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Dundalk Continuing to set the Pace

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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!


'Clinical Champions Dundalk too strong for battling Bohs' wrote The Irish Times

'Clinical Champions Dundalk too strong for battling Bohs' wrote The Irish Times

Last season’s champions Dundalk continue to be the team to beat as they recorded back to back league victories to maintain their 100% start to the new campaign.

Both were 3-0 wins as they accounted for first St. Patrick's Athletic and then Bohemian F.C.

The win against Bohs was a significant one as like Dundalk they had won all their previous league games until Tuesday’s encounter in Dalymount Park. Cork City remain on their heels as they drew 0-0 with Shamrock Rovers and then beat Galway United 2-0. The Galway game was a momentous for the club as it was their 1000th league game since their formation. Mixed fortunes for Galway who had drawn 1-1 with Drogheda in the game preceding the Cork one. Drogheda drew both of their games as it also finished 1-1 in their meeting with Limerick. That made it two draws in a row for the Shannonsiders following on from their 2-2 draw with Longford Town. Longford did record their first win of the season as they beat Bray Wanderers 2-0 on Tuesday.

Worrying times for the Wanderers who prior to that game had been beaten 1-0 by Bohs. On Tuesday St. Pat’s got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Derry and the first of their goals from Greg Bolger was a 45 yard wonder strike (see video above from Gazzetta dello Sport). So a glut of game between last Friday and Tuesday and this will continue for another few week.

It is one of the quirks of the Irish season in that as it is only 40 weeks due to clubs wanting to save money on wages there are a number of times where teams play 2 sometimes 3 games a week.

Less congested is the First Division where Finn Harps and Shelbourne continued with their impressive starts. Harps won 2-0 away against Waterford United and Shels beat league newboys Cabinteely 1-0. Athlone Town were 2-1 winners against UCD and Wexford Youths won 4-1 away against Cobh Ramblers. That result led to the first managerial casualty of the season as Cobh’s manager Martin Cambridge resigned after the game as the Ramblers are on the lookout for a new boss. 

Sligo's starting XI for the Clash Of the Rovers featuring Sander Puri (third from left in first row - Michael Melly / Sligo Rovers website)

Sligo's starting XI for the Clash Of the Rovers featuring Sander Puri (third from left in first row - Michael Melly / Sligo Rovers website)

For Sander Puri and Sligo Rovers it has been a week of frustration as last Saturday they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Derry City and then on Tuesday night lost 2-1 against bitter rivals Shamrock Rovers in the Showgrounds.

Puri was an unused substitute for the Derry game and started the Shamrock Rovers game being replaced in the second half by Kevin Devaney.

He put in a couple of good crosses, one of which nearly went in but hasn’t matched his pre-season form yet. Then again neither has the club as a whole and they will be hoping to put that to right tonight as they travel to Oriel Park to take on the reigning champions Dundalk.

Kick-off is at 9:45pm Estonian time and there will be full live commentary with myself on Ocean FM which is available to listen to Worldwide on www.oceanfm.ie 


Until the next time,

Keith.