2011 A Championship

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Newstalk A Championship
Season 2011
Top goalscorer Stephen McCarthy (12)
Biggest home win St Patrick's Athletic A 12-0 Galway United A
Biggest away win Galway United A 1-6 Tralee Dynamos
Highest scoring St Patrick's Athletic A 12-0 Galway United A
Longest winning run Shamrock Rovers A 8 Matches
Longest unbeaten run Bray Wanderers A 12 Matches
Longest losing run Dundalk A & Galway United A 6 Matches
2010

The 2011 A Championship is the fourth and final edition of the A Championship, the third tier in the Republic of Ireland football league system. It is known as the Newstalk A Championship for sponsorship reasons. The UCD A team are the defending champions.

League Rules[edit]

Procedure[edit]

There are 16 participating clubs in the 2011 A Championship - 4 first team sides, as well as the reserve sides from 10 Premier Division clubs and 2 First Division clubs. These teams are geographically split into 2 groups of 8 teams each.

Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference and then goals scored. If there is equality in points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs involved took part in a play-off to decide their finishing positions.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for the championship play-offs.

First team sides can qualify for a promotion play-off by finishing in the top 3 of their respective groups.

Teams[edit]

Changes before the season[edit]

Castlebar Celtic, Shelbourne A, Sporting Fingal A and Tullamore Town withdrew from the A Championship. Castlebar Celtic and Tullamore Town both cited uncertainty over the future of the A Championship for influencing their respective withdrawals.

The following teams joined the 2010 A Championship in Pool 1:

UCD A moved from Pool 2 to Pool 1.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Base Stadium Comment
Bohemians A Dublin Dalymount Park The A team of Premier Division team Bohemians
Bray Wanderers A Bray Carlisle Grounds The A team of Premier Division team Bray Wanderers
Cobh Ramblers Cobh St Colman's Park First team side, eligible for promotion
Derry City A Derry Brandywell Stadium The A team of Premier Division team Derry City
Drogheda United A Drogheda Hunky Dorys Park The A team of Premier Division team Drogheda United
Dundalk A Dundalk Oriel Park The A team of Premier Division team Dundalk
Fanad United Fanad Tragh-a-Lough First team side, eligible for promotion
FC Carlow Carlow The Meadows, Graiguecullen First team side, eligible for promotion
Finn Harps A Ballybofey Finn Park The A team of First Division team Finn Harps
Galway United A Galway Castle Park, Ballybane The A team of Premier Division team Galway United
Limerick A Limerick Aisling-Annacotty Grounds The A team of First Division team Limerick FC
St Patrick's Athletic A Dublin Richmond Park The A team of Premier Division team St Patrick's Athletic
Shamrock Rovers A Dublin Tallaght Stadium The A team of Premier Division Champions Shamrock Rovers
Sligo Rovers A Sligo Sligo IT Grounds The A team of Premier Division team Sligo Rovers
Tralee Dynamos Tralee Cahermoneen, Tralee First team side, eligible for promotion
UCD A Dublin UCD Bowl The A team of Premier Division team UCD

League tables[edit]

Updated 17 August 2011

Pool 1[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Derry City A (A) 14 10 3 1 35 10 +25 33 Qualification to the A Championship play-off
2 UCD A (A) 14 8 2 4 31 22 +9 26 Qualification to the A Championship play-off
3 Sligo Rovers A 14 6 3 5 21 25 −4 21
4 Fanad United 14 5 3 6 23 21 +2 18
5 Bohemians A 14 5 3 6 16 18 −2 18
6 Drogheda United A 14 5 1 8 23 28 −5 16
7 Finn Harps A 14 3 4 7 15 23 −8 13
8 Dundalk A 14 3 3 8 11 28 −17 12

Source: loi.ie
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Note: Reserve teams are ineligible for promotion.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Pool 2[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bray Wanderers A (A) 14 11 1 2 45 12 +33 34 Qualification to the A Championship play-off
2 Shamrock Rovers A (A) 14 11 0 3 33 14 +19 33 Qualification to the A Championship play-off
3 St Patrick's Athletic A 14 6 1 7 31 26 +5 19
4 FC Carlow 14 6 1 7 27 27 0 19
5 Tralee Dynamos 14 5 4 5 27 28 −1 19
6 Cobh Ramblers 14 5 3 6 23 21 +2 18
7 Limerick A 14 2 4 8 21 39 −18 10
8 Galway United A 14 3 0 11 10 50 −40 9

Source: loi.ie
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Note: Reserve teams are ineligible for promotion.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.


Results[edit]

Updated 17 August 2011

Pool 1[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BOH DER DRO DUN FAN FHA SLI UCD
Bohemians A 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 2–3
Derry City A 2–0 1–0 8–0 3–1 3–1 5–0 2–2
Drogheda United A 0–3 2–3 5–2 4–3 3–02 2–3 2–1
Dundalk A 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–3
Fanad United 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 0–3
Finn Harps A 1–1 0–3 4–1 0–0 1–0 4–1 0–1
Sligo Rovers A 3–03 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–3
UCD A 3–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 3–4

Source: loi.ie
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was awarded 3-0 to Drogheda United A after Finn Harps A could not field a team.
3The match was awarded 3-0 to Sligo Rovers A after Bohemians A forfeited the game.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Pool 2[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BRW COB CAR GAL LIM StP SHA TRA
Bray Wanderers A 3–1 4–0 8–0 3–1 5–1 1–0 1–2
Cobh Ramblers 1–2 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–4 0–1 3–3
FC Carlow 0–3 0–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 3–5 6–1
Galway United A 0–4 0–2 2–1 2–3 2–1 0–3 1–6
Limerick A 2–6 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–3 2–2
St Patrick's Athletic A 2–4 0–1 2–1 12–0 3–6 3–1 2–1
Shamrock Rovers A 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 8–0 2–0 1–0
Tralee Dynamos 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–0 3–3 1–0 1–3

Source: loi.ie
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

Last Updated: 17 August 2011


12 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals


[NOTE]: Scored 1 goal for Sligo Rovers A.

Play-Offs[edit]

A Championship Semi-Finals[edit]

20 Aug 2011
14.00
Derry City A 2 - 0 Shamrock Rovers A
McCrudden Goal 38'
Harkin Goal 77' (pen.)
(Report)
Brandywell Stadium
Attendance: 75
Referee: Terence Moyne, Donegal
21 Aug 2011
13:00
Bray Wanderers A 1 - 3 UCD A
O'Neill Goal 23' (Report) Belhout Goal 26' (pen.), Goal 71' (pen.)
Lyons Goal 90+3'

A Championship Final[edit]

16 Sep 2011
19:45
Derry City A 3 - 2 UCD A

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