Posts tagged first division
Shels early business will see Reds favorites for 2019 title

It’s not even two months since Shelbourne FC last kicked a ball in anger, bowing out of the First Division play-offs in the most dramatic of circumstances against Drogheda United on penalties, however already the famous old Dublin club are looking good to not only improve on 2018’s near miss but rule the rest of the second tier and gain promotion back to the elite level of Irish football for the first time since 2011.

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Off-season of change sets up a mouthwatering 2019 campaign

The 2018 SSE Airtricity League campaign has only begun to wind down but with a turbulent off-season ahead for many clubs, betweenthestripes.ie reporter Kieran Burke tells us why domestic football fans are already in for a mouthwatering 2019 campaign!

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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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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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First Division review - Round 4

In what was another barnstorming weekend of top quality First Division action, Drogheda United clawed back a two-goal deficit against Galway United Park, while UCD came out on top against Cabinteely in the South Dublin Derby. Elsewhere, there were wins for both Finn Harps and Shelbourne, who overcame Wexford and Cobh Ramblers respectively. Unsurprisingly, Longford Town swatted aside a poor Athlone Town challenge by a hefty margin.

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Former Madrid youth, Felix Bape speaks exclusively to BTS

Former Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid youth player, Felix Bape spoke exclusively to Between the Stripes reporter, Kieran Burke on a range of topics, from his time in the Spanish capital to trialing with First Division strugglers, Athlone Town just to earn a shot at playing League of Ireland football.....A must read. 

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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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