This weekend’s games previewed

Cork City v Longford Town (Turner’s Cross, 7.45 pm) Damien Richardson’s Cork City continued their inconsistent form in their last game, when they played out a scoreless draw with Galway United at Turners Cross.   Dave Mooney’s fourteenth league goal of the season wasn’t enough to give Longford Town the win they needed to climb off the bottom of the Premier Division.   Denied a sixth win from seven games Longford still keep the pressure on the sides just ahead of them, particularly Waterford.   Paul Cook’s Sligo Rovers fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with ‘the Town’ at Flancare Park. Prediction: Who would bet against Longford?    Drogheda United v Derry City (United Park, 7.45 pm) Paul Doolin’s week goes from bad to worse. After dropping points to UCD  Galway United held his side to a 1-1 draw. Drogheda may have extended their lead at the top to eight points but second placed Shamrock Rovers now have a game in hand.   A freak own-goal from St. Pats’ Billy Gibson gave Derry City all three points as they beat St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 at the Brandywell in the Premier Division. Prediction: Home win.  St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bray Wanderers (Richmond Park, 7.45 pm). Prediction: Bray Wanderers to pick up a point.    Waterford United v Bohemians (R.S.C., 7.45 pm). Prediction: Waterford are in need of the points but there’s only one winner for me – Bohemians.  Sligo Rovers v U.C.D. (The Showgrounds, 7.45 pm). Prediction: Paul Cook’s men need to get their season back on track. I can see this game ending in a draw. Shamrock Rovers v Galway United (Tolka Park, 8.00 pm). Prediction: Draw.    Top First Division Games Kilkenny City v Athlone Town Kilkenny went down to a very strong Finn Harps side 6-0, a result which left Kilkenny rooted to the bottom of the league. City offered very little in this game.   After Town’s great win over Finn Harps the away day blues returned as Dermot Lennon’s team went down 2-nil to Cobh Ramblers. Prediction: Home win. Cobh Ramblers v Limerick 37 Cobh Ramblers consolidated their lead of the First Division with a 2-0 win over Athlone Town at St. Colman’s Park.   Cobh now have a six-point lead on second-placed Finn Harps and having lost their first two games in the league this season, are now unbeaten in the succeeding twenty-five.   Limerick 37 went down 2-0 to Monaghan United. The result all but ends Limerick’s lingering hopes of promotion. Prediction: Home win. Finn Harps v Dundalk Finn Harps made hard work of their home game against the league’s bottom side, Kilkenny City, before Harps’ eventually ran out 6-0 winners – with six different goal-scorers. The win moves Harps up to second in the First Division.    Dundalk’s faltering promotion push continued against Kildare County as they fell to their fourth successive loss away from home.  Prediction: Going on form, a home win for Finn Harps.