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Sporting continue defence of FAI Ford Cup

Sporting Fingal continue the defence of their FAI Ford Cup by hosting the in-form Limerick on Friday night at Morton Stadium (7.45pm).

Liam Buckley’s sole injury concern is Colin Hawkins, who will undergo a pre-match fitness test to determine if he’s fit to start after six weeks out with broken ribs.

After Monday’s night’s last-gasp defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic which brought their four match winning streak to an end, Buckley is expecting another difficult challenge for his charges from the First Division side.

“We were in the same position as Limerick last season insofar as they’ll want to belie their tag of underdogs against a top-flight side,” he said.

“From our perspective, the memories our last season’s triumph remain with the players who enjoyed that occasion and I’m certain that they, along with our pre-season recruits, will want to repeat last year’s heroics by marching on towards the final which has the extra caret of being played in the Aviva Stadium.

“Those ambitions can only be maintained with a strong display tonight against a Limerick side very much in the ascendancy.”


Competition: Win tickets to the FAI Cup Final


Gazette Sport, together with the FAI, have a two pairs of tickets to give away to the FAI Cup Final between Sporting Fingal and Sligo Rovers at Tallaght Stadium next weekend (Sunday, November 22).
To win, all you have to do is answer this simple question:
Who is Sporting Fingal’s top scorer in all competitions this season?
Send your answer by e-mail to, with “FAI Cup Final” in the subject line, by Wednesday, November 18.



Dublin soccer clubs offered chance to win fundraising package


trapsarahSoccer clubs across Dublin are being offered the chance to win an exclusive play off prize including match tickets, accommodation and  chauffeur-driven transport to the Republic of Ireland’s crucial play-off clash with France on Saturday, November 14.
The competition,  run by Ford, gives clubs of all levels, from underage and junior to League of Ireland, the chance to win an exclusive prize that can be used to raise much-needed funds, and is part of the FAI Ford Cup “Focus on the Footy” campaign, that was launched this year and has seen winning fans from around the country transported to the Cup game of their choice in style.
All club representatives have to do is e-mail their name and address to with “Ford play-off prize” in the subject line, and in no more than 100 words state why their club deserves to be selected for this prize that can be used to allow them to raise funds for their club.



True Legend Coming to town for Our Ladies, Crumlin

Pele02Pelé, the world’s greatest living football icon, is coming to Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Thursday, November 26 for An Evening with Pelé in aid of the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Little Prince Children’s Hospital in Brazil.

On hand today to celebrate the upcoming momentous occasion were Honey Grimes and Samuel Finnegan (pictured right).

Guests on the evening will have the opportunity to ask Pelé their own question and will hear the icon interviewed by legendary broadcaster Jimmy Magee.

Tables can be secured by calling 1890 507 508 or by emailing


Tardelli launches fan poll

Tardelli-Carlsberg-2Republic of Ireland soccer fans from Dublin asked to show their emotions in Carlsberg’s unique fans poll ahead of crucial World Cup Qualifiers double-header

Carlsberg have launched their Here We Go Again poll of emotions and want Dubliners to show their emotions by voting in a unique poll ahead of Ireland’s crunch World Cup Qualifiers double-header against World Champions Italy and Montenegro.

With only two games remaining in Group 8, the emotional rollercoaster of World Cup qualification has hit crunch time with Ireland, Italy and Bulgaria vying for top spot and a place in the play-offs.

To vote in Carlsberg’s Irish soccer fans poll of emotions and answer Irish assistant manager Marco Tardelli’s daily question, just log onto Anyone wishing to access Carlsberg football’s Facebook page must be over 18.


Huge volunteer effort for NDSL Academy

The NDSL Dublin bus Football Academy is back in full swing for the 2009/10 season, confirming over 50 volunteers will help carry out the programme for the year.

Each of these coaches and administrators has committed to give freely of their time and experience to aid the development of the game in North Dublin.

As part of the programme, Lindsay Smith will continue in her role as sports therapist and is available for pre and post match treatment. Academy players are asked to request an appointment through their Academy coach while non-Academy players can contact Lindsay on 087 206 143.


Terenure FC holding open day

Terenure Football Club are holding an Open Day on Sunday, October 4, in Bushy Park, Terenure.

Boys and girls will be able to come along, take part in the coaching sessions and fun activities and will have the opportunity to join the club.

The open Day is intended to make the surrounding communities more aware of the Club and to attract more young people to the club to fill the schoolboy and new schoolgirl teams along with the junior academy – ahead of the 2009/10 season.

To find out more about the open day and the club as a whole, log in to

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