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Drogheda – Portadown

Portadown hit by injury problems

Portadown’s Brian Gartland and Chris Casement will miss Monday’s Setanta Cup game against Drogheda United at Honky Dorys Park.

Both players hobbled out of their team’s 1-0 Irish Cup win over Ards at the weekend.

“They picked up hamstring injuries, which is hardly surprising considering the state of our pitch at Shamrock Park, it has taken a battering,” said Ports boss Ronnie McFall.

“Gary Twigg also suffered a little hamstring strain. We’ll assess him nearer kick off time.

“Gartland and Casement have been big players for us this season, so it’s a blow losing them.”

It was Casement who grabbed the winner against an impressive Ards side, who top the Championship 1 table.

“It was important we got a result,” added McFall. “Tim Mouncey and Kevin Braniff had been carrying knocks going into the game.

“We’ll now look at our options for the Drogheda match. We don’t know much about them as their season is just about to kick off.

“They finished second in the league last season, four points behind Sligo Rovers. We’ll have to battle to get something. To be honest, I think our lads would prefer to play away from home due to the state of our pitch at present.”

Injury worries for Cork ahead of Derry trip

Cork City make the long trip to Derry tomorrow, with manager Tommy Dunne facing an injury headache.

Young midfielder Brian Lenihan will miss the tie as he is on international duty Lenihan with the Republic of Ireland Under 19 side, while winger Daryl Horgan misses out through suspension. John Dunleavy (ankle), Colin Healy (thigh strain), Cathal Lordan (knee) and Eoghan Murphy (ankle) are all ruled out through injury, while defenders Dan Murray and Neal Horgan will also miss out. Mark McNulty, Danny Murphy and Vinny Sullivan all return from suspension, after missing the defeat to Shamrock Rovers last week.

Dunne told that despite a lengthy injury list, his side will be aiming to pick up a result at the Brandywell: “Going to the Brandywell is always a long trip for us, but it is a good venue to play in. We need to pick up points there if we can, because it is at the point in the season where every point really matters. Although we are without a number of players, we still have aspirations of getting something from the game.”

“In the last number of weeks, with the exception of the UCD game, I think we have performed reasonably well. We need to be solid and make sure that we do not give anything away that will give us an uphill battle to get a result from the game.”

Injury News: John Dunleavy, Colin Healy, Cathal Lordan, Eoghan Murphy, Dan Murray, Neal Horgan.

Suspensions: Daryl Horgan

International Call-up: Brian Lenihan with Republic of Ireland Under 19’s

Last Game: Cork City 1-2 Shamrock Rovers

League Form: D W D D D D L L W L


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Ireland » League Cup » Shamrock – Limerick

Shamrock was champions last season, won league and played in europe while is Limeric in 2nd league. Limeric played yesterday big game with manchester city (0-4). They played before tree days league game also

But hosts also with some problems:

Pat Sullivan (ankle ligaments) and Chris Turner (thigh) are both out of the game after picking up injuries in Friday night’s game against UCD, while Daryl Kavanagh also picked up a knock and may be a doubt. Craig Sives is out of the game through suspension. Aaron Greene (knee) remains out of the Rovers squad and Graham Gartland is also out with a back injury.

24/7 part two

Athlone Town v Port Vale Preview

Athlone Town will take a break from a frustrating League of Ireland First Division season as they host English League Two side Port Vale at the Athlone Town Stadium on Tuesday night (Lissywollen, 24th July, 7:45pm).

Athlone suffered their first defeat in four games at the weekend – but surprisingly to struggling Mervue United. Athlone remain fourth in the second tier of the League of Ireland but with only the top three places holding any reward this season, it looks like the two time League of Ireland champions will have to wait at least another year.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams is no stranger to the Midlands and his team are currently based in the area as they continue pre-season preparations. Writing in the matchday programme “All Tangled Up in Blue and Black”, Adams says “We know for a fact that the Irish boys will be match fit, they’ll certainly look a bit sharper than we are at that stage, but we’re not bothered about that, we’re just building our fitness up and once no one gets injured we’re not really worried about the result”, but added “we don’t want to lose”.

Athlone boss Mike Kerley is hopeful of experimenting with his line-up saying,“The friendly game comes at a very good time from my point of view, over the last couple of weeks we’ve brought a lot of new faces into the club. Some of them do need to get some match fitness and competitive games under their belts and it’s great to have the opportunity to play against a quality side to help build sharpness ahead of the visit of Limerick on Friday”.

One player under the microscope will be former Cork City midfielder Darren Murphy of whom Adams said, “Darren has done very well, we watched him play at Stevenage for a long time, he’s had a few injuries and missed a lot of last season through injury, but he’s now fully fit and he’s looked good in pre-season and I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming over”.

Port Vale are also due to play a Galway United selection in Galway on Saturday


Stoke City FC traveling roster:

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Carlo Nash

Defenders: Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shotton, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Matthew Upson, Danny Higginbotham, Marc Wilson, Danny Collins.

Midfielders: Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington, Wilson Palacios, Diego Arismendi, Michael Tonge, Jamie Ness.

Strikers: Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones, Jonathan Walters, Cameron Jerome, Mamady Sidibe.

Ireland preview

Mervue – Longford

As i said in limeric-Finn analise, only Longford and Limeric will fight for title. longford is currently first with pointh more than Limeric and they must keep winning if they want stay on top. Squad is fully fit, there are no problems, atmosphere is great. Yes, they was embarresed in cup and loose than against rivals Limeric but it was few weeks ago, now, with win over Finn good atmosphere and selfconfidence come back and there is no reason why not win today.
Mervue is poor, weak team which won just 8 points in 14 rounds (Longford 34) and i cannot see how they can suprise Longford today. Two important defenders are out, Farrell (7/0) for some time and McSweeney (8/0) is out 2nd game. Two months ago Longford beat them 4-2 (after leading 4-0) and i expect now another Longford victory.

Published Jun-29-2012, 12:24 CET

Betting option: 1X2 / Moneyline
Pick: 2
Odds: 1.8
Bookmaker: bet365


Dundalk – Sligo

One of worst league teams, Dundalk (currently just UCD weaker) will host best team, Sligo. Two players are back for them, McDonnell (mf 13/0) and Rafter (att 13/3). Out are: Hanley(gk 1/0),McLaughlin(df 9/0),McKenna(att 5/0). That’s not so important. Important is that they played league cup game with droghead before 4 days, palyed 120 minutes and loose on penaltyes. They dont have quality roster so it can affect on players. Aso on eother team always affect on players, financial problems. There is no money, players want’s leave club, bankrupcy is posible.
On the other side best club in country which unbeliveble loose vs UCD (1-0) and played draw (0-0) with Bohemians. But the self-confidence come back few days ago with 4-0 vitory over Derry City in league cup. So, they solve it qouickly (not as their opponents play 120 min + penaltyes), they dont have financial woes and they must come back with league winnings after 2 round without win. St Patrick’s come on 4 pts and there is no time to make mistakes any more. Sure away win

Published Jun-29-2012, 12:38 CET

Betting option: Euro handicap (1X2)
Pick: -1eh sligo
Odds: 2.4
Bookmaker: Sportingbet


Limerick – Finn Harps

1,2-1,25 odds on home win tell everything. Hosts are big favorites here. They are only club which can make problems to Longford and fights for a title, they have just one point less than tham but much better goal difference, they played good recently, won last 6 league games (which made them best form  club) and there are no new missings in their team. out are two midfielders Collins (2/0) and Gamble (11/2 – suspended) but back are Treacy (df 9/1), Judge (mf 0/0 – finaly back, very important last season, 29/6, will play from first minute) than Bradley (mf 11/1) and Quinn (att 7/1).
On the other side brave but not so quality Finn. They try play nice attacking football but there is lot space in defence and Limeric good players will use that oportunity. In last 6 games they loose 5, won just worst league team – Galway. Clarke (mf 10/3) and McHugh (att 11/4) are back, that are their two important players but out are still Carlin (df 7/0), O’Donnell (att 2/0) and Curtis (att 11/2).
With right aproach limeric should won this easly (2,02 SBO)

Published Jun-29-2012, 12:08 CET

Betting option: Asian Handicap
Pick: Limerick -1,5ah
Odds: 2.02
Bookmaker: SBO