First Division round-up: Leaders Galway United ease past Treaty United as Waterford claim win

John Caulfield’s Galway United picked up their 13th win of the season in 14 games thanks to a comprehensive win over Treaty United.

The victory keeps United 10 points clear at the top of the pile as they navigated yet another hurdle in their quest to reach the Premier Division.

David Hurley opened the scoring for the Tribesmen in the 21st minute when he slotted home a spot-kick.

Francely Lomboto doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute however, before Treaty were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark.

Andy Spain was dismissed – before Ibrahim Keita was sprung off the bench to put the gloss on a 3-0 success at the Market’s Field.

Meanwhile, Finn Harps slumped to another defeat as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Waterford.

Dave Rogers’ side were dealt a hammer blow in the 56th minute when Daithi McCallion was sent off.

But even before then, the Blues were cruising to a win in Ballybofey.

Connor Parsons opened the scoring for Waterford in the 25th minute, before Ronan Coughlan netted again to make it 2-0 five minutes later.

Former Shamrock Rovers midfielder Dean McMenamy then struck to score the Blues’ third seven minutes after McCallion was dismissed.

And Coughlan completed the rout when he slotted home a penalty in the 74th minute.

Elsewhere, Longford Town piled the misery on Wexford with a convincing 3-0 win away to Wexford.

Town scored two quick-fire goals before the half-time break through Beineon O’Brien =hitmarsh and Josh Giurgi to put some daylight between them and James Keddy’s side.

And after the interval, O’Brien-Whitmarsh found the net again to seal the deal for Longford at Ferrycarrig Park.

Bray Wanderers also ran out 2-0 winners against Kerry at Mounthawk Park.

Harry Groome opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the 51st minute before Ben Feeney slotted home his spot-kick in the 81st to seal the deal for Ian Ryan’s side.

Meanwhile, Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at St Colman’s Park.

Luke Desmond and Conor Drinan scored either side of a Frantz Pierrot leveller to give the Rams a 2-1 lead at the interval.

But Matthew Leal’s goal in the 61st minute salvaged a point for the Co Westmeath side.