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Airtricity Premier Division: Matchday 7 - Cork City demolish Monaghan United
Cork City and Shamrock Rovers both recorded 6-0 wins, but a 1-1 draw with Derry City keeps Sligo Rovers at the top of the Premier Division table
|Cork City 6-0 Monaghan United|
Cork City's campaign was finally kickstarted at Turners Cross as they demolished Roddy Collins' Monaghan United with a 6-0 win.
A frenetic opening saw both sides create chances, with Danny Murphy and Darragh Reynor making goal-line clearances for their respective sides. Ireland under-19 winger Daryl Horgan opened the scoring for the hosts on 28 minutes. His shot took a heavy deflection off a defender to leave goalkeeper Chris Bennion stranded.
Bennion was at fault for City's second, failing to hold Gearoid Morrissey's free kick, allowing it to fall at the feet of Davin O'Neill who stroked the ball home. Morrissey's free kick set up Cork's third, with Vinny Sullivan receiving the ball in the area for a tap in. Keith Quinn had been booked for the initial offence, giving away the free kick, but received a second yellow for dissent after the goal, to leave Mons a man down.
A quick counterattack gave Cork their fourth. Darragh Reynor almost grabbed a consolation goal, but after his effort hit the bar, Cork broke and Davin O'Neill scored his second. Tadgh Purcell added a fifth for Cork with a quarter of an hour remaining. When Cork won an 86th minute penalty, only one man was called on. O'Neill stepped up to take home the match ball and give Cork a resounding victory.
|Drogheda United 0-0 St Patrick's Athletic
Drogheda United and St Patrick's Athletic played out an exciting scoreless draw at Hunky Dorys Park with both sides creating good opportunities. Pat's had the majority of the possession, but had to battle hard to get the ball into the box. Jake Kelly and Chris Forrester impressed on the wings, but Gabriel Salva's goal was rarely challenged.
The best chance of the game fell to the hosts four minutes from time. Shane Grimes' run down the left created space for Tiernan Mulvenna, but the forward's shot struck the post and came back out.
|Shamrock Rovers 6-0 Dundalk
Shamrock Rovers kept up their title chase with a 6-0 win over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium, thanks to a hat-trick from Scottish marksman Gary Twigg.
A tight first half saw both sides retain the ball well, but two goals in three minutes set Shamrock Rovers up nicely. In the 31st minute Chris Turner met a free kick to head in, and then Twigg doubled the lead with another lovely finish after an inch-perfect pass from Ronan Finn.
Hopes of a second-half comeback faded in the first minute when Billy Dennehy curled in a free kick. Twigg added a second with his head near the end, after being left unchecked in the area for Conor McCormack's cross. Dundalk looked crestfallen, and late goals from Twigg and Daryl Kavanagh added to their woes.
|Shelbourne 2-1 Bray Wanderers
A fantastic penalty save from Paul Skinner helped Shelbourne to three points against a battling Bray Wanderers side at Tolka Park.
Shelbourne dominated the game's early stages, and went ahead after just 10 minutes. David Cassidy did well to control the ball on the edge of the area and find Philly Hughes who hit it sweetly into the corner of the net. A wonderful solo effort from Jason Byrne against his old club saw the sides go in level at the break.
Both goalscorers should have done better in the second half. Hughes hit a tame shot after some fine work from Brian Shorthall, and Byrne saw his penalty kick saved by Paul Skinner. Ian Ryan fouled Kieran Marty Walters in the box to give away the penalty, but Skinner guessed right and denied Byrne a second.
Philip Gorman found the winner for Shels with eight minutes to go, sending the Tolka Park fans into raptures.
|Sligo Rovers 1-1 Derry City
Sligo Rovers fans had plenty to cheer at the Showgrounds, not least the pre-match introduction of philosopher-cum-player Pascal Millien, who arrived back in Ireland today. Rovers fans should expect to see him in action in the next few weeks, but it was the other big signing that made early headlines. Striker Danny North continued his scoring streak, tapping in after a wonderful pass from Alan Keane.
Sligo could have had a second through North after great interplay with Romauld Boco, but had Gary Rodgers to thank minutes later. The keeper pulled off a wonderful save from David McDaid's powerful volley. Derry's search for an equaliser was helped by a harsh call on Gavin Peers. Peers tussled with Simon Madden in the box, and when the Derry defender went down, Richie Winter awarded a penalty. David McDaid stepped up and blasted it home.
Both sides created chances in the second half, with Stephen McLaughlin going closest for the visitors. His shot from outside the box looked destined for the net, but came back off the crossbar. Lee Lynch had a couple of chances for Sligo, but shot straight at Ger Doherty. A draw was a fair result for both teams, and keeps Sligo at the top of the table.
|UCD 1-2 Bohemians
Free-scoring UCD met ineffective Bohemians at the UCD Bowl, but form quickly disappeared in the eighth minute when the visitors took the lead with their second goal of the season. Luke Byrne took the ball out of his own half to find Dinny Corcoran out wide. Corcoran's cross was poorly cleared, and ended up at the feet of Keith Ward whose high shot beat Mark McGinley.
Corcoran got a goal of his own on 51 minutes, chipping McGinley from the edge of the area. The Students didn't lie down, and Chris Lyons had an effort strike the crossbar before an 84th minute penalty from Graham Rusk set up an exciting finale. UCD pushed for an equaliser but could not break down a dogged Bohs defence.
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