2011 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2011
Champions Shamrock Rovers
Relegated Galway United
UEFA Champions League Shamrock Rovers
UEFA Europa League Sligo Rovers
St. Patrick's Athletic
Bohemians
Setanta Cup Shamrock Rovers
Bohemians
Sligo Rovers
St. Patrick's Athletic
Derry City
Bray Wanderers
Matches played 180
Goals scored 503 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Éamon Zayed: 22
(Derry City) [1]
Biggest home win Derry City 7–0 UCD
Biggest away win Galway United 0–8 Sligo Rovers
Highest scoring UCD 5–4 Drogheda United
Longest winning run Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers (5 games each)[2]
Longest unbeaten run Derry City
(18 games)[2]
Longest winless run Galway United
(32 games)[2]
Longest losing run Galway United
(22 games)[2]
2010
2012

The 2011 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 27th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league was also known as the Airtricity League for sponsorship reasons. The division featured 10 teams. Shamrock Rovers were champions while Sligo Rovers finished as runners-up.

Teams[edit]




Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Derry City Derry Brandywell Stadium
Drogheda United Drogheda United Park
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park
Galway United Galway Terryland Park
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park
UCD Belfield UCD Bowl

Overview[edit]

The Premier Division consists of ten teams. Each team played every other team four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 matches. The league began on 4 March [3] and ended on 29 October. Defending champions Shamrock Rovers retained the league title with victory over UCD on 25 October 2011.[4][5]

Final Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Shamrock Rovers (C) 36 23 8 5 69 24 +45 77 UEFA Champions League/Setanta Cup
2 Sligo Rovers 36 22 7 7 73 19 +54 73 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
3 Derry City [note 1] 36 18 14 4 63 23 +40 68 Setanta Cup
4 St Patrick's Athletic 36 17 12 7 62 35 +27 63 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
5 Bohemians 36 17 9 10 39 27 +12 60 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
6 Bray Wanderers 36 15 6 15 53 50 +3 51 Setanta Cup
7 Dundalk 36 11 11 14 50 53 −3 44
8 UCD 36 10 4 22 42 80 −38 34
9 Drogheda United 36 7 4 25 32 77 −45 25
10 Galway United [note 2] 36 1 3 32 20 115 −95 6 Lost promotion/relegation play-off.

Source:[6][7][8][9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Derry City were banned from European competitions for three seasons after going into liquidation.
  2. ^ Galway United were originally relegated but subsequently withdrew from the league.


Results[edit]

Matches 1–18[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH BRW DER DRO DUN GAL SHM SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
Bray Wanderers 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–5 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1
Derry City 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 6–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 7–0
Drogheda United 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–4 0–3 1–4 0–1
Dundalk 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1
Galway United 0–2 0–3 1–4 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–3 0–0
Shamrock Rovers 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–1
Sligo Rovers 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 4–0
St Patrick's Athletic 0–0 2–3 1–1 3–0 3–2 5–2 0–0 2–1 1–1
UCD 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–6 2–1 1–3

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

Matches 19–36[edit]

Home ╲ Away BOH BRW DER DRO DUN GAL SHM SLI StP UCD
Bohemians 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–0
Bray Wanderers 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 4–0 1–2 0–3 0–3 4–0
Derry City 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1
Drogheda United 0–2 1–4 0–3 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 4–3 3–1
Dundalk 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–0 6–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–0
Galway United 0–3 0–6 0–3 1–2 2–2 2–3 0–8 0–2 3–4
Shamrock Rovers 1–1 5–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 1–2 1–0 6–0
Sligo Rovers 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 5–0 7–1 2–0 0–0 4–2
St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 6–1 1–1 1–0 2–2
UCD 2–0 1–2 2–2 5–4 3–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–1

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

Awards[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Libya Éamon Zayed Derry City [1] 22
2 Republic of Ireland Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers 20
3 England Danny North St. Patrick's Athletic 15
Scotland Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers 15
5 Republic of Ireland Mark Quigley Dundalk 13

Source:[7]

PFAI Players' Player of the Year[edit]

Winner Club
Libya Éamon Zayed Derry City [10]

PFAI Young Player of the Year[edit]

Winner Club
Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens Shamrock Rovers [10]

PFAI Team of the Year[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Gerard Doherty Derry City
2 2DF Patrick Sullivan Shamrock Rovers
3 2DF Stewart Greacen Derry City
4 2DF Craig Sives Shamrock Rovers
5 2DF Enda Stevens Shamrock Rovers
6 3MF Stephen Bradley St Patrick's Athletic
7 3MF Daryl Kavanagh St Patrick's Athletic
8 3MF Richie Ryan Sligo Rovers
9 3MF Mark Quigley Dundalk
10 4FW Éamon Zayed Derry City
11 4FW Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club
March Republic of Ireland Mark Quigley Dundalk
April Republic of Ireland Gary Dempsey Bray Wanderers
May Republic of Ireland Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers
June England Danny North St. Patrick's Athletic
July Republic of Ireland Conor McCormack Shamrock Rovers
August Republic of Ireland Patrick Sullivan Shamrock Rovers
September Cameroon Joseph Ndo Sligo Rovers
October Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Shamrock Rovers
November Republic of Ireland Stephen Paisley [note 1] Shelbourne
Notes
  1. ^ Stephen Paisley was playing in First Division.

Promotion/Relegation play-off[edit]

Galway United, the tenth-placed team in the 2011 Premier Division, and Monaghan United, the third-placed team from the 2011 First Division, played off to see who would play in the 2012 Premier Division. The playoff was contested in a two-legged format.[6]

Monaghan United won 5–1 on aggregate and were promoted to the Premier Division. Galway United were relegated to the First Division.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Airtricity League - 2011". WhoScored.com. WhoScored.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Battle set to commence in Airtricity League". www.rte.ie. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shamrock Rovers - 2011 League Champions". extratime.ie. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shamrock Rovers retain Irish title". www.uefa.com. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Ireland 2011". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "2011 League of Ireland". www.soccerway.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ireland 2012". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Derry City are refused entry to Europa League by Uefa". www.bbc.co.uk. 21 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Zayed scoops Player of the Year award". extratime.ie. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2016.