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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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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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Are UCD's 2009 league winners the best ever First Division side?

With 2018 shaping up to be one of the most competitive First Division’s in recent memory, Between the Stripes reporter, Andrew Dempsey took a trip down memory lane looking back on the famous UCD First Division winning side of 2009, as Martin Russell led his troops to the Promised Land of Premier Division football. With the likes of Andy Boyle, Ronan Finn and David McMillan all lining out for the Students back in ’09, it will arguably go down as one of the most exciting First Division team in history.  

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Building bridges within the community is key to Irish clubs survival.

League of Ireland football has faced many challenges of criticism down the decades ranging from financial instability, outdated training facilities and stadia, a lack of advertising and perhaps most damming of all, little to no connection at many clubs between local communities and the clubs themselves.

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