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LOI: Bray In Desperate Need Of A Good Friday

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Sligo Rovers –v- Bray Wanderers    5:45

Sligo Rovers host bottom side Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds.

Sligo will be increasingly worried with how their season has started. Five games in and still no wins to their name, will have left quite a few worried. They have a perfect opportunity here to land their first three points of the season against a side in worse form than they are. For Owen Heary and his side, it’s an opportunity they can’t miss.

A nightmare start to the season just keeps getting worse as the weeks go by for Bray Wanderers. Five games, five defeats and no goals scored, it will take a huge effort for the Wicklow side to turn this around. Their opponents are in poor form themselves and Bray will hope to take advantage and land their first points of the season. It will be tough though given the week they have endured, with Alan Matthews and his backroom staff resigning en masse due to ongoing turmoil behind the scenes.

Prediction: Home win

Cork City –v- Derry City    7:45

North versus south here as Cork City play Derry City and Turner’s Cross.

A late goal from Kieran Djilali gave Cork City a 1-0 win against Bray Wanderers last week. That win keeps them in touching distance of Dundalk, whose early form could open a gap at the top Cork may struggle to close. John Caulfield will expect another three points from his side here and with home field advantage they may just get it.

A goal from Barry McNamee and a brace from Anthony Elding gave Derry City a 3-0 win over Drogheda United last week. Inconsistent form has left Derry in a mid-table and already eight points behind Dundalk. Peter Hutton and his side have their work cut out for them if they expect to mount a title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Drogheda United –v- Bohemians    7:45

Bohemians travel to Louth to face Drogheda United at the Hunky Dory’s Stadium.

After a great start to the season with two wins in a row, Drogheda United have dropped eight points in their last three games, the latest of which came in a 3-0 defeat against Derry City. Johnny McDonnell and his side will be determined to get all three points here and put their season back on track.

Like their opponents Bohemians have dropped five points in their last two games. The 3-0 defeat against Dundalk will have been unsurprising, the 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers, disappointing. Bohemians will now be as determined as ever to get back to winning ways and climb as high up the table as they can.

Prediction: Away win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Galway United    8:00

Shamrock Rovers host Galway United at Tallaght Stadium.

Shamrock Rovers will be relatively pleased with their start to the season. Three wins and two draws keeps them well in contention for a title challenge, something the Rovers faithful have been crying out for. The Dublin side enter this game highly optimistic of gaining all three points and ensuring that Tallaght Stadium is a fortress for the rest of the season.

Galway will be less than pleased with their start to the season. One win and four defeats is not how they would have imagined life back in the top flight. They now know that they will have to work hard for every point they get and will have to be at their best, if they are to manage to get anything out of this game.

Prediction: Home win

Limerick –v- Dundalk    6:30

Limerick welcome league leaders Dundalk to Jackman Park.

After two successful campaigns in Ireland’s top flight, Limerick have thus far struggled this season. Two points are all they have to show for their opening five games. And given the quality of their opposition it will likely be two points from six games. Limerick are capable of getting results against bigger teams and will have to be at their best to get anything here.

The perfect start is an apt description for Dundalk’s opening five games. Five wins out of five, 11 goals scored and none conceded, the Louth side could not have hoped for a better start to their title defence. Stephen Kenny and his side would like to make it six wins from six and theirs nobody who would want to bet against them.

Prediction: Away win

Longford Town –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:30

St Patrick’s Athletic travel to the City Calling Stadium, to take on Longford Town.

Goals from Gary Shaw and Don Cowan gave Longford Town a 2-1 away win against Galway United last week, a win that puts them seventh. Tony Cousins will be extremely pleased with his sides start to the season. His side have not been daunted by promotion and have worked hard to earn what they have, sometime that could translate to survival come the end of the season.

A brace from Aaron Greene gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 2-0 away win over Limerick last week. That win was their second in a row and added a bit on consistency that was lacking in St Pat’s early season form. They enter this game hoping to make it three wins in a row and Liam Buckley and his side will do everything to make it happen.

Prediction: Draw

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: Fenlon Seeks To Put One Over Former Charges

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Bohemian FC –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

A Dublin derby here as Bohemians play host to fierce rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.

Goals from Karl Moore and Jason Byrne gave Bohemians victory over Drogheda United on Friday. This win keeps them in seventh position and has all but secured their position in the league next year. Having thus far surpassed their tenth place finish last year’s Bohs will be determined to finish as high as they can and are more than capable of doing so.

After the excellent start to Pat Fenlon’s reign at Shamrock Rovers, the 1-1 draw with Athlone Town on Friday put quite a dent into it. Rovers have had a short amount of time to regroup and will have to be at their best if they are to get a win here. Long term, this season can be considered a write off. It’s now just preparation for what must a serious title challenge next year. Continue reading

LOI: Fenlon Hooping For Great Start In Tallaght

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Cork City –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    7:45

Two title challengers face off here as Cork City host St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross.

After the 2-1 defeat to Dundalk last week Cork City are in desperate need of a win in order to close the six point gap that has opened up at the top. Cork face very tough opposition here and will need a big improvement on last week if they wish to win the game. If they lose they will drop into third and may be as many as nine points behind.

A solitary Chris Forrester goal gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win over Sligo Rovers last week. That victory has allows them a chance to claim second place if they achieve a win here. To win in Cork will be a tough task but one Liam Buckley will feel his side are capable of achieving. Lose and a second league title may just slip from their grasp.

Prediction: Draw Continue reading

LOI: Top Two Ready For Battle

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Bray Wanderers –v- Athlone Town    7:45

Two struggling sides face off as Bray Wanderers play Athlone Town at the Carlisle Grounds.

Another week, another defeat for Bray Wanderers. Their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Dundalk last week was their twelfth this season. More worrying is the manner of the defeat as Bray have conceded 13 goals in their last three games. Alan Matthews and his side need a win and quickly and will see this game as a perfect opportunity to get it.

The 2-0 defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic was Athlone Towns 16th this season. That defeat has left them rooted to the bottom of table and six points from safety. If Athlone are to have any chance of surviving they need to start beating the teams around them, so taking all three points here is an absolute must. 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