Harps pick up point against Shels and Derry win in Galway


The opening night of the new League of Ireland was good to the north west clubs.

Finn Harps head back to Donegal with a hard earned point after holding Shelbourne scoreless at Tolka Park.

The Ballybofey club had two good chances to win the game in the second half, the first a header from Tommy McMonagle on 65 minutes and the second deep in injury time from Damien McNulty.

Nine minutes stoppage time was played at the end of the game because of an injury to Simon Dixon.

Derry City started their Premier Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Eamon Deacy Park against Galway Utd.

The Candystrips had to come from behind after Galway went 1-0 up on 18 minutes.

Sean Houston equalised 13 minutes into the second half before Ryan Curran scored the winner 9 minutes from time.

Elsewhere Shamrock Rovers came-out on top of their Dublin derby against St Pat's, Danny North's goal after just 16 minutes proved enough for Rovers to take all three points at the Tallaght Stadium and Dundalk started the defence of their Premier title with a 1-0 win over Longford Town at Oriel Park.

First Division newcomers Cabinteely United beat the Wexford Youths by a goal to nil at Stradbrook while it finished 1-all between Waterford United and Athlone Town at the RSC.