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Dundalk Vs Cork City – Three Possible Lilywhite Heroes

The title deciding game at Oriel Park between Dundalk and Cork City is just days away so here at Pundit Arena we have picked out three players who could make the difference for the Lilywhites come Friday night.  Daryl Horgan Signed from Cork City in the off-season, the tricky attacking midfielder will want to prove that his move away from Leeside was a …

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Three Reasons Why Cork City Will Win The Title

As we near the end of the season, both Cork City and Dundalk have battled their way to contention for Premier Division honours but here’s three reasons why the league title is destined for Leeside. No. 3 – The John Caulfield factor Rarely does a manager come into this league with no previous experience and march his team straight to a title chasing position. …

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Rankings Are Meaningless In Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Following the recent international break, Gavin Nolan discusses how the importance of rankings during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 is becoming meaningless when looking at the current group positions.  When organising the groups for most international tournaments, the governing body running the tournament will usually use the FIFA Ranking system to separate the teams. The use of this is …

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Premier League Heroes: Aston Villa’s Shay Given

Today’s Premier League hero is Shay Given; one of the greatest goalkeeping talents of his generation. Shay Given is known for being one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League era. Given is known for his strong presence, his outstanding reflexes and has an unbelievable ability to read the game. The Irish shot stopper has made 440 appearances …

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League of Ireland Finances – What Is To Be Done?

Here Shane McDonnell takes a look at the financial state of the League of Ireland currently and suggests what can be done to improve it.  As everyone knows, the financial end of the League of Ireland has been in decline for some time now. In the past ten years, the three most successful teams in the country (Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne and …

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Ireland Draw Is A Result For Bargain Transfers

Following last night’s 1-1 draw, Sean Curtain looks through how much the accumulated cost of Germany’s squad compares to Ireland’s in terms of transfer fees. Ireland’s fantastic late equaliser proves money can’t buy you happiness, or wins for that matter. This writer knows what Irish fans were thinking as 100-cap hero John O’Shea wheeled away from the outstretched Manuel Neur deep into stoppage …

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Three Conclusions From League of Ireland Gameweek 31

Conor Hayes discusses three conclusions from League of Ireland Gameweek 31 in what is well and truly the business end of the campaign with relegation battles and Premier Division champions to be decided in the next couple of weeks.  _____ Dundalk leave the door ajar for Cork City After a dramatic game on Monday night at Oriel Park, which was belied …

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Ireland vs Germany – The League Of Ireland Connection

The Republic of Ireland recorded one of the biggest results in their history with a 1-1 draw against the world champions last night. Here Rob Lyons looks at the connection last night’s Irish XI has to the League of Ireland.  _____ David Forde The former Galway United and Derry City man can trace a lot of his success to two brilliant seasons for …

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Ireland Vs Germany: Player Ratings

John O’Shea’s 93rd minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Ireland in what will surely feel like a win for Martin O’Neill’s men. It was a night that will go down in the annals of Irish soccer; Garbhan Madigan rates the performances of the boys in green in Gelsenkirchen. _____ David Forde Forde could do nothing about the goal as the …

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5 Talking Points Following Dundalk’s Slip Up

Dundalk’s title challenge took a hit last night while Cork City’s was given one of the biggest shots in the arm it has received all season due to to Shamrock Rovers holding the champions elect to a goalless draw.  The Rebel Army and the Lilywhites face-off on the final day of the season and it looks more and more likely as though …

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PA League Of Ireland First Division Team of the Year 2014

It’s that time of year again where the best XI from this year’s League of Ireland First Division must be decided upon. Thomas Stafford picks his Pundit Arena team of the year for the 2014 First Division.  Picking a “Team Of The Week” is never easy so one can only imagine what choosing a “Team Of The Season”  is like. It was a close …

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What Ireland Can Learn From Saturday’s 3 Group D Games

Rob Lyons questions what can Ireland learn from the three group D games which were played out on Saturday night, including Ireland’s 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar.  ______ Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar This result did not come as a surprise to anyone nor does it teach the Irish players or management very much about the standard the side is at heading …

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League Of Ireland First Division Review – 2014

Yesterday saw the final round of games in the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division played out as the season drew to an end, David Pheasey looks back at the year as a whole in his 2014 First Division review. Longford Town fans will be able to rest easy for the off-season and dream of Premier Division football as …

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Cork City Dismantle UCD To Keep Title Hopes In View

The title race is close to reaching boiling point with victories coming for both Cork City and Dundalk on Friday to keep the final day fixture between the sides in sharp focus as a potential title showdown at Oriel Park.  Cork City came away with a comfortable win from Belfied. A 4-0 victory over the Students, which sees City still …

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Aston Villa Star: Roy Keane Has Helped Players To Focus

Aston Villa have had a better than expected opening to their season and this early solidity which sees the Villains in a mid-table position is probably something Keane himself is more focused on than the recent talk concerning his second autobiography.  Aston Villa midfielder Charles N’Zogbia has heaped praise on Roy Keane and how he is influencing Villa’s training methods in particular Speaking to the Mirror, he said …

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Three Conclusions From League Of Ireland Gameweek 30

With this year’s League of Ireland drawing ever closer to it’s conclusion, Conor Hayes takes us through three of the main talking points from gameweek 30, including the merits of the First Division, Brian Lenihan’s Ireland call-up and the promise the FAI Cup final holds this year. _____ The First Division still has purpose Congratulations must be given to Longford …

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Cork City Boss: ‘UCD Is Our Biggest Game’

Cork City travel to the Belfield next Friday night in search of another three points against UCD to keep their title hopes alive. Meanwhile Dundalk who are level on points with City, but have a far superior goal difference and an extra game on their side travel to Athlone Town before they face a quick turnaround in which they must host Shamrock …

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Liverpool’s Gerrard & The Top 5 Ruthless Career Endings

Inspired by Steven Gerrard’s recent poor form for Liverpool, David Sheehan focuses on some of the ruthless football career endings which have occurred over the years.  “Everything ends badly, otherwise, it would never end”  – Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in the film Cocktail. Rubbernecking. We’ve all done it. Straining your neck muscles to view the aftermath of a fender bender. Filled …

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