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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

LOI – Derry Aim To Spoil Pats’ Title Party

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The end is nigh as two games remain and for the first time in 14 years St Patrick’s Athletic have clinched the league title in style. The Supersaints will be presented with the coveted trophy on Friday night and the club hierarchy will be aiming to quickly tie down their players to new contracts to give them the best possible chance of retaining next season.

Elsewhere there is still much to play for. Dundalk are aiming to pip Sligo Rovers to second place while Bray Wanderers will look to secure the point that will relegate Shelbourne or even a victory that will have UCD and Bohemians anxiously looking over their shoulders. 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

Saints Move To Within One Victory Of League Title Following UCD Win

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Four points is all that separates St Patrick’s Athletic from getting their hands on the league title after Liam Buckley’s men came from behind to beat UCD 3-1 at Belfield last night.

Goals from Chris Forrester, Anto Flood and Jake Kelly secured the win for the champions elect , meaning they could potentially wrap up the title when they host Sligo Rovers next Sunday at Richmond Park.

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LOI : Battle For Survival Enters Full Swing

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Its been a monumental week in the League Of Ireland with off field antics grabbing the headlines as fans of Waterford United saved the club from the brink of extinction. The transfer window also slammed shut with some teams busier than others. Cork City  were among the most active teams as they shipped out Daryl Kavanagh (St Patrick’s Athletic) and Danny Furlong (Waterford United) while Adam Rundle and Denis Behan left the club.  Shelbourne made three new signings to boost their survival bid , Limerick welcomed two new players while the biggest League Of Ireland transfer saga of the summer came to an end when Salthill Devon’s Enda Curran joined Athlone Town. Continue reading

All Square In Dismal Dublin Derby

St.Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians played out a 1-1 draw at Richmond Park last night, a result that doesn’t do much for either side.

There was a surprise to the Saints’ starting XI as in-form star Killian Brennan missed out through an injury he picked up in training the day before the game. The in form Chris Lyons posed the biggest threat to the home sides aspirations but the game slowly came to life.  Continue reading

Supersaints Hand Champions First League Defeat

St Patrick’s Athletic ended Sligo Rovers 100% start to the new season on Friday night with a resounding 2-0 win at Richmond Park.

Goals from Conan Byrne and a late Killian Brennan penalty were enough for Pats to earn a vital three points and keep them in touch with their challengers. Continue reading