Rovers close gap at top while Dundalk pull away from danger

Shamrock Rovers moved into third place with a 2-0 victory against UCD while Bohemians and Bray played out a goalless draw at Dalymount Park and Cork were held by Dundalk

Bohemians 0-0 Bray Wanderers

Bohemians and Bray Wanderers had to settle for a point apiece as they played out a goalless draw at Dalymount Park.

Bohs nearly took the lead inside the opening few minutes but Ryan McEvoy was incredibly unlucky to see his long range effort rebound off the bar with Darren Quigley in the Seagulls goal well and truly beaten.

Chances were few and far between until shortly after half time when the Gypsies should have taken the lead. Dwayne Wilson crossed from the left but Dave Mulcahy’s header was saved on the line by a combination of Quigley and Shane O’Connor.

In the end both sides will have settled for a point in a game which yielded very few clear cut chances.

Dundalk 1-1 Cork City

Dundalk pulled four points clear of basement club UCD after a 1-1 draw with Cork City at Oriel Park.

After a slow opening to the game, the visitors took the lead through Ian Turner after Paul Whelan and Nathan Murphy failed to deal with a long ball.

The Lilywhites turned the tide in the second period and were nearly level when Chris Shield’s deflected effort almost trickled into Mark McNulty’s goal after some good build up play by the home side. However, Dundalk did find the equaliser moments later when substitute Lorcan Shannon spotted the lively Gary Shanahan in space before the striker slotted past McNulty.

Cork went in search of the winner in the final quarter but couldn’t create any meaningful chances and the game petered out into a draw.

UCD 0-2 Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers recorded their second away victory in a week as they moved to within four points of league leaders Sligo Rovers with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at the UCD Bowl on Friday evening.

It didn’t take long for the Hoops to hit the front on campus as former Student Ronan Finn found Gary Twigg in acres of space in the UCD area before the Scottish striker calmly slotted past Mark McGinley in the College goal.

Martin Russell’s side didn’t sit back however after the early blow and could have been level half way through the first period. Dave McMillan fed Chris Lyons but he was denied by the out stretched Oscar Jansson.

The Students dominated large periods of the first half but once again their problem was the killer instinct in the final third and they found themselves 2-0 down shortly after the interval. Gary McCabe caused the UCD back four problems all evening and he needed no second invitation to cut inside from the left and unleash an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

The win means Stephen Kenny’s Hoops move into third position and just three points off second-placed St Patrick’s Athletic while UCD remain rooted to the foot of the table.