Premier Division preview - Round 13

You get the feeling this could be a pivotal weekend in the story that is the 2018 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division as Shamrock Rovers under-fire boss, Stephen Bradley faces into a game with struggling Limerick knowing anything other than a win could spell the end of his Tallaght tenure. Equally as compelling is the clash of two sides putting six match winning streaks on the line at Oriel Park as Dundalk FC host a resurgent Derry City. Speaking of resurgence, Bray Wanderers caretaker manager, Graham Kelly will be hoping his "Seagulls" can follow up the midweek win over Shamrock Rovers by claiming another three points, this time against a free-falling Waterford. Elsewhere, Bohemians host Cork City in the live game on Eir sport, while Sligo Rovers and St.Pat's will both fancy their chances of collecting three points when the former champions meet at the Showgrounds on Saturday. 

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Goalkeepers won't cost Bradley, his decision making will

On last Monday's Soccer Republic, former Sligo and Dundalk player and current pundit, Alan Cawley labeled Shamrock Rovers goalkeeping situation a "shambles" and that it will end up costing "Hoops" boss Stephen Bradley his job at the Tallaght Stadium. Although Horgan has ironically been Shamrock Rovers best of a bad bunch in the past two displays, which resulted in humiliating defeats to struggling duo Bohemians and Bray Wanderers, Cawley is correct in his assessment of the Dublin clubs goalkeeping crisis.

However, the RTE pundit was slightly off the mark when he concluded that the shambolic performances of Horgan and his counterpart Tomer Chencinski would cost under-fire Bradley his position. For it is the rookie managers mind-boggling decision making that has landed Rovers in the position they currently find themselves, eight points off the pace set by a Dundalk team yet to truly click and with two games more played by the Dublin club. READ ON....

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First Division review - Round 8

Longford Town let a 1-0 lead slip with the last kick of the game in Drogheda on Friday night as the hosts grabbed the headlines in the big game of the weekend in the First Division. UCD gladly took advantage of their title rivals dropping points as the "Students" came from behind to defeat a struggling Finn Harps side, while Cabinteely pulled off the upset of the round with a 2-0 Dublin derby win against high-flying Shelbourne. Elsewhere, Cobh defeated a hopeless Athlone Town outfit, while Wexford FC were also comprehensively beaten by stuttering Galway United. 

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Longford's game management must improve

Between the Stripes reporter, Kieran Burke examines the crucial points dropped by Longford Town so far this season and what can be done to avoid future slip-ups. 

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First Division review - Round 6

In what was another big weekend of First Division action, Drogheda United put a halt to UCD’s blistering start to the season with a two-nil victory over the “Students”, while Shelbourne pummeled a poor Athlone Town by seven goals to nil. Wexford FC held Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers at Ferrycarrig Park and in the final game of the weekend, Longford Town dismissed Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely 3-0 in the Midlands with Galway United's trip to Finn Park postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

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Premier Division review - Round 10

In what can only be described as an utterly incredible night of Premier Division action, Shamrock Rovers finally cracked the Dundalk FC defensive code as they scored against the "Lilywhites" but eventually fell to a defeat in front of the RTÉ Cameras. There was incredible drama at the RSC as Waterford landed that big statement of intent win over Cork city, while St.Patrick’s Athletic demolished a desperately poor Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park. Elsewhere, Bohemians played out a scoreless draw against Limerick at Dalymount park, while Sligo Rovers fell to another home defeat against Derry City at the Showgrounds.

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First Division preview - Round 6

The big games in the First Division continue to come thick and fast as Drogheda United face an in-form UCD side at United Park, while Galway United make the long trip up to Ballybofey and head into a huge showdown against Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps. Shelbourne look to continue their impressive early start to the season with a win over a lowly Athlone Town. Cobh Ramblers face Wexford FC, while Longford Town host a re-invigorated Cabinteely on Saturday night.  

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