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League Of Ireland 2013 – The Highs And Lows


The League of Ireland season is rarely boring and un-entertaining, 2013 was no different. We experienced many highs and lows with St.Patrick’s Athletic and Athlone Town among the most memorable stories as they won their respective leagues.

As ever there was no shortage of controversy as Waterford United endured a flirtation with the financial abyss as former manager Stephen Henderson sought to have them wound up in court before both parties ultimately made an agreement. The club also faced some lows on the pitch as they narrowly missed out on a play-off position in the First Division. Continue reading

Bohemians Avoid Playoff Despite Drogs Defeat


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

LOI : Trio Set To Slug It Out To Avoid Relegation Playoff


The League Of Ireland will reach a climax tonight and heading into the final game of the season a lot still remains undecided.

St Patrick’s Athletic have convincingly wrapped up the league title but it remains to see who will finish as runners up with Dundalk currently sitting two points clear of 2012 champions Sligo Rovers.

Derry City head into their final game a point ahead of Shamrock Rovers in fourth place. Declan Devine will be hoping his side can seal fourth with a win tonight to cap off a largely disappointing season.

However the bottom of the table is where all of tonight’s attention will be devoted to. Shelbourne’s automatic relegation has already been confirmed but who will finish in eleventh , the playoff position , remains very much open. Bray Wanderers sit eleventh following a late turnaround in their fortunes, with Pat Devlin’s side behind UCD only on goal difference. Bohemians sit in ninth, two points ahead of the duo and will be uncomfortably looking over their shoulders. Continue reading

LOI – Derry Aim To Spoil Pats’ Title Party


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

LOI: Win Or Bust For Dundalk


After a controversial week of cup football , Dundalk resume their title charge , knowing that realistically anything other than three victories from their final three games will see them surrender the league title to St Patrick’s Athletic , who are currently six points ahead and possess a goal difference of +17.

At the bot tom of the table , Bray Wanderers go in search of a first league win since June , one that would see them come off the bottom of the table and leapfrog Shelbourne into the relegation playoff spot. Continue reading

LOI : Sligo Aim To Close In On Table Topping Saints

Roddy Collins and The Athlone team celebrate in the dressing room after the game 27/9/2013

There’s a full card of League Of Ireland action this evening with league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic and struggling UCD the only sides not in action.

This past Friday proved to be a crucial night in the League Of Ireland. Pats are now five points clear of nearest challengers Sligo Rovers , who leapfrog Dundalk into second place after the lilywhites lost to Limerick and witnessed their title ambitions go up in smoke. The Saints welcome Sligo to Inchicore next week in what looks like the title decider.

At the other end of the table Bohemians all but secured their top flight status for another year with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Derry City.

Athlone Town were crowned First Division champions last Friday after beating Waterford United 1-0. Roddy Collins’ side now return to the top flight after nearly two decades in the wilderness. Continue reading

Heary Eyes Safety As Bohs Prepare For Make Or Break Games


Speaking ahead of a massive game tonight at Dalymount Park, Bohemians Assistant Manager Owen Heary insists that his side have “nothing to fear” as they face “two hard-working, decent sides” in a matter of a few days.

Bohemians have a big few days ahead as they host Derry City at Dalymount Park tonight and travel to Limerick to face Stuart Taylor’s side on Tuesday.

Bobby Browne has been installed as manager as Heary could only fulfil sixty days in temporary charge as he does not have a UEFA Pro Licence. However he remains a key decision maker in the Phibsborough dugout.

“The lads have been on a high all week. But they know that the result last week is not good enough if we don’t get something from this weekend,” said Heary. Continue reading