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Bohemians v Bray Wanderers (Friday, Dalymount Park, 7.45 pm) Bohemians played out a scoreless draw with Shamrock Rovers at Tolka Park. A point apiece does very little for either side’s outside chances of entering the title race. Meanwhile Bray Wanderers put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation play-off spot with a 2-1 win against Waterford United at the Carlisle Grounds.  Prediction: Home win. Derry City v Sligo Rovers (Friday, Brandywell Stadium, 7.45 pm) Derry City went down to St Patrick’s Athletic last time out after St. Pats’ Mark Quigley scored twice as the Saints regained top spot after a 2-1 win. Having each learned their European opposition earlier in the day, neither Derry City nor the hosts Saint Patrick’s Athletic looked fully focused on the game. A second half revival saw Sligo Rovers beat Longford Town 2-1 at the Showgrounds.  Prediction: Away win for Rovers.   Longford Town v Shamrock Rovers (Friday, Flancare Park, 7.30 pm) Longford Town went down 2-1 to Sligo Rovers on Sunday last. Longford Town might well have salvaged a much-needed point when David Mooney headed against a post.     Shamrock Rovers played out a scoreless draw in an evenly-contested game with Dublin rivals Bohemians on Friday night last.  Prediction: Home win.  Other games this weekend U.C.D. v Drogheda United (Belfield Park, 7.45 pm) Prediction: Away win. Waterford United v St. Patrick’s Athletic (RSC, 7.45 pm) Prediction: Draw. Galway United v Cork City (Terryland Park, 7.45 pm)  Prediction: Away win.  First Division Athlone Town v Cobh Ramblers (Friday, Lissywoolen, Athlone at 7.45 pm).    Athlone Town went down to Finn Harps 2-0 at Finn Park in a game that Michael O’ Connor’s team will want to forget.    This game is the second six-pointer in two games, a must win, or it could be a very long run-in for Athlone.    Prediction: Away win. – Dave Dibble