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News In Brief: Silly Season Kicks Off And It’s Bad News For Seagulls

‘They’ve lost the run of themselves.’ (picture: bbc.co.uk)

 

Silly season has well and truly kicked off and the Dail only broke up for their holidays yesterday. Now it’s NIB’s time to shine!

The Football Association of Ireland got in trouble at the start of the week for having a sense of humour. After Germany won the World Cup last Sunday the FAI tweeted their congratulations to the team who will also be the Irish side’s opponents in the 2016 Euro qualifiers in October. This wasn’t the offensive bit, it was the ‘***Gulp***’ added onto the end that made fans angry, accusing the FAI of being unsupportive, unpatriotic and unprofessional. Since when did Irish football fans get so touchy? It was only a joke, cop yourselves on!

They’ll be coming for NIB now won’t they?  ***Gulp***. Continue reading

League Of Ireland : Team Of The Year 2013

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When anyone asks you to select your Team of the Year, Player of the Year, or even Match of the Year, you start to reflect on the season as a whole. Try think of games that stood out, players that did the extraordinary and managers that pulled off the impossible. Here’s my attempt at doing just that.

Team that stood out? Obviously, the Champions of Ireland – St.Patrick’s Athletic. Their togetherness, ability and strength to turn games on their head proved worthy and eventually led to them coming out with the big prize for the first time in 14 years.

Some Pats players stood out throughout the course of the season for various reasons, none more than Brendan Clarke. Either to win the league or to stay in the division you need a top goalkeeper. That’s your priority. 21 clean sheets for Clarke proved vital. That’s why he gets my number one spot in my Team of the Year. Continue reading

Bohemians Avoid Playoff Despite Drogs Defeat

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Bohemians avoided the  dreaded relegation play-off despite losing 1-0 to Drogheda United on Friday night.

Bohemians showed intent early on. Kevin Devaney proved the biggest thorn in Drogheda’s backside as he broke through the Drogs’ defence only to run out of space and run straight into the arms of the diving Michael Schlingermann.

Fifteen minutes in and Mick Cooke, who managed in his final league game on Friday night, would have been delighted with how his side started the game however, no goal was there to show for the impressive start. Continue reading