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Time for another crack at this.

Discussion
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EESTI KARIKAS

FIRST ROUND

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Relatively uneventful passage into the second round as our second string comfortably brushed Puuma to the side. Jaanus Martin and Audrius Urbys created quite the partnership with two similarly made goals, just one finished with his feet and one with his head. Urbys completed his hat-trick from the spot and highlighted why he should have been chosen during league registration. The Puuma support had something to cheer late on with Monakov but realistically it was never going to be cup heroics.

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Six wins in a row, we're on fire.

SECOND ROUND DRAW

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Esiliiga side Santos could be more of a test in the next round.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 22


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Europe chasing Tammeka were a real test, failing to budge in a nil nil. We had Martin Bastig to thank for keeping it that way though, recording two excellent stops, one of which onto the crossbar to escape with a clean sheet. Despite a late red to Tammeka's Pavel Klein, it didn't do much difference. We'll take it as we weren't to our usual striking best.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 23


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Jagged edged performance again and nearly fell on our own sword to bottom of the table Trans. It is plain as day why they're bottom after a woeful defensive error led Tarvis in for the opening goal on 19 minutes. Despite missing a one on one late in the first half, the relegation threatened side pulled off an equaliser through some poor marking from a corner and leaving Deniss Teever available for a free header. Slightly panicked about dropping huge points, Tarvis came to the rescue in typical poacher fashion to cash in on Flórez's cross to escape with all three points.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 24


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Now this was much more like it, an ice cool performance over Flora to go unbeaten in nine. Flora's 5-4-1 nonsense led to all sorts of confusion at the back as we pierced through twice before the half ended. Tarvis latched onto a wonderful through ball by Vazinski and Flórez ended the half with one of his own after Flora failed to clear a free kick. The visitors offered precious little while we looked comfortable and it got even better when Vanna got sent off for a two footed lunge. Huge statement to the leaders Levadia.

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Bad news for Mario Rõivasepp, out for another six weeks and is looking seriously injury prone these days.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 25


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It was going to happen eventually. A communication mishap led Bastig and McParland astray to chase the same ball, leaving behind a gaping goal for Männik to apply the finishing touch. We threw everything at Kalju but just didn't have the answers to get something out of the game. Sub Rene Sabanov came closest but missed a one on one to hit it straight at keeper Tukris. Unlucky in defeat, just need to bounce back quickly.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 26


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Still felt the after effects of the Kalju defeat, ruggedly overcoming Tallinna Kalev in unconvincing style. A penalty miss onto the post by Miroslav Divis marked his return from injury distastefully. It was the most unlikely goalscorer in Milko Filic with a pounding strike that won us the game, his first for the club. TK weren't at the races, Bastig only having to do the routine roundup.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 27


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Result of the season right here, what a massive three points to lift us into title contention! Pulsating opening quarter with Flórez briefly poking us in front before Levadia returned fire with Priit Mutle. Levadia keeper Butkus made a total ass of himself in fumbling a cross at his near post with Tarvis perched like a jaguar, ready to restore our advantage. The second half was all us; Colombian Flórez was a livewire and if it weren't for Butkus' two top drawer saves from him the scoreline would have gotten embarrassing. Levadia, we're coming for you!

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He may not always perform, but when he does.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Another rock solid month. In retrospect, if we didn't make that error in the Kalju game it would have Levadia sweating but alas can't fault the sheer effort we've put in. Tarvis now the league's top scorer with 17.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Nine games left, only six points in it. Leapfrogging Paide into second place which wouldn't be a bad finish at all. Seven clear of Tammeka leaves us well in the pursuit of European football this season. A massive month ahead.

SEPTEMBER 2046 SCHEDULE

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Not as dense as last month in games which helps us recuperate for important games against Paide and Sillamäe Kalev. The rest I'm not overly worried about.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 28


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1-0 good enough to take down Pärnu. Jair Flórez picked up where he left off with an early goal, placing it too high for the keeper to reach. The bulk of the action though came in the last five minutes; Tarvis had a stinking 5.7 with a penalty miss off the crossbar while Flórez also rattled the bar seconds later. Pärnu so nearly snatched something late on but Bastig parried a shot at his near post to maintain this result.
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EESTI KARIKAS

SECOND ROUND


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Another cup game, another Urbys show. The Lithuanian might very well make a case for next season's registration list after finishing off Santos to advance to the next phase. Quite the strike too, 25 yards and straight into the top corner. That said, he failed to put away a free header from four yards and onto the bar instead but young winger Indrek Orgla quickly dashed over that with a memorable first goal for the main team. Santos fired blanks all game.

THIRD ROUND DRAW

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Another case of déjà vu. Same round, same opponent as last year's competition.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 29


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For what it's worth, I'll take this result. Preserving second place for now is better than nothing. Conor McParland almost opened his Infonet account but his close range header rebounded off the post. Seriously dull game.
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YOUTH INTAKE

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Flipping the script to this year's youth intake, while it's not great, it's not poor either. A goalkeeper on the rise could be just what we need.

Sten Põldsaar - GK - youth intake

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Needs a lot of work to be all well rounded as he only has the bread and butter as a keeper so far. 6'1, somewhat athletic, agile with okay reflexes. The aerial reach and command of area is a big drawback but if Bastig can teach him a few tricks, he might be a starter in a few seasons.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 30


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The curse of Sillamäe Kalev seems to have lifted, silencing them without a single shot on target. They went defensive all game, knowing we had to go for it and their plan backfired but only from the penalty spot. Kareel Tarvis composed himself to erase his last penalty blip and sending the keeper the wrong way. The boys in blue were short in confidence just by looking at them, spurning a brilliant one on one as their top scorer Oskars Kurtiss ballooned it over. Another strong defensive performance with three points in the bag.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 31


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Firmly in control over doomed Trans but only one goal to show for it. Albert Kübar had some luck with a hot shot that was too spicy to handle for their keeper, almost going down as an o.g.. Karl Altosar is really taking his free kick taking practice seriously, only denied by the bar to further our advantage. Slender win again, that's all we can do for now.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Five games, five clean sheets. I have to praise our defence here, the addition of McParland has given us a whole new dimension to our backline. Disappointed with midfield and strikers this month, Tarvis in particular coming up short in expectations.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Only one point gained on Levadia and we're running out of games. On the plus side, second place is almost entirely ensured. Next month is big.

OCTOBER 2046 SCHEDULE


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Four games, none of which look easy. Tammeka at home in a decider for at bare minimum a top three. Two away days at Flora, one in the league and one in the cup. Last but not least a home game to Kalju, who really haven't given us too many problems this season. Levadia need to slip up at some stage too and we'll have to better them. Fingers crossed.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 32


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Uh oh. Did not play well at all here, helping not only Levadia to stretch their lead after winning but also bridging the gap to second in favour of Tammeka. They had us on a leash and came close twice before limp defending allowed Karl Mutle bury the only goal of the match. Zero goal threats, it was a very forgettable day.
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Big loss at right back, misses both games against Flora.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 33


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Blown it. Despite encouraging signs in the first five minutes, we were nowhere to be seen afterwards. Substitute centre back Gregory Axionov woke up the fans during this garbage game to sneak in behind from a free kick to power a shot in at the far post, leaving us completely befuddled. Such a let down after what was our brightest period of the season.
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EESTI KARIKAS

THIRD ROUND


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SOS. It's all going pear shaped, back to back defeats and now dumped out of the Estonian cup too. I will say we played better than the last two games combined, but that was probably when Flora were down to ten men in the second half. The goal was as soft as they come - completely allowing dribbles and passes to go unchallenged to finally fall into Hanson's lap for an easy finish. After the red, chances fell to us. Gave Urbys another crack of the whip who came closest as he walloped the inside post before there was no time left. Three Ls in a row...bad things come in threes as the old adage goes.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 34


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Ended a mini crisis with an improved, resounding performance at home to Kalju. Kareel Tarvis eyeing up the golden ball with his 19th goal of the season to leave him one shy of a score. A former friend came to visit as ex-Stumbras player Adrian Burcă coolly levelled after some careless midfield dispossession. Our dominance eventually paid off with Conor McParland heading in his first Infonet goal from a corner which halted any sort of response from the visitors.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A month I want to put swiftly behind us, such a disappointment that our title ambitions went up in smoke so late in the season. It also bums me out that we're out of the Eesti Karikas at the same stage as last season, but learning curves for next year.

LEAGUE TABLE

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While missing out on top spot hurt us with utmost effort put in, something good did come out of it. EUROPA LEAGUE! Guaranteed second place with two games remaining.

NOVEMBER 2046 SCHEDULE

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Dead rubber from our perspective, although Tallinna Kalev are fighting to stay up. Still, let's try to earn six points to conclude a successful season.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 35


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Objective for TK was points to survive, objective for us was to run riot. One way traffic from beginning to end, leading two nil at the break with a stunning low drive from Vazinski and a deflected Sander Kõiv cross found its way in off defender Aleksei Tovstik. Second half continued in the same manner, awarded a penalty within two minutes to which Kareel Tarvis notched up a milestone 20th goal of the league season - not a bad free transfer eh? Clever movement of the ball found it's way to Flórez for a fourth and settle into our final game of the season at home to Levadia.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 36


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Total dud of a finale, but the result went our way. Both sides on the beach, Miroslav Divis clocked out from his loan spell with a happy memory to win the game in the 86th minute with his head during a swift counter attack. Our defence did their job to restrict Levadia to hopeless pot shots without a single one hitting the target. A revisiting point for next season.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Two dead rubbers, two wins without a goal conceded. A solid way to end the season.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Much like a 'Spurs' kind of season, we put the pressure on but far too late to dethrone Levadia who won quite comfortably by eight points. Paide completely fizzled out after a strong start to finish in third and securing Europa League football along with us. Trans unsurprisingly fell through the trapdoor while Tallinna Kalev survived in the relegation playoff. Flora by the way - torrid season all the way down in sixth.
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Nice with a second place, i took a while before your players pleayed like you wanted them to

But then i began to look good
@b0nb0n - Nail on the head, just needed to find the right balance in the team before we went on the upward trajectory. Hopefully next season will be a lot tighter!

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Despite the goalscoring antics of Tarvis, the midfield presence of Vazinski or the security of McParland, it was Sander Kõiv who won out as the fans' player of the season with a rather decent 7.04 season and beating Juska and Mihhailov to the accolade. Jaanus Vazinski's low howitzer at Tallinna Kalev rocketed it's way to the goal of the season award (even though there wasn't any real underlying context to it as it was in a dead rubber). The business of Conor McParland was a popular opinion as being our best signing of the season and could be the final piece to the puzzle our team needed at a bargain price of £3.5k. Last but not least, a terrific breakthough season for academy product Karl Altosar who fought vigorously to become a staple in the squad at only 20 years of age to win young player of the season.

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Even better news for Karl as he's been brought into the Estonian national team setup, winning a first cap against Liechtenstein.

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Free transfer Kareel Tarvis I mentioned at the start was a gamble, well that gamble brought us 20 goals to lead out as top goalscorer for both Infonet and in the Meistriliiga. Tarvis also collected 5 man of the match awards and assisted 5 too, ridiculing him being labelled as a one trick pony. Mihhailov had a scintillating debut season in an Infonet shirt too, clocking the best average rating of a 7.16 with some excellent devotion to get into attacking phases as well as guarding the channel. Vazinski was an unsung hero too, outstanding control of the midfield with his passing game exquisite at 88%, not to mention 5 assists too. The other player who contributed finely was Jair Flórez, although not as consistent as I hoped. The Colombian endured a difficult opening year in the Baltic but helped out from time to time, only problem is how many attacks he squandered. Kõiv was golden boy, and by that I mean how many yellows he picked up with 14, but amazingly enough not a single red.

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Last but not least, after several sit downs with the board, a new deal finally came to fruition. Tough negotiations mean I only earn £50 more and almost threatened to walk if my demands weren't met. They're lucky to have me for now.
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Thirty years is a long stretch in football; clubs make history, records are broken, paradigms are shifted and for Irish manager David Nealon - his sell by date moves further and further away.

Known exclusively as 'DNZY', the Dublin born mastermind may still be among the lightweights within the footballing divisions but you can't argue that he has gone from strength to strength - calculating a staggering 52% win rate in 899 games in charge, winning 466 games in total and only losing 235.

Racking up an incredible twenty-five honours in his thirty years in management, he is now considered one of the most decorated and most successful Irish managers of these last few generations.

Approaching his 900th game in football management, we sat down with Dave to revisit six matches that shaped the footballing landscape for him in the dugouts.

21st May 2022 - (W) Fiorentino 0-2 TRE FIORI (San Marino Stadium)

Campionato Sammarinese Championship Playoff Final


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"For obvious reasons I chose this match, not only because it was my first honour as manager, but for whom I was up against. 500 fans may not seem like a lot, though it didn't subtract the atmosphere of two heated rivals dating back almost half a century. Fiorentino were always a tough opposition to come up against, but on the occasion they were so quiet. Dominated them all ends up with our sharp passing play, not letting them get a sniff. Cristian Salomone I had put my trust in to occupy left back, despite his inconsistency but repaid my faith with a tidy finish low and far from keeper's reach in just six minutes. Thereafter the Fiorentino fans remained silenced as we practically walked them off the park and frustrations broke out when Amici saw red to wave that white flag. Colombini drove home a free kick to put them out of their misery to notch a stunning victory. I do recall a very loyal sixty-something year old fan coming up to me, almost with tears in his eyes and said to me roughly translated from Italian "thank you, thank you, you beautiful man" - if that ain't passion, I don't know what is! Was enough to reel me into a year extension at the club."

30th August 2025 - (L) EB/STREYMUR 3-4 HB (Tórsvøllur)

Løgmanssteypið Final


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"This one hurts, I honestly felt we had done enough to come away with the trophy but HB outfoxed us, fought from 3-2 down to snatch it from our grasp. Credit must go to Jan Christian Dam who inspired his side who trailed 3-2 at half time to get the job done in the second. Besnard had a sensational game for them and even though we starved them of ball possession, he was the man in the right places at the right time to clinically break EB/Streymur hearts. Why I chose to talk about this game was how I spoke to them after the game, sometimes you give everything only to fail. It was broken, anguished and despairing dressing room - I had to put my point across to a wounded squad. "To be tough enough to win, you have to be tough enough to lose". That quote I live by forever, sometimes a man needs to be knocked down to get up stronger. Eight weeks later, we became champions of Faroe Islands for the first time in over a decade. Don't tell me it's a coincidence, a manager must be a motivator to get results."

3rd August 2033 - (W) TNS 4-1 FK Partizan Beograd (Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury)

UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round, Second Leg


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"Still get tingles thinking about this game, if you had seen my reaction after the fourth goal I was almost ready to slide on my knees Mourinho style. I'll set the scenario; trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Serbia, a potential tie with Galatasaray in the next round, a UEFA Europa League group stage spot on the line, tension surrounds. Partizan sold out their away allocation to intimidate us with their ultraist support and pyrotechnics fogging up the stand in red smoke. Going one nil behind brought the mood down slightly as an away goal put the Serbs firmly in control. Ben Woodburn had finesse, bravado and flair of an experienced Premier League striker and struck twice in two minutes to all of a sudden vocalise the Welsh support. Half time was a complex situation, "what do I say to the boys? should we go for it?, should we remain patient?"...decisions, decisions. Whatever I said, it didn't take our foot off the clutch as Matty Moleneaux levelled the aggregate scoreline up and only requiring one more goal to send us through. I honestly couldn't believe how well we played, Partizan almost looked shellshocked with their visiting entourage mute. Partizan go down to ten, we all of a sudden start to believe and had them wobbling going into the final ten. Ron Lemar; what a superb game he had out on the right hand side and won so many battles with their left back and to cap it all off, scores the winning header to erupt the Greenhous Meadow. The TNS boys pile on top of each other, the fans out of their seats, me trying to contain my excitement - that's what football is all about. The rest of the evening was a blur..."

18th December 2035 - (W) DUNGANNON SWIFTS 6-5 Cliftonville (Stangmore Park)

Irish League Cup Semi-Final


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"Embodies the phrase 'an emotional rollercoaster', don't think any crooked bookie saw this coming - this had everything in a cup game. We got thrashed 5-0 in our last meeting at Stangmore Park in the league, almost a requiem to pray that it wouldn't happen again. Our starting stance took me by surprise with two goals in fifteen minutes but what didn't surprise me was Cliftonville's response after scoring three times in less than twenty minutes to fall behind at half time. There was nothing critical to say to them, the Shamrocks were simply too strong. Looked like we weren't going to find an opening before a moment of inspiration from my dear friend Conor McParland gave us this second wind. Beggs got forward to pile in what I thought was going to be a winning goal but sold short with a Cliftonville equaliser. 4-4! What I'll never forget from this game was our resilience; everybody was knackered to the point of burning out but the lads kept believing up until the ref's lips on the final blow of the whistle. Sean Dempsey in particular looked jaded, but he never signalled it from his body language. It was a game of chess in extra time to see who was going to attack first and even though we got an early break, the Reds countered us. It was five each with only a few minutes left, I had it set in my mind who my penalty takers were going to be, but out of the blue came this burst of energy from Dempsey and erupted Stangmore Park with the eleventh and final goal of the game. Truly astonishing game of football, even Gerard Lyttle (Cliftonville manager) congratulated me in the dressing room after the game he just witnessed. That Martin Tyler quote of "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again" rings around in my mind every time I bring up this game. What a season it was as a whole."


29th April 2036 - (W) DUNGANNON SWIFTS 2-1 Portadown (Stangmore Park)

Danske Bank Premiership


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"Now, by no means was this game a classic but the sheer context of the result was enough to make it unforgettable. It's funny because I have bitter history with Portadown as a manager in previous encounters - receiving the sack after only 60 days in charge without sitting a single league game will never be forgotten for as long as I live. Anyways, I still consider my achievements at Dungannon Swifts to be my best to date in my career. The 2-1 win here not only beat Port for a moral victory on my part, but it mathematically confirmed us as Northern Irish league champions for the first time in the club's history. McSweeney and Kane assured us of the result, but even though Port rattled us a bit towards the end to leave it on a knife edge, it would be our day. I had this smug smile on my face, trying to hold back in gloating to show what they could have had but we'd celebrate long into the wee hours for something Dungannon may never relive and drink in a massive quadruple success. The stars certainly aligned in my favour, any regrets Portadown?"


8th June 2041 - (L) FK ZETA 0-7 FK Budućnost Podgorica (Pod Goricom)

Grupa Crna Gora Final


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"I always let out a mixture of a sigh of exasperation with a slight chuckle at how truly ugly this game was. Why did I put it on this list? It proved that I am indeed human. Not only that, it made me become a better manager and learn from my mistakes. I won't even lie, I knew we'd get beaten but to get hit for seven was next level humiliation for a cup final. The whole squad were hurting from their recent relegation and it was if all their self-belief vanished before kick off. I failed at Zeta, I won't even deny it; I failed to lead them in the right direction, I couldn't motivate my players, my tactical blunders relegated us. This match would be where the U-turn would come, after five long years in my career without a trophy I sensed fate had a plan in store. Three years later, I won a league and cup double with Stumbras in Lithuania and a domestic treble with Armenian club Pyunik. Sometimes it takes a big earthquake to break the mold. Needless to say that everyone associated with Zeta were furious and never did I pen a resignation letter so quickly before the Zeta ultras came to get me!"


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Nealon is now settling in comfortably in his latest role in Tallinn, Estonia where he is head honcho at Infonet. On the back of a second placed finish in the Estonian Meistriliiga, David is determined to go one better and to land trophy number twenty-six to his ever growing list. His 900th game will be the league opener away at JK Tallinna Kalev, will it be victorious for him? Preseason awaits, and from inside sources - there's a lot of exciting deals waiting in the wings.
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Beginning with a nice little notification, raking in the most sponsorship money in the league and we've put it to good use.

TRANSFERS


OUT

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To keep things ticking over nicely in the finances, a lot of stock had to be shifted - releasing nineteen players. Notable names include Filic who was ageing, Milosavljevic who wasn't getting in the central midfield running and Punculs who kicked up a storm when I told him he couldn't be registered...not one of my best signings that's for sure. Jaanus Martin was also on the verge of leaving, instead I sorted a loan deal with some cash attached to fellow Meistriliiga side Kalju. Martin Mäekala I was lucky enough to get some moolah for too, departing to Tulevik for £9k.

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There was also a close shave when Mihhailov was on the verge of rejoining Flora. He made a solid impression on me after a successful debut season here, I wasn't going to risk losing him.

IN

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Didn't intend to change too much in the course of this transfer window, but some really neat additions will no doubt refine our squad.

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Anatoly Smirnov - ST(C) - unattached free agent

With no disrespect to Tarvis, Smirnov is a far better goalmonger on paper, mind you he has only scored seven goals in a failed career around Russia. Nevertheless, his physical game is far superior with exception to his jumping reach which is okay as I don't intend using target men in my tactic. His finishing is on par with Tarvis, however I do feel he's more accomplished and Tarvis can be the go to sub to potentially shake things up. Win win.

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Simonas Urbonas - M(C)/AM(C) - unattached free agent

Discarded by Levadia, Urbonas fell into our lap to add extra creativity in the central areas. Can play both further forward or from deep, this Lithuanian is an improvement to what we have already, especially with injury prone Rõivasepp ruled out ever so often. Strong vision and decision making can ensure he'll put the thread through the eye of the needle, even if he does have 10 passing. Took a large chunk of wage budget too, so fingers crossed he'll repay it in performances.

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Kevin Tamm - M(C) - unattached free agent

Exactly what we needed, an injection of experience in the team. Faced him when he played for Utenis back in the Lithuanian days, this lad was definitely the best available target to add to our midfield trio. Perhaps got the stamina to be a Stefan Chiorescu kind of box to boxer, his playmaking abilities are perhaps too good to refuse. So many good options now if worst comes to worst.

FRIENDLIES

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Safe to say that it wasn't our finest pre-season. Two defeats to strong opposition wasn't the problem, it was drawing to a lower league side of Maardu that had me concerned, the testimonial wasn't a big deal. Smirnov got on the scoresheet too.

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FML. All before our first games of the league, we lose our best keeper and our promising Colombian attacker.

SEASON EXPECTATIONS

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More or less the same sort of odds to finish in the same position as last season. Levadia strong favourites to make it a three-peat of Meistriliigas.

MARCH 2047 SCHEDULE

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900th game incoming against Tallinna Kalev which should be easy pickings..it's the other games I fear. Sillamäe Kalev our bogey side, Levadia the undisputed champs and Paide who should not be underestimated. No Flórez or Bastig though. This won't be a stroll in the park.
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The road to 1000 games in management is on.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 1


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A winning start to the new season, though Tallinna Kalev are an opposition easy to topple. Their goalkeeper opened our account when trying to keep out a strong Mario Rõivasepp shot on his return from injury. Tarvis picked up where he left off with a superb cut in from the left to blast a second into the top corner emphatically. TK's task was made even more advanced with Yiä-Jussila getting his marching orders when taking out Tarvis and denying a goalscoring opportunity. On came our Russian import Smirnov and didn't he begin with a bang, capitalising off a missed header to race through on goal and slotting a third. It feels good to be back.

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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 2


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A little less electrifying but a top strike by Smirnov undid Sillamäe Kalev. He came off the bench again, but now looks to have the impact of a starter as he put serious force behind his right boot to leave a broken patch in the net. Two from two.
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MATCHDAY 3


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Remember the name, Anatoly Smirnov. Incredible start for the new signing who helped us bury Levadia with a sublime hattrick. Mind you, two of them came from the penalty spot as Levadia lost their nerve with clumsy challenges - both were clinical. Third choice keeper Aleksei Järva already kept two clean sheets already in lieu of Martin Bastig's injury setback, however failed to get his third as Andrei Bastig (not to be confused) returned fire for the league champions. Other than that, the boys in green weren't at the races and Smirnov took home the match ball with his third deep into added time. Massive start for our Infonet boys!
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 4


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Despite Paide LM playing this monstrosity, it failed to keep us out as we steamrolled our way through. Jair Flórez returned from injury to find a leak in the eight man defence, free at the back post to convert Sander Kõiv's whipped cross. Flórez also assisted for new signing Simonas Urbonas whose shot was too hot to handle for Siim Peedo to further our lead. Honestly, this could have got ugly for the visitors as we struck the woodwork three times afterwards. Two will do.
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International break wasn't kind to us, losing Altosar after a collision during an U21 international while Kevin Tamm suffers a lengthy spell out with a broken shoulder.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 5


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Injuries aside, it failed to halt our rotation options silencing Flora on their own turf. The Kõiv/Flórez combo working wonderfully again as the right back's crosses were met by the Colombian twice to continue our winning streak. Flora never came out of the traps.

RESULTS OVERVIEW


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Couldn't have asked for a better start, five wins from five. Smirnov, Flórez, Kõiv all absolutely superb - teamwork all round was excellent.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Already a five point gap at this early stage ahead of Levadia, that 3-1 win paying serious dividends. Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

APRIL 2047 SCHEDULE

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Bit of an easier month ahead, though the away days at Tammeka and Kalju look rather mischievous. No excuses for the other games.
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MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 6


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The good form keeps on rolling, safely brushing past Pärnu LM with a single goal. Kõiv continues to make magic happen with his fifth assist in six games, setting up a close range finish for Jaanus Vazinski's first goal of the new season. Having rested some of our players for the upcoming Tammeka game, Kaarel Tarvis started and was offered the opportunity to double our lead from the penalty spot - a terrible kick straight at the keeper. Martin Henn had a free header rebound off the post in another attempt to push further ahead but the one goal was enough.
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MATCHDAY 7


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Tammeka usually have the most disciplined and structured defensive wall in the division, then along came us to flatten them with four goals. A slow burning first half was set alight by an early second half header by our favourite Northern Irish defender McParland to nudge us in front. Anatoly Smirnov was denied by a decent save in the first half, but after breaking up possession in their half coupled with awful positioning, he had a one way ticket to the top corner of the net. The union of Kõiv and Flórez has been a joy to watch lately and combined yet again for numero tres. Tammeka's miserable afternoon was finished with a cheeky finish under keeper Juhanson by the man in form, Smirnov. We're like a bullet train in motion.

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Bad news followed, Vazinski out for up to three months.
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Bloody hell, our goal provider now ruled out for a couple of weeks.

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And his compatriot spoke up too. Flórez has really turned a corner this year, now feels he's good enough to depart for a bigger club. Nightmare.

MEISTRILIIGA

MATCHDAY 8


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New kids on the block Tulevik got a smack of reality with three goals in thirteen minutes for an easy victory. Midfield battles were crucial and they made business happen; Rõivasepp linked onto a pass in by Kübar to beat the outstretched Prikhodko, Altosar drove a sweet fizzing effort in from 25 yards on the half volley and Smirnov deftly finished the job. Eight wins from eight, could we be anymore dominant?

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Ah, of course he has...Rõivasepp's injury problems continue.
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