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Sligo Sign Danish Striker Nielsen

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Sligo Rovers have announced the signing of Danish striker Morten Nielsen from German club FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt.

The 24 year old began his career at FC Copenhagen before being signed by Chelsea at the age of 16.

Nielsen spent three years at Stamford Bridge in their youth academy. While there Nielsen played in the Chelsea team which made it to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2008 against Man City.  Continue reading

LOI: Dundalk Look To Finish Off Reigning Champions

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Athlone Town –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Two out of form teams face off as Athlone Town play Drogheda United at the Athlone Town Stadium.

Despite seeing an upswing in form that got them four points Athlone Town suffered a setback in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cork City on May 30th. Athlone will see this as a chance to get some more points on the board. A home game, against a woefully out of form side who are leaking goals. Athlone will be bitterly disappointed if they don’t get at least a draw.

The 6-0 hammering against St Patrick’s Athletic was another defeat for Drogheda United, their fourth in a row. In those four games they have conceded 19 goals. Drogheda need a win and badly. They have a good chance here against and equally out of form side, but if the Louth side cannot sort their defence out they will not get the three points they need. Continue reading

LOI: Athlone Go In Search Of Seventh Heaven

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Bohemians –v- Limerick    7:45

In form Bohemians take on out of form Limerick at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Daniel Byrne, Jason Byrne and a James O’Brien o.g. gave Bohemians a 3-1 away win over rock bottom Athlone Town on Monday. That win lifts Bohs to fifth, four points off top spot. The Dublin side will look to continue their fine run of form by taking all three points from their struggling opponents.

Having not played on Monday, Limerick find themselves second from bottom and still looking for their first win of the season. This game will be their sixth attempt, fail and they may just find themselves falling into a rut that they will struggle to free themselves of. Stuart Taylor and his side know a big performance is needed here and it’s time his side delivered.

Prediction: Home win  Continue reading

Daly Confident Of FAI Cup Success

dalyMick Daly is no stranger to the big occasions since he joined Drogheda United and heads into Sunday’s FAI Cup Final clash with Sligo Rovers full of confidence.

The Drogheda United star knows how if you fail to prepare, you can prepare to fail. But he insists the Drogs have thoroughly prepared and are fully ready to battle Ian Baraclough’s men at the Aviva. Continue reading

Saints Crowned Airtricity League Champions

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St.Patrick’s Athletic sealed their first league title in 14 years when they beat reigning champions Sligo Rovers 2-0 at Richmond Park this evening.

The Saints following packed into Richmond Park in the hope to see their side  crowned Airtricity League Champions for 2013 and they weren’t to be disappointed.

However, inside the first few minutes it was the visitors who started the better of the two. Nerves must have played a big part within the Saints’ squad. Right back Alan Keane saw his shot fired into the grateful arms of Brendan Clarke while Sligo had a free header inside the box saved. Continue reading

Kelly The Hero Again As Sligo Rovers Retain FAI Cup

Sligo Rovers have won their second successive FAI Cup by beating Shelbourne on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Aviva stadium.

The Bit O`Red prevailed 4-1 on penalties with goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly once again proving the hero. Kelly was introduced as a substitute at the end of extra time , replacing Brendan Clarke. It was Kelly’s heroics that saw Sligo overcome Shamrock Rovers in a penalty shootout last year and he saved two penalties this time to ensure the blue riband heads west again.   

Shelbourne will feel hard done by after midfielder Barry Clancy was wrongfully dismissed in the first half.

The Dublin side took the lead towards the end of the first half when top scorer Phillip Hughes found the back of the net, sliding the ball past a despairing Clarke. Moments earlier Clancy had hit the bar as Alan Matthews men went all out for the win.

The second half had barely begun when Sligo pulled level, with Iarfhlaith Davoren restoring parity with a fine finish.

The westerners piled on the pressure from their on with substitute striker Matthew Blinkhorn forcing a fine save from Dean Delaney. Blinkhorn again went close but was thwarted by Delaney.

Stephen Paisley headed over from a Shels corner while Conan Byrne`s effort from distance crept narrowly wide of Clarke`s post.

Into extra time and Shels were again under severe pressure.  Davoren, Alan Keane and top scorer Eoin Doyle all went close as Shels battled defiantly. The Dubliners held on , managing to take the tie to a penalty shootout for a second successive season.

Queue the entrance of the heroic Kelly who denied both Kevin Dawson and Colm James before Raffaele Cretaro struck home the winning penalty for Paul Cook`s side.