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    Weekend Latest (w/e 1 April)

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    St Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians, Richmond Park (7.35pm – Live on RTE 2). Referee: Richie Winter

    BOHEMIANS have been headline news this week with the uncertainty over the future of manager Pat Fenlon with the Gypsies.

    The Saints produced a brilliant comeback victory against Dundalk last week and will look to secure a derby victory in front of the RTE cameras. St Pat’s are the highest scoring team in the Premier Division with eight goals in four games.

    Assistant Manager John Gill will take charge of the Saints with Pete Mahon absent due to the death of his mother this week.

    Team News:

    Saints skipper Conor Kenna is out for six weeks with a knee injury. Brian Shortall (ankle) is out. Daryl Kavanagh and Ian Daly have recovered from hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Shane McFaul is expected to recover from concussion suffered against Dundalk.

    Bohs striker Anto Flood is doubtful (calf) injury but Christy Fagan (hamstring strain) is expected to return. Long-term injuries Glenn Cronin and Chris O’Connor continue their recovery. Ger O’Brien returns from suspension.

    Quotes:

    Saints assistant manager John Gill: “We’re looking to bring the momentum of our second half performance last week into this game. We’ve been a little unlucky with injuries over the past couple of weeks and again we have two central defenders injured.

    “The thoughts of all the staff and the players and everybody at the club are with Pete this week. It’s a very hard time for him, as it is for anybody who loses a parent, no matter what age they are.”

    Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon said: “Going to St Pats the players know if they don’t perform they will be well beaten. It’s a tough place, Inchicore. It’s a tight ground and mistakes can lead to goals.

    "Pats have been scoring plenty of goals. They have shown glimpses of being very good and glimpses, like ourselves, of needing still to work out what way they want to play.

    "It’s been a hard week for everybody and we’ve just got to make sure that we stay focused on the game.”

    Bray Wanderers v Derry City, Carlisle Grounds. Referee: Graham Kelly

    BRAY WANDERERS will be looking to improve their poor league record against Derry City when the Candystripes come to the Carlisle Grounds.

    These sides have met in the League on 41 occasions and the Seagulls have won just five times, with 13 games ending in draws while City ran out winners 23 times.

    Wanderers secured a hard-earned victory over UCD in the league last Friday while Derry drew 0-0 with Champions Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell.

    Team News:

    Bray striker Gary Shaw broke his toe in Monday’s loss to Drogheda United in the EA SPORTS Cup while Dave Webster is suspended. Daire Doyle (hamstring) and Joe Kendrick (thigh) are doubts.

    The Candystripes are without Barry Molloy (ankle ligaments) and Michael McCrudden (ribs) while
    Patrick McEleney is ineligible.

    Quotes:

    Bray Director of Football Pat Devlin said: "We had to dig out a great result in difficult conditions last week but we did that and I am very happy. We will have to work really hard in this game but it’s something we will have to do all season to get points."

    Derry City boss Stephen Kenny said: “Pat Devlin has assembled a good team this season. They have got off to a good start. I feel our performances to date have been good yet there is room for improvement and will be striving for that this time out.”

    Dundalk v UCD, Oriel Park. Referee: Tom Connolly

    DUNDALK FC will kick-off two special promotions for the upcoming visits of UCD and Cliftonville, with the meeting with the Students designated as a special Family Evening event planned as an advance celebration of Mother’s Day.

    Free children’s tickets for U14s are being distributed through Primary Schools and from Oriel Park. Each free child must be accompanied by a paying adult, with an additional accompanying Mother admitted free of charge.

    Dundalk FC have also introduced a special discounted ticket offer for the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final second leg tie with Cliftonville at Oriel Park on Monday 18 April. All tickets bought this week are available at €10 for either stand or ground, with U14s only €5.

    The Students travel to Dundalk on the back of a 3-2 win away to Longford Town in the EA SPORTS Cup on Monday. UCD’s only Premier Division goal this term came on the opening day of the season against Drogheda United.

    Team News:

    Dundalk manager Ian Foster has lost midfielder Greg Bolger for at least six weeks with a thigh strain, while left-back Eoghan Osborne is out until July with a fractured tibia. Midfielder Stephen Maher is
    Undergo surgery on torn groin muscles but may play through the pain in the short term. Dean Bennett
    (hamstring strain) is a doubt. Students defender Sean Harding is ruled out through injury.

    Quotes:

    Dundalk boss Ian Foster: ““We’re always excited about playing UCD and we’re excited about playing at home and more importantly, the lads have a little bit of a bit between their teeth because they feel they let people down last Friday.

    “There is no point in dwelling on it. You have to learn from it quickly. It is a good learning curve for the young players, although it is a difficult one to take. We all have to take responsibility for the last 30 minutes at Richmond Park.”

    UCD manager Martin Russell said: “It was good for us to get three goals during the week and we played well, particularly in the first half.

    “Dundalk have a much stronger squad this year, adding a bit more quality. It will be a good challenge for our lads and the fact is our squad is still learning.”


    Drogheda Utd v Shamrock Rovers v, Hunky Dorys Park. Referee: Neil Doyle

    DROGHEDA UNITED received a boost with their EA SPORTS Cup win over Bray Wanderers but they face a daunting task against the Champions, who have conceded just one league goal in their opening four fixtures.

    The Hoops were held scoreless by Derry City at the Brandywell last Friday but have looked in dominant form so far this campaign.

    Team News:

    Experienced Drogheda defender Alan McNally returns to the squad from injury. Hoops defender Craig Sives remains out with a hamstring injury, while Chris Turner (calf) and Stephen O’Donnell (hamstring) will both face late fitness tests before the game.

    Quotes:

    Drogheda United boss Mick Cooke: “After Monday night I will have a few selection problems, the lads played very well and it's going to leave me with a few things to think about.

    “Of course as a manager these are the kind of selection problems you would like to have. There are places up for grabs and the lads just have to prove to me that they want them.”

    Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill: ““We’ve had back-to-back away games over the last couple of weeks, but we’re looking forward to the match. Drogheda had a good result in the EA Sports Cup during the week against Bray – a game I was at – so we’re expecting a tough outing.

    “We also know that all the expectation is on us, but we’re confident that we can do what we need to do in the game and get a result.

    “We were a bit disappointed in our performance in Derry last week. The players know that themselves, and they will be looking to rectify that against Drogheda.”


    Galway Utd v Sligo Rovers, Terryland Park. Referee: Damien Hancock

    AFTER the highs of their impressive league win over Bohemians last Friday, Galway suffered a bump on Monday night when they crashed out of the EA SPORTS Cup at the hands of Ulster Senior League side Cockhill Celtic.

    Rovers head into the Connacht derby in good form after beating Drogheda United last Friday before securing a comfortable 3-0 win over Portadown in their Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final first leg on Monday.

    Team News:

    United midfielder Gary Curran will not face his former club after suffering a broken metatarsal against Cockhill Celtic which will sideline him for an estimated six weeks. Another ex-Sligo player Steve Feeney is a doubt as he recovers from an ankle injury.

    Rovers continue to operate without Joseph Ndo (foot injury) while Derek Foran will bid to stay in the side after making his first appearance of the season in the Portadown game.

    Quotes:

    Galway United skipper Paul Sinnott said: "It's the first Connacht derby of the season, the whole squad is really looking forward to it. We're hoping to build on the result against Bohemians last Friday."

    Sligo boss Paul Cook said: “We had some good performances the other night and players are starting to get sharper.

    “But if we get through the game against Portadown, I think people would be horrified by our fixture list in April. We would have to play Shamrock Rovers twice, a host of Premier Division matches, an EA Sports Cup game and to be honest, we don’t have the biggest squad in the world.”

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    First Division

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    Cork City v Monaghan Utd, Turner’s Cross. Referee: James McKell
    Cork City will be looking to make it three home wins in a row when they face unbeaten Monaghan United, whose manager Roddy Collins managed Cork but without ever taking charge of a competitive fixture. City welcome back Gavin Kavanagh and Shane Duggan from suspension, but Derek O’Brien is a doubt. Alan Carey (Achilles) is out. Monaghan are without injured Dom Tierney and Paul Whelan while Alan Byrne is suspended. Declan O’Brien returns from a ban.

    Shelbourne v Limerick FC, Tolka Park (8.00pm). Referee: Conor Fitzgerald
    First Division leaders Shelbourne face a taste against fourth-placed Limerick. Shels have nine points from their opening three games. Alan Mathews has a full strength squad to chose from and the depth of his squad was proven by a 4-0 win over FC Carlow in the EA Cup on Monday. Limerick have Dave Ryan (broken foot), Gary Sheahan (broken leg), Thomas Lyons (strained ankle ligaments) and James O’Brien (hernia) all unavailable.

    Wexford Youths v Mervue Utd, Ferrycarrig (8.00pm). Referee: Phil Cashcera
    WEXFORD YOUTHS will look to pick up their first victory of the season when they host Mervue United, who have made a solid start to the campaign. Mervue dumped Finn Harps from the EA SPORTS Cup on Monday.

    Saturday, April 2

    Airtricity League First Division


    Salthill Devon v Waterford Utd, Drom (7.00pm). Referee: Brendan Kelly
    WATERFORD got back to winning ways with an impressive victory over Tralee Dynamos in the EA SPORTS Cup on Wednesday and will travel to Drom looking to secure the three points against winless Salthill.

    Longford Town v Athlone Town, Flancare Park (7.30pm). Referee: Paul McLaughlin
    Former Manchester United, Newcastle United and Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie is in line to make his Longford Town debut in the derby clash with local rivals Athlone Town at Flancare Park. Athlone have fielded their youngest ever line-ups in their opening fixtures this term.

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    The lads at DundalkFC.com have once more excelled themselves with this top notch match press kit for the v UCD match http://www.dundalkfc.com/dundalk-v-ucd-match-press-kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullit View Post
    The lads at DundalkFC.com have once more excelled themselves with this top notch match press kit for the v UCD match http://www.dundalkfc.com/dundalk-v-ucd-match-press-kit
    Some amount of work gone into that. People would pay good money for it too.
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    Mervue 13/5 to win in Wexford looks ok to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullit View Post
    The lads at DundalkFC.com have once more excelled themselves with this top notch match press kit for the v UCD match http://www.dundalkfc.com/dundalk-v-ucd-match-press-kit
    That's a serious piece of work. fair dues to the lads. If only everything in the LOI was as professional and thorough as that.
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    Cork City v Monaghan Utd, Turner’s Cross. Referee: James McKell
    shelbourne v Limerick FC, Tolka Park (8.00pm). Referee: Conor Fitzgerald
    Wexford Youths v Mervue Utd, Ferrycarrig (8.00pm). Referee: Phil Cashcera
    Salthill Devon v Waterford Utd, Drom (7.00pm). Referee: Brendan Kelly
    Longford Town v Athlone Town, Flancare Park (7.30pm). Referee: Paul McLaughlin

    look at the state of that bunch of useless ****s of refs. wait for the match reports tomorrow night about the bad decissions made. Phil Cashcera still not promoted to the top flight after 10 years now while runt Kelly got the nod. Brendan "Burgers" Kelly out of breath at the half way line after ten mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieShels View Post
    That's a serious piece of work. fair dues to the lads. If only everything in the LOI was as professional and thorough as that.
    The team driving the website and match programme do an incredible job - this is the 3rd or 4th consecutive press kit produced and the throughput of articles on the website is top class, in both quality and quantity. Audio reactions from players and management immediately after matches, detailed match reports, analysis and reactions, and up-to-the minute (often literally) team news. DFC-TV even covered the Setanta semi-final draw in Belfast and had interviews with a Dundalk official and Cliftonville player up on the site same day.

    Off-the-pitch the club is making tremendous progress. I believe that the adage of "build the club, and the team will follow" will prove to be true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezeikial View Post
    DFC-TV even covered the Setanta semi-final draw in Belfast and had interviews with a Dundalk official and Cliftonville player up on the site same day.


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    Whos the groovy Dundalk guyyyy in the suit

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    Will RedFM or whoever be doing a webcast of the Cork-Monaghan game?

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    Is it any wonder the First Division gets no coverage in the national media when you see the 'previews' sent out by the FAI. One sentence on the games. A joke.
    Up the Harps!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harps1954 View Post
    Is it any wonder the First Division gets no coverage in the national media when you see the 'previews' sent out by the FAI. One sentence on the games. A joke.
    Aren't those previews made up of what the clubs send the FAI?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagicMon View Post
    Will RedFM or whoever be doing a webcast of the Cork-Monaghan game?
    No, there won't be any coverage.

    Should be updates on our website though www.corkcityfc.net/updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    Aren't those previews made up of what the clubs send the FAI?
    Not sure how much the other clubs provide but this is the sort of thing they get from Harps.
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