Barry McNamee’s maiden hat-trick helps Derry maintain 100% record
League of Ireland round-up: Dundalk bounce back to leave St Pat’s bottom as Sligo get off the mark
Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney scores his second goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho
Barry McNamee scored a first career hat-trick inside nine minutes as Derry City beat Drogheda United 4-0 at Maginn Park to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season with a fourth successive victory.
Should they beat Limerick at the same venue in Tuesday night’s re-arranged game, Kenny Shiels’s side will go top of the Premier Division table.
Ex-Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliott wasted two promising openings for Drogheda before they fell behind on 42 minutes.
Having taken control in the second half, Derry doubled their lead on 75 minutes when attacking midfielder McNamee scored his first goal from close range.
McNamee added his second with a shot from distance two minutes later before completing his treble with a sublime free kick on 83 minutes.
Patrick McEleney provided the inspiration with an assist and two wonderful goals as champions Dundalk got back to winning ways after Monday’s defeat in Derry to beat St Patrick’s Athletic 3-0 at Oriel Park, a result that puts the Inchicore side bottom of the table.
Striker Ciaran Kilduff gave Dundalk the lead a minute before half-time when bundling the ball home from McEleney’s low cross.
The mercurial McEleney increased Dundalk’s lead with a stunning goal two minutes into the second, finishing a solo run with a delightful chip to the net. The 24-year-old got his second six minutes later with a skilful low drive to the bottom corner.
Kieran Sadlier scored for the third successive match as Sligo Rovers earned a first win of the season to lift themselves off the foot of the table as they beat Bray Wanderers 3-2 at the Showgrounds.
Bray had the ideal start with the lead goal after just three minutes; Gary McCabe scoring when drilling past Shaun Patton from Aaron Greene’s deflected cross.
Sadlier hit a post before Sligo levelled on 26 minutes when defender Derek Foran turned a Sadlier cross into his own net.
Bray hit back to equaliser on 38 minutes direct from a terrific free kick by McCabe – the midfielder’s fifth goal of the season.
But Sadlier won it for Sligo with a thumping free kick at the other end nine minutes into the second half.
Finn Harps completed a good week on the road with a 1-1 draw at Limerick.
Buoyed by their first win of the season at St Patrick’s on Monday night, Harps didn’t lack for confidence as they punished a goalkeeping mistake to take a 23rd-minute lead.
Limerick came close to winning it right on 90 minutes, but Robbie Williams’s header from another Turner cross hit the bar.