2010 League of Ireland

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League of Ireland
Season 2010
Top goalscorer Premier Division
Gary Twigg (20 goals)
First Division
Graham Cummins
Mark Farren
Willie John Kiely (18 goals)
Biggest home win Premier Division
Sligo Rovers 6–0 Drogheda United
First Division
Waterford United 8–0 Salthill Devon
Biggest away win Premier Division
Bray Wanderers 0–6 UCD
First Division
Salthill Devon 0–7 Derry City
Highest scoring Premier Division
Sligo Rovers 4–3 Sporting Fingal
First Division
Shelbourne 6–3 Athlone Town
Longest winning run Premier Division
Shamrock Rovers (6)
First Division
Derry City (8)[citation needed]
Longest unbeaten run Premier Division
Shamrock Rovers (17)
First Division
Derry City (15)[citation needed]
Longest losing run Premier Division
Drogheda United (5)[citation needed]
First Division
Mervue United(6)
Highest attendance Premier Division
Shamrock RoversSt. Patrick's Athletic (5500)
First Division
Cork City FORAS Co-opWaterford United (4401)[1]
Lowest attendance Premier Division
Bray WanderersSligo Rovers (300)[citation needed]
First Division
Mervue UnitedMonaghan United (50)[citation needed]
Average attendance Premier Division: 1,657[citation needed]
First Division: 741[citation needed]
2009
2011

The 2010 League of Ireland was the 90th season of the League of Ireland. For the 26th season in succession, it was played using a two division format,[2] consisting of the League of Ireland Premier Division and the League of Ireland First Division.[A] Bohemians were the defending League of Ireland champions and League of Ireland Cup holders. UCD competed in the Premier Division having won promotion as First Division champions in 2009.

On 29 October 2010, Shamrock Rovers won the title after a 2-2 draw away to Bray Wanderers.[3][4] They narrowly beat rivals Bohemians to the title by virtue of a better goal difference.[5][6]

Preseason[edit]

The participating clubs were confirmed by the scheduled conclusion of the League's licensing process on 15 February 2010, with the exception of Cork City. A decision on the club's participation was deferred due to an ongoing court case.[7] A provisional fixture list was released on 17 February, two weeks before the start of the season.[8][9] The list controversially included Premier Division fixtures for Cork City.[10] They were denied a license on 22 February,[11][12] and the holding company, Cork City Investments FC Ltd, put into liquidation the next day by the High Court.[13] Their supporters' trust FORAS entered a club under the temporary name Cork City FORAS Co-op into the First Division and subsequently acquired the name of Cork City.[14] After Derry City's expulsion from the League of Ireland and subsequent liquidation in 2009, a reformed club under new ownership was accepted into the First Division alongside Cork.[15] Airtricity was announced as new sponsor of the League of Ireland on 26 February.[16][17] The prize fund for the season was set at €911,000.[18][19]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in the 2010 League of Ireland

Premier Division[edit]

Team Base Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Dublin Dalymount Park 9,000
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds 4,250
Drogheda United Drogheda Hunky Dorys Park 4,500
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park 7,000
Galway United Galway Terryland Park 5,000
Shamrock Rovers Dublin Tallaght Stadium 10,500
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds 6,600
Sporting Fingal Dublin Morton Stadium 5,000
St. Patrick's Athletic Dublin Richmond Park 5,340
UCD Dublin UCD Bowl 3,500

First Division[edit]

Team Base Stadium Capacity
Athlone Town Athlone Lissywoolen Stadium 5,000
Cork City Cork Turner's Cross 7,385
Derry City Derry Brandywell 7,700
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park 7,500
Limerick Limerick Jackman Park 4,000
Longford Town Longford Flancare Park 6,850
Mervue United Galway Terryland Park 6,500
Monaghan United Monaghan Gortakeegan 5,000
Salthill Devon Galway Drom 2,300
Shelbourne Dublin Tolka Park 10,000
Waterford United Waterford RSC 5,000
Wexford Youths Crossabeg Ferrycarraig Park 6,000

Premier Division[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Shamrock Rovers (C) 36 19 10 7 57 34 +23 67 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Bohemians 36 19 10 7 50 29 +21 67 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Sligo Rovers 36 17 12 7 61 36 +25 63 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
4 Sporting Fingal 36 16 14 6 62 38 +24 62 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 St Patrick's Athletic 36 16 9 11 55 33 +22 57
6 Dundalk 36 14 6 16 46 50 −4 48
7 UCD 36 11 8 17 47 54 −7 41
8 Galway United 36 9 11 16 38 59 −21 38 Relegation play-off
9 Bray Wanderers 36 6 9 21 35 72 −37 27
10 Drogheda United (R) 36 4 9 23 30 74 −44 21 Relegation to the First Division

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Sligo Rovers have qualified for the second qualification round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League by combined virtue of playing in the 2010 FAI Cup against Champions League-bound team Shamrock Rovers and their league placement. Sporting Fingal took over the first qualifying round spot.
(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]

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW DRO DUN GAL SHM SLI SFI StP UCD
Bohemians 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Bray Wanderers 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–3 1–3 0–4 0–6
Drogheda United 2–4 0–0 1–3 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–3
Dundalk 1–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–0
Galway United 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–2
Shamrock Rovers 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0
Sligo Rovers 1–2 5–1 6–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1
Sporting Fingal 0–2 1–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–2
St Patrick's Athletic 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–0
UCD 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0

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

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW DRO DUN GAL SHM SLI SFI StP UCD
Bohemians 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Bray Wanderers 0–3 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 0–3 3–2 2–2
Drogheda United 0–1 0–2 1–3 3–3 0–2 2–3 0–4 0–3 1–0
Dundalk 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 5–1 2–4 0–2 0–3 1–1
Galway United 3–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–4
Shamrock Rovers 3–0 4–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 4–1
Sligo Rovers 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 4–3 1–0 4–0
Sporting Fingal 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–3 1–1 2–2 4–1
St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–2 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–1
UCD 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 3–2

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

Top goalscorers[edit]

Including matches played on 29 October 2010. Airtricity League Stats Centre

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers 20
2 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Amond Sligo Rovers 17
3 Republic of Ireland Ciarán Kilduff UCD 15
4 Republic of Ireland Jake Kelly Bray Wanderers 14
5 Republic of Ireland Jason Byrne Bohemians 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fahrudin Kuduzović Dundalk 12
7 Republic of Ireland Gary O'Neill Sporting Fingal 11
8 Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Bohemians 10
9 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Donnell Galway United 8
Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Galway United 8
Republic of Ireland Vinny Faherty St. Patrick's Athletic 8
Northern Ireland Thomas Stewart Shamrock Rovers 8
Republic of Ireland Ronan Finn Sporting Fingal 8
Republic of Ireland Éamon Zayed Sporting Fingal 8
Republic of Ireland David McMillan UCD 8

First Division[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Derry City (C) (P) 33 20 9 4 65 24 +41 69 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Waterford United 33 20 6 7 59 27 +32 66 Qualification to the Promotion play-off
3 Monaghan United 33 18 8 7 59 29 +30 62
4 Shelbourne 33 18 7 8 57 31 +26 61
5 Limerick FC 33 17 6 10 55 35 +20 57
6 Cork City 33 15 7 11 39 31 +8 52
7 Wexford Youths 33 12 6 15 42 54 −12 42
8 Finn Harps 33 10 10 13 37 43 −6 40
9 Longford Town 33 9 8 16 39 53 −14 35
10 Athlone Town 33 6 13 14 35 50 −15 31
11 Mervue United 33 5 4 24 34 84 −50 19
12 Salthill Devon 33 3 6 24 26 86 −60 15 Qualification to the relegation play-off

Source: loi.ie
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1The winners of the 2010 FAI Cup competition will qualify for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
(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]

Regular home/away matches[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ATH COR DER FHA LIM LON MER MON SAL SHE WAT WEX
Athlone Town 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 4–4 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1
Cork City 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 4–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0
Derry City 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–1
Finn Harps 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 2–0 2–3 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
Limerick FC 3–2 1–3 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Longford Town 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 3–5 2–1 0–1
Mervue United 1–0 2–4 1–2 1–3 1–1 4–3 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–3 0–1
Monaghan United 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 4–2
Salthill Devon 0–1 1–3 0–7 0–1 2–3 0–3 2–0 1–6 0–2 0–1 0–0
Shelbourne 6–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2
Waterford United 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 8–0 0–3 3–0
Wexford Youths 2–1 0–2 1–5 3–0 5–3 1–2 3–2 0–1 0–32 1–1 1–0

Source: loi.ie
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was awarded to Salthill Devon by 3–0 after Wexford Youths fielded an ineligible player.[20]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Extra home matches[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ATH COR DER FHA LIM LON MER MON SAL SHE WAT WEX
Athlone Town 0–1 1–5 0–0 1–0 0–2
Cork City 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
Derry City 2–2 0–1 2–2 6–0 3–0
Finn Harps 2–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1
Limerick FC 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–0
Longford Town 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–2
Mervue United 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–6 2–5
Monaghan United 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–2
Salthill Devon 1–1 1–5 1–3 1–4 0–3 1–1
Shelbourne 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 5–0 1–2
Waterford United 3–2 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–0
Wexford Youths 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–4 2–1 1–1

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

Top goalscorers[edit]

Including matches played on 30 October 2010.[21]

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Republic of Ireland Graham Cummins Cork City FORAS Co-op 18
Republic of Ireland Mark Farren Derry City 18
Republic of Ireland Willie John Kiely Waterford United 18
4 Republic of Ireland Philip Hughes Monaghan United 14
5 Republic of Ireland Patrick McEleney Derry City 12
Republic of Ireland Kevin McHugh Finn Harps 12
7 Republic of Ireland Daniel Corcoran Shelbourne 11
Republic of Ireland Vinny Sullivan Waterford United 11
9 Republic of Ireland Austin Skelly Athlone Town 10
Republic of Ireland Karl Bermingham Monaghan United 10

Play-offs[edit]

Premier Division Promotion/Relegation play-off[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Match A[edit]

Match B[edit]

Final[edit]

1st Leg[edit]

2nd Leg[edit]

Tie finished 1 – 1 on aggregate. Bray Wanderers won 7 – 6 on penalties and retained their League of Ireland Premier Division status for the 2011 season

First Division Promotion/Relegation play-off[edit]

1st Leg[edit]


2nd Leg[edit]

Salthill Devon won 3 – 1 on aggregate and retained their League of Ireland First Division status for the 2011 season

League of Ireland clubs in Europe 2010–11[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

After retaining the league title in 2009, Bohemians represented the Republic of Ireland in the Champions League in 2010. They entered in the second qualifying round and played Welsh champions The New Saints. Bohs won 1–0 in the home leg at Dalymount Park, but they lost the away leg 4–0 resulting in the team exiting the tournament 4–1 on aggregate. Bohs manager Pat Fenlon later labelled the latter performance as 'disgraceful' and said 'the players let the club, league and country down'.[22] The result was labelled by others as the worst result in Bohs' 40-year European history.[23]

Second qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 1–4 Wales The New Saints 1–0 0–4
First leg[edit]
Second leg[edit]

The New Saints won 4–1 on aggregate.

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Dundalk were the first Irish representative in European competition in 2010 as they entered in the first qualifying round. They were drawn to play Luxembourg side CS Grevenmacher. The Lilywhites secured a 3–3 draw in the first leg in Luxembourg. Dundalk qualified for the next stage by winning 2–1 at Oriel Park.[24]

Sporting Fingal and Shamrock Rovers entered in the second qualifying round of the competition and were drawn against Portuguese club C.S. Marítimo and Israeli club Bnei Yehuda respectively, while Dundalk's progression earned them a tie against Bulgarian side Levski Sofia. Fingal equalised with three minutes to go in the first leg in Madeira but went behind again in the 95th minute, losing 3–2. Rovers went behind to their Israeli opponents in Tallaght but grabbed an injury time equaliser. Dundalk lost by six goals to Sofia in Bulgaria. In the second leg, Rovers won 1–0 in Israel to progress 2–1 on aggregate. Dundalk were beaten for a second time by Levski Sofia, while[25] Sporting Fingal again lost 3–2 to Maritimo and were eliminated by 6–4.[26]

Shamrock Rovers' progression to the next round earned them a tie with Italian club Juventus. Rovers lost the first leg against Juventus 2-0 at home.[27]

First qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Grevenmacher Luxembourg 4–5 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 3–3 1–2
First leg[edit]
Second leg[edit]

Dundalk won 5–4 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Marítimo Portugal 6–4 Republic of Ireland Sporting Fingal 3–2 3–2
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 2–1 Israel Bnei Yehuda 1–1 1–0
Levski Sofia Bulgaria 8–0 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 6–0 2–0
First leg[edit]


Second leg[edit]

Shamrock Rovers won 2–1 on aggregate.


Levski Sofia won 8–0 on aggregate.


Marítimo won 6–4 on aggregate.

Third qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 0–3 Italy Juventus 0–2 0–1
First leg[edit]
Second leg[edit]

Juventus won 3–0 on aggregate.

UEFA Ranking[edit]

The League of Ireland is in 29th position out of 53 going into this season's European competitions. This is the highest position the league has been in since 1986.

After ten games so far, the league has picked up 1.000 co-efficient points, which is a significant increase on what it had received after the same amount of games last year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Daniel McDonnell (2009-12-03). "FAI reject change to league format". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. ^ "O'Neill relieved to seal title". RTÉ Sport. 2010-10-30. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Shamrock hold nerve to claim Irish title". UEFA.com. 2010-10-29. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Twigg and Stewart clinch title for Rovers". Irish Times. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
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  11. ^ "Statement on behalf of the Independent Club Licensing Committee". League of Ireland. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Cork denied licence, FORAS get green light". extratime.ie. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  13. ^ Noel O'Reilly (2010-02-23). "Cork City put out of business". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
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  15. ^ Daniel McDonnell (2010-02-27). "Electric launch to new season". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Airtricity generates buzz for League with three-year deal". extratime.ie. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  17. ^ "Airtricity named as new League sponsor". RTÉ. 2010-02-26. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  18. ^ "FAI decide on Airtricity League prize fund". RTÉ. 2010-03-05. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  19. ^ "Domestic league prize money reduced". The Irish Times. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  20. ^ Wexford Youths forfeit Salthill Devon match
  21. ^ Airtricity League Stats Centre Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  22. ^ "Embarrassed Fenlon slams 'disgraceful' Bohs". rte.ie. 2010-07-21. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  23. ^ "Fenlon fumes as sorry Gypsies sent crashing". Irish Independent. 2010-07-21. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  24. ^ Dundalk 2–1 CS Grevenmacher (agg 5–4) 8 July 2010. www.rte.ie. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  25. ^ "Dundalk 0-2 Levski Sofia (Agg 0-8)". rte.ie. 2010-07-22. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  26. ^ UEFA Europa League 2011 - Sporting Fingal-Marítimo www.uefa.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  27. ^ Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Juventus Glenn Mason, 29 July 2010, www.rte.ie. Retrieved 2010-08-01.

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