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New Bohs jersey decided


The Official Bohemians Jersey selected by Bohemians members & supporters, to be worn for the eircom league 2006 season, is a new innovative Black & Red Jersey with collar. The Jersey is proudly designed by club member Philip Byrne & will be produced by Official Kit Partners O’Neills Sportswear.

The Club is delighted with the huge response they received from both online & text vote’s in the recent online jersey competition. Almost 800 votes were registered for this competition with the winning jersey marginally winning the overall competition.

Votes were registered from all around the world namely England, France, Belgium, U.S.A, China, Switzerland, Norway, just to mention a few countries.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this online jersey competition.

Details of the official launch for this new Bohemians Jersey will be announced in the coming weeks.

It is hoped that the Bohemians Players will be wearing the new kit for the opening game of the eircom league 06 season between Bohemians & Drogheda United on March 10th in Dalymount Park.

Replica Jerseys will be on sale through the clubs merchandise shop & other sports retailers throughout the country.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this competition.

Bohs to let fans decided new jersey



Bohemians let the fans decide…

Ireland’s largest football club, Bohemian FC, are to run an innovative online competition to select the club’s new Home Playing Kit for the upcoming 2006 eircom league season.

In light of the recent successful agreement, between Bohemians Commercial Department and long serving sponsor Des Kelly Interiors, to remain on as Club Sponsor for another year, the club want to introduce a new innovative Home Kit that the team will wear for the 2006 eircom league campaign, which kicks off on March 10th.

All Bohemians’ supporters and Members will be encouraged to visit this site over the coming days and vote for their favourite jersey design. The jersey designs will be provided by official Kit sponsors O'Neill's and club supporter Philip Byrne.

Club Members and supporters will be able to register their vote online or through a dedicated SMS voting number.

The jersey with the most votes will be selected as the new Bohemians jersey & playing kit for 2006.

Official Club Sponsors - Des Kelly Interiors - and Official Sector Partners of the club - O'Neill's, Astro Park, Irish Mirror, Nivea For Men, Bus Éireann, LeisurePlex, Ryan’s Garage Blanchardstown, Regency Hotel Group, Leo Burdocks and First Active - are all getting behind the idea and offering excellent prizes to entrants of the competition.

It is hoped that the new Bohemians Jersey will be available in the club's merchandise shop and through all good retailers nationwide at the start of the eircom league 2006 season.

Jersey designs, and voting details, will be revealed on Monday morning and the competition will end on Wednesday 8th February at midnight.



Confirmed Transfers and Rumours:CONFIRMED TRANSFERSBohemian FCINJason McGuinness from Shamrock RoversBarry Ferguson from Longford TownStephen O'Brien from Longford TownVinny Arkins from Portadown----OUTShay Kelly releasedKen Oman released (now Derry)James Keddy released (now Drogheda)Terry Palmer released__________________________________Bray Wanderers FCINRobbie Doyle from St PatsTerry Masterson from MillwallBrian McGovern from Longford Town----OUTConnor Sinnott to ReadingPaul Murphy to AltrinchamRobbie Dunne to DundalkRobbie McGuinness released__________________________________Cork City FCIN----OUTIan Fraher to WaterfordDaryl Kavanagh to WaterfordWillie Bruton to Cobh RambleGreg O'Halloran to ShelbourneLiam KeaneyReleasedKevin Murray to Cobh__________________________________Derry City FCINKen Oman from BohsKevin McHugh from Finn Harps----OUTMark Mukendi to Finn Harps (On Loan)Alan Murphy to Galway UnitedDamien Brennan to Dublin CityGerard Gill to institutePaddy McLaughlin to Institute__________________________________Drogheda United FCINGlen Fitzpatrick from ShelsJames Keddy from BohsBrian Shelly from Shamrock Rovers----OUTMark Rooney to Dublin CityDavid Freeman to Dublin CityJermaine Sandvliet releasedGary Rogers to Dublin CityStuart Malcolm to Dublin City__________________________________Dublin City FCINMark Rooney from Drogheda UtdGavin McDonnell from Shamrock RoversDamien Brennan from Derry CityPaul Crowley from Waterford UtdGer McCarthy from DundalkDerek pender from ShelsDavid Freeman from DroghedaGary Rogers from DroghedaMick O' Donnell from UCDKeith Doyle From Shamrock RoversStuart Malcolm from Drogheda United----OUTBrendan Kennedy to Kildare CountyTrevor Vaughan to DundalkAlan Kelly to MonaghanRay Scully to Shamrock RoversAlan Mulcahy to Kildare County__________________________________Longford Town FCINAlan Murphy from Newry TownKevin Dotherty from Shels----OUTBarry Ferguson to BohemiansEric Lavine to Galway UtdStephen O'Brien to Bohemians__________________________________Shelbourne FCINGreg O'Halloran from Cork City----OUTWes Hoolahan to LivingstonKevin Doherty releasedAlan Cawley released (now UCD)Ger Rowe releasedDerek Pender released (now Dublin City)Glen Fitzpatrick releasedCurtis Fleming released (returning to England)Hussain Yazdani released__________________________________St Pats Ath FCINMark Rutherford from Shamrock RoversAnthony Murphy from UCDMark Quigley from ?Lee Roche from Glentoran----OUTBarry Prenderville releasedPaul Donnelly releasedChristopher Doran to DundalkConor McMahon to DundalkEoghan O'Shea to Monaghan__________________________________Sligo Rovers FCINChris Turner from Derby CountyKeith Foy from Monaghan Utd----OUTCiarán Foley to Galway UtdRyan O'Donnell to Galway UtdIan Rossiter releasedJim Sheridan released (now Athlone)Philip Gallagher releasedChristopher Kelly releasedAlan Flynn releasedCarlos Alvarez releasedStephen O'Donnell releasedKupono Low releasedTim McCann to Linfield__________________________________UCD FCINAlan Cawley from ShelsDarragh Ryan from a club in the Northern Conference in England----OUTAnthony Murphy to St Pats AthAiden Lynch to DundalkNeil Gallagher (on loan) to DundalkMick O'Donnell released now Dublin CityBrian Gannon released now monaghanDamien Dupuy releasedLiam Teirnan released__________________________________Waterford Utd FCIN----OUTRodney Jack releasedSean Finn to DundalkPaul Crowley to Dublin CityDavid Breen released__________________________________Rumours:Dan Murray from Cork to Brighton??Stephen Bradley from Drogheda to Fulham??Glen Crowe from Shels to Linfield??Kevin Mchugh from Finn Harps to either Derry, Portadown, Linfield, Bohs, Drogheda or Shels?? all are intersted in him!! it will take a big money move to take him away from going to Derry, Portadown or Linfield!Steve Mcmanaman to Drogheda??(dont believe it though)Jason Byrne from Shels to Djurgardens is back on according to Shels official website (www.shelb[...]

UCD pick up Fair Play award


UCD have claimed first place in the 2005 eircom League Premier Division Fair Play table with a total of 1,072 points.

As well as the €4,500 prize money, the Students could also be in line for a place in next season’s UEFA Cup by way of the Fair Play draw which gives three clubs entry to the competition each year.

Cork City and Derry City, whose fight for the Premier Division title went down to the wire and a last-day decider at Turner’s Cross, couldn’t be separated in the Fair Play stakes, tying on 1,070 points and equally sharing the €2,000 second-place prize money.

In the First Division, Dundalk claimed top spot and a cheque for €4,500 with a tally of 1,153 points, just three points ahead of Limerick who finished on 1,150 points and receive €2,000 in prizemoney.

Congratulating the clubs, eircom League Chairman Paddy McCaul said: “Fair Play is a cornerstone of football the world over and as well as the rewards on offer to eircom League clubs in terms of prizemoney, it’s great to see UCD – who had such a successful season including their run to the eircom League Cup Final - in with a chance of a place in the UEFA Cup”.

Premier Division Fair Play Table – finishing positions:

1. UCD 1072 pts (€4,500 prize)
=2. Cork City 1070 (€1,000 prize)
=2. Derry City 1070 (€1,000 prize)
4. Drogheda United 1049
5. Finn Harps 1040
6. Bray Wanderers 1031
7. Longford Town 1028
8. Shelbourne 1014
9. Bohemians 994
10. St. Patrick’s Athletic 987
11. Waterford United 972
12. Shamrock Rovers 951

McHugh signs for Derry


Kevin McHugh has signed for Derry City from Finn Harps on a two-year deal.
According to BBC reports the Killea man has signed a two year deal at the Brandywell and is sure to be a popular signing amongst the Brandywell faithful.

McHugh said that after "having got my work commitments in order, I decided to opt for the challenge at the Brandywell"

The striker said that he was looking forward to the move and that the competition for places would provide the challenge to "better me as a player".

McHugh is one of the most sought after strikers in the eircom League, having scored 110 goals for Finn Harps in 184 full appearances.

The 25 year old was a shining light in the Finn Harps side which was relegated last season, ending as third highest scorer in the League with 13 goals. This was an impressive contribution given that McHugh scored nearly half of Harps' goals in the last campaign.

McHugh is no stranger to the Brandywell, and has been on the scoresheet there regularly when in the colours of Finn Harps. His most famous goal was the injury time equaliser in the relegation playoff in 2003. Derry fans will be hoping that they see plenty more goals from McHugh, this time in a Candystriped jersery.

Byrne decides to stay as Hoolahan goes


(image) From Shels web:

Wesley Hoolahan agrees personal terms with Scottish side, Livingston FC.

The club agreed personal terms with Wesley's agent today and he is available for selection immediately.

Talking to, Livi manager Paul Lambert expressed his delight at securing Wesley's signature.

'I am delighted to have secured Wes Hoolahan for Livingston. We watched him several times before the end of the Irish season and he lived up to all we had heard about him. He is an exciting player and will bring us width and more attcking options.'

Pat Fenlon expressed his disappointment at Hoolahan's departure but wishes the talented midfielder the very best in the future.

Hoolahan joined Shelbourne 4 years ago and was a firm favourite with fans. Everyone at Shelsweb would like to wish Wesley the very best of luck in the future.

With one key player on the move today, Shelbourne were boosted by the news that influential striker Jason Byrne has turned down the offer to move to Djurgardens of Sweden.


In the past few weeks, the deal has been on and off but in the end Byrne decided that it was best he stayed with Shelbourne Football Club.

Speaking to Shelsweb tonight, Pat Fenlon expressed his delight at keeping the highly rated striker at the club, especially after Wesley Hoolahan departed for Livingston today.

Kearney decides to leave Cork



Liam Kearney has informed Cork City that he will not be signing a new deal with them for next season. He has now signed a 6 month contract with Heerenveen in Holland

To read more click HERE.

Important dates


Thurs 1st December 2005 – Wed 22nd February 2006: First Transfer & Registration Window

Sat 28th January 2006: eircom League AGM, Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick

Mon 13th February 2006: Announcement of eircom League 2006 Season Fixtures

Fri 10th March 2006: Start of eircom League 2006 Season

Fri 9th June 2006 – Sun 18th June 2006: Break in eircom League season due to World Cup Finals in Germany

Sat 1st July 2006 – Mon 31st July 2006: Second Transfer & Registration Window

104 years in the top flight comes to an end


Dublin City 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
Collins 55 Tracey 57
(Dublin City win 3-2 on aggregate)

After 104 years in the top flight of Irish football Shamrock Rovers have been relagated to the first division for the first time in their history.
Dublin City are back in the eircom Premier Division after they won the play-off 3-2 on aggregate and relegating Shamrock Rovers for the first time in their history.
A 1-1 draw on Friday night was enough to ensure the Vikings claimed the victory after their 2-1 win at Dalymount Park on Tuesday evening.

Rovers did most of the attacking, but were unable to break down a resolute Dublin City defence with goalkeeper Brendan Kennedy hardly having a shot to save as his back four in front of him did a terrific job.

The visitors created plenty of opportunities with Trevor Molloy having an early free kick blocked before he saw a low curling effort drift wide, while Cathal O’Connor, Derek Tracey and Gavin McDonnell also went close before the break.

But Dublin City opened the scoring in the 55th minute when Ray Scully burst down the right and picked out Trevor Vaughan who was crowded out, but was able to pick out Robbie Collins who slotted the ball home.

But, two minutes later, Rovers equalised when Tracey fired home a low Mark Rutherford cross from 10-yards to keep the Hoops survival hopes alive.

Needing one more goal to push the game to extra time Rovers threw everything forward but the Vikings held firm with McDonnell and Tracey both going close late on.

Dublin City: Kennedy; Lynch (Pender ht), Keely, Whelehan, Hedderman; Scully (Kelly 63), McGill, Shiels, Collins; Vaughan (Mulcahy 77), Freeman.

Shamrock Roves: Walshe; Sweetman, Shelley, Foley, Doyle; Molloy, O’Connor, McDonnell, Tracey, Rutherford (Kenny 81); Sheridan.

Sink or swim time for Rovers


Shamrock Rovers caretaker manager Alan O’Neill admits he must bring about a considerable improvement in his side’s performance for Friday night’s promotion/relegation play-off second leg against Dublin City at Tolka Park – or face up to the first relegation in the club’s 104 year history.

Rovers trail 2-1 after Tuesday night’s first leg at Dalymount Park, and need their first win in eight games to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

With Roddy Collins’s suspension extended for a further five days, O’Neill – a former star goalkeeper with the Hoops and Dundalk – remains in charge of team affairs.

He told the Irish Daily Mirror: “We didn’t get the performance we wanted on Tuesday night, so we have to produce one now. Certainly there’s an awful lot of improving to do, but it’s only half-time and it’s still in our hands. It’s up to the players now.”

Meanwhile former Bray Wanderers goalkeeper John Walsh has joined Shamrock Rovers as emergency cover after first-choice netminder Barry Murphy was ruled out of the second leg of their promotion/relegation play-off against Dublin City tonight (Friday).

Walsh, 36, hung up his boots at the end of last season after a lengthy career in the game.

But with Murphy sidelined after being forced off early in the second half of Tuesday’s first leg, Rovers have acted swiftly to bolster their options.

Whether he starts the game, however, remains to be seen – caretaker manager Alan O’Neill could opt for John Blake, who came on as a substitute for Murphy three days ago.

The match will be shown live on Setanta Sports

Crowe in talks with Drogheda


Former Bohs favourite Glen Crowe could be on his way to Drogheda United from Shelbourne, according to reports.

One of the most prolific goal scorers in the eircom league in recent seasons Glen has joined Shels this season from north Dublin rivals Bohemians to form the most feared strike partnerships in the league with Jason Byrne who like Jason has only one full international cap to his credit, but he has not played to expectations since joining them last summer.

Drogheda have expressed an interest in him and there are rumors that Shels are going to relase him.

Shels pile on the misery


Bohemians 0
Shelbourne 3 (Baker 53, Byrne 55, Crowe 65)

An already disappointing season ended in further depression for Bohemians. A 3-0 defeat and against Shelbourne saw Bohs finish a lowly sixth in the premier division. there was not much of note about Bohs' performance as the season fizzled out tamely.

Richie Baker beat a static Bohs defence to give Shels the lead after 53 minutes. Jason Byrne made it 2-0 just two minutes later. Jason Byrne then went on to disgrace himself by celebrating his goal in front of the Bohs die hard fans in an attempt to provoke an already hostile atmosphere. Shels' fans then followed suit, by throwing missiles, including fireworks onto the pitch, narrowly missing Bohs' keeper Matt Gregg.

Crowe then rubbed salt in the wounds, on 65 minutes, as he lobbed Matt Gregg to make it 3-0.

Bohemians: Gregg, Rice, Oman (Duggan 79), Collins, Keddy (Powell 74), O'Brien (Heary 60), Hunt, Farrelly, Harkin, O'Keeffe, Grant.
Shelbourne: Delaney, Heary, Hawkins, Rogers, Cahill, Moore (Baker 38), Ndo (Fleming 78), Crawford, Hoolahan, Crowe, J Byrne (O Neill 74).

Byrne blows off Brighton link


Jason byrne has dismissed any rumors off him leaving shels and going to Championship side Brighton

Byrne said on Shelboun's offical website: “The first I heard was a phone call from my wife who saw it mentioned in the evening paper on Tuesday night. I’ve heard nothing from them and sure there’d be no point in me going over there. For what? I’m still a Shels players and I’m looking forward to playing in Europe with Shels for a few seasons yet".....................(but could more money and a chance to get into the irish squad lure him to England?)

City claim title on D-Day


Cork City 2 (O'Flynn 18, Kearney 60)
Derry City 0

Cork City reserved the best wine until last as they turned on the style to dominate the eircom League Championship decider at Turner’s Cross.
A capacity attendance of 7,500 fans cheered Cork to the echo as they played majestic football to overtake Derry at the head of the League table and win the title by two points.

Derry played their part in a match that produced marvellous entertainment and was played in a vibrant, exciting atmosphere with the 500 visiting Derry fans contributing to the general mood and enjoyment of a gala occasion.

Goals from John O’Flynn, after 18 minutes and Liam Kearney, after 61 minutes saw Cork home. But the goals only told part of the story as Cork ran the game but for the fifteen minute period immediately after half-time.
Derry, trailing by a goal at that point, played with real fire and passion in that 15 minute period and Cork’s defence were tested as the pressure was maintained for long minutes.

But Cork coped so well that goalkeeper Michael Devine scarcely had a save to make and the game turned decisively in one dramatic minute.

Derry introduced the talented Pat McCourt for Sean Hargan in the 60th minute as they decided to step up their attacking options.

Before they could put their plan into operation, however, Cork struck again. Roy O’Donovan played a delightful through ball for Denis Behan and he took stock before calmly turning the ball back for Liam Kearney to steer it home.

It was no more than Cork deserved. They were slick and inventive in their football, well-balanced and hard-working and superior to a game Derry.

It was a first Championship success for Cork since 1993. And well deserved.
More photos from the match can be foundby clickng here.
The teams were:

Cork City: Devine; Horgan, Bennett, Murray, Murphy; O’Donovan, Gamble, O’Callaghan, Kearney; Fenn, O’Flynn. Behan for Fenn 10; O’Brien for O’Donovan 84; Coughlan for O’Flynn 85.

Derry City: Forde; McCallion, Hutton, Delaney, Hargan; Deery, Martyn, McGlynn, Brennan; Beckett, Farren. Subs: McCourt for Hargan 60; Murphy for Deery 67; O’Flynn for Martin 84.

Referee: Mr. D. McKeon (Dublin).

Brighton to make bid for top scorer Byrne


Broghton boss Mark McGhee will make a bid for Shelbourne's star striker Jason Byrne.

McGhee was in Tolka Park to see Shelbourne play out a scoreless draw with Cork City on friday night, and should be in Dalymount Park for Shels end-of-season clash with Bohemians this friday.

Byrne has been the Eircom Leagues top scorer for the last 3 years and the 26 year old would relish a move to England. Brighton have been short on goals, their on loan defender Paul McShane is their top scorer with 3 goals this season.

McGhee said "We are still looking at games for a centre half and a center forward has got to be a priorty because we are not scoring goals".

Rovers suspended manger in week coming up ta relagation playoff


Just when you thought the drama for this year was coming to an end Shamrock Rovers have today SUSPENDED manager Roddy Collins for reansons unknown.

There were rumors sround Rovers that he would be suspended and those rumors were confirmed when a Shamrock Rovers offical confirmed them, tonight on newstalk 106 but the offical wouldnt give a reason why.

Cork-Derry match sold out


All the tickets for Friday week’s potential title-deciding clash between Cork City and Derry City at Turners Cross have been sold out fully eight days in advance of the big game.

Going into this weekend’s penultimate round of eircom League fixtures, just a point separates the sides at the top of the table.

The only way the title can be decided before Derry’s visit to Leeside is if Cork defeat Shelbourne on Friday night and Derry lose at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday.

So, with a winner-take-all encounter anticipated for Friday week, fans have been eagerly capturing tickets to ensure a capacity of around 8000 packed into the Turners Cross stadium for the big game.

Awards shortlist announced


The Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland (PFAI) has in the last few minutes announced its shortlists for four awards.

Derry defender Peter Hutton – a former winner of the award – is joined by team-mate Mark Farren, whose 18-goals have helped the Candystripes to the brink of the championship crown.

Cork are represented on the six-strong shortlist by midfielder Joe Gamble and playmaker George O’Callaghan, who have been central to the Leesiders’ exceptional season to date.

Also nominated are last year’s winner, Shelbourne striker Jason Byrne, who is almost certain to finish top of the scorers’ charts for the third year running, and UCD captain Tony McDonnell, hugely influential the Students’ return to top flight football.

A three-name shortlist has also been published for the Young Player of the Year category, with Cork, Derry and UCD again represented.

Liam Kearney, nominated for the same award last year when it went to current Sunderland star Daryl Murphy, goes up against Derry’s Pat McCourt – who was so impressive for Shamrock Rovers in the first half of the season but seemed to fade after moving to Derry on the last day of the transfer window, it seems he was chosen on his performance for the first half of the season. College’s Irish youth international midfielder Gary Dicker was also nominated. Stephen Ward of Bohemians should feel hard done by after not making the shortlist.

Goalkeeper John O’Hara represents new champions Sligo Rovers in the First Division Player of the Year category, in which he will be pitted against Kilkenny City captain Aidan Price and Cobh Ramblers’ 17-goal striker Kieran O’Reilly.

The PFAI has also announce details of a new award which will see footballers vote for their top referee; Alan Kelly of Cork, Dublin’s Paul Tuite and Limerick whistler Mark Gough are nominated in this inaugural category.

PFAI Player of the Year shortlist:

Jason Byrne (Shelbourne)
Mark Farren (Derry City)
Joe Gamble (Cork City)
Peter Hutton (Derry City)
Tony McDonnell (UCD)
George O’Callaghan (Cork City).

PFAI Young Player of the Year shortlist:

Gary Dicker (UCD)
Liam Kearney (Cork City)
Pat McCourt (Derry City)

PFAI First Division Player of the Year shortlist:

John O’Hara (Sligo Rovers)
Kieran O’Reilly (Cobh Ramblers)
Aidan Price (Kilkenny City)

PFAI Referee of the Year shortlist:

Mark Gough (Limerick)
Alan Kelly (Cork)
Paul Tuite (Dublin)

Injury time fluke goal gives Drogs advantage in race for Setanta Cup


The last time Drogheda United faced Bohemians in the league, the Gypsies snatched an injury time winner. Tonight Drogheda returned the favour with a dramatic late winner in a game that finished 3-2 at United Park. The win gives Drogheda the advantage in the race for fourth place and if they claim fourth they guarantee themselves Setanta and European football next season.

Damien Lynch put the Drogs ahead from the penalty spot shortly before half-time after Aidan Collins brought down Declan O'brien, even though it seems O'Brien feel outside the box. Bohs recovered after the break and John-Paul Kelly made it 1-1 after a fine passing when Bohs turned defence into attack on 54 minutes and just two minutes later the visitors were ahead through Aidan O'Keefe after Gareth Farrelly was again instrumental in the build-up.(image) Adian O'Keeffe scored Bohs second goal to put them in front
A remarkable spell continued when Gavin Whelan headed in from Stephen Bradley's free-kick to make it 2-2 on the hour.

Bohs' task didn't get any easier when Aidan Collins was sent off with 15 minutes to go after his second booking after a foul on Jermaine Sandvliet.
(image) Matt Gregg made a horrible mistake to give Drogs all 3 points(image) Gavin Whelan scored the injury time winner for Drogs
It seemed Bohs had helded on for a deserved point but there was more drama in store as Drogheda snatched a winner deep into injury time. Whelan grabbed his second of the night as his long range cross somehow eluded Bohs dodgy goalkeeper (who did keep Bohs in the match) Matt Gregg and found a path to the net after hitting the post.

Drogheda: Connor, Lynch, Webb, Whelan, Gray, Gartland, Robinson, Bradley (Fahey 62), O'Brien, Ristila (Leech 62), Sandvliet (Malcolm 86).

Bohemians: Gregg, Rice, Byrne, Hunt, Harkin, Farrelly, Grant (Oman 72), Kelly (O'Brien 90), O'Keeffe, Keddy, Collins.

Cork back on top


Shamrock Rovers 0
Cork City 2

Cork City have moved back on top of the Eircom League as they beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 at Dalymount Park. The result leaves Rovers in real relgation trouble with inky two matches left.

In a good, open game despite the conditions, Rovers’ cleared off the line from George O’Callaghan early on before Michael Devine pushed a Marc Kenny shot onto a post at the other end.

Cork took the lead with a well worked goal on 41 minutes when Neale Fenn picked out O’Donovan who squeeze a shot home from a tight angle.

Gamble finished off a super move to add the second goal on 54 minutes before Ciaran Foley was the first Rovers’ player to see red three minutes later.

Kenny was also sent off on 76 minutes as Rovers face into Friday’s must-win clash with Waterford with serious suspension problems.

Derry-Pats match


Next weekend’s Premier Division clash between leaders Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic has been rescheduled for the third time – but on this occasion the new date has satisfied representatives of both clubs.

The game had been originally fixed for Friday evening, but was rearranged for the Monday night, November 14th, to cater for RTE television coverage.

That date was unsuitable because the Brandywell is used for greyhound racing on Monday evenings, so the game was switched to Sunday afternoon.

But that arrangement did not satisfy Derry, who were unhappy to be asked to play their final two games within five days of each other.

However, the latest change, which will see the game go ahead on Saturday evening at 5pm has been approved by both clubs.

The game will be screened live on RTE 2.

Rovers-Cork preview


Shamrock Rovers vs Cork City
(Dalymount Park - 7:45 pm - Premier)
Referee: Hugo Whoriskey

Monday sees a huge game for both ends of the eircom League Premier division. Shamrock Rovers take on Cork City at Dalymount Park and both sides desperatly need a win. Rovers are still battling to avoid the drop while City have stumbled in their title bid.

Rovers are in a terrible run and although earlier in the season they looked to have done enough to finish safely despite an eight point deduction they are still faced with relegation. The Hoops have picked up just four points in their last seven league outings and have lost their last three. They lost on Friday to all but secure St. Pats survival and at the end of this week they face another crucial game against Waterford.

A win for Rovers on Monday will relegate Finn Harps and mean at worst Rovers would face a play-off.

Roddy Collins returns to the Rovers bench after a two game touchline ban. He will be looking over his shoulder at potentially facing Dublin City in a relegation play-off. Gavin McDonnell is suspended after being sent off against Pats on Friday, and Tony Sheridan and captain Trevor Molloy are both rated doubtful.

Cork City have now slipped up twice in their last three outings. A fortunate win over Bohs came between a loss to St. Pats and a draw with Waterford. Derry now lead at the top of the table but Cork will hope to make use of their game in hand by regaining a lead at the top.
Monday's game against Rovers is the first of two on Dublin's North side in five days and with in-form Shels to come on Friday, they need to beat Rovers to keep their title hopes alive.

John O'Flynn is again expected to miss out for Cork but hopes are high that he will be back for the Shelbourne game. Denis Behan returns from suspension and will surely go straight into a team which has struggled up front in recent games.

League form for Shamrock Rovers : LLLDW
League form for Cork City : DWLWW
Previous meeting(s) : Cork City 3-0 Shamrock Rovers (22/07/2005)
Shamrock Rovers 1-3 Cork City (29/04/2005)
Cork City 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (01/10/2004)
Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Cork City (11/09/2004)
Cork City 1-1 Shamrock Rovers (14/05/2004)
Prediction: Rovers 0-2 Cork