Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 St Patrick’s Athletic
The new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season got underway this evening.
Shamrock Rovers defended their title with the visit of Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic to Tallaght Stadium.
All remained square well into the second half of the meeting, following a 7.45pm kick off.
However, a flurry of scores with just five minutes on the clock saw the Rovers narrowly escape defeat at the hands of St Pat’s.
However, an Aaron Greene equaliser quickly drew the Rovers level after a score from Robbie Benson gave St Pat’s a short-lived edge.
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Drogheda United 1 – 0 Waterford
Earlier in the evening, a late own goal handed Drogheda United the perfect return to the top flight in its meeting with Waterford.
The Cameron Evans own goal with a minute left at Head in the Game Park saw Kevin Sheedy’s first game in charge of the Blues end in cruel defeat.
Drogheda’s James Brown celebrates scoring a goal. Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
With ex-Republic of Ireland winger Sheedy on his way to securing a point on his managerial debut, centre back Evans slid in to divert James Brown’s shot past the wrong-footed Brian Murphy.
The closest Waterford came to stealing a win was a late free-kick by James Waite which drifted wide but they were eventually undone in cruel circumstances, The Irish Times reports.