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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: Cup Action Takes Over End Of Season Schedule

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There’s a busy weekend of League Of Ireland card this weekend, complimented by Sunday’s FAI Cup semi final double header, which pits Shamrock Rovers against Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic against Finn Harps. Onto the league action.

Cork City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Title chasing Cork City play Drogheda United at Turner’s Cross.

Goals from Mark O’Sullivan and Billy Dennehy were enough to give Cork City a 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers last week. That win keeps them second, three points behind Dundalk. Cork will be fully aware of the importance of not dropping points in their final games, for if they drop even one it could be season over. 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: Cork Aim To Turn Up The Heat On Dundalk

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Athlone Town –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town face Shamrock Rovers at the Athlone Town Stadium.

23 games in and Athlone Town must now be preparing for life in the first division next season. The 3-1 defeat away to Sligo Rovers last week was their 17th defeat this campaign. Athlone will now be playing for pride and hope this dreadful season can be forgotten before trying to earn promotion once again next season.

Pat Fenlon will be pleased with his start at Shamrock Rovers. His side managed a 2-0 home win over Derry City last week. The former Hibernian manager will now spend the rest of the season ensuring his team finish as high as they can, while assessing what’s needed for the Dublin side to really challenge for the league next season. 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: Dundalk Look To Press Home Advantage

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Athlone Town –v- Limerick    7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town take on managerless Limerick at the Athlone Town Stadium.

The 1-0 defeat against Derry City last week still leaves Athlone Town bottom of the league, seven points from safety. Athlone will be hoping that their opponents’ disrupted preparations will give them a better chance of gaining a much needed victory and moving themselves three points closer to safety.

A 2-1 defeat last week against Bohemians was the end of the road for Stuart Taylor. Now Limerick will need to regroup quickly and focus on the task in hand. They will feel confident that although managerless they have more than enough in the tank to walk out of this fixture with a win.

Prediction: Draw Continue reading

LOI: Rovers Look To Dent Pats’ Title Bid

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Bray Wanderers –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Ninth play tenth as Bray Wanderers take on Drogheda United at the Carlisle Grounds.

The 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic has left Bray sitting in ninth position, three points off the relegation zone. They will look to take advantage of their opponent’s terrible form and register a win that may lift them as high as sixth. Lose and they may find themselves dragged into a relegation battle they would wish to avoid.

Though they conceded less than what has been the norm Drogheda United still found themselves on the losing side in a 2-1 defeat against Sligo Rovers Last week. The Louth side are still looking for their first win in seven and will look to take advantage of their opponent’s shaky form. Lose and the drop will continue and they may not be able to find a way out of it. Continue reading