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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!
Last weekend saw the four quarter-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup take place, this is the premier cup competition in Ireland, the equivalent of the Evald Tipner's Cup in Estonia. Sligo Rovers were involved as they travelled to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk, it turned out to be a miserable night for the men from the West as they were comfortable beaten 4-0. Daryl Horgan, Ciaran Kilduff, Ronan Finn and Sean Maguire with the goals all of which came in the second half. Kilduff’s goal in particular is worth seeking out online as he flicked in a free kick from the left by Darren Meenan. Despite being back from international duty Sander Puri missed the game due to a tight hamstring and was rested as a precaution. So Rovers will now be left to focus on securing their Premier Division status. Dundalk are on course for the league and cup double and will be at home to Longford Town in the semi-finals. Longford booked their place by beating junior side Sheriff YC 3-1. David O’Sullivan, Ayman Ben Mohamed and Lorcan Shannon got their goals with Joseph Flood scoring for Sheriff.
Even given all their managerial changes this season, five so far, Bray Wanderers are also through to the last four as they beat the other remaining non-league side Killester United 2-0 thanks to goals from Hugh Douglas and Dave Scully. The other remaining game needed a replay to settle the tie. In their initial meeting last Friday Derry City and Cork City drew 1-1. Ryan McBride gave Derry the lead with Mark O’Sullivan equalising for Cork. The replay was Monday night in Cork and the home side secured their place in the semis away against Bray thanks to a 3-0 win. Ross Gaynor, Garry Buckley and John O’Flynn with the goals. That game was significant also in that a couple of days after Derry parted ways with their manager Peter Hutton as they like Rovers are involved in the relegation battle. At the time of writing they have yet to appoint a new manager but Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin is the favourite to take up the reins at the Brandywell. With only six games left the Derry board will be hoping that any new manager will have an instant impact.
So it’s back to league action this weekend although the first competitive piece of silverware in up for grabs as well as on Saturday evening Galway United take on St. Patrick’s Athletic in the EA Sports Cup Final in Eamon Deacy Park. This would be seen as the third ranked cup in the SSE Airtricity League with its importance diminished by the fact that there is no European place on offer. The winners get €10,000 which is not to be sniffed at. It’s a competition that I have a special place for as Rovers winning it in 2010 kick-started the great spell of success that the club had. Due to the EA Sports Cup Final Rovers will have no league fixture this weekend so instead they will be playing a friendly on Saturday against local junior side Aughanagh Celtic in a game to mark the official opening of their new pitch, kick-off is at 4pm Estonian time. It will be a quiet weekend for me with just the one game to cover which is on the Sunday as Rovers U-19’s take on their Dundalk counterparts in Oriel Park and I will have updates for Ocean FM. Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter @keithodwyer, every week I inch closer to 1,000 followers and even though it has no real significance, it has now become a milestone I want to attain so all follows appreciated!
Until next week,
Due to technical reasons, we couldn't publish Keith's two previous accounts on League of Ireland action. Here are duly published. Apologies to our readers and the author.
26th of August
Tough Cup Draw for Sligo Rovers
The (hoped for) revival of Sligo Rovers continued over the weekend as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup which is the premier cup competition in Ireland. Also Rovers have great recent pedigree in the FAI Cup as they won it three times this decade already in 2010, 2011 and 2013. They were 4-0 winners away against non league side Cobh Wanderers. Dinny Corcoran scored two with Raffaele Cretaro and David Cawley getting the other goals. Their reward an away draw against the country’s top side Dundalk who beat Galway United 4-1 in their cup tie. That game is due to be played the week ending 13th September. Rovers haven’t beaten Dundalk in the cup since 1951 so hopefully are due a change in fortune. Rovers will also have to face Dundalk the week previously in the league and again that is in Oriel Park. Sander Puri will miss the league game due to his recall to the Estonian national team but should be back for the cup game where he will be needed!
Elsewhere in the FAI Cup holder’s St. Patrick’s Athletic lost 4-0 against Cork City while Bray Wanderers won 1-0 away against Bohemian F.C. In an all non-league clash Killester United beat Tolka Rovers 4-0. Tolka were managed for the game by former Sligo Rovers manager Owen Heary who is in temporary charge there. Longford Town beat Cockhill Celtic 2-0 with Derry City winning 3-0 at home against Drogheda United. Sheriff YC who are another non-league side drew 2-2 with Athlone Town from the First Division. In the replay which was on Monday night the game was goal-less after full and extra time with Sheriff winning on penalties. That means that there are only two Dublin sides left in the competition and they are two non-league teams – Sheriff YC and Killester United. Imagine having no league clubs from Tallinn left in the quarter-final of the cup, I bet you that hasn’t happened too often!
3rd of September 2015
Dun & Dusted
I think it’s fair to say that the engravers can put Dundalk’s name on the SSE Aitricity League Premier Division as they showed their championship mettle last Friday night against Bohemian F.C. in Dalymount Park. Trailing 2-1 in stoppage time, Richie Towell scored an equaliser to ensure that they left with a point. Nearest challengers Cork City maintain a chase but surely they would have to admit that it is a fruitless one as they beat St. Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 on Monday after dispatching of Galway United on the Friday previous, that game ended in a 1-0 win for the Leesiders. It also made it back to back defeats for St. Patrick’s who lost 1-0 against Derry on the Friday. To compound matters for them their star player Chris Forrester departed for pastures new signing for English League One side Peterborough United. Longford Town were 1-0 winners against Bray Wanderers with bottom side Limerick continuing their remarkable run as they won 4-1 away against Drogheda United. It’s all getting very tight at the bottom of the table and as such Drogheda parted company with their manager Johnny McDonnell. Former Irish international Mark Kinsella has been appointed as caretaker.
Sligo Rovers took on Shamrock Rovers last Saturday evening in the Showgrounds and entertaining game ended in a 1-1 draw extending Rovers unbeaten run in the league to three games, their best of the season to date! Sander Puri gave the Bit O’Red the perfect send off before he linked up with the Estonian national team squad as he gave them the lead in the first half. A well taken header from a Regan Donelon header and his first home league goal. Gary McCabe equalised for Shamrock in the second half. That game means that Rovers are now out of the bottom two and look to be on the right road to securing their premier division status. The game was also notable in that it was the first start for former Irish international Damien Duff for Shamrock and while he showed some good touches, he faded as the game went on. He is clearly short on match fitness but still great to have him playing in the league. Shamrock then travelled to Oriel Park during the week to take on Dundalk and were beaten 2-0.