Dundalk's victory at Turner's Cross last night may have all but decided the destination of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title but there remains plenty to play for near the top of the table

Shamrock Rovers keep up their pursuit of a European place while Bohs aim to maintain their red-hot run of form.


Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, The Brandywell, 5pm

Waterford's win over Sligo on Friday edged them a point ahead of Shamrock Rovers in the race for third place

It's looking more and more likely that the meeting between the two sides at Tallaght Stadium in the second last round of fixtures will decided the final Europa League spot.

Since losing to Bohs last month, Stephen Bradley's men have won three on the trot, against the champions-elect, Bray and Limerick, scoring 10 goals and conceding just once.

It's Derry's first league outing in three weeks - they've since won the EA Sports Cup and been knocked out of the FAI Cup by the Gypsies.

The seventh-placed Candystripes have little tangible left to play for this season. It would take a spectacular collapse by both Waterford and Shamrock Rovers to open the door to a European spot and there's no danger of Kenny Shiels' men being sucked into the danger zone at this stage.

Gaffer Talk

Kenny Shiels (Derry City)

"We have to strive to finish as high as we can in the table and see where that takes us. There are still six games to go so we’ll be looking for a big finish over the next few weeks."

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers)

"I’m sure they’ll want a reaction after what happened against Bohs. It’s going to be a tough game but we’ve just got to reach our standards and see where that takes us.

"There are big game games for us and Waterford to go [to get third place]. There are going to be points dropped somewhere along the line but all we can do is focus on Derry, we can’t think about the other four games."

Team news

Derry City: Long-term absetee Conor McDermott is the only player definitely out but Nicky Low’s workload may be managed following his return from surgery.

Shamrock Rovers: Trevor Clarke, Dave McAllister and Luke Byrne all remain out with long-term injuries.

St Patrick's Athletic v Bohemians, Richmond Park, 5.30pm

In-form Bohs have won eight consecutive games in all competitions since falling to Dundalk in July - their best run in a decade.

The latest of those was the 3-1 FAI Cup quarter-final triumph over Derry on Wednesday.

A win by three or more goals would lift them over their cross-city rivals into fifth but Keith Long will surely have one eye on next weekend's Cup semi-final against Cork.

St Pat's are unbeaten in their last four league games, winning three of those.

Gaffer Talk

Liam Buckley (St Pat's)

"Bohs are on an eight-game winning streak, are coming in off a great win in the cup as well. From our end of things, we are also doing well in recent weeks. It's a big game and one I imagine will be an exciting and decent game of football. It is a Dublin derby, so we know both the crowd and atmosphere in Inchicore will be electric."

Keith Long (Bohemians)

"It’s a quick turnaround having played Wednesday. But we’re not complaining, it’s a great problem to have. We’re delighted to be in the semi-finals of the Cup.

"It’s an important game, it’s a Dublin derby, so it’s the perfect game to come back into after Wednesday as there’s a lot at stake again. Motivation is high across the squad. Everyone is pushing each other for game-time."

Team News

St Pat's: They remain without the services of striker Christy Fagan but skipper Ian Bermingham returns from suspension and midfielders Killian Brennan and Thomas Byrne are back in training.

Bohemians: Derek Pender (head injury), Cristian Magerusan (hamstring), Ryan Masterson (thigh) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are all ruled out. Darragh Leahy (quad) is a doubt.


It's the final round of fixtures in the First Division tonight. Champions UCD have already secured promotion but, under the new format, the third and fourth-placed finishers will meet in a play-off semi-final.

The winner of that game will face second-place Finn Harps for the right to play ninth in the Premier Division for a spot in next year's top flight. Simple eh?

A point for Shelbourne at home to Galway will be enough to take third. Likewise, a draw would do Drogheda at Cobh unless UCD were hammered at Longford. Finn Harps host Cabinteely with a four-point cushion to third.