After a year away Derry City finally played their first game back at the new and improved Brandywell Stadium on Monday night, and it turned out to be the perfect homecoming.
The League of Ireland kicked off on Friday night bringing with it some new changes and also some new faces.
After twelve games in a thirty-three league season Cork City look like they are running away with the league title already.
The League of Ireland kicked off a brand new season on Friday night, and after a season last year where all eyes were on Irish football thanks to Dundalk’s heroics in Europe this season couldn’t have kicked off any better.
Dundalk have had one of the best seasons an Irish team has ever had, having won the league and also qualifying for the Europa League while having a great chance of qualifying from their group.
The start of the of the season could not have gone any worse for Derry City and new Manager Kenny Shiels. They started the season with a derby game against the newly Promoted Finn Harps, it should have seemed like a great tie against your local rivals and a team that should be one of the favourites for relegation this season, but the game had to be played at Finn Harps because of construction work being done to the Brandywell Stadium and well things started to get tricky. The pitch was unplayable the ball would hardly bounce and for the referee to allow the game to be played is shocking, if any of the players had been seriously injured there would have had to be consequences. Derry ended up losing the game 2-1 and it wasn’t the start of the season Kenny Shiels was hoping for.
Yesterday saw the conclusion of the Republic of Ireland’s football season with Dundalk beating Cork City 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to win the FAI Cup and also to claim the double this year having already won the League of Ireland title. St Patrick’s Athletic won the League of Cup earlier in the season, while Limerick City and Drogheda United were relegated to the First Division. The teams that will be coming up to the Premier Division next season are Finn Harps and Wexford Youths, Finn Harps beat Limerick in a play off to reach the Premier Division for the first time in 10 years with the winning goal coming from teenager BJ Banda.