligo will stay up this season but still have a lot of hard work to do on and off the park. Waterford United Waterford United’s five-game unbeaten run ground to a halt at the RSC when UCD came from behind to take full points in a fast-flowing game that had plenty of goalmouth incidents.   Two of the visitors’ goals followed penalty decisions by referee Neil Doyle and the official further incurred the wrath of the home crowd when he disallowed a Shane Harte goal for a foul on goalkeeper Matt Greg. Mid-term report Waterford is like a see-saw – up and down.   They will face a dog-fight in trying to stay up this season but with Longford deep in trouble that will take a little pressure off the team. Longford Town Alan Mathews Longford Town produced a gutsy display to hold high-flying Drogheda United at United Park.   The Town did not look a team rooted to the bottom of the league, Longford started brightly and having gone close with a couple of efforts, they broke the deadlock after seven minutes. Brian Shelley was ruled to have brought down Dave Mooney just inside the Drogheda penalty area to give Longford a spot-kick.   Dave Mooney score from the spot to give the Town a point. Mid-term report Given the news coming up of Longford this week I think its only time before Alan Mathews walks away from the club.   The town have been punished for failing to return their accounts in time, leaving the club being docked six points – and leaving the club rooted to the bottom of the league 10 points adrift of Waterford United going into the break.   This is not the first time the club has been in hot water with this committee.   The club have come out fighting in the boardroom and on the pitch. Longford Town FC have confirmed that all monies due to players and staff have been paid as per the individual agreements with the relevant players and staff, contrary to reports in the media. First Division Athlone Town Athlone Town climbed to fourth in the First Division of the eircom League of Ireland on Saturday night after a 1-0 win over Shelbourne. Shelbourne  finished the game with just nine men as first Glen Lacey and then Alan Murphy were sent off within moments of one another after the 80th minute. Athlone had Eric Lavine sent off on the hour mark for an off-the-ball incident and the game threatened to boil over in the closing stages. Mid-term report Micheal O’Connor team must stop giving away silly goals at the back, far too many soft goals have been conceded by the back four in games this season. The Town’s front men will always score goals, but playing catch-up football in to many games this season tells its own story – dropping silly points will cost the town in the end.   Being already out of the cup, the Town must improve to win promotion to the top-flight football. Top games this weekend are: Bray Wanderers v St. Patrick’s Athletic. Prediction: Away win: Longford Town v Cork City. Prediction: Away win.  Drogheda United v Derry City. Prediction: Home win: First Div.: Kildare County v Athlone Town. Prediction: Home win: