Below is the grades that we gave each League of Ireland Premier Division for their performances this weekend.
The early season struggle for Bohemians continues. Many expected them to improve on last season’s impressive performance but it’s still only 4 points after 5 games after a 1-0 defeat at Eamonn Deacy Park. Going away to Galway is no easy task but it’s been a very lacklustre start by the Gypsies.
Bray Wanderers: A
Bray picked up their first win of the season by thumping Sligo Rovers 4-0 at the Carlisle Grounds. Another team that have had a disappointing start to the season but this result could give them the kick start to their season.
Derry City: B
Derry added to their impressive season so far with another 3 points at Ferrycarrig Park. They were made to work for the victory though as Danny Furlong had equalized for Youths with not to long to go. Rory Patterson netted his 4th goal of the season in added time to take home all 3 points.
Dundalk got back to winning ways by comfortably dispatching St. Pat’s at Richmond Park. A man of the match performance from Daryl Horgan inspired Dundalk to inflicting the Saint’s heaviest home defeat since 1994. A perfect way to respond to the criticism from last week.
Finn Harps: B+
Finn Harps are proving to be more than capable of holding their own in the Premier Division. A penalty from Ryan Curran give them their second win of the season against Longford Town at Finn Park.
Galway United: B
Galway narrowly edged out Bohemians on Saturday. The winner late on from Vinny Faherty made it an impressive 10 points from 5 games for Tommy Dunne’s men.
Longford Town: D-
It’s 4 games without a win now for Tony Cousin’s side as they lost out to Finn Harps. It’s beginning to look like a long season ahead for Longford Town.
Sligo Rovers: F
Sligo are still looking for their first win under Dave Robertson as they put in a dreadful performance against Bray Wanderers in a 4-0 defeat. We can’t gave them any thing other than an F.
St. Pat’s: D-
Another 4-0 loss. Makes it a bit more excusable considering they were playing Dundalk but another devastating lost, in a game where a few thought they might upset the champions.
Wexford Youths: C-
Wexford Youths lost out on points late on once again as they conceded a goal in the 94th minute at home to Derry City. They have been unfortunate enough to drop 4 points in the last 5 minutes of games (1-2 vs Dundalk, 3-3 vs Bohemians, 1-2 vs Derry).
By Conall Meegan