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Dundalk Look For Five From Five

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Dundalk –v- Sligo Rovers    7:35

Champions Dundalk host Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

It has been the perfect start to Dundalk’s title defence. Four games, four wins eight goals scored and none conceded, the most recent of which came in a 3-0 win over Bohemians on Tuesday. Stephen Kenny and his side will be fully focused on keeping up their form and the momentum that comes with it.

Unlike their opponents, Sligo Rovers will not be happy to their start of the season at all. Currently without a win, their most recent result coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat against Shamrock Rovers, Sligo will be determined to get three points here. It is an unlikely task against an in form championship winning side, but stranger results have happened.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Derry City face Drogheda United at the Brandywell Stadium.

Derry City are another side who entered this season with high expectations and have thus far failed to meet them. With only one win so far the candystripes will be more determined than ever to turn their season around. They will feel confident that with the home field advantage that they have enough to get all three points.

In contrast to their opponents, Drogheda United will feel very pleased with their start to the season. Two wins and a draw has been a very good start for a side who has struggled in recent seasons. They will enter this feeling confident that will at the very least avoid defeat, but a will could be the catalyst for their strongest season in years.

Prediction: Draw

Galway United –v- Longford Town    7:45

Two sides recently promoted face off here at Deacy Park.

With only one win and three defeats, Galway will be slightly disappointed with their start to the season. Under no illusions that their campaign in the premier division would be extremely tough, Galway would have hoped for a better start. They have a big opportunity here to double their points tally and Tommy Dunne and his side will be determined to take it.

Longford have had a slightly better start then their opponents. A win and a draw will be pleasing to manager Tony Cousins especially given their opening two games were against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. With four points in their last two games however, Longford will be determined to gain some more points and momentum which will hopefully lead to a relegation free season.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Bohemian FC    8:00

A Dublin derby here, as Shamrock Rovers host Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Sean O’Connor and Michael Drennan gave Shamrock Rovers an impressive 2-1 away win over Sligo on Tuesday. That result continues the Tallaght side’s impressive start to the season. Pat Fenlon and his players will know there is a long way to go, but will be optimistic of their chances of a real title challenge this year.

Bohemian’s great start to the season took on a hit on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 defeat against Dundalk. Keith Long and his players will look to bounce back immediately with a win here. They face a tough task, but these are they games that need to be won if you want to mount a serious title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Cork City    5:45

Cork City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to play Bray Wanderers.

Four games, four defeats, no goals scored and seven conceded. It has been the worst possible start to the season for Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side need points on the board and fast, but face a tough task against free scoring opponents with a strong defence. Alan Matthews and his side need to produce something special, whether they can or not is something else.

Goals from Karl Sheppard and Alan Bennett gave Cork City a 2-0 away win over Galway on Tuesday. That result keeps them in touching distance of the top two and still well in contention for a title challenge. After a slow start Cork have found the form that aided them so well last season. Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    6:30

Limerick play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Thomond Park.

After a truly disastrous start, Limerick have rebounded slightly with tow draws in a week against Longford and Drogheda United. These results have put some precious points on the board. Limerick will look to capitalise on their opponent’s inconsistent form and hopefully land a win that could turn their season around.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for St Patrick’s Athletic. Two wins and two defeats has thus far prevented any momentum being built and has hindered their title challenge. But a 2-1 against Sligo on Tuesday followed by a win here could be start of them pushing the teams above them. If not their hot and cold form may just continue.

Prediction: Away win

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GAA: Tipperary Run Riot While Laois Edge Through

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipperary continued their march to Croker with a comprehensive win over Longford, who failed to reproduce the form that saw them edge past Derry.

Tipperary got off to the best possible of starts when Michael Quinlivan finished to the net after some good play from George Hannigan. Tipperary were in control and extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. The second half was really all about Tipperary with a second goal being fisted to the net by Peter Acheson giving them a very comprehensive lead as it dawned on Longford that they had no way back. Longford will be very disappointed as they really failed to turn up and play to their best, but they were never really in this game from the start. Tipperary on the other hand have improved and with members of  their All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011 now on the panel they are a force to be reckoned with. Tipperary big winners here by 2-17 to 0-6. Continue reading

GAA Qualifiers: Backdoor Route Opens Up

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All Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers

Derry v Longford

Longford will be disappointed at the way they exited the Leinster Championship at the hands of Wexford, Derry on the other hand should be well rested as they had plenty time to recover from their defeat to Donegal earlier in the season. Derry have a very strong midfield presence and that coupled with some good forward play will prove decisive. Longford may depend too heavily on the exploits of Paul Barden for scores. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Tyrone Advance In Ulster Championship

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down 0-12 Tyrone 3-11

Tyrone cruised past Down in this weekend’s replay at Pairc Esler. Down have failed to be as consistent as the Ulster rivals from the red hand county and have failed to get passed them on numerous occasions. This particular occasion further cementing the dominance of Mickey Harte’s charges. Down started the game well and were awarded a penalty in the first minute when Conor Maginn was brought down in the box by Justin McMahon. Aidan Carr stepped up to take the penalty for the mourne men, which was saved by Tyrone Goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Tyrone took some encouragement from Morgan’s save and raised their game with them pressing ahead after this and building a lead, with points coming mostly from Ronan O’Neill. Ciaran McGinley got the opening goal of the game as Tyrone really expressed their dominance in the first half and led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Exiles Ready To Shake Things Up In Connacht

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down v Tyrone

This games sees these two formidable opponents off again in another titanic battle in the North-east with home advantage providing the Ulster champions with the best possible opportunity to overcome Ulster rivals Tyrone. The red hand county will look again to the inspirational Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to pull this game out of the hat and should be more consistent than the Mourne men. Down will be disappointed that they let the game slip away last time out, with poor discipline in the closing stages costing them victory. Down still have enough potential to turn the game in their favour but they haven’t been a very consistent team in the championship and that alone may cost them. Continue reading

All Ireland Preview: Who Can Topple The Boys In Blue?

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With the long road to Croker having kick off in earnest, we’ll now take a look at the teams likely to raise Sam Maguire come September.

In Munster, the odds are firmly stacked in Cork and Kerry’s favour. Whoever can emerge from the traditional rivalry will be among the key contenders. It would be hard to see any other side from Munster upsetting this balance, claiming provincial glory outside of this two heavyweights of the game. Home advantage for either side could be a crucial factor on how they progress through the championship. Continue reading

GAA: Dublin And Monaghan Secure League Glory

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Allianz National Football League Division 1 Final

Dublin 3-19 Derry 1-10

Dublin blitz Derry aside with second half goals from Kevin McManamon, Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan.

The first half started at a slow pace although Derry surprised most with an early goal when Cailean O’Boyle was setup for a tidy finish to the Dublin net. Despite this Dublin got several free flowing points to completely pull away from the oakleafers as Derry remained scoreless for a long period in the first half.  Dublin seemed to step off the pace a little towards the end of the half as they found it difficult to break down Derry’s defence and had to go laterally across the pitch to make some headway going forward. It took Derry a long time to settle down, but they did show they possessed as much of a goal threat as the Dubs. Continue reading

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