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LOI: Promoted Sides Eye Big Scalps Over Dublin Duo



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


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: Top Two Ready For Battle


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

League Of Ireland 2013 – The Highs And Lows


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

Bradley And Gartland Linked With Rovers Return


Stephen Bradley is close to signing for Shamrock Rovers according to a source within the club.

The same source also revealed the club are targeting the signature of Graham Gartland.

Gartland found himself relegated with Shelbourne last season while Bradley had a good season with Limerick as they finished mid-table.

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


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


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


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

Saints Move To Within One Victory Of League Title Following UCD Win


Four points is all that separates St Patrick’s Athletic from getting their hands on the league title after Liam Buckley’s men came from behind to beat UCD 3-1 at Belfield last night.

Goals from Chris Forrester, Anto Flood and Jake Kelly secured the win for the champions elect , meaning they could potentially wrap up the title when they host Sligo Rovers next Sunday at Richmond Park.

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LOI: Saints Aim To Go Marching On At Belfield


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