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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: 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: Dundalk Aim To Consolidate Title Challenge

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Bohemians –v- Dundalk 7:45

League leaders Dundalk travel to Dublin to face relegation threatened Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Bohemians will have been pleased with the 0-0 draw last week against Shamrock Rovers. Despite that result Bohs are in tenth place and out of the relegation zone albeit only on goal difference. They face a tough task here, but Owen Heary and his side will be hoping that they have enough to pull off an upset.

Goals from Daryl Horgan, Kurtis Byrne and Patrick Hoban gave Dundalk a 3-0 victory over Sligo Rovers last week. That win sees the Louth side go top of the league with a two point margin. Stephen Kenny and his side will be determined to stretch that lead by taking all three points and making it difficult for their rivals to catch them. Continue reading

LOI: Bohs Seek Dublin Bragging Rights On Enemy Ground

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Athlone Town –v- UCD    7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town welcome UCD to the Athlone Town Stadium.

The 2-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday was not unexpected, but would have been disheartening to Athlone Town after getting their first point in the previous game. They will consider this game an opportunity and will look to take advantage of their opponents inconsistent form and land that badly needed win.

UCD will be extremely pleased with their 1-1 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic last week. That result lifted them into ninth position and gave them some breathing room over the bottom sides. They will be looking for and expecting win here over a poor side, but need to be prepared and organised or they may leave the game with nothing. Continue reading

LOI: Champions At Risk Of Falling Further Behind

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Athlone Town –v- Bohemian FC    7:45

Rock bottom Athlone Town host Bohemians at Athlone Town Stadium.

Five games, five defeats, it has been a miserable start to the season for newly promoted side Athlone Town. The euphoria of promotion and the excitement of competing at the top level have worn away quickly. Now even this early it’s all about survival. Mick Cooke and his side need points and fast or their misery will just go on and on.

The 1-1 draw with Bray Wanderers on Friday was a good result for Bohemians. Currently sitting in sixth position, Bohs need to find a way to turn their draws into wins. If manager Owen Heary and his players can find a way, then Bohemians could find themselves challenging for the league or at the very least a European place.

Prediction: Away win  Continue reading

Bradley And Gartland Linked With Rovers Return

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Stephen Bradley is close to signing for Shamrock Rovers according to a source within the club.

The same source also revealed the club are targeting the signature of Graham Gartland.

Gartland found himself relegated with Shelbourne last season while Bradley had a good season with Limerick as they finished mid-table.

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Cork City Snatch Title At Death

Graham Cummins struck a title winning goal four minutes into extra time to steal the first division title from Shelbourne`s grasp as Cork City ran out 2-1 winners at Tolka Park.

Cummins’ dramatic headed winner saw City clinch promotion alongside Shelbourne who had to settle for second place following tonight’s defeat. Shels will be left fuming after yet another unconvincing performance on the final day of the season cost them dear.

Before a crowd of 3,277, Daryl Horgan delighted the rebel army support when he fired City in front after just four minutes. But Shels responded and deservedly levelled through captain David Cassidy just before the half hour.

A draw would have secured promotion for both sides but Cummins sealed the victory and the First Division title for Tommy Dunne’s side with his 23rd strike of the season.

Even though the draw would suffice, Cork pressed until the end and got their reward in the fourth minute of added time.

Roared on by a big following, Cork had a dream start, taking the lead after just four minutes.

Shels failed to deal with a ball into the box from right-back Neal Horgan. It pinballed around before breaking loose for winger Daryl Horgan who drilled it low to the back of the net from 16 yards.

Rattled, Shels took a while to regain some composure, but once they got forward they troubled Cork at the back.

City midfielder Greg O’Halloran hacked clear from a Kevin Dawson header after Cassidy’s free kick before Mark McNulty had to make the first save of the game on 15 minutes, getting down well to touch away Dawson’s low drive from distance.

Shels maintained the pressure when midfielder John Sullivan was inches over the top with a half-volley as Cork struggled to clear their lines from Brendan McGill’s cross, before deservedly levelling on 27 minutes.

Philly Hughes pounced on a Cork mistake to send Cassidy away and the in-form skipper scored with a cool finish from a tight angle.

It was end to end stuff now with Delaney in the Shels goal tipping away another effort from Horgan.

Hughes then burst through onto a Cassidy ball back at the Drumcondra end to bring a fine save from Mark McNulty.

The City keeper was there again to thwart Shels when he tipped Gareth Matthews shot around the post.

With no let up, Cork had loud appeals for a handball waved away by referee Paul McLaughlin on 41 minutes after the ball did appear to strike the hand of Shels’ defender Ian Ryan.

While the intensity and endeavour was there, the second half lacked much of the tempo of the first.

Cork lost O’Neill, who started despite a hamstring problem, at the break and substitute Vinny Sullivan wasted the first opening of the second half when snatching a volley over the top after a mistake by Andy Boyle put him in on goal.

There was defending to do at the other end on 67 minutes when Danny Murphy did well to block a stinging shot from McGill after great work involving Hughes, Sullivan and Barry Clancy with the cross.

Cork pressed for much of the remainder with Cummins, the division’s leading scorer, having the ball in the Shels net on 76 minutes only for it to be ruled out for offside.

But Cummins would have the final say as Cork, reformed two years ago following their financial collapse, are back in the top flight.

Shelbourne still have a chance of success this season though as they face Sligo Rovers next Sunday in the FAI Cup Final.

Shelbourne: Delaney; Matthews, Boyle, Ryan, S Byrne; B McGill (Mulhall, 90+3), Dawson, Sullivan, Clancy (C Byrne, 79); Cassidy; Hughes (Gorman, 77).

Cork City: McNulty; N Horgan, Kavanagh (O’Brien, 70), Spillane, Murphy; G. Morrissey, O’Halloran, Duggan, D Horgan (Turner, 90); O’Neill (Sullivan, h/t), Cummins.