Thrills and spills in the FAI Cup but no surprises

  FAI Cup round-of-32 weekend passed off with plenty of thrills and spills but ultimately no shocks or surprises. Of the 15 games played over the weekend [the Midlands Derby between Athlone and Longford is being played this week] there were 46 goals, for an average of 3.1 goals-per-game. While the

The Cup of Wonder

  It’s FAI Round 2 week! Round 2 week has always had more than a little bit of magic about it for me. 32 teams, 16 games; 12 non-league sides joining the 20 league boys. Potential giant-killings and upsets. The formbook from the league goes out the window. At the end

Alan Cawley: “I wasn’t too sure about Caulfield’s comments, it’s not like he’s working off a limited budget himself, he’s well able to sign plenty of players himself.

  Undoubtedly one of the League of Ireland’s most honest, straight-shooting and passionate pundits, Soccer Republic’s Alan Cawley last night declared there is “genuine needle” between Sunday’s FAI Cup finalists, Dundalk FC and Cork City. Cawley, a former Dundalk player himself, was speaking on Between the Stripes LOI podcast, who were