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2011 League of Ireland

League of Ireland
Season 2011
2010
2012

The 2011 League of Ireland, also known as Airtricity League for sponsorship reasons, was the 91st season of the League of Ireland, the highest football league of the Republic of Ireland. It was contested in a two-division format, consisting of the Premier Division and the First Division. The league began on 4 March and ended on 29 October 2011.[1][2] Defending champions Shamrock Rovers retained the league title with victory over UCD on 25 October 2011.[3][4][5][6]

Premier Division

Premier Division
Champions Shamrock Rovers
17th title
Relegated Galway United
Champions League Shamrock Rovers
Europa League Sligo Rovers
St. Patrick's Athletic
Bohemians
Matches played 180
Goals scored 503 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Éamon Zayed Derry City 22 goals
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)[7]
Longest unbeaten run Derry City
(18 games)[7]
Longest winless run Galway United
(32 games)[7]
Longest losing run Galway United
(22 games)[7]

The Premier Division consists of ten teams. Each team plays every other team four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 matches.

Teams

Drogheda United as last-placed team of the 2010 season were originally to be directly relegated to 2011's First Division. However, they were spared from relegation after Sporting Fingal withdrew their licence application for the 2011 season on 10 February 2011[8] and subsequently folded one day later.[9]

2010 First Division champions Derry City were promoted.

Galway United and Bray Wanderers retained their spots in the higher of the two League of Ireland divisions in the 2010 relegation/promotion playoffs.

Locations of Premier Division teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Dublin Dalymount Park 4,300
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds 3,250
Derry City Derry Brandywell 3,000
Drogheda United Drogheda Hunky Dorys Park 2,000
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park 6,000
Galway United Galway Terryland Park 5,000
Shamrock Rovers Dublin Tallaght Stadium 8,600
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds 5,500
St. Patrick's Athletic Dublin Richmond Park 5,340
UCD Dublin UCD Bowl 3,000

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1  (C) 36 23 8 5 69 24 +45 77 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 36 22 7 7 73 19 +54 73 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 36 18 14 4 63 23 +40 68 Refused entry into 2012–13 European competitions 2
4 36 17 12 7 62 35 +27 63 1,2
5 36 17 9 10 39 27 +12 60
6 36 15 6 15 53 50 +3 51
7 36 11 11 14 50 53 −3 44
8 36 10 4 22 42 80 −38 34
9 36 7 4 25 32 77 −45 25
10 36 1 3 32 20 115 −95 6 Qualification to promotion/relegation playoffs

Updated to games played on 28 October 2011.
Source: League of Ireland
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Sligo Rovers won the 2011 FAI Cup competition and qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Since they finished second in the league, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the Europa League.
2 Because Derry City, the third-placed team of the league, went into liquidation two years ago which led to a European ban for three years and thus were refused entry to the 2012–13 European competitions by UEFA, Bohemians, the fifth-placed team of the league, claimed the Europa League spot in the first qualifying round.[10]
(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

Top goalscorers

Including matches played on 28 October 2011.

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Éamon Zayed Derry City 22
2 Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers 20
3 Danny North St. Patrick's Athletic 15
Gary Twigg Shamrock Rovers 15
5 Mark Quigley Dundalk 13
6 Matthew Blinkhorn Sligo Rovers 12
7 Chris Fagan Bohemians 11
8 Karl Sheppard Shamrock Rovers 10
9 Gareth McGlynn Derry City 9
Billy Dennehy Shamrock Rovers 9
John Dillon Sligo Rovers 9

Discipline

Over 360 Premier games 585 yellow cards and 28 red cards were issued to the 10 teams.

First Division

First Division
Champions Cork City
Promoted Cork City
Shelbourne
Monaghan United
Relegated None
Matches played 159
Goals scored 431 (2.71 per match)
Biggest home win Limerick 6-0 Wexford Youths
Biggest away win Athlone Town 0-7 Cork City
Highest scoring Wexford Youths 3-5 Mervue United

The First Division consisted of eleven teams, one less than in 2010. Each team played every other team three times for a total of 30 matches, with at least one home and one away match against every opponent.

Teams

Derry City as champions of the 2010 First Division were promoted to the Premier Division. They were originally to be replaced by last-placed Premier Division team Drogheda United; however, Drogheda were spared from relegation when Sporting Fingal withdrew their licence application[8] and subsequently disbanded.[9]

2010 runners-up Waterford United and third-placed team Monaghan United unsuccessfully participated in the promotion/relegation playoffs and thus retained their First Division spots for this season.

Salthill Devon as last-placed team also had to compete in a promotion/relegation playoff against the best non-reserves side of the 2010 A Championship, Cobh Ramblers. Salthill Devon retained its First Division spot for this season by beating the lower league team 3–1 on aggregate.

There was a name change with Cork City Football Club replacing Cork City FORAS Co-op.[11]

Team Base Stadium Capacity
Athlone Town Athlone Lissywoolen Stadium 5,000
Cork City Cork Turner's Cross 7,485
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park 7,500
Limerick Limerick Jackman Park 2,450
Longford Town Longford Flancare Park 6,850
Mervue United Galway Terryland Park 6,500
Monaghan United Monaghan Gortakeegan 3,000
Salthill Devon Galway Drom 2,000
Shelbourne Dublin Tolka Park 9,680
Waterford United Waterford RSC 3,100
Wexford Youths Crossabeg Ferrycarraig Park 2,500

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1  (C) (P) 30 20 9 1 73 26 +47 69 Promotion to 2012 League of Ireland Premier Division
2  (P) 30 22 2 6 62 24 +38 68
3 30 21 4 5 60 27 +33 67 Qualification to promotion/relegation playoffs
4 30 20 6 4 49 22 +27 66
5 30 13 3 14 37 31 +6 42
6 30 12 4 14 38 41 −3 40
7 30 10 4 16 37 45 −8 34
8 30 9 5 16 25 53 −28 32
9 30 8 4 18 29 45 −16 28
10 30 4 2 24 29 69 −40 14
11 30 2 5 23 18 74 −56 11

Source: League of Ireland
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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

Matches 1–20

Home ╲ Away width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30
0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–0 0–4 0–3 2–0
2–0 5–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–3 1–0
1–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–1
3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 3–0 0–3 1–0 0–1
2–0 1–3 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1
1–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–0
1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–1
1–1 1–5 0–4 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–5 0–1 0–2 2–1
2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–3 4–1 2–1 4–2
0–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 4–0 0–1 0–1
Wexford Youths 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–3 0–2 3–5 1–2 1–3 0–1 1–2
Source: League of Ireland
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 21–30

Home ╲ Away width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30 width=30WEX
Athlone Town 0–7 0–1 4–1 0–5 0–2
Cork City 5–2 3–3 3–1 3–1 2–2
Finn Harps 1–2 1–2 0–3 2–0 4–1
Limerick FC 3–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 6–0
Longford Town 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–1
Mervue United 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2
Monaghan United 0–1 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–0
Salthill Devon 1–3 0–4 0–5 1–4 1–3
Shelbourne 1–2 4–0 1–2 1–2 3–0
Waterford United 5–1 1–3 0–0 2–0 1–0
Wexford Youths 3–3 1–3 0–3 5–2 0–2
Source: League of Ireland
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Including matches played on 29 October 2011.

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Graham Cummins Cork City 24
2 Philip Hughes Shelbourne 20
3 David Cassidy Shelbourne 15
4 Sean Brennan Monaghan United 14
5 Conan Byrne Shelbourne 13
6 Davin O'Neill Cork City 12
7 Kevin McHugh Finn Harps 11
Declan O'Brien Monaghan United 11
9 Danny Furlong Wexford Youths 10
10 Denis Behan Limerick 9
Paudie Quinn Limerick 9
Paul Murphy Waterford United 9

Awards

Monthly awards

SWAI Airtricity League Player of the Month Award

Month Player Club
March Mark Quigley Dundalk
April Gary Dempsey Bray Wanderers
May Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers
June Danny North St. Patrick's Athletic
July Conor McCormack Shamrock Rovers
August Patrick Sullivan Shamrock Rovers
September Joseph Ndo Sligo Rovers
October Karl Sheppard Shamrock Rovers
November Stephen Paisley Shelbourne

Annual awards

Winners in Bold[12]

PFAI Players' Player of the Year

Nominees Club
Eoin Doyle Sligo Rovers
Daryl Kavanagh St. Patrick's Athletic
Mark Quigley Dundalk
Richie Ryan Sligo Rovers
Patrick Sullivan Shamrock Rovers
Éamon Zayed Derry City

PFAI Young Player of the Year

Nominees Club
Daniel Lafferty Derry City
James McClean Derry City
Enda Stevens Shamrock Rovers

First Division Player of the Year

Nominees Club
Sean Brennan Monaghan United
David Cassidy Shelbourne
Graham Cummins Cork City

PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Gerard Doherty (Derry City)
Defence: Patrick Sullivan (Shamrock Rovers), Stewart Greacen (Derry City), Craig Sives (Shamrock Rovers), Enda Stevens (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfield: Stephen Bradley (St Patrick's Athletic), Daryl Kavanagh (St Patrick's Athletic), Richie Ryan (Sligo Rovers), Mark Quigley (Dundalk)
Attack: Éamon Zayed (Derry City), Eoin Doyle (Sligo Rovers)

Playoffs

Premier Division Promotion/Relegation play-off

The tenth-placed team in the Premier Division and the third-placed team of the First Division competed for one spot in the 2012 Premier Division. The playoff was contested in a two-legged format. The winner on aggregate score of these matches will play in the 2012 Premier Division. Had the score been level after the completion of both matches, extra time would have been added and, if necessary, a penalty shootout conducted. Monaghan United defeated Galway United 5–1 on aggregate and were promoted to the Premier Division, while Galway United were relegated to the First Division.

1st Leg

2nd Leg

First Division Promotion/Relegation play-off

Due to the withdrawal of at the start of the season (leaving the First Division one team short), as well as the discontinuation of the third tier A Championship competition, there will be no play-off at this level. It is expected that A Championship teams could apply for a place in the 2012 First Division, provided that they meet the licensing criteria.

League of Ireland clubs in Europe 2011–12

UEFA Champions League

After winning the league title in 2010, Shamrock Rovers are representing the Republic of Ireland in the Champions League in 2011. This is the first time the club have participated in the UEFA Champions League since it replaced the European Cup in 1992. Shamrock Rovers entered the draw in the Second qualifying round and were drawn against Estonian club FC Flora Tallinn, 2010 Meistriliiga Winners. Tallaght Stadium hosted its first UEFA Champions League game in the First leg and Shamrock Rovers recorded their first ever win in either the Champions League or European Cup since their first European Cup game in 1957 in a 1–0 victory over Flora Tallinn. The Second leg in Estonia finished 0–0 and Shamrock Rovers advanced 1–0 on aggregate to play 2010–11 Danish Superliga Champions, F.C. Copenhagen in the Third Qualifying Round. Shamrock Rovers trailed the tie 1–0 following the first-leg at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Rovers lost the second-leg at Tallaght Stadium 2–0 and were beaten 3–0 on aggregate, Copenhagen advanced to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League play-off round while Shamrock Rovers entered the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League play-off round.

Second qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers 1–0 Flora Tallinn 1–0 0–0
First leg
Second leg

Shamrock Rovers won 1–0 on aggregate

Third qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Copenhagen 3–0 Shamrock Rovers 1–0 2–0
First leg
Second leg

Copenhagen won 3–0 on aggregate.

UEFA Europa League

St. Patrick's entered the first qualifying round after replacing Sporting Fingal in the competition after they ceased operations. St Patrick's were drawn against Icelandic club Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja. After trailing 1–0 from the first leg in Reykjavík St Patrick's won 2–0 at home, to win 2–1 on aggregate to advance to the second qualifying round, they were draw against Kazakh club FC Shakhter Karagandy. Bohemians entered the competition in the second qualifying round, they were drawn against Slovenian club NK Olimpija Ljubljana. St Patrick's trailed the tie 2–1 following the 1st leg in Kazakhstan but managed to beat Karagandy 2–0 at home in Richmond Park to win the tie 3–2 on aggregate. Bohemians trailed Olimpija Ljubljana 2–0 after the 1st leg in Slovenia, Bohemians were leading the second leg 1–0 and needed another goal to put the tie into extra-time however an Own-goal by Defender Ger O'Brien with 10 minutes to go put the tie out of reach for Bohemians. St Patrick's advanced to the next round to face Ukrainian club FC Karpaty Lviv while Sligo Rovers F.C. entered the competition in this round were drawn against FC Vorskla Poltava also from Ukraine. St Patrick's lost the first leg 2–0 in Ukraine, following a dispute between Saint Patrick's players and the club's Board of Directors over Bonus Payments put the second-leg in doubt as the players threatened to boycott the game in Tallaght Stadium.[13] An agreement was made at 2pm on 4 August, just under six hours until kick-off.[13] Saint Patrick's lost the game 3–1 and were beaten by Karpaty Lviv 5–1 on aggregate. Sligo Rovers drew 0–0 with Vorskla Poltava in the first-leg of their game in Ukraine. The 'Bit O' Red' needed a victory in the second leg in Sligo to win the tie however Vorskla scored two goals within a minute of each other to win the game 2–0 and advance to the next round. Shamrock Rovers entered the 2011–12 Europa League play-off round as an unseeded team, they were drawn against Serbian Champions Partizan. The first leg at Tallaght Stadium finished 1–1, Gary McCabe scoring an equaliser for the Hoops in the 81st minute. The Serbian champions got the first goal again in second leg in Stadion FK Partizan. An Equaliser from Patrick Sullivan for Shamrock Rovers sent the tie into Extra time. Karl Sheppard won a penalty for the League of Ireland club in the 113 minute and Stephen O'Donnell scored the penalty for Rovers to send the Dublin club into the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage, the first time a League of Ireland man's club has reached the group stages round in European football.

First qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ÍBV Vestmannaeyar 1–2 St Patrick's Athletic 1–0 0–2
First leg
Second leg

St Patrick's Athletic won 2–1 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpija Ljubljana 3–1 Bohemians 2–0 1–1
Shakhter Karagandy 2–3 St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 0–2
First-Leg
Second-Leg

Olimpija Ljubljana won 3–1 on aggregate.

St Patrick's Athletic won 3–2 on aggregate.

Third qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Karpaty Lviv 5–1 St Patrick's Athletic 2–0 1–3
Vorskla Poltava 2–0 Sligo Rovers 0–0 2–0
First-leg
Second-leg

Karpaty won 5–1 on aggregate.

Vorskla Poltava won 2–0 on aggregate.

Notes

Play-off round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers 3–2 Partizan 1–1 2–1 (aet)
First leg
Second leg

Shamrock Rovers won 3–2 on aggregate.

Group Stage

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
PAOK 6 3 3 0 10 6 +4 12
Rubin Kazan 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Tottenham Hotspur 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10
Shamrock Rovers 6 0 0 6 4 19 −15 0

See also

References

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External links

  • Official site
  • 2011 League of Ireland at Soccerway


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