Eircom League previews

Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers: Against St. Pat’s, Mark Quigley’s hat-trick – scored within a five-minute period -ended Bray Wanderers’ hopes even before the game got going. It’s now back to the drawing board for Eddie Gormley.   As for Shamrock Rovers, Ger Rowe struck to continue their storming start to the season in the closing three minutes to give Rovers a great away 1-0 win over the Tribesmen at Tolka Park. Prediction: Away win.  Derry City v Cork City: Roy O’Donovan struck his seventh and eighth goals of the season as Cork City won their fourth successive game with a 2-0 win over Longford Town at Turner’s Cross.    Damien Richardson’s side look to be getting it right on the park and with Gareth Farrelly and Colin Healy to come into the team they will improve.   Paul Doolin’s side, Drogheda United inflicted a third defeat in four games for Pat Fenlon’s Derry City side.     Fenlon has a lot off hard work ahead of him to get this Derry team back on tracks. Cork City to win this one. Longford Town v Drogheda United: Their latest defeat was Longford Town’s fourth loss from four games and the third consecutive game they failed to score in. The midlanders cannot buy a win this season and look in deep trouble already. Drogheda United inflicted a third defeat in four games on Derry City to stay within two points of leaders Saint Patrick’s Athletic. Although the game finished 2-1, Drogheda were never in much danger after Declan O’Brien put them ahead in the 26th minute and Jason Gavin’s late own goal was some small consolation for the struggling Candystripes.   Only one winner: Drogheda United.  Galway United v St. Patrick’s Athletic:  St. Patrick’s Mark Quigley scored three times in the opening ten minutes against Bray.    This result leaves the Saints still top with the only perfect record in the Premier Division – four wins from four games. Quigley’s treble marks the first scored by a Saints player in the league since Ian Gilzean scored three in Sligo in October 1997.   Manager Tony Cousins saw his side Galway United suffer another late loss at the weekend. Ger Rowe struck in the closing three minutes to give Shamrock Rovers a 1-0 win over the Tribesmen at Tolka Park. Away win for St. Pats. First Division’s top games Shelbourne v Athlone Town: Shelbourne remain rooted to the bottom of the Eircom League of Ireland after playing out a 1-1 draw with Kilkenny City at Buckley Park.  Dermot Keely’s side have played four games and with only two points on the board it’s not looking to good for the Dublin team.   Athlone Town’s unbeaten start ended in emphatic fashion at Oriel Park. Dundalk ran out 6-2 winners with six different scorers netting for the home side. Michael O’Connor will have his work cut out to lift the Town from this bad defeat – still I think the Town will be too good for a poor Shelbourne team. Away win for the Town.   I also predict wins for Dundalk and Finn Harps. Dave Dibble