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League Of Ireland 2013 – The Highs And Lows

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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

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

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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

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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

LOI: Win Or Bust For Dundalk

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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: Saints Aim To Go Marching On At Belfield

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There are two fixtures in the League Of Ireland tonight which are complimented by Sunday’s FAI Cup semi finals which pits Drogheda United against Dundalk (1.45pm) and Sligo Rovers against Shamrock Rovers (3.55pm).

Onto league matters…

Derry City –v- Shelbourne    7:45 

Fifth placed Derry City host eleventh placed Shelbourne at the Brandywell tonight.

After the 3-0 defeat against Dundalk last week, Derry City slipped from their long held fourth position into fifth. The league is well and truly over for the northern side, with only pride and professionalism left to play for at this late stage. That professionalism should mean that their opponents here should find the Brandywell a tough place to attain a positive result although it hasn’t been the fortress it was in years gone by. 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

LOI : Five Games Remain To Determine Destiny Of Dublin Trio

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Five games stand between destiny and fate as a trio of Dublin sides head into the final furlong in need of results for different reasons.

St Patrick’s Athletic now have their title destiny in their own hands having over come title rivals Dundalk last week. The Saints travel to Bray this evening looking to move six points ahead of the lilywhites before they face Limerick tomorrow.

Across the Liffey and the picture is far more gloomy with northside rivals Bohemians and Shelbourne battling to stave off the dreaded drop , something Bohs have and advantage in having thrashed their neighbours last time out. Continue reading