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    Play-offs 2022.

    SSE Airtricity First Division Play-Off Semi-Finals

    First Leg

    Wednesday, October 26

    Treaty United vs Waterford FC ? Markets Field, 7:45pm
    Longford Town vs Galway United - Bishopsgate, 7:45pm

    Second Leg

    Saturday, October 29

    Waterford FC vs Treaty United ? RSC - 7:45pm

    Sunday, October 30

    Galway United vs Longford Town ? Eamonn Deacy Park ? 4pm

    SSE Airtricity First Division Play-Off Final

    Friday, November 4

    Winner of Play-Off 1 vs Winner Play-Off 2, Venue TBC, 7:45pm

    Promotion/Relegation Play-Off Final

    Friday, November 11 SSE Airtricity First Division Play-Off winner vs 9th Place in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, Venue TBC, 7:45pm

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    Fancy Town to get past Galway, will need to make hay in first leg. A one off game against Waterford, anything could happen. Blues definitely hot favs to reach the promotion/relegation decided though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outspoken View Post
    Fancy Town to get past Galway, will need to make hay in first leg. A one off game against Waterford, anything could happen. Blues definitely hot favs to reach the promotion/relegation decided though.
    I definitely couldnt cast an opinion on Galway from last night as we were 30 mins late as bus broke down on N84 Castlebar junction and we had to walk 15 mins! I only saw two goals. But going by the form in last few games I too would fancy us.
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    I?ll be very surprised if Waterford aren?t in the Premier next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger121 View Post
    I?ll be very surprised if Waterford aren?t in the Premier next season.
    Same. Expecting a Waterford v Galway playoff final and a Waterford v UCD/Finn Harps relegation-promotion final.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinho II View Post
    I definitely couldnt cast an opinion on Galway from last night as we were 30 mins late as bus broke down on N84 Castlebar junction and we had to walk 15 mins! I only saw two goals. But going by the form in last few games I too would fancy us.
    Wasn't there myself but that was a back up town team last night

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    All the form says Waterford but the play offs are a strange beast,wouldn’t be surprised to see Longford get through or promoted….
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey B View Post
    All the form says Waterford but the play offs are a strange beast,wouldn?t be surprised to see Longford get through or promoted?.
    The one off finals are more in favour of a surprise.
    I'd be in favour of all playoff rounds being over two legs. If Waterford advance to take on UCD or Finn Harps, that would be three high profile end of season home games, if all rounds were over two legs.
    Is there a reason for clubs wanting the one off finals? They seem to be forgoing an opportunity to have bumper home crowds.
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    They changed it for the covid year and didn’t change it back,I’d be in favour of the 2 legged final aswell but if it has to be one leg I’d give it to the first division team,reward them for having a better season than the bad team in the premier division….
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    You would highly fancy Waterford to progress past Treaty.

    You would also think that Galway United would have too much for Longford over two legs, but I wouldn't be too confident. Of the 4 teams in the play offs, Galway United probably have the least momentum. Our form has fallen off a cliff since July or August time when we were right in the title race.

    We beat Longford easily at home, but they've also beaten us twice in Flancare this year, so it's definitely not an easy one to call.

    On paper, we should really be beating this Longford team but confidence is low and we've very out of form at the moment. Longford will certainly fancy their chances, especially playing at home first where they've done well against us this season.

    There is probably a realisation among our fans that Caulfield won't be sacked because he has another year on his contract, but supporters are starting to turn against him now and if we crash out of the play offs at the first stage for a second season in a row, he should be sacked, because that is a gross underachievement.
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    Two Town wins, one Galway win and a draw is the head to head record I think? We won't be feeling inferior but it could go either way. If I'm being brutally honest a valiant defeat in the play off final would be ok with me. If we go up I couldn't see it being any different to our last season in the Premier. Nice for a few weeks until you're losing all your games and crowds are plummeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfordian View Post
    Two Town wins, one Galway win and a draw is the head to head record I think? We won't be feeling inferior but it could go either way. If I'm being brutally honest a valiant defeat in the play off final would be ok with me. If we go up I couldn't see it being any different to our last season in the Premier. Nice for a few weeks until you're losing all your games and crowds are plummeting.
    That's correct. Neither team wanted to show their hand last night ahead of the play off. We made 9 changes from the previous week, 4 academy players made their first team debuts, one of them was just 16 years old.

    No way will Longford Town have any inferiority complex, they have beaten us well twice at home this year, and they were well deserving winners on both occasions. They will fancy their chances, they will be considered "outsiders" in the tie and there will be a lot of pressure on us not to mess up another play off tie.

    The arse well and truly fell out of our season this year, there's not a great deal of optimism or expectation among our supporters that we'll go up through the play off, but going out at the first stage again would be disastrous.
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    Waterford owner Andy Piley has announced this evening, all season ticket holders will be offered a free ticket to the home leg of the play off against Treaty Utd. Fantastic gesture from the club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sulywaterfordfc View Post
    Waterford owner Andy Piley has announced this evening, all season ticket holders will be offered a free ticket to the home leg of the play off against Treaty Utd. Fantastic gesture from the club.
    Definitely a lovely chap

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    Quote Originally Posted by sulywaterfordfc View Post
    Waterford owner Andy Piley has announced this evening, all season ticket holders will be offered a free ticket to the home leg of the play off against Treaty Utd. Fantastic gesture from the club.
    Longford allowing ST holders in for free as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outspoken View Post
    Longford allowing ST holders in for free as well.
    Great gesture from clubs. Any play off I attended as an ST holder in the past there was none no such gestures.

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    Absolutely madness that the final itself is a one off game. Cash strapped clubs leaving good money on the table, not to mention it definitely suits the 1st Div team as a one off game.

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    Yeah I also don't like that fact that the 2 one-legged games are at neutral venues. The FD playoff in particular should be played at the home of the higher seeded team.

    There should be at least some weight additional weight put on where you finish in the division. The final few games of the league would have had something on the line if they were playing for a seeding which would carry through more than the first round of the series.

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    Anyone else on here think it should two up and two down rather then one, and then the playoffs
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    Quote Originally Posted by pateen View Post
    Anyone else on here think it should two up and two down rather then one, and then the playoffs
    My preferred option for the playoffs would be:
    PD 9th v FD 4th and FD 2nd v FD 3rd.
    I won't split hairs over it though. The current system gives many clubs something to play for. If clubs see merit in the finals being over two legs, all they have to do is vote in favour of it!
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