Shamrock Rovers triumph on Tallaght homecoming


Soccer round-up:Shamrock Rovers made a winning start to life in Tallaght as they saw off the challenge of Sligo Rovers 2-1 in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,500 at their new home ground. Gary Twigg earned the honour of being the first man to score at the new stadium when he put Michael O’Neill’s side ahead in the 18th minute.

Local lad Dessie Baker got the second for the home side before Gavin Pears got one back in the 83rd minute but the visitors didn’t do enough to ruin the opening night party.

Galway United remain on top of the Premier Division after an 82nd minute goal from Gary Breen helped them to their second straight win, beating Dundalk 1-0 at Terryland Park.

Defending champions Bohemians were held to a 1-1 draw at Dalymount Park by Derry City.

The Candystripes took the lead after just eight minutes when Thomas Stewart beat Brian Murphy in the home goal after a fine ball from Gareth McGlynn.

Bohs were back on level terms within six minutes after Barry Molloy fouled Killian Brennan outside the box. The winger dusted himself down to curl in a beautiful left-footed free-kick.

St Patrick’s Athletic recovered from their nightmare start against Galway last weekend to take all three points from their trip to Cork, with Darragh Ryan’s 10th-minute strike at Turner’s Cross proving the difference between the sides.

Drogheda and Bray played out a goalless draw at United Park.