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League Of Ireland Roundup: Cork Slip Up Ahead Of Crucial Clash

The biggest result of the weekend saw Cork City lose vital ground in the title race with a 2-0 defeat at Dalymount Park as Bohemians finally picked up their first home win of the season. Steven Beattie opened the scoring after six minutes and the Dublin side dominated proceedings from there on. With twenty minutes to go Brian Lenihan suffered …

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John Caulfield Interview: 30 years of Cork City F.C.

Nobody knows Cork City F.C. better than John Caulfield. He is the record appearance holder and joint top goalscorer. He has been a part of the club for most of his adult life. Caulfield is a club legend and now in his capacity as manager there is a vibrancy about Turner’s Cross that had been largely absent for years. This weekend …

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LOI Corner: Top Talking Points

This week on Pundit Arena Stephen Walsh will be starting a weekly column on the four main bits of news that have surfaced from the weekend’s League of Ireland Premier Division. Topics discussed this week include “European distractions”, “Relegation dogfight”, “Free scoring candystripes” and lastly the “Title fight”. _____ European distractions Competing in Europe gives a lot of positivity to the …

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How Can We Improve Irish Football?

As another World Cup draws to its conclusion and with nations such as Costa Rica, Mexico and United States impressing, it is a fitting time to assess the state of Irish football.   It is twelve years since we have seen the Boys in Green compete at football’s biggest stage. While Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are bright spots on the horizon, they seem to be …

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Three Conclusions From League of Ireland Gameweek 18

Conor Hayes is here to discuss the main talking points from Gameweek 18 in the League of Ireland. 1. League of Ireland Clubs Do Well In Europe League of Ireland clubs emerged with two wins and an away draw from their three outings in the Europa League last week. It’s nice to be able to write that. Our clubs have …

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League Of Ireland Roundup: Rovers Leapfrog St. Pats

After considerable success in Europe midweek, the Airtricity League clubs returned to domestic action at the weekend, where the biggest result saw Shamrock Rovers overcome St. Pats 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium to further condense the battle at the top. Just four points separate the top four. Dean Kelly gave the hosts the lead after just two minutes, before the league’s …

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League of Ireland – How The Top Six Have Done So Far

With the League of Ireland taking a back seat to the world’s biggest footballing event for the past two weeks the league kickstarted again last Friday night, hotting up the battle for title honours and European spots. Here’s a look at how each side in the top six of the Premier Division is doing this year.  _____ Dundalk Dundalk have progressed …

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John O’Flynn Returns To Cork City

“When Johnny goes marching down the wing the shed is always going to sing” is a classic line from a Cork City chant that will need resurrecting once more with the recent announcement that John O’Flynn has returned to the Rebel Army.  For some fans he is considered one of the greatest strikers of ‘the golden generation’ of Cork City players. ‘Flynnie’ has …

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League of Ireland Premier Division: Mid-Season Report

With the second half of the season getting underway on Friday night it’s the perfect time to take stock of each team in the league and see if, at the halfway stage, the clubs have lived up to their pre-season expectations. The marks given at the end of each team’s section is relative to those expectations. Athlone Town Position: 12th …

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Three Conclusions from League of Ireland Gameweek 15

Drogheda are in free fall It all started so well. Drogheda United’s season began with a 4-1 hammering of their local rivals at home and continued at pace, after six matches they had twelve points, now after sixteen games they have only fifteen, a solitary win over Bohemians being the only positive result. While it could be argued that Drogheda’s …

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Three Conclusions From League of Ireland Gameweek 14

1. Dundalk have developed a handy knack for hammering their title rivals It’s almost certain Stephen Kenny’s reign at Dundalk has not had a better week than the one that just passed. They managed ten goals at home without reply, including a 7-0 obliteration of their local rivals Drogheda last Tuesday. While that result will be remembered within the county …

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Three Conclusions from League of Ireland Week 13

1. Hutton has got a tough job on his hands When a club sacks their manager fans can always hope for the ‘new manager bounce’ which often ushers in a honeymoon period for the new incumbent. Peter Hutton and the Derry supporters must have cursed the fixture list as his team were made take the long journey down to Cork …

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Airtricity League Round-Up: Rovers Top After Pats Slip Up

Shamrock Rovers moved to the top of the Airtricity Premier Division for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over Athlone Town on Saturday evening after St. Pats dropped points at UCD on Friday. Rovers returned to domestic duty following their midweek friendly defeat to Liverpool and limped over the line at home to bottom club Athlone. A …

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The Importance of Supporting Your Local Team

For many years, I have met soccer fans who live and breathe their favourite team. Be it Cork City, Manchester United or Sheffield Wednesday. There is some contrast between these clubs. What I find bewildering, is that many Irish soccer fans pledge allegiance to a club they have no geographical allegiance to. Of course certain teams have a “cult” like …

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