'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.
In the race for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Dundalk and second place side Cork City continue to keep pace with one another with both winning at the weekend keeping the gap at three points.
Dundalk had a fairly routine 2-0 win against UCD while Cork had to come from behind to beat Sligo Rovers 2-1 in Turner’s Cross. With over three thousand expectant fans in attendance they were shocked with Sligo took the lead in the first half through a great strike from Danny Ledwith.
However, goals in quick succession in the first fifteen minutes of the second half from first Mark O’Sullivan and then Billy Dennehy saw them hit the lead. They had a late scare though as Sligo won themselves an 87th minute penalty which striker Danny North failed to convert.
The clash of third and fourth between St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers ended in a 1-1 draw meaning that winning the FAI Ford Cup looks to be the only way that Shamrock can qualify for European football.
There was little change at the bottom of the table as Athlone Town drew 1-1 with Derry City and Bray Wanderers also drew 1-1 with Drogheda United.
There is a point between bottom side Athlone and UCD but the students do have a game in hand. Elsewhere Bohemian F.C. were 2-0 winners at home to Limerick F.C. That capped off a good week for Bohs after the FAI revealed plans to redevelopment their ground Dalymount Park with some of the legacy funding that they will get when Ireland hosts some of the games for the 2020 European Championships.
It is proposed then that they will ground share with rivals Shelbourne.
The most dramatic set of events in the SSE Airtricity League came in the First Division where Shelbourne were beaten 3-2 by Finn Harps meaning that Longford Town are now in the driving seat for automatic promotion. They are four points clear with two games to go meaning they only need one more win to secure a return to the Premier Division. They won 2-0 away against Waterford United at the weekend. They have been knocking on the door of promotion for some time now and should they finish the job it would be great for the geographical spread of the league to have another non-Dublin side in the top flight. It looks like Shelbourne and Galway F.C. will be going into the promotion play-offs as Galway won 2-1 away against Cobh Ramblers. The Division’s other game saw Shamrock Rovers B go down 2-0 at home against Wexford Youth.
Shamrock Rovers are the only team in Ireland with a B side and this is their already there are murmurings that they might pull the team for next season.
This weekend sees the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup as this Sunday St. Patrick’s Athletic take on Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers play host to Derry City.
Both those games will be live Worldwide on RTE and I will be on commentary duty for Ocean FM at the Finn Harps match and that commentary can be listened to through the website www.oceanfm.ie
By Keith O'Dwyer