It was a case of double delight in Dundalk as the Lilywhites moved top of the table, while all their main title rivals dropped points in the final fixtures of the opening round of games.
The bank holiday weekend has delayed this week’s selection, or to put a positive spin on it, we’ve had an extra day to ponder the best individual XI from Friday and Saturday’s matches.
Team of the Week
Ger Doherty (Derry City) The Derry goalkeeper kept his side in the match, making three terrific saves in the first half alone before thwarting Bohs on several occasion in the second. Special mentions also go out to Bray's Stephen McGuinness and David Ryan of Drogheda United
Samuel Oji (Limerick) The former Arsenal youngster continues to impress for Limerick. Last Friday Shamrock Rovers were repeatedly thwarted by the commanding centre half.
Jason McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers) The big centre half has yet to find his best form this season, however, he popped up with the all important goal and showed a lot more composure than either of Rovers penalty takers to head home in injury time.
Seán Brennan (Athlone Town) Brennan could easily have grabbed the winner but for a controversial offside decision and throughout the game he looked like he could create something from nothing, as his deliveries were invariably both accurate and penetrating.
Conan Byrne (St Patrick's Athletic) The Saints winger was in fine form at the Showgrounds on Saturday night. The former Sporting Fingal man was a constant threat to the Sligo defence as he featured as part of a dangerous Saints front four. Byrne also expertly dispatched his second-half penalty to give Pat's the lead before Danny North levelled the game late on.
John Russell (Sligo Rovers) Russell netted his third goal of the season on Saturday night during Sligo's 2-2 draw with the champions. His quick movement behind lone striker Aaron Greene and later Danny North was always a worry to Liam Buckley's back four. The Galway native also deservedly grabbed the game's opener as he did well to latch on to a Danny Ledwith's cross with 20 minutes elapsed.
Liam Kearney (Cork City) On an off night for the Rebel County men, at least left winger Kearney continued to give his all until the end. He was always available for the pass, even at 4-0 down, and did cause fleeting problems at times for Sean Gannon on the right.
Cillian Morrison (UCD) Morrison looked lively from the opening whistle of his side’s precious 2-1 victory over Drogheda United. He was denied as early as the third minute by a superb save from David Ryan but he gained tangible reward for an energetic performance when rising highest to meet Chris Mulhall’s free-kick to secure a critical win for the students.
Jason Byrne (Bohemians) The veteran striker was a constant thorn in Derry's side, scoring Bohs' goal before bringing a series of good saves from the aforementioned Derry keeper Ger Doherty.
Patrick Hoban (Dundalk) The big Galwegian got his first goals in five games with an untouchable attacking aerial performance against the Cork City defenders. Twice he punished them with bullet headers and was involved in a lot of the link up play that saw his side carve Cork open time and again.
Rory Gaffney (Limerick) The Tuam native is one of the most underrated players in the league and Gaffney headed one goal and nearly scored a second during a purposeful first-half display against Shamrock Rovers.