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Between the Stripes owner and founder Kieran Burke visited the Attic Youth House in Longford Town on Thursday evening (18/01/18) to hand over the proceeds raised from Between the Stripes Fantasy Football League. €200 was raised for the youth group was unbelievably receive absolutely zero government or state funding despite their wonderful work with teenagers and secondary school children in the County.
Just some of the incredible services the Attic House in Longford Town provide thanks to their heroic volunteers and staff include counselling, social events such as supervised teenage discos and their famous X-Factor competitions, extra-circular activities such as art groups and sporting activities such as football and basketball. These services not only encourage Longford’s youth to stay off the streets but give the youngsters a safe space to socialise, learn, develop and most importantly seek help and advice should it ever be required in any circumstance no matter how difficult.
Last year the group sadly suffered the tragic loss of one of its young members taken away far too early in life. However, despite the heartbreaking effect it had on the local community and its youth theAttic Housewere straight on the front-line to offer counselling to those who needed it…….This is the kind of organisations that deserve all the support in the world and the team at Between the Stripes hope the small sum of cash raised can help the Attic House on its way to whatever the next target may be.
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Finally, Between the Stripes can also announce we will be handing over a €70 donation to St.Christopher’s in Longford Town next week thanks to a small success via our weekly betting column of 2016. That brings the total raised for local charities by the Between the Stripes team to €270 since our foundation in January 2016. We hope to add to that figure in 2018 so keep an eye out for details of charity fundraisers by following us on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and Snapchat (BTS1924), while our hit League of Ireland podcast can be found on Itunes, Audioboom,Mixcloud, Pocketcasts and Podcast Republic, simply search for Between the Stripes LOI podcaston any of those platforms and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and leave us a positive review.
Last season the Between the Stripes team managed to raise a small profit of €70 for the good folk at St.Christoper’s services in Longford Town through our weekly charity betting column. During the launch of our brand new podcast last week (which you can listen to on http://www.mixcloud.com/BetweenTheStripes) co-hosts Kieran Burke and Jonathan Brier announced the relaunch of this charity betting column in order to raise funds for a local charity yet to be selected (if you have any charity groups in mind feel free to drop us a line on our Twitter account @BetweenStripes, or on our Facebook page).
The opening charity bet on the new podcast got off to an unlucky losing start as Ireland’s late disallowed goal at home to Austria put us a tenner in the red. However, this weekend we have selected a LOI treble that we hope will at least get the kitty up and running for the second half of the 2017 season.
The charity bet will be a weekly feature on our new Between the Stripes LOI podcast but this weeks selection is available below:
€10 treble – Cork City, UCD AFC & Waterford FC to return €38.13
Current kitty total stands at minus €10.
Have you heard the all new Between the Stripes LOI podcast? Episode 2 can be listened to on the Mixcloud player below.
We hold our hands up, last weekend we backed against our own team…….And thankfully it backfired as “De Town” rescued a brilliant 2-2 draw away to Galway. However, bad calls like that aren’t going to do much for the good people at St.Christopher’s so we are back again this week in the hope of raising some much needed funds for them. Once again we’ve got a full card of League of Ireland action to choose from and below you can now find our weekend selections:
FIVEFOLD: Drogheda United, UCD, Dundalk, Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers @26/1. €5 stake returns €135.30
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
After a week putting our feet up, the ‘Between the Stripes’ charity betting column returns in the hope of bouncing back from a losing selection last time out. Despite our failure to add to the kitty last time out, our current charity pot stands at an impressive €165 with all proceeds going to St.Christopher’s services in Longford. Without further ado, here is this weekends selections:
FOURFOLD: Dundalk (3/10), UCD AFC (4/9), Cobh Ramblers (2/1) and Cork City (8/13). €11 returns €100.
Dundalk V Derry City – Coming in off the back of a hugely impressive 4-0 away victory over a fancied St.Pat’s side, Stephen Kenny’s “Lillywhites” will be looking to put a dent in another in-form side as second placed Derry come to town. Following a disappointing derby defeat to Harps on the opening day, Kenny Shiels “Candystripes” have found their rhythm with four league wins in a row, meaning a win here would see them go top. However, the home side have been scoring goals for fun so far this season and if on top form as they were against the “Saints”, you can expect the back to back defending champions to collect another three points here. (David McMillan anytime goalscorer @13/10)
UCD AFC V Athlone Town – It’s been a disappointing start to 2016 for promotion hopefuls UCD, but following last week’s impressive 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers, the “Students” do occupy an early play-off position in the First Division and will be expected to close the gap on second place Waterford with a win over a poor Athlone Town side. Due to floodlight failure at a recent home game, something becoming far too regular within domestic football of late, this will only mark Athlone’s fourth league tie of the season, but even with that the “Midlanders” sit bottom of the second tier with just one point on the board. With both these sides taking up positions similar to where many have predicted they will finish, it is a clear home win selection in this one. (UCD to score 2 goals or more @1/2)
Waterford United V Cobh Ramblers – Despite all the off-field drama surrounding “Blues” boss Roddy Collins, the RSC based side have recovered quickly from a dreadful start to the season by winning their last two games and in turn take up a surprising second place in the league standings. Expected defeats to title favorites Limerick FC and UCD AFC aside, it’s been a steady start for Stephen Henderson’s “Rams” and they will be looking at this game as an opportunity to lay down a signal of their intent this season. Away win. (Cobh Ramblers to win 2-1 @10/1)
Sligo Rovers V Cork City – Without a win from five league matches, it’s been a truly disastrous start to the Dave Roberston era at the Showgrounds. With a raft of English based players signing during the off-season, some were tipping the “Bit o’Red” to perhaps push for a European place this year, but instead it’s another relegation scrap for the former Champions. Cork City on the other hand are still on a high from their win over the reigning champions and side they have finished second best to for the past two seasons in Dundalk. A six nil win prior to that over none other than Longford Town, shows the goal threat in a Cork team that has failed to score more than one goal in a game just twice this season. Given Sligo’s real relegation worries, City are the last side they would want to be playing right now and that leaves us with no other option than to tip an away win. (Sean Maguire first goalscorer @4/1
Without further ado, here are this weekends selection:
FOURFOLD: Limerick FC -1 (@5/6), UCD AFC -1 (@7/5), Shelbourne (@8/15) and Bohemians (@4/5). €5 returns €60.
Limerick FC V Cobh Ramblers – Nine goals scored in the opening two league games of the season, Limerick FC look set to conquer the First Division in 2016 and despite Cobh making a solid start with four points from a possible six, it’s difficult to see how Stephen Henderson’s men will be able to contain the in form Aaron Greene, who is even money to get on the scoresheet in a Limerick win.
UCD AFC V Waterford United – The “Students” got off the mark last time out with a hard fought derby day win over Cabinteely and while the opening day draw with Drogheda points to good form for Waterford, Roddy Collin’s men may be feeling fragile at the back following their 5-2 defeat at home to Limerick last time out. With promotion hopes this season, expect UCD to lay down a marker with an impressive win here.
Shelbourne V Cabinteely – An unexpected rest week was in store for “Shels” after their game with Athlone was called off due to floodlight failure last week. The “Reds” lost their opening game at home to Cobh and while “Cabo” won their first game at home to Athlone, they fell to UCD last weekend and Kevin Doherty will be targeting this Dublin derby as an opportunity to kickstart Shelbourne’s campaign.
Bohemians V Wexford Youths – Having beaten Sligo on home soil in week two, Bohemians will have been left extremely disappointed with their performance in a Dublin derby defeat against St.Pat’s on Monday, while despite also losing, Wexford deserved something in a fantastic display against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght last week. On Monday night, Keegan’s men almost snatched a draw against Champions Dundalk, only for a late late goal to undo their excellent work. Three games in a week may take it’s toll on a team new to this level, so we opt for a tight home win. (1-0 Bohemians @11/2)