This Friday night the SSE Airtricity Premier League comes to a conclusion. It has been a memorable season for all the right reasons. Great crowds, great games and great champions in the men from the North East, Dundalk. Manager Stephen Kenny and his team have been deserved Champions and in fairness had the title rapped up from a longtime as their was nobody to touch them. Although they have been crowned Champions their is still a lot more to sort out in this season of summer football. Relegation and European spots are still up for grabs as we enter the final game. It has been a season that saw the TV stations come on board and with games been shown live on the National stations it all looks well for the future.
I am sure if Sky was to be advertising the last round of games they would be building it up as Fantastic Friday, we all know they can go over the top at times, mind you I have to admit they would not be to far off the mark in this case. Their are few things need to happen to sort out the season,s final standings. Bohemians welcome Cork City to the home of Irish football Dalymount Park. The home side under manager Keith Long know that if they can beat their visitors and Saint Patrick,s Athletic lose in Galway, it will be the side from the north side of Dublin who will grab that European spot. It would be the Gypsies first appearance in Europe since 2013, This is going to be a tough ask and they need Galway to do them a huge favour as Saint Pat,s will be a tough nut to crack. A big crowd is expected and maybe Bohemians will hope Cork have one eye focussed on the FAI Cup final which they play on the 12th of November against Dundalk.
At the bottom of the league, the big thing is not to finish eleventh, as this put,s you into a play off with the Division One play off winners. SSE Premier League football,is what clubs want in Ireland and not to be in the pit of Division One next season. As it stands Drogheda United are the team in the dreaded eleventh spot. They need to go to Shamrock Rovers and win and hope the two teams above them lose. Those two teams Galway and Sligo Rovers just need to avoid defeat and even at that, they could still stay up on goal difference. As I said at the outset, it is the final round of games and I will be heading to the Bohemians v Cork match and I am expecting a real belter, after all Bohemians need a win so it will be all out attack on the night. Once all the results are in, all we have to look forward to is the play off legs and of course the FAI Cup Final,it will be a long winter without the live football fix.