We look back on the top ten most-followed minute-by-minute updates from around the grounds in 2018.
FAI CUP – Friday 10 August – Updates by Gerard Grimes
There was delight in Drogheda for the home supporters but it was yet another painful evening in the FAI Cup for Shamrock Rovers supporters in August as First Division Drogheda dumped the Hoops out of the Cup.
The 25th FAI Cup win for the record cup winners never seemed so far away for the Hoops fans as the Drogs supporters raised the roof in United Park with their hard fought 1-0 victory.
Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley introduced 16-year-old Sinclair Armstrong as they chased the game late on but Tim Clancy’s Drogs defence held firm to earn the win on the back of a 23rd minute penalty – converted by Chris Lyons – after an incident that saw the Rovers player-of-the-year Lee Grace receive a red card.
DROGS HAVE WON!— Drogheda United F.C. (@DroghedaUnited) August 10, 2018
Premier Division – Tuesday 28 August – Updates by Tom O’Connor
It was a better night further up the M1 for Rovers supporters later in the month as Dylan Watts slotted home a 93rd minute winner from the penalty spot to claim all three points in a controversial ending to the game.
FT: Rovers were resolute throughout the game and deserved to take a point for their performance but this is certainly not the end you’ll hear of this refereeing performance. Sean Hoare sent off after the final whistle.
Premier Division – Monday 16 April – Updates by Odhrán Crumley
Dylan Watts was also on the scoresheet in this game but from earlier in the season when he was lining out for Bohs. A Monday evening match might mean that many Bohs fans kept an eye on our match updates rather than travel up to Derry. And with the result they were probably happy not to have made the trip north as the Candystripes prevailed 3-1.
Premier Division – Friday 13 April – Updates by Sam McKeever
Bohs were the business in the Dublin derbies in 2018, winning three and drawing the other. The Hoops led through Dan Carr but withdrew into their shell in the second half as Keith Long’s men – buoyed by the vocal Bohs travelling support packed into one end of the main stand in Tallaght – went for it.
Keith Ward broke the cornerflag celebrating Dan Byrne’s 69th minute equaliser resulting in a long delay as a replacement flag was found. The Gypsies exploited every last second of the nine minutes of injury time with Darragh Leahy scoring late late on to earn a famous win as the clocked ticked to 99 minutes.
Leinster Senior Cup – 28 September – Updates by Dave Donnelly
When the penalty shootout claxon goes off, the internet gets in on the action and Dave Donnelly brought us the penalty-by-penalty updates in this year’s Leinster Senior Cup final. Shels retained their trophy winning 6-5 in the shootout.
Premier Division – Tuesday 27 February – Updates by Ger Deegan
With the ‘beast from the east’ storm beginning to get its grip on the country, Derry City grabbed all three points thanks to Ronan Curtis, now a full international, on a cold winter’s night in Dalymount Park.
Snow falling but no concern as yet. pic.twitter.com/cnVp7lvHD6— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) February 27, 2018
Premier Division – Monday 12 March – Updates by Philip Morrissey
Kieran Sadlier scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in this mid-week match in Turner’s Cross in March.
Premier Division – 16 February – Updates by Alex Dunne
On the opening night of the season, Kieran Sadlier was the match winner. His 82nd minute strike, after City lost a 2-0 lead, secured all three points for the visitors.
82: Kieran Sadlier scores for Cork City straight from a corner kick. Unbelievable given how this game has gone. The defence seemed to melt away from the goal-line as the ball curled in. Ultimately Pats have misjudged that terribly and now have seven minutes to retrieve the situation.
EA Sports Cup – Monday 9 April – Updates by Brendan Graham
It was quite the league cup game on the banks of the Camac in April. 2-2 after normal time, St. Pat’s took a 4-3 lead into the final minute of extratime only for Dane Massey to equalise to set up a penalty shoot-out.
Massey missed his spot kick but his teammate Marco Tagbajumi slotted home the winning penalty kick in the 8-7 shootout win as Dundalk dumped St. Pat’s out of the EA Sports Cup.
League Play-off – 8 October – Updates by Macdara Ferris
Shelbourne seemingly self-destructed in this promotion play-off against Drogheda United.
Carrying a 1-0 first leg lead, they received their first red card on 10 minutes before Drogheda drew the tie level. Shels got their second red card on 37 minutes for a James English horror tackle on Jack Hyland.
Chris Lyons put Drogs 2-1 up on aggregate before the Reds remarkably equalised through Adam Evans on 77 minutes. The sides couldn’t be separated in extra time but the Drogs prevailed in the penalty shootout 4-3.
Asked Tim Clancy earlier when he was charging his phone in the press box had they been practicing penalties. He said they did last night but they weren't very good!— Macdara Ferris (@macdarabueller) October 8, 2018