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Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Dundalk out to claim bragging rights in Louth

DUNDALK boss Ian Foster will get his first taste of a Louth derby when his side plays host to Drogheda United in Airtricity Premier Division action tomorrow as the former Galway boss seeks to follow up last week's win in Bray with another three points.

Drogheda, on the other hand, are reeling from a 3-0 opening day home defeat to Premier Division newcomers UCD, and given their recent record at Oriel Park (beaten 3-0 and 4-2), they can expect a torrid time tomorrow.

Dundalk will be at full strength, apart from long-term absentee Tiarnan Mulvenna, while the visitors will be without the suspended Paul Crowley and Eric McGill.

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Fingal's season up and running

Sporting Fingal claimed their first Premier Division point at the Morton Stadium last night in the

1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers.

Gary O'Neill's 56th-minute goal gave the hosts a deserved lead over the team they beat in November's FAI Cup final, but Padraig Amond's fine finish cancelled that lead five minutes later.



Sheppard stars in Galway win

One of Galway United's seasonal objectives is to be a resilient team at Terryland Park, and this 2-1 win over Bray brought a dash of optimism to the Corribside club.

Bray could have hit the front after only 40 seconds, but Robbie Doyle dragged a shot wide. As the half wore on Galway improved significantly and they took the lead in the 21st minute courtesy of Karl Sheppard.

Galway added a second goal on 27 minutes when Bobby Ryan's crafty pass down the right flank allowed Sheppard to skip past Dane Massey before drilling a cross to the back stick, where Derek O'Brien timed his run perfectly to supply an assured finish.

Admirably, Bray responded and, in the 41st minute, a Galway lapse in concentration was punished as substitute Philip Knight gathered possession from a Shane O'Neill cross to squeeze it into the net.

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