Between the Stripes charity betting column
It was fantastic recently to see Longford Town's players and staff show their support for St.Christopher's prior to a pre-season game at home to Galway United and even before then, the team here at "BTS" had been thinking of ways we could show our support and play a part (a very small one albeit) in helping keep the show on the road at one of Longford's most crucial services.
A betting column is something fans of 'Between the Stripes' had been suggesting for a while now and with the new season about to get underway, we thought why not do a charity bet each week! It's quite simple, every week before a round of games in the League of Ireland, the team here at 'Between the Stripes' will publish our selection or selections for the gameweek, with a small wager and the potential returns stated. We will then keep a rolling total going throughout the season and come the end of the campaign we will donate any and all profits to St. Christopher's.
Not only do we hope this column will help raise a few bob for the hard working team at St.Christopher's but we also hope that it helps to spread awareness and encourages others to use their voice, no matter how big or small, as it is clear for everyone to see that this is a service the people of Longford can't and SHOULDN'T be without. We hope you will enjoy our betting efforts and now here is our first gameweek selections:
TREBLE: Cork City (@4/7), Cabinteely (@9/5) and Longford Town (@7/4). €5 returns €60
Why we've picked them:
- Cork City open their season in front of a bumper crowd at the Cross and while Bohemians are many peoples picks as potential dark horses this season, City showed they mean business last weekend by claiming the President's cup with a big win over champions Dundalk. The addition of Greg Bolger in particular should push City on another step and you'd have to expect them to have too much for Keith Long's Bohemians on Friday night.
- The bookies make Athlone Town slight favorites away to Cabinteely tomorrow night and that's a big surprise. While it's true the bookies are rarely wrong, they have been known to offer quite large odds within Irish football and having seen Athlone in pre-season I wasn't impressed. "Cabo" on the other hand looked well organised against Longford in a 2-1 defeat and with a strong home crowd on side, they could just nick another opening day win here.
- Again the bookies surprisingly make Wexford Youths the slight favorites in this one and while "De Town" have a lot of injury headaches to deal with, last seasons 6th place Premier side should have too much fire power in O'Sullivan and O'Hanlon to oversee the newcomers at Ferrycarrig Park.