Domestic title race shunted to the margins once again
THERE'S no ideal solution to the manner in which League of Ireland games are shunted around on international weekends to the detriment of attendances.
Amidst what is a genuinely exciting title race, it's a dreadful shame, and next month promises to be worse.
After last year's title decider between Sligo Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic infamously clashed with a Giovanni Trapattoni press conference, the bad news is that a crucial meeting between the sides is scheduled to be sandwiched between the Germany and Kazakhstan double-header.
While the closeness at the top would suggest the league climax will go down to the wire, it would be preferable if the structure of the league was altered to facilitate a later finish.
But until clubs are willing to pay players for more than 40 weeks, that scenario will not come to pass.
Improper leaks in Belfield Bowl leave league crying foul
LAST week's revelation that the Airtricity League are set to take a strong stand on players not availing of the proper toilet facilities received quite a reaction, with the Belfield Bowl pinpointed as one venue where improper leaks are a regular occurence.
A reporter covering a Leinster Senior Cup tie between Wayside Celtic and Shamrock Rovers earlier this week also noted one player relieving himself from an offside position, so to speak.
We await the first red card with interest.