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Dun Deal in the Race for the Premier League Title

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'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!


Goal.com

Goal.com

Dundalk remain on course to retain the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title as they drew 1-1 with their rivals Cork City in Oriel Park last Sunday evening. It was a game Cork needed to win to eat into the home sides six point lead. Richie Towell gave Dundalk the lead from the penalty spot while Mark O’Sullivan equalised for the Leesiders. Earlier in the week Dundalk crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers as a 0-0 home draw with Belarus side Bate Borisov meant that they went out 2-1 on aggregate.

It was a disappointing week in European terms for clubs from the Airtricity League as in the Europa League Shamrock Rovers went out against Norwegian side Odd while UCD were beaten by crack Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. 

Shamrock Rovers' Mickey Drennan takes a free kick during the Uefa Europa League second qualifying (IrishTimes.com)

Shamrock Rovers' Mickey Drennan takes a free kick during the Uefa Europa League second qualifying (IrishTimes.com)

So it will be league and cup action that will dominate matters for all teams from here on in. Elsewhere Bohemian F.C. continued with their good season as they beat Derry City 4-2. Derry remain mired in the relegation battle. Bottom side Limerick were beaten 4-1 by Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town drew 1-1 with Drogheda United. And as for Estonia’s favourite Irish club it was another bad week as Sligo Rovers were beaten 3-0 in the Showgrounds by St. Patrick’s Athletic. Chris Forrester scored twice for St. Pat’s while Jamie McGrath got their third. They are now just below Cork in the league while Rovers are second from bottom and have a huge game this weekend when they travel to face table proppers Limerick. There will be updates from myself on Ocean FM and I think I know how you can listen in now if you want to, kick-off is at 8:30pm Estonian time. 

The Congo-born Nzuzi, he is a Newcastle youth produce (NUFC.co.uk)

The Congo-born Nzuzi, he is a Newcastle youth produce (NUFC.co.uk)

It has been a busy couple of weeks at the Showgrounds with players coming and going as Stephen Folan and Eoin Wearen departed. In came defender Patrick Nzuzi and midfielder Jason Hughes while striker Rob Lehane joined on loan from Cork.

Sander Puri had another good game against St. Pat’s but had to go off injured towards the end of the first half, when he left it took away Rovers main attacking outlet. He should be fit for the Limerick game and Rovers will need him! In the first division it’s starting to get close at the top in the race for promotion. Finn Harps still lead the way but they are now only a point ahead of Wexford Youths despite both having lost at the weekend. Youths were beaten 3-1 by Athlone Town while Harps went down 1-0 against UCD. The students are the team to watch as they will be buoyed by their run and performances in the Europa League qualifiers and also have two games in hand on the sides above them. Also well placed are Shelbourne who won 2-1 away against Waterford United. The division’s remaining game saw Cobh Ramblers edge out Cabinteely 2-1 in St. Colman’s Park. 


Until next week,

Keith O’Dwyer