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LOI: Drogs Seek Derby Day Success

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Bohemians –v- Longford Town    7:45

Bohemians host Longford town at Dalymount Park.

A late goal from Mark Griffin was enough to give Bohemians a 1-0 away win against Drogheda United last week. That win keeps them fourth and close to the top of the table. Its early days but the Dublin side will be extremely pleased with their start and hope that they can challenge for their first league title in six years. Continue reading

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LOI: Bray In Desperate Need Of A Good Friday

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Sligo Rovers –v- Bray Wanderers    5:45

Sligo Rovers host bottom side Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds.

Sligo will be increasingly worried with how their season has started. Five games in and still no wins to their name, will have left quite a few worried. They have a perfect opportunity here to land their first three points of the season against a side in worse form than they are. For Owen Heary and his side, it’s an opportunity they can’t miss.

A nightmare start to the season just keeps getting worse as the weeks go by for Bray Wanderers. Five games, five defeats and no goals scored, it will take a huge effort for the Wicklow side to turn this around. Their opponents are in poor form themselves and Bray will hope to take advantage and land their first points of the season. It will be tough though given the week they have endured, with Alan Matthews and his backroom staff resigning en masse due to ongoing turmoil behind the scenes.

Prediction: Home win

Cork City –v- Derry City    7:45

North versus south here as Cork City play Derry City and Turner’s Cross.

A late goal from Kieran Djilali gave Cork City a 1-0 win against Bray Wanderers last week. That win keeps them in touching distance of Dundalk, whose early form could open a gap at the top Cork may struggle to close. John Caulfield will expect another three points from his side here and with home field advantage they may just get it.

A goal from Barry McNamee and a brace from Anthony Elding gave Derry City a 3-0 win over Drogheda United last week. Inconsistent form has left Derry in a mid-table and already eight points behind Dundalk. Peter Hutton and his side have their work cut out for them if they expect to mount a title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Drogheda United –v- Bohemians    7:45

Bohemians travel to Louth to face Drogheda United at the Hunky Dory’s Stadium.

After a great start to the season with two wins in a row, Drogheda United have dropped eight points in their last three games, the latest of which came in a 3-0 defeat against Derry City. Johnny McDonnell and his side will be determined to get all three points here and put their season back on track.

Like their opponents Bohemians have dropped five points in their last two games. The 3-0 defeat against Dundalk will have been unsurprising, the 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers, disappointing. Bohemians will now be as determined as ever to get back to winning ways and climb as high up the table as they can.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Galway United    8:00

Shamrock Rovers host Galway United at Tallaght Stadium.

Shamrock Rovers will be relatively pleased with their start to the season. Three wins and two draws keeps them well in contention for a title challenge, something the Rovers faithful have been crying out for. The Dublin side enter this game highly optimistic of gaining all three points and ensuring that Tallaght Stadium is a fortress for the rest of the season.

Galway will be less than pleased with their start to the season. One win and four defeats is not how they would have imagined life back in the top flight. They now know that they will have to work hard for every point they get and will have to be at their best, if they are to manage to get anything out of this game.

Prediction: Home win

Limerick –v- Dundalk    6:30

Limerick welcome league leaders Dundalk to Jackman Park.

After two successful campaigns in Ireland’s top flight, Limerick have thus far struggled this season. Two points are all they have to show for their opening five games. And given the quality of their opposition it will likely be two points from six games. Limerick are capable of getting results against bigger teams and will have to be at their best to get anything here.

The perfect start is an apt description for Dundalk’s opening five games. Five wins out of five, 11 goals scored and none conceded, the Louth side could not have hoped for a better start to their title defence. Stephen Kenny and his side would like to make it six wins from six and theirs nobody who would want to bet against them.

Prediction: Away win

Longford Town –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:30

St Patrick’s Athletic travel to the City Calling Stadium, to take on Longford Town.

Goals from Gary Shaw and Don Cowan gave Longford Town a 2-1 away win against Galway United last week, a win that puts them seventh. Tony Cousins will be extremely pleased with his sides start to the season. His side have not been daunted by promotion and have worked hard to earn what they have, sometime that could translate to survival come the end of the season.

A brace from Aaron Greene gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 2-0 away win over Limerick last week. That win was their second in a row and added a bit on consistency that was lacking in St Pat’s early season form. They enter this game hoping to make it three wins in a row and Liam Buckley and his side will do everything to make it happen.

Prediction: Draw

Dundalk Look For Five From Five

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Dundalk –v- Sligo Rovers    7:35

Champions Dundalk host Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

It has been the perfect start to Dundalk’s title defence. Four games, four wins eight goals scored and none conceded, the most recent of which came in a 3-0 win over Bohemians on Tuesday. Stephen Kenny and his side will be fully focused on keeping up their form and the momentum that comes with it.

Unlike their opponents, Sligo Rovers will not be happy to their start of the season at all. Currently without a win, their most recent result coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat against Shamrock Rovers, Sligo will be determined to get three points here. It is an unlikely task against an in form championship winning side, but stranger results have happened.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Derry City face Drogheda United at the Brandywell Stadium.

Derry City are another side who entered this season with high expectations and have thus far failed to meet them. With only one win so far the candystripes will be more determined than ever to turn their season around. They will feel confident that with the home field advantage that they have enough to get all three points.

In contrast to their opponents, Drogheda United will feel very pleased with their start to the season. Two wins and a draw has been a very good start for a side who has struggled in recent seasons. They will enter this feeling confident that will at the very least avoid defeat, but a will could be the catalyst for their strongest season in years.

Prediction: Draw

Galway United –v- Longford Town    7:45

Two sides recently promoted face off here at Deacy Park.

With only one win and three defeats, Galway will be slightly disappointed with their start to the season. Under no illusions that their campaign in the premier division would be extremely tough, Galway would have hoped for a better start. They have a big opportunity here to double their points tally and Tommy Dunne and his side will be determined to take it.

Longford have had a slightly better start then their opponents. A win and a draw will be pleasing to manager Tony Cousins especially given their opening two games were against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. With four points in their last two games however, Longford will be determined to gain some more points and momentum which will hopefully lead to a relegation free season.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Bohemian FC    8:00

A Dublin derby here, as Shamrock Rovers host Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Sean O’Connor and Michael Drennan gave Shamrock Rovers an impressive 2-1 away win over Sligo on Tuesday. That result continues the Tallaght side’s impressive start to the season. Pat Fenlon and his players will know there is a long way to go, but will be optimistic of their chances of a real title challenge this year.

Bohemian’s great start to the season took on a hit on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 defeat against Dundalk. Keith Long and his players will look to bounce back immediately with a win here. They face a tough task, but these are they games that need to be won if you want to mount a serious title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Cork City    5:45

Cork City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to play Bray Wanderers.

Four games, four defeats, no goals scored and seven conceded. It has been the worst possible start to the season for Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side need points on the board and fast, but face a tough task against free scoring opponents with a strong defence. Alan Matthews and his side need to produce something special, whether they can or not is something else.

Goals from Karl Sheppard and Alan Bennett gave Cork City a 2-0 away win over Galway on Tuesday. That result keeps them in touching distance of the top two and still well in contention for a title challenge. After a slow start Cork have found the form that aided them so well last season. Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    6:30

Limerick play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Thomond Park.

After a truly disastrous start, Limerick have rebounded slightly with tow draws in a week against Longford and Drogheda United. These results have put some precious points on the board. Limerick will look to capitalise on their opponent’s inconsistent form and hopefully land a win that could turn their season around.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for St Patrick’s Athletic. Two wins and two defeats has thus far prevented any momentum being built and has hindered their title challenge. But a 2-1 against Sligo on Tuesday followed by a win here could be start of them pushing the teams above them. If not their hot and cold form may just continue.

Prediction: Away win

LOI : Rovers Hoping To Keep Cork At Bay

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Dundalk –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Champions Dundalk host St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park.

A goal from Dane Massey was enough to give Dundalk all three points in a 1-0 win over Derry City last week. Only an inferior goal difference now keeps them off the top spot. They face a difficult game here against one of their title rivals however and Stephen Kenny will be hoping the home field advantage will aid his side against one of their most difficult opponents.

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LOI: Promoted Sides Eye Big Scalps Over Dublin Duo

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The second Friday of March see’s the second instalment of this season’s League Of Ireland fixtures. The opening round produced a number of talking points, some surprising scores and a Dublin derby that saw the wind wreak havoc on what otherwise would have been a solid encounter. Here’s a preview of this week’s action.

Bohemians –v- Galway United    7:45

Bohemians host newly promoted Galway United at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Adam Evans, Dean Kelly and Lorcan Fitzgerald gave Bohemians a 3-0 away win against Limerick last week. Keith Long will have been pleased with his side’s strong start to the season and will be looking for more of the same in their first game at home. A win here could set the tone for what could be a strong season. Continue reading

LOI: Big Dublin Derby Kicks Off New Season

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A new season is upon us as the eagerly awaited return of the League Of Ireland takes over the Irish sporting calendar for the weekend ahead. Each team starts the season off with a clean slate, fresh aspirations and hope of successful days ahead. While many are tipping Pat Fenlon’s Shamrock Rovers to lift this season’s title, recent years have shown us that the league title will be hotly contested, with a number of teams in contention for Airtricity League glory.

Dundalk –v- Longford Town    7:45

Champions Dundalk, take on newly promoted Longford Town at Oriel Park.

After their most successful season in 20 years resulted in them being crowned champions Dundalk will be most determined to start off their defence of the title by taking all three points. The Louth side will be hoping a good start equals a good season, but will be weary that their opponents will not let them have it all their own way. Continue reading

LOI: Dundalk Host Cork In Final Day Title Showdown

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And so it all comes down to this. One match, two potential champions but there can only be one winner. Last week’s results surprisingly tipped the title race in Cork’s favour as Dundalk stumbled to a draw in Bray. Now Dundalk must tilt the momentum back in their favour with a shooutout against the rebel army or else their successful season will be nothing more than another year served as the nearly men. Issues at the bottom are also still far from settled so with that in mind let’s take a look at the final round of fixtures.

Athlone Town –v- Bray Wanderers    7:45

With their last chance of survival on the line Athlone Town host Bray Wanderers at the Athlone Town Stadium.

Goals from Philip Gorman and Kealan Dillon where enough to give Athlone Town a crucial 2-0 away win over St Patrick’s Athletic last week. That result however, was not enough to lift Athlone off the bottom of the table. They enter this game knowing that they have to win. Anything else will see them drop straight back down to the first division. Continue reading

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