'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.
Like in Estonia, football in Ireland (SSE Airtricity League) is played throughout Summer.
There are two divisions, the Premier Division, which has 12 clubs, and the First Division, which has 8 clubs.
In the Premier, teams play each other three times and much like in Estonia the majority of clubs are from the capital, in Ireland's case Dublin, and the rest spread throughout the country. With five games to go the race for the title is between Dundalk and Cork City, there are three points between the sides with five games to go. The stage could be set for a spectacular finish as in the last game of the season Dundalk play host to Cork in their home ground Oriel Park. It could be a possible double for Dundalk as over the weekend they won the EA Sports Cup (League Cup) when they defeated Shamrock Rovers 3-2 in what was an entertaining final.
In the process, they also pick up a winners cheque for 10,000€, not bad for an afternoon's work!
Cork were in league action playing their game in hand against Munster rivals Limerick F.C. in Thomond Park and they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Robert Lehane. For the third time this season 2012 champions Sligo Rovers took to the pitch under a new manager and were beaten 2-0 by Drogheda United in the Showgrounds, Sligo.
At the other end of the table Athlone Town current occupy bottom spot, the automatic relegation place and they missed out on the chance to leap frog the side above them in the table UCD when they drew 0-0 with Bohemian F.C. UCD weren't in action and they remain in the promotion/relegation spot. They are hot on the heels of third from bottom side Bray Wanderers who lost 4-2 against St. Patrick's Athletic.
In the First Division, the race for automatic promotion is between Longford Town and Shelbourne with a point between the sides. Both sides won over the weekend with Longford 4-2 winners against Cobh Ramblers while Shelbourne beat Shamrock Rovers B 3-2. In form Galway United remain in the hunt for a play off position thanks to their 3-0 win against Finn Harps and the South-East derby Wexford Youths earned the bragging rights as they beat Waterford United 4-0.
SSE Airtricity League Roll of Honour 2014 (So Far!):
- Setanta Sports Cup – Sligo Rovers F.C. (This is a cross border competition played between the top clubs in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)
- EA Sports Cup – Dundalk F.C. (The Irish version of the League Cup)
- President's Cup – St. Patrick's Athletic (The Irish version of the Charity Shield or Estonian Super Cup).
By Keith O'Dwyer