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Close but no Cigar for Sligo Rovers

Deni DelevComment

'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!


There is a depressing familiarity about this blog as another week passes and Dundalk and Cork City remain the top two in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Finn Harps remain atop the First Division and Sligo Rovers continue to struggle.

Kevin Devaney's goal wasn't enough to keep Sligo level with Cork City (sligorovers.com)

Kevin Devaney's goal wasn't enough to keep Sligo level with Cork City (sligorovers.com)

Last Friday they made the long journey down to the South of Ireland to take on Cork City in Turner’s Cross. They lost 3-2 but showed some good fighting qualities which will hopefully serve them well as they look to get up into mid-table. A brace from Karl Sheppard had seen the home side race into an early 2-0 lead, Sheppard also missed a penalty in-between scoring as Rovers were being run ragged. But they responded well to going behind with John Russell pulling a goal back as they went in 2-1 down at half-time. Kevin Devaney then equalised in the 73rd minute only for Cork to get an 88th minute winner through Mark O’Sullivan. Rovers did have a couple of chances to score after that but failed to take them and again their tendency to concede late goals this season came back to haunt them.

Another tough break for Owen Heary’s side but at least they showed some good spirit in fighting back. He was given somewhat of a boost as well over the weekend with the club’s chairman Joe Burns coming out on radio giving him full backing. This is important as the club needs stability and Heary has to be given the chance to put things right. He also needs to work on the teams concentration as they fade in the last ten minutes which is crucial as it is costing them points and goals as in the two games against Cork and the recent home game with Limerick. They have to learn to shut up shop and see games out. Sander Puri again started on the left hand side and did well before being replaced by Devaney in the 70th minute. This weekend Rovers face a crunch clash against fellow strugglers Drogheda United, there will be full live commentary on the game and as always you can listen in Worldwide through www.oceanfm.ie. Kick-off in the Showgrounds is at 9:45pm Estonian time. 

It was a busy week for former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook who left English League One side Chesterfield F.C. to take over at League Two side Portsmouth F.C. Normally dropping down a division would be seen as a step backwards but this one as Pompey are a club on the up with a larger fanbase and budget than Chesterfield and in Cook they have the right man to get them promoted. Between the English and Scottish leagues there are currently four former Rovers managers employed which shows the calibre of candidate that the club has been able to attract over the few years. This is encouraging as well for Heary because it shows if he does a good job then he will be putting himself in the shop window. The managers in question are:

Scottish Premier League – Ian Baraclough @ Motherwell F.C.
English Championship – Steve Cotteril @ Bristol City
English League Two – John Coleman @ Accrington Stanley and Paul Cook @ Portsmouth F.C.

Until next week,

Keith O’Dwyer

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