This is shaping up to be a season to remember in the SSE Airtricity League.

It has been a while since Shelbourne challenged for the League title, the last of their wins coming in 2006 but this morning they sit eight points clear.

After eight games though, the competitive nature of this year’s Men’s Premier Division can be seen in the fact that only two points separate the next six teams in the table – Sligo Rovers, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians and Galway United.

Rovers and Bohs set a new LOI attendance record on Friday night with 10,094 packing out Tallaght Stadium, the new stand now fully open and setting a benchmark for what is possible in the coming years.

LED advertising around the ground made the place shine on RTÉ’s coverage and we will be talking to Rovers CEO John Martin about the difference the new stand is making over the coming weeks as well as diving into a full review of where each of the clubs is in their commercial activities.

Cork City and Finn Harps are separated by only a point at the top of the First Division and Galway United complete the solid geographic spread by topping the Women’s premier Division albeit with only three games played so far.


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