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The former Celtic defensive midfielder put in another impressive performance for the Lilywhites, helping them move closer to the table's summit

The top three sides in the Airtricity Premier Division all drew this weekend, allowing Dundalk to move closer to the summit with a 2-0 win over Cork City in Friday's televised clash.

Richie Towell was instrumental for the Lilywhites once again, marshalling the midfield and delivering the ball easily around the pitch from the outset. St Patrick's Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw by Derry City, with neither side able to close the gap on league leaders Sligo Rovers. Chris Forrester was the creative outlet for Pat's on the left of midfield, while Kenny Browne did well in defence, dulling the impact of Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson.

UCD finally recorded their first victory of the season, putting in a fantastic defensive display to defeat Shamrock Rovers. Captain David O'Connor led by example, while Hugh Douglas opened the scoring before midfielder Sean Russell capped off a great performance with a goal.

Limerick and Shelbourne played out an entertaining scoreless draw, with Blues winger Danny Galbraith causing plenty of problems for Alan Mathews' side. However, young goalkeeper Ger Hanley rewarded his manager's faith in him with some crucial saves.

There were five goals scored between Bohemians and Bray Wanderers, with the home side coming out with a narrow victory. Chris Lyons scored twice for Bohs, with Ryan McEvoy involved in the build-up to all three of his side's goals, while Jason Byrne was a constant threat up front for the visitors.

HANLEY
SHELBOURNE
 vs Limerick (A)
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DOUGLAS O'CONNOR BROWNE
UCD
UCD
ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC
vs Shamrock Rovers (H)
vs Shamrock Rovers (H)
vs Derry (H)
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RUSSELL MCEVOY TOWELL
FORRESTER
UCD
BOHEMIANS
DUNDALK
ST PATRICK'S ATH
vs Shamrock R (H)
vs Bray (H)
vs Cork (H)
vs Derry (H)
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GALBRAITH LYONS BYRNE
LIMERICK
BOHEMIANS
BRAY WANDERERS
vs Shelbourne (A)
vs Bray (H)
vs Bohemians (A)
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