A bit like our very own Longford Town, the ‘Between the Stripes’ charity betting column has been on a losing slide for the past few weeks. However, as “De Town” fans often say it’s time to “keep the faith” and the team here at ‘Between the Stripes’ are hoping to repay that faith with a big betting win tonight, in aid of the good people at St.Christopher’s services in Longford Town. Ahead of tonight’s action, our current charity pot stands at a total of €144. Below are tonight’s selections, best of luck to anyone following:
TREBLE: Derry City (19/20), Galway United -1 (13/10) and Shamrock Rovers -1 (13/8). €5 stake returns €58.86
Derry City V Sligo Rovers – After a winless run of eight games for new Sligo boss, Dave Robertson, the “Bit o’Red” finally found their shooting boots last weekend as they trounced bottom club Longford Town FC. However, given the “Midlanders” none performance in that visit to the Showgrounds, it perhaps isn’t the best barometer the measure Sligo’s form with. On the other hand, Kenny Shiels Derry City side have made a flying start to the season and whispers of a title challenge have already begun around the “randy Brandywell”. Shiels has brought an attacking identity back to a “Candystripes” side who had struggled to find their best form in seasons gone by but with striker Rory Patterson in the form of his life, you can never rule out this Derry team.
EXTRA TIP – Rory Patterson First Goal Scorer – @4/1.
Galway United V Longford Town – We hate to back against our own, but perhaps that is a sign of the likelihood of the predicted result. Search for match previews of this game online and you will struggle to find anyone putting their faith in anything other than a big Galway win. Why? Well, the league table tells the strory really. Only nine games into the new season and already the hosts, who finished four places below Longford last term, find themselves twelve points clear of under fire Tony Cousins troops. It’s a second trip to the West in a row for “De Town”, who were booed off following their 3-0 horror show defeat to Sligo last weekend and with all eyes on Tony Couins response tonight, their is incredible pressure on the Midlands outfit to get some sort of a result here. The recent 1-1 home tie with high flying Derry City offers hope to the small band of supporters set to travel West but should former Town midfielder, Ryan Connolly pass a fitness test and line out against his former employers, you would have to fancy the red-hot Vinny Faherty to have a field day up against a more than wobbly Longford defence. Backing Galway to win by more than a goal might be a bit harsh, and even a bit risky, but at those odds it was impossible to say no.
EXTRA TIP – Vinny Faherty to score and Galway to win – @6/4
Shamrock Rovers V Bray Wanderers – Speaking of under pressure mangers, Shamrock Rovers boss, Pat Fenlon could soon find himself fighting for a future at the Tallaght stadium as his star studded “Hoops” continue to flop. Many saw Rovers thumping derby day win over Bohemians as a potential turning point in the Fenlon era, however, back to back defeats to title favorites Cork City and Dundalk have landed the former “Shels” boss back in hot water and anything but a convincing win against a managerless Wanderers won’t do. Mick Cooke’s days at the Carlise Ground were numbered for weeks now as the former Drogheda boss failed to return results off the back of some strong off-seasin investment in the playing squad. Assistant, Harry Kenny takes the reigns for the visit of Ireland’s most successful club tonight and he will be hoping to repeat last week’s shock 1-0 defeat of St.Patrick’s Athletic. However, Fenlon will have worked his players hard in training this week and will be demanding a strong response to his sides critics. It’s now or never for Rovers and that’s why we are backing them to turn up with a big win tonight.
EXTRA TIP – Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Bray Wanderers – @13/2