Friday 15 December 2017

Gypsies and Saints get their wins

Kurtis Byrne scores his team's first goal of the match (SPORTSFILE)
Kurtis Byrne scores his team's first goal of the match (SPORTSFILE)

New boy Kurtis Byrne got the ideal start to life at Dalymount Park as he marked his home debut for Bohemians with a goal that was enough to beat Sligo Rovers.

Keith Long's outfit recovered from their opening-day defeat in Cork to get the better of a new-look Sligo, Byrne's finish on 10 minutes the difference between the sides.

St Patrick's Athletic also had a 1-0 win, away to Longford Town, to nicely tee up Monday's Dublin derby at home to Bohs, Chris Fagan the key man on the night for Pats against a Longford side who lost Conor Powell to a red card.

Champions Dundalk kept up their bright start to the season as they enjoyed a comfortable win at home to newly-promoted Finn Harps. The away side's resistance lasted just 16 minutes, defender Paddy Barrett putting Dundalk in front from Darren Meenan's corner. The second goal arrived on 58 minutes from Patrick McEleney, and an own goal from Ryan Curran 15 minutes from time made a bad night even worse for the Donegal side.

Galway United kept up their superb start to the campaign with a 4-0 dismissal of Bray Wanderers, goals from Kevin Devaney, Vinny Faherty, Ruair Keating and a Paul Finnegan own goal.

Cork City had a miserable trip north as they lost 1-0 away to Derry City, Ronan Curtis the scorer, and also had Greg Bolger sent off.

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