Samba Magic returns to the Premier Division as Brazilian Eduardo Pinicelli joins the Bit O’ Red

Article by @andrewdempsey921

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For the second season in a row, the League of Ireland Premier Division will have some Brazilian Samba flair after Sligo Rovers announced that they have signed former Fluminense midfielder Eduardo Pinicelli on a one-year deal.

Starting off his career at Fluminense, the now 34-year-old Pinicelli who once played alongside the great Brazilian attacking star Romario, has also managed to have playing stints in Malaysia, Italy, Colombia and Sweden before most recently playing in Cyprus with Ethnikos Achna. Continue reading

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AUDIO: Post match with Pat Devlin (Dundalk 4-2 Cabinteely)

James Rogers (@JamesDundalk) spoke to Cabinteely boss Pat Devlin following his sides impressive performance despite defeat at Oriel Park tonight. (23/01/18).

Read James Rogers on the whistle match report from Oriel Park here.

EXCLUSIVE: Gorman training with Bray while Salmon’s future remains unclear

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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Gorman and Salmon were First Division winners in 2014, could they be re-united at Bray? 

Between the Stripes has exclusively learned that former Longford Town favorite Rhys Gorman is currently in training with Bray Wanderers. The “Seagulls”, who appointed Dave Mackey as manager a fortnight ago, have been playing catch-up in the transfer market following a prolonged search for Harry Kenny’s replacement and alleged board room power struggles. However, having announced a raft of additions and re-signings at Mackey’s first press conference, the County Wicklow side now have fourteen first-team players on the books at the Carlise Grounds.

Among those are former Longford winger Jake Kelly, who failed to impress in the First Division under Alan Matthews, Gary Cronin’s or Neale Fenn’s watch last season with the latter opting to release Kelly at the end of the 2017 season. One mans future that remains uncertain though is “De Town’s” 2014 league winning skipper Mark Salmon, who Bray are still keen on retaining for 2018 according to Between the Stripes sources close to the Premier Division outfit. Continue reading

Fenn exclusively reveals new signing, retirements and pre-season fixtures on Between the Stripes LOI podcast

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

Speaking exclusively earlier this evening to Between the Stripes LOI podcast, which returns to the airwaves tomorrow afternoon with tonight’s recorded New Years Special, Longford Town manager Neale Fenn gave a number of exclusives to our listeners.

With two pre-season friendlies already announced against Fenn’s former sides Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, podcast co-host Kieran Burke put the question to Fenn regarding other upcoming opponents in the lead up to the new First Division season. Fenn revealed “De Town” will take on St.Patrick’s Athletic (A), Limerick FC, Newbridge Town and an American side from Philadelphia, who will also be facing the “Saints” during their time in Ireland. Times, dates and venues are still to be confirmed for these preparation matches but the visit of the Philadelphia outfit to City Calling Stadium is certainly an exciting novelty for Town fans to look forward to while a reunion with club legends Paul Perth and Sean Prunty will bring a feeling of nostalgia to Town supporters of a by-gone era as the duo are involved with Newbridge at present.

Moving on to talk about transfers and how the Longford squad was shaping up for 2018, Fenn broke the news out an imminent arrival from the non-leagues at LTFC while also confirming the status of five players from last seasons squad. To be announced by the club tomorrow is the signing of a striker from Dublin side Hardwick who play in the AUL league. While withholding the new attackers name, Between the Stripes believe the player in question to be Dean Byrne. Fenn commented that his new recruit had been scoring a lot of goals at AUL level in Dublin and would help strengthen his options up-front following the departure  of David O’Sullivan to Shelbourne.

Finally, in perhaps the most important announcement of all made exclusively by Fenn on Between the Stripes LOI podcast New Years Special, the Londoner confirmed the retirement of long-time servants Don Cowan and Kevin O’Connor in addition to the already known retirement of defender Noel Haverty. In more positive updates the former Dundalk striker announced exclusively that local talents Aodh Dervin and Tristan Noack Hoffman had both all but re-signed for Longford with the latter set to put pen-to-paper on a new deal tomorrow afternoon.

To hear Neale Fenn’s interview in full plus exclusive chats with Darren Meenan, James Doona, Dave Donnelly and Kevin Kiely subscribe to Between the Stripes LOI podcast on Itunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Pocketcasts and/or Podcast Republic now and never miss an episode. Tonights New Years Special will be uploaded tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) with links posted on Between the Stripes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

Drogheda’s squad building begins as Rovers set sail in pre-season again

Article by Andrew Dempsey – @AndrewDempsey2

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In what has been a slow news day in terms of League of Ireland transfer deals being done, Drogheda United have confirmed that 3 of last seasons relegation squad have re-signed ahead of the 2018 season. Also, Shamrock Rovers have confirmed exciting news as that they will take part in the Atlantic Cup that is due to take place in early 2018. Continue reading

Positions up for grabs as Champions Dundalk come to town

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The scene at Oriel Park prior to Dundalk and Longford’s 2015 FAI Cup semi-final match up.

It’s a Valentines date with the Champions of Ireland for Longford Town on Tuesday night as Alan Mathews men play out their penultimate pre-season fixture. Continue reading

MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town V Bohemians

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Expectations are growing in the Midlands thanks to a strong pre-season campaign to date.

Longford Town will be looking for a hat-trick of pre-season wins on Thursday as they head to the Capital to face the “culture club” Bohemians (kick-off 7-45PM). Originally scheduled to take place at Longford’s City Calling Stadium, poor pitch conditions at the Midlands venue saw the club take the decision to switch tomorrow’s game to the AUL complex. Despite an opening pre-season match defeat to Bray Wanderers at the same venue a couple of weeks ago, the performance shown against the County Wicklow club was enough to get Town fans excited for the season ahead, but many will have been surprised with the subsequent victories over Premier Division sides Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps in recent days. Continue reading