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Anthony Elding also features after a goal on his league debut for Sligo Rovers, while Jason Byrne and Kieran 'Marty' Waters star up front for Bray Wanderers

The 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season kicked off this weekend with all 12 teams in action. All six games were tight affairs, with no game settled by more than a one-goal margin.

Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie kept Shamrock Rovers at bay with some great saves, including a penalty stop from Gary McCabe in a scoreless draw at Oriel Park.

St Patrick's Athletic  started their campaign with a win over Drogheda United, with Ger O'Brien giving a well-rounded performance at right-back and centre back Conor Kenna helping the Saints to keep a clean-sheet. Graham Gartland added much-needed experience to the Shelbourne backline, and did not put a foot wrong despite their 1-0 loss to Bray Wanderers. Cork City were second-best for most of their trip to Thomond Park, but Danny Murphy put in a solid display for the Leesiders.

Chris Lyons faced former club UCD in his first league game for Bohemians, and was dangerous throughout. He won and scored Bohs' penalty kick opener before setting up Kevin Devaney's game-winning goal. David O'Leary cut Cork apart with pinpoint passing for Limerick, and was their star performer in their return to Premier Division football.

Shamrock Rovers regularly utilised Billy Dennehy's pace against Dundalk, and won the penalty that should have seen the Hoops take all three points. Bray Wanderers marksman Jason Byrne took his League of Ireland tally to 194 career goals with a well-taken goal against Shelbourne.

Kieran 'Marty' Waters continued his form of last season, and was the provider for Byrne's match-winner with a fine cross. Anthony Elding continued his impressive week for Sligo Rovers with the only goal of the game in their clash with Derry City, proving a shrewd signing for Bit o' Red boss Ian Baraclough.

CHERRIE
DUNDALK
 vs Shamrock R (H)
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O'BRIEN KENNA GARTLAND MURPHY
ST PAT'S
ST PAT'S
SHELBOURNE
CORK
 vs Drogheda (H) vs Drogheda (H) vs Bray (A)
vs Limerick (A)
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LYONS O'LEARY DENNEHY
BOHEMIANS
LIMERICK SHAMROCK ROVERS
vs UCD (H) vs Cork (H) vs Dundalk (A)
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BYRNE ELDING WATERS
BRAY
SLIGO
BRAY
vs Shelbourne (H) vs Derry (A) vs Shelbourne (H)
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