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Stalemate the order of the day for Laois men in latest League of Ireland action

Shane Keegan

There were draws involving four of the League of Ireland teams which have Laois interest over the weekend.

In the Premier Division, Shane Keegan’s Galway United picked up their second point of the season when they came back from behind to draw with Bohemians on Friday night.

Portarlington’s Aaron Conway was once again an unused substitute as Ronan Murray struck in the second half to snatch a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere in the Division, Portlaoise native Chris Mulhall made his first start of the season for Limerick at home to Finn Harps on Saturday afternoon.

The midfielder saw his side fall behind in the first half but a Rodrigo strike with twenty minutes to go salvaged a point which keeps them just above the drop zone after five games.

Latest League of Ireland Premier Division Table
Latest League of Ireland Premier Division Table

In the First Division, Gary Comerford’s Waterford FC missed out on the opportunity to move top of the table when they were held away to lowly Shelbourne on Friday night.

Derek Prendergast gave Shels an early lead but Waterford found their stride and scored either side of half time through Kenny Browne and David McDaid to go in front.

However, they were pegged back with ten minutes to go through another Prendergast strike and the score remained 2-2 at the full time whistle.

That left Waterford second on seven points and they are joined there by Niall Corbet’s UCD after they managed a 1-1 draw with Wexford Youths.

The Clonaslee stopper saw his side fall behind just after half time when Ross Kenny beat him with a close range header after a short corner.

But a Gary O’Neill free kick, coming with just five minutes to play, rescued a point which keeps the Dublin outfit right in the promotion hunt at this early stage.

The only defeat over the weekend for a team with Laois interest came on Saturday evening – and it was certainly an emphatic one.

Colm Coss’ Athlone Town were thrashed 5-1 by the new league leaders Cobh Ramblers in Cork.

On a miserable night for the Midlanders, they fell 5-0 down before Ethan Keogh grabbed a late consolation goal.

This is now back to back defeats for a side which made such a great start to the season with wins over Waterford and Wexford so they will certainly be hoping to arrest this slide next weekend.

Latest League of Ireland First Division Table
Latest League of Ireland First Division Table

The first round EA SPORTS Cup, which were due to take place last night, were postponed as a mark of respect to the late Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture between Galway United and Derry City, scheduled for Saturday, March 25th has also been postponed, following the earlier postponement of the Derry City and Limerick match.

The EA SPORTS Cup First Round fixtures were set to be played tomorrow night but will now be rescheduled following the sudden passing of City captain McBride.

The 27-year-old was found dead on Sunday evening in his house and the cause of his passing is still unknown.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.