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The State Of The League Of Ireland: Week 11

Is there any stopping Dundalk? Let's have a look at the state of the League of Ireland in Week 11.

The Big Story

15 May 2015; John Mountney, Dundalk, is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's first goal. SSE Airtricity League, Premier Division, Dundalk v Derry City. Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dundalk's ability to ground out results when things aren't going their way is remarkable. John Mountney's late winner against Derry on Friday leaves Dundalk 6 points ahead of the league with 11 wins and 2 draws from their 13 games. David Cassidy's penalty in Bray's 8-1 defeat is still the only goal they've conceded in Oriel Park this season.

They travel to Inchicore to face St Patrick's Athletic on Friday and the respective forms of both teams couldn't be more different. Just how far into the season can Dundalk remain unbeaten?

The Team Of The Week

16 May 2015; Trevor Croly, Bray Wanderers Manager. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Bray Wanderers v St.Patrick's Athletic, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE

Bray Wanderers started life under Trevor Croly with a hard fought win over St Pats on Saturday. St Pats were awful but considering Bray had lost their last 4 (conceding 20 goals!), I don't think many can begrudge Bray their TOTW award. Trevor Croly seems to have an immediate impact. There are enough teams around the bottom that he could quickly get Bray into a comfortable position in the league if he can sort of their defensive issues

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The GIF of the Week

Before last Friday, Bohemians had conceded only once in 6 away league games. Galway scored 5. The pick of them is this lovely curling effort from Ryan Connolly.

Your Off Field "Uh Oh!" of the Week

Mark McCadden of the Irish Star reports that the FAI is investigating a Drogheda player over bets placed on their game in Sligo. McCadden points out

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the alleged wager — for a small amount of money — was a non-winning one

The 'uh oh!' factor isn't for any damage done to the league's integrity but rather to Drogheda who could have a player suspended when they've a very small squad to begin with. Drogheda's PRO has indicated that not all media will be accredited for Friday's game so expect some non-football journalists to be involved with this story.

The Sportsfile Picture of the Week

19 May 2015; A young Derry City fan before the game. EA Sports Cup Quarter-Final, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, The Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE 19 May 2015; A young Derry City fan before the game. EA Sports Cup Quarter-Final, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, The Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

 

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Your Greatest League In The World™ Pic of the Week

 

Sligo's fans did their bit towards securing Owen Heary's first home win.

Your Greatest League In The World™ Player Tweet of the Week

 

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Pat Flynn continues to be the best LOI player to follow on twitter.

Stat of the Week

 

Next Week

Friday night sees Dundalk travel to a wounded St Pats team looking to further dent their hopes of a European spot. Killian Brennan has been sent off in 3 of his last 6 league games against Dundalk. Pats have lost all 3. They've won 2 and drawn 1 of the other 3. In Cork 2nd play 3rd with Shamrock Rovers visiting.

Their previous game finished 0-0 and many will be expecting a similar result this time round. Elsewhere Bohs will be looking to get back on track at home to Bray and Galway will look to cement their top 6 place away to Drogheda. Derry, without a goal in their last 4 games, host Sligo and Longford play bottom side Limerick. In the first, leaders Harps host UCD in the pick of the games.

John Dodge
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Football fan. Lover of sporting stats. All round nice guy. Balls.ie's so called 'League of Ireland' correspondent. 100% biased against your team

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