Cork City continue to lead the way in the Premier Division. On Friday night they took on their Munster rivals Limerick in Markets Field and came away with a 3-0 win to maintain their 100% start to the season. Sean Maguire, Garry Buckley and Gearoid Morrissey got their goals. Second place and reigning champions Dundalk also hit three as they beat Drogheda United 3-1 in the first Louth derby of the new season. David McMillan, Michael Duffy and Brian Gartland got their goals with Mark Griffin scoring for Drogheda against his former club. In an emotional evening in McGinn Park, Derry City played their first game since the untimely passing of their captain Ryan McBride, against Bray Wanderers. They were beaten 3-2 in a game which will be remembered for the tributes to McBride rather than the result. Goals from Gary McCabe and Aaron Greene had Bray 2-0 up but Derry got it back to 2-2 thanks to Aaron McEneff and then Dean Jarvis. Tim Clancy, though, scored a 93rd-minute winner for Bray.
The meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps in the Tallaght Stadium followed a similar pattern with Rovers edging Harps 3-2. Goals from David McAllister and then Ronan Finn had Rovers two up but second half strikes from Caolan McAleer and former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt got Harps back on level terms before Simon Madden scored the winner on the stroke of full-time for the Hoops. What a difference a week can make in football and none know that better than St. Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley. He had been under pressure but back to back Dublin derby wins against Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian FC mean that all is well again. They won 4-0 away to Bohs in Dalymount Park with Conan Byrne bagging a brace while Christy Fagan and Kurtis Byrne got one apiece. The meeting of Galway United and Sligo Rovers had to be postponed due to heavy rain on Friday night down in Galway.
Despite a goalless draw away to Longford Town, Waterford United lead the First Division with Cobh Ramblers in second. They were 1-0 winners at home to UCD. Shelbourne were 2-0 winners at home to Wexford FC while Athlone Town and Cabinteely played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Athlone Stadium.