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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: Reigning Champs Seek To Dent Dundalk’s Title Tilt

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St Patrick’s Athletic –v- Dundalk    7:05

St Patrick’s Athletic play host to league leaders Dundalk at Richmond Park.

A solitary goal from Aaron Greene gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win over Derry City last week. That win keeps their European ambitions alive and with the FAI Cup still up for grabs, this season is far from over for the Dublin side. The reigning champions face extremely tough opposition in the form of Dundalk but St Pats are capable of beating anyone on their day and may just pull off an upset.

Dundalk took a huge step towards their first league title since 1995 by beating Bohemians 3-2 last week. That puts them six points clear with seven games remaining. It’s now Dundalk’s league to throw away, something Stephen Kenny and his side will be determined to avoid. Another three points here and all the pressure is on Cork who they play in the final game. 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.

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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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