eircom League previews

Derry City v St. Patrick’s Athletic  The clash of the league’s top two teams at the Brandywell – St. Patrick’s Athletic won for the fourth time in four competitive games when they defeated Waterford United 3-0 at Richmond Park, Inchicore.   Derry City join St. Patrick’s Athletic as the only team with a perfect record after two rounds of games and now the two sides meet next Friday at the Brandywell. Derry City won 2-0 at the Showgrounds against managerless  Sligo Rovers.   This is the best game of the weekend, with loads of goals a real possibility. I’m predicting a high-scoring draw. Galway United v Drogheda United Last time out Galway United played out a boring draw with Cork City; United did not make many chances in this game and never looked like winning it.   Paul Doolin’s side looked very poor in the first two games in the league – they just turned over UCD 3-2. Away win for Paul Doolin’s side. Longford Town v Sligo Rovers This is a must-win game for Longford Town if they are to to get their season up and running. I think this is going to be a very long season for the Town supporters.   I think Rovers will be too strong for Longford.   Away win for the Rovers. First Division Athlone Town v Wexford Youths Athlone Town remains unbeaten after two rounds of the eircom League First Division.   Town are off to a great start this season, with points from Kilkenny City and from an away game against Limerick 37.   Wexford Youths marked their first ever home game in the eircom League of Ireland with a win at their new venue in Newcastle. Youths ran out 1-0 winners over Cobh Ramblers to leave Mick Wallace’s side with four points from their opening two games, leaving them amongst the top four in the First Division.   This looks set to be the best game in Division One this weekend.    I can see this game ending in a draw. Dundalk v Shelbourne Friday night saw the current league champions slip to a dramatic injury-time loss in the First Division — the sort of dramatic finish they became famous for clinching themselves.   Finn Harps were Shelbourne’s hosts and the win gives them a lift following their opening loss to Dundalk.   Dundalk is the only team with a perfect record in the First Division of the eircom League but they were made to work for a win over Kilkenny City at Buckley Park on Friday. Home win for me. — Dave Dibble