Mountney the late, late hero for Dundalk
THEY left it late but Dundalk got the win they needed to keep up their stunning start to the season.
Stephen Kenny's side remain seven points clear at the top, but his former club Derry City made Dundalk work very hard for a 1-0 win at Oriel Park last night, John Mountney finally breaking Derry's resistance with three minutes to go, though a brave Derry side still threatened in six minutes of added time.
Shamrock Rovers had some French flair to thank for their 3-2 win at home to Longford Town.
Once Gavin Brennan put the Hoops in front in the seventh minute Rovers fans sensed a handy win but ex-Hoop Pat Flynn got Longford level on 32 minutes.
Frenchman Blanchard struck twice in the space of five minutes to give Rovers a 3-1 lead but Longford, who had manager Tony Cousins sent to the stand, stayed in the game and a late goal from Kaleem Simon made it a nervous finish for Rovers, who held on for the win
Galway United got the better of Bohemians in an eight-goal thriller, played out in front of President Michael D Higgins at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Galway led 3-2 at the break, Jake Keegan, Enda Curran and Padraic Cunningham on target for Galway with Paddy Kavanagh and Dean Kelly the scorers for Bohs. Ryan Connolly made it 4-2 on 81 minutes and though an Adam Evans strike (86) gave Bohs hope of salvaging a result, their night ended badly as keeper Dean Delany was sent off and Curran scored from the resulting spot kick past stand-in keeper Anto Murphy, earning an in-form Galway a 5-3 win.