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One of Ireland’s most promising goalkeeping talents earns promotion with Doncaster

EMERGING IRISH GOALKEEPING talent Ian Lawlor enjoyed a memorable achievement with his club Doncaster Rovers yesterday, as they secured promotion back to League One. Victory against Mansfield Town yesterday ultimately secured promotion for the table leaders who were relegated to League Two last season. A second-half header from Tommy Rowe proved decisive in their encounter with The Stags, and puts them six points clear of second-placed Plymouth Argyle. Lawlor, along with former Ireland U21 international Paul Keegan, are…

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Two Irish players selected in League Two Team of the Year

FORMER IRELAND U21 internationals Enda Stevens and Graham Carey have been recognised for their stellar seasons with places in the PFA League Two Team of the Year. Both players have already secured promotion to League One for next season with their respective clubs and have caught the eye over the last eight months. Former Aston Villa full-back Stevens has been a key part of the best defence in the league, as Portsmouth have conceded just…

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Tonight’s Man City v Arsenal game postponed over coronavirus fears

MANCHESTER CITY’S PREMIER League clash with Arsenal has been postponed as a precaution due to coronavirus. City were scheduled to host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, however, the fixture will not take place in Manchester midweek. The decision comes based on medical advice, “after it emerged that personnel from Arsenal have come into contact with the Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been named as a positive case of COVID-19.”…

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Sean Cox returns home for the first time in 2 years

LIVERPOOL FAN SEAN Cox is finally back at his home in Dunboyne. In April 2018, the father of three suffered severe brain injuries after being set upon by a group of away fans outside Anfield stadium ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma. While two Italian men were subsequently jailed, the Dubliner has had to deal with the life-changing effects of that night. However, thanks to the support of his family and countless others…

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Vardy: On another day, some could have gone in. But we can be proud

JAMIE VARDY SAYS Leicester City “left it all on the pitch” as the Foxes’ Champions League dream came to a spirited end following a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium. Atleti made the trip with a 1-0 advantage from last week’s quarter-final first leg in the Spanish capital thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s contentious penalty. Saul Niguez’s first-half header then left Leicester with an even bigger mountain to climb, although Vardy smashed…

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Perfect 10 for Cork City as Preston North End boss shows up to watch Maguire

St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Cork City 3 Ben Blake reports from Richmond Park  CORK CITY CONTINUED their perfect start to the 2017 campaign with a 10th consecutive league victory at Richmond Park tonight. John Caulfied’s side had to scrap tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes and found an opener on 62 minutes thanks to a Josh O’Hanlon own goal. Karl Sheppard then added a second in the dying minutes — his sixth league goal of the…

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Coman Get Me Plea! Bayern Munich sign Kingsley on permanent deal until 2020

BAYERN MUNICH HAVE signed rising French star Kingsley Coman from Juventus for €21 million euros. The 20-year-old has been on loan at Bayern since 2015 and they have now triggered an option to buy and given him a three-year contract. “Kingsley Coman is an important building block for the future of our team, therefore we have decided to take the option,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “Kingsley is a promising player with a lot of…

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Ancelotti: If Ibrahimovic wants to come to Everton, he can come

CARLO ANCELOTTI  IS open to trying to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Everton, although insists he has not spoken to the Swedish star about such a possibility. Ibrahimovic is a free agent after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy earlier this year and the 38-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Serie A, with Milan and Ancelotti’s former club Napoli reportedly interested. However, with Ancelotti – who coached Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain – having joined…

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Wan-Bissaka: No Man United player gets past me in training

OPPOSITION WINGERS are not the only players to have been thwarted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka this season, with the Manchester United full-back revealing he has yet to be beaten in training either. The 22-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace in June for a reported £50million and has impressed for his new club, starting all but two of their Premier League games. Only Leicester City duo Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira have made more tackles than…

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Arsenal punish drab Man United to give new boss Arteta his first win

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United MIKEL ARTETA CLAIMED his first win as Arsenal manager in impressive fashion as his side outplayed Manchester United at the Emirates to secure just their second victory in 16 games. Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos struck before half time to reward arguably Arsenal’s finest 45 minutes of the season so far. The Gunners started the game three times as many points off the top four as the relegation zone, but a first…

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