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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: Big Dublin Derby Kicks Off New Season

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A new season is upon us as the eagerly awaited return of the League Of Ireland takes over the Irish sporting calendar for the weekend ahead. Each team starts the season off with a clean slate, fresh aspirations and hope of successful days ahead. While many are tipping Pat Fenlon’s Shamrock Rovers to lift this season’s title, recent years have shown us that the league title will be hotly contested, with a number of teams in contention for Airtricity League glory.

Dundalk –v- Longford Town    7:45

Champions Dundalk, take on newly promoted Longford Town at Oriel Park.

After their most successful season in 20 years resulted in them being crowned champions Dundalk will be most determined to start off their defence of the title by taking all three points. The Louth side will be hoping a good start equals a good season, but will be weary that their opponents will not let them have it all their own way. 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: Chasing Pack Seek To Knock The Saints Off Top

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Cork City –v- Derry City 7:45

Title chasing Cork City host Derry City at Turner’s Cross.

The 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic last week was a big disappointment for Cork City. By no means out of the title race, Cork are now chasing rather than leading. With six points dropped in their last two games and against title rivals, Cork will need a win here to gain back some of the momentum they lost. Lose and they many find themselves slipping down the table.

After the abrupt departure of Roddy Collins this week, Derry City were quick to replace him with club legend Peter Hutton. Hutton will be hoping that the renewed enthusiasm around the club will translate to results on the pitch. Derry face difficult opposition and will need every advantage they can get to attain the win they need.

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LOI: Cork Look To Bounce Back Against Reigning Champions

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Bohemians –v- UCD    7:45

Two relegation threatened teams face off here as Bohemians welcome UCD to Dalymount Park.

A 1-1 draw with Derry City last week has left Bohemians sitting in ninth position, but still threatened by relegation. Manager Owen Heary and his side are well aware that there is a long way to go in this league and that the best way to avoid the drop is to beat the teams around them. They face such a team here and will be looking for nothing but a win.

Goals from Robbie Benson and Cillian Morrison gave UCD a much needed three points in a 2-1 win over Drogheda United last week. Despite that win, UCD are still stuck in the relegation zone and manager Aaron Callaghan and his players will be determined to get a run of positive results that will lift them to safety, and for that they need all three points here. Continue reading

LOI: Dundalk Face Tricky Test Against Ever Improving Cork City

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Athlone Town –v- Bray Wanderers 7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town face off against Bray Wanderers at Athlone Town Stadium.

Ten games and ten defeats. It has been a thoroughly miserable time to be an Athlone Town fan. So miserable that changes have been made and Mick Cooke has left the club and Keith Long has been brought in. It remains to be seen if this change of managers will have an effect on the results but things certainly don’t look good. Athlone can take comfort in the fact that it can’t get any worse.

A solitary David Scully goal gave Bray Wanderers an impressive 1-0 home win over title chasing Dundalk last time out. That win leaves them sitting in a comfortable seventh. The Wicklow side will need to be weary of their opponents given their new manager’s first game. Alan Matthews will need to ensure his players head into this game prepared to play against a revitalised team or they may end up on the losing side.

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