Posts in Opinion pieces
Shiels spot on in defence of Derry City FC

Derry City manager, Kenny Shiels yesterday hit out at what he perceives as a lack of willingness from local junior clubs to allow the City’s brightest talents to pull on the “Candystripes” jersey. Betweenthestripes.ie reporter, Kieran Burke explains why the former Kilmarnock boss is right in his assestment and why attitudes need to change as a result.

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David Meier's refereeing column: Cork penalty was a brilliant decision

Betweenthestripes.ie is delighted to launch a brand new weekly column written by former League of Ireland referee David Meier. A Former FIFA Assistant Referee, who nowadays works in the media covering all things refereeing and much more, David Meier has been a regular panelist on Sports Tonight TV and has also worked on the BBC in Ulster on The Nolan Show and numerous other radio shows around the world. On the refereeing front David had many European Trips over his career and was involved in many top games in the Eircom League as it was called then. 

In David’s first piece for Betweenthestripes.ie, the former linesman tells us why referee Rob Rogers got his controversial penalty decision in Dalymount Park recent SPOT ON!

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Seven First Division talents capable of Premier step-up

With the 2018 First Division regular season already set to reach a conclusion across the country tomorrow night, Kieran Burke highlights the top seven second-tier players who he feels are more than capable of playing in the top-flight next season.

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Longford supporters raise concerns regarding cost of TV coverage 

OPINION PIECE: Kieran Burke reacts to the Longford Town FC Supporters Club statement that is taking social media by storm. The Midlands outfit host Cork City in the live TV game on Friday night but find out why the extra exposure may not necessarily be welcome by the First Division side.

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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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