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Week One Gives Plenty to Ponder

Angelo PalmeriComment

'Rumori' tries to bring coverage of as many continental leagues as possible.

For the SSE Airtricity League (or also known as 'League oif Ireland') we are counting on the insider look of Keith O'Dwyer


Keith has worked for several years at the Irish club Sligo Rovers as he was the Club Promotion Officer and Secretary. He is now a volunteer within the club and the match commentator for local radio, Ocean FM.

'Radio Ireland' will bring stories and inside look from the Irish football realm.

Not to mention that Sander Puri is now a player at Sligo and we will follow him very closely this season!


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And just like that we’re back in action it was an interesting start to the new SSE Airtricity League season with goals, controversy and plenty of strong wind dominating affairs.

In the Premier Division reigning champions Dundalk were 1-0 winners against newly promoted Longford Town. A goal from Danny North gave Shamrock Rovers a 1-0 win against St. Patrick’s Athletic and also an early blow against a side expected to challenge for the title. Derry City came from a goal down to spoil Galway United’s return to the top flight as they won 2-1. They also disappointed the Irish President Michael D. Higgins who was in Eamon Deacy Park to cheer on Galway! Limerick were beaten 3-0 by Bohemian F.C. and Drogheda United won 1-0 away against Bray Wanderers.

That leaves the game in the Showgrounds where Sligo Rovers played host to last season’s runners-up Cork City. With a strong cross breeze from the Atlantic it took a while for both sides to settle into the game. As it progressed it was Rovers on top and debutant Steven Beattie gave them the lead on 83 minutes. They were denied a winning start as Cork equalised in the 96th minute through a former Rovers player Ross Gaynor.

Steven Beattie (Sligo Rovers website)

Steven Beattie (Sligo Rovers website)

A lot of Rovers supporters were unhappy with the amount of stoppage time played but it was about right given that there had been a long injury delay and a number of substitutions as well. One huge positive from the opening round of fixtures in the opening weekend was the crowds, there was a crowd of over 3,000 in the Showgrounds which is great to see on what was a cold, windy night. Newcomers to the league Cabinteely F.C. had a great attendance of over 1,400 for their First Division match against Wexford Youths and they made a fairy tale start by winning 1-0. Elsewhere in the First Division Waterford United drew 1-1 with Athlone Town, it finished goal-less between Shelbourne and Finn Harps while UCD won 3-0 down against Cobh Ramblers. 

As for Sander Puri it was a rough introduction to life in the SSE Airtricity League as his reputation obviously preceded him as he was doubled up on and effectively taken out of the game.

It will be something he will have to get used to.

He enjoyed a more relaxed game on Tuesday as Rovers took on the Mayo League in the first round of the EA Sports Cup (League Cup). Puri was much more involved and given time to breathe on the ball and indeed scored one of the goals in an 8-0 win. Not that too much can be read into that game as the Mayo League is a representative side made up of the best junior league players in the county.

Sander Puri in action against Drogheda (Soccernet.ee)

Sander Puri in action against Drogheda (Soccernet.ee)

ext for Puri and Rovers is a trip this coming Friday evening to a ground he has actually played in before – United Park in Drogheda. He played there back in 2008 with Levadia in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, Levadia lost both games though going out 3-1 on aggregate. So hopefully he will have a happier journey this time around! I’ll be in United Park on Friday as the game will be live on Ocean FM and available to listen Worldwide on www.oceanfm.ie kick-off in Estonian time is 9:45pm.

Until next week,

Keith O’Dwyer