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Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks on prior to the Adam Drury Testimonial Match between Norwich City and Celtic at Carrow Road on May 22, 2012 Photo by: Pete Norton Getty Images

Soccer Digest: Celtic boss Neil Lennon prepares for new season

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks on prior to the Adam Drury Testimonial Match between Norwich City and Celtic at Carrow Road on May 22, 2012 Photo by: Pete Norton Getty Images

SHAMROCK Rovers suffered another setback on Sunday when Pat Flynn scored a late equalizer for St. Pat’s in the 1-1 Dublin derby draw at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Airtricity League leaders Sligo Rovers also dropped points at the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Bray Wanderers.

Bohs also left it late as they snatched a last-minute equalizer in their 1-1 draw away to Cork City.
Derry City won 1-0 at UCD while Shels hammered crisis club Dundalk 4-0 at Tolka Park.

Irish teams enjoyed mixed fortunes against Icelandic opposition in the Europa League when St. Pat’s beat IBV 1-0 at Richmond Park in their first leg clash, while Bohs were held to a scoreless draw at home to Thor Akureyri.

The draw for the semifinals of the EA Sports Cup has paired Shamrock Rovers with Limerick in Tallaght, while Sligo Rovers will visit Drogheda. The games will be played on the first week in August.

 
Soccer Shorts

IPSWICH manager Paul Jewell believes he may be priced out of a permanent move for on-loan Celtic striker Daryl Murphy despite the player being told he has no future in Glasgow by Parkhead boss Neil Lennon . . .

NEW Birmingham City boss Lee Clark has confirmed that Irish midfielder Keith Fahey won’t play until September as he recovers from the groin injury that kept him out of the European Championships . . .
GIOVANNI Trapattoni’s Ireland have dropped eight places in the latest FIFA world rankings to 26th after their European Championship disappointments . . .

IRISH goalkeeper Chris Dole has signed a new contract to remain with Championship side Birmingham City for at least another year . . .

NEW Ipswich Town signing Luke Chambers has confirmed he wants to declare for Ireland and has already taken up Irish citizenship . . .

PREMIER League new boys Reading have signed teenage defender Pierce Sweeney from Airtricity League side Bray Wanderers . . .

YOUNG Irish defender Greg Cunningham has left Manchester City and signed for Championship side Bristol City . . .

SHELBOURNE have signed goalkeeper Chris Bennion on a short-term contract after the demise of Monaghan United . . .

STRIKER Tadhg Purcell has ended his loan spell at Cork City in a bid to find to a new club in England . . .
PAT Fenlon could sign fellow Irishman Alan Maybury for Hibs after his release from St. Johnstone . . .

FORMER Irish striker Gary Doherty has been appointed captain at new club Wycombe Wanderers . . .

FORMER Irish international Kevin Kilbane has signed a one-year deal with Coventry City . . .

WATERFORD United have signed Stephen Mulcahy on loan from Cork City . . .

BRAY Wanderers have signed winger Brendan King on a free transfer.

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