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THE REFEREES

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

Apart from the usual grumbles, the referees have got off relatively lightly this campaign, but with the stakes set to rise, that could change in the second half of the season.

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Alan Kelly leads the red card count with seven, following his four sendings off during Sligo's win over Derry.

THE FIXTURE LIST

The main bone of contention with managers has been the decision to cram the first half of the season into such a short space of time.

Most clubs have played 10 league games, plus a round of the FAI Cup, in May and June. Bosses have been less than impressed, as have the crowds who can't afford two-game weekends.

THE RACE FOR PROMOTION

Shelbourne lead the way in the First Division with a four-point lead over Cork City and Monaghan United.

With the league expanding to 12 next season, the top two go straight up and a third team will play off with the Premier Division's bottom side. Limerick and Longford still have an interest and with the Shannonsiders strengthening their squad, they have a realistic chance of a long-awaited return.

NUMBERS

323 -- Cards handed out by referees.

230 -- Goals scored this season.

13 -- Points between first placed Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk in seventh.

48 -- Goals conceded by bottom club Galway United.

14 -- Goals scored by Eamon Zayed, who leads the scoring charts.

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