Treacy samples highs and lows
CORIE TREACY had a taste of the good, the bad and the ugly for Shamrock Rovers B on Sunday.
He set-up a goal, hit the woodwork and gave away a penalty on a busy afternoon’s work for the defender against Cobh Ramblers.
Treacy was not joined in the starting line-up by fellow Bray man Chris Lyons, who remains sidelined by injury.
Despite Lyons’ absence, the Hoops ran out 3-1 winners and Treacy created the first; chipping a ball over the top for Emeka Onwubiko and the former Seagull lobbed Robert Birdsall for his first strike of the season.
Early in the second period, referee Eoghan O’Shea deemed that the centre half had handled in the penalty area and Robert Waters converted the spot kick.
Treacy also made amends moments later when he met Daniel Purdy’s deep cross but his header rattled the crossbar.
Despite the penalty, Rovers cruised to all three points to move seven points clear of the Cork side at the foot of the table.
They are now within a win of third spot, which would see them leapfrog Waterford United and Longford Town in the process.
Waterford hosted Finn Harps on Friday and collected a 2-0 win thanks to another fine shift from midfielder Shane Murray.
Murray’s 17th minute free kick lead to the opener. The Harps goalkeeper spilled Murray’s dead ball and centre half Paddy Barrett swept home the rebound to set the hosts on their way to a comfortable victory.
Longford Town once again called upon their wealth of Co. Wicklow imports as they rescued a point against Galway FC.
Davy O’Sullivan, Willie Tyrrell, Rhys Gorman and Kevin O’Connor all started at the City Calling Stadium and it was O’Sullivan that opened the scoring; toe-poking home in the 12th minute after a scramble in the penalty area.
The visitors got back on level terms by the interval though and then took a late lead through Ryan Manning with nine minutes to play.
It looked like Longford were heading for their third loss in seven games but in the last minute, Stephen Rice conjured up a leveller to steal a share of the spoils for De Town.
Only two of the four Wicklow men competing in the top flight enjoyed game time this week.
Danny Ledwith continued on the left wing for Sligo Rovers as they picked up a 0-3 at Thomond Park. Ledwith lasted 76 minutes against Limerick before being called ashore and replaced by Danny North.
Hughie Douglas was the other man to get a taste of the action as UCD claimed a point at the Brandywell. The centre half played the full complement as Robbie Benson gave the Students the lead on 35 minutes, but Michael Duffy replied nine minutes later and that’s how it finished between the Students and Derry City, for whom Aaron Barry failed to emerge from the substitute’s bench.
Bohemians also faced an arduous trip – travelling to Leeside to take on Cork City. Arklow’s Andy Mulligan however played no part as they picked up a point against the league leaders.