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.@romeoparkes_ and Kris @Twardek scored their first goals for @SligoRovers as they recorded a 2-1 win over @FinnHarpsFC in a derby game last night. Watch @SoccRepublic from 7:30pm each Monday night on @rte2 and @rteplayer . pic.twitter.com/rY3fSOr0wt — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) March 2, 2019 Cork struggling for goals Cork City and Derry City had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Turner's Cross. Both sides had to settle for their first draws of the season after a largely dour encounter in Cork. Shane Griffin's low drive from distance clipped the post in the 35th minute in a first half devoid of meaningful chances. Ally Gilchrist forced Mark McNulty into a smart save after the interval as the Candystripes searched for their first win at Turner's Cross since 2013. Cork pushed for a late breakthrough, with Dan Smith and Conor McCarthy failing to make the most of half-chances in the closing stages. The Leesiders kept their first clean sheet of the season, but have now failed to score in three of their opening four league matches. John Caulfield's team have only scored two goals this season, both of which came in the 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers last time out. Cork have only picked up four points from as many games, while Derry are third in the table on seven points. UCD record first point UCD drew 1-1 with St. Pat's to secure their first point of the season. Mikey Drennan scored his third goal in four games to give Pat's the lead in the first half, but Conor Davis' 58th minute equalizer rescued a point for the hosts. Davis saw a volley well saved by Brendan Clarke before Drennan scored at the other end to give the visitors a 28th minute lead. The experienced attacker found the top corner with a powerful volley from a Rhys Brennan cross to open the scoring. Davis drew UCD level with a tap in after a brilliant driving run by Liam Scales cut through the Inchicore club's defence. The students' goalkeeper Conor Kearns then reacted superbly to deny McCabe as the Pat's attacker tried to round him, and Drennan just couldn't reach Chris Forrester's searching cross in the dying minutes. The draw wasn't enough to lift UCD off the bottom of the table, but the point keeps Harry Kenny's visitors in second place.
.@UCDAFC secured their first point of the season despite @mikeydrennan scoring again for @stpatsfc. Watch @SoccRepublic from 7:30pm each Monday night on @RTE2 and @RTEplayer . pic.twitter.com/JRGiDEZP26 — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) March 2, 2019
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