Monday, March 26, 2007

Hear Ye! Eircome League Tidings!

Not all of Irish soccer was nodding off at Croke Park this weekend - IrishBar from My Irish Football Blog brings us up to date with the latest action from the Eircom League.

Derry City 0-1 St. Patrick's Athletic
Derry lost their second game in succession as St Pats continued their great start to the season. Derry had the better of things until Pats took the lead from a corner kick. After that the home side lacked a creative edge and despite manager Pat Fenlon tinkering with formation and tactics they couldn't find a way back into the game.

This was a big win for St Pats as Derry have been extremely strong at home in recent years. Slightly surprising that Derry started the game with such a defensive formation but Fenlon seems to be taking a little time in finding out what his strongest eleven and formation is. Click here for goals and match highlights via the official St. Pat's website.

Galway United 2-3 Drogheda United
Drogheda started this game as you would expect - going 2-0 up after just 27 minutes and creating chances a-plenty. Galway manager Tony Cousins altered his formation a few minutes later and that helped matters for the home team. Then, deep in first half injury time, confusion in the Drogheda defence from a John Lester free kick led to the ball falling to Stephen O'Flynn who had no difficulty finishing from close range.

Galway were arguably the better team in the second half and levelled things on 78 minutes through Alan Murphy. Once again in injury time Terryland saw another late goal when Eamon Zayed managed to steer the ball into the net despite the presence of numerous defenders.

Waterford United 1-2 Bray Wanderers
Bray got three points here for the second game in a row - something that hasn't happened that often recently. The first half was goalless with Waterford having a slight edge in terms of possession and chances created. Bray took the lead from a set piece when veteran Colm Tresson rose unmarked to head home.

Straight away after the restart they doubled the lead when Stephen Fox coolly slipped the ball under the advancing keeper after dispossessing Waterford defender Hedderman. Waterford got one back late on but Bray held out for an important away win

Longford Town 0-1 Sligo Rovers
Longford slumped to their third straight defeat of the season as Sligo turned things on in the second half and deserved the three points.

UCD 0-1 Cork City
The Leesiders grabbed their first league win of the season thanks to a Roy O'Donovan strike at Belfield.

Shelbourne 0-2 Dundalk
Dundalk continued their 100% start to the season with two goals and a clean sheet at Tolka Park. Dundalk look on course for automatic promotion this time around but had to wait till the second half before they made their dominance count. Last year's top scorer Philip Hughes opened the scoring after a neat turn in the box.

Dundalk went down to ten men shortly afterwards but that didn't stop them wrapping things up 8 minutes from time when Shaun Williams got himself another crucial goal.

Monaghan United 0-2 Kilkenny City
Kilkenny managed to win a game for the first time in 26 attempts after two pieces of terrible defending on Monaghan's part cost them dearly. Padraig Fogarty and Martin Tynan got the goals for Kilkenny. Monaghan did have the better of the first half but wasteful finishing cost them dearly.

Limerick 37 2-0 Kildare County
One of the rare home wins this weekend. Limerick 37 continued their good start to the season and still remain unbeaten. David Goldbey and Padraig Moran got the goals for Limerick. Click here for the goals (with some Cranberries music in the background) .

Cobh Ramblers 1-0 Finn Harps
Cobh finally got some points after a narrow win over Finn Harps. Cobh took the lead after just ten minutes through Gareth Cambridge and held out without too much hassle for the remaining eighty as Harps struggled to create anything worthwhile.

Athlone Town 3-0 Wexford Youths
Wexford were brought back down to earth after their first league win last week by a confident Athlone side that are looking better and better by the week.



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