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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.
It was FAI Ford Cup semi-final weekend with both games taking place in Dublin on Sunday.
In the first of the semi-finals Premier Division side St. Patrick’s Athletic took on Finn Harps from the First Division in Richmond Park.
Both of these sides are in the midst of a cup drought as St. Pat’s last won it in 1954 and Harps in 1974. St. Pat’s were last in the final in 2012 when they were beaten by Derry City and Harps last reached the decided in 1999 when they were beaten after three games by Bray Wanderers. It was the Premier Division side who booked their place in the final on Sunday November 2nd in the Aviva Stadium thanks to a comprehensive 6-1 win. Conan Byrne and Killian Brennan got two goals each with Christy Fagan and Sean Hoare both getting a goal apiece. Packie Mailey scored for Harps who finished with ten after Gareth Harkin was sent off late on.
They will have to wait to find out who they will play in the final as the meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Derry City finished in a 1-1 draw in the Tallaght Stadium. Shamrock Rovers have won the Cup a record 24 times but their last win was 27 years ago while last won the Cup in 2012. Dean Kelly had given Shamrock Rovers the lead with Rory Patterson getting a late equaliser for Derry. The replay is tomorrow night in the Brandywell.
The other big news from the weekend was the return of Longford Town to the Premier Division as they clinched the First Division on Friday night thanks to a 5-0 win over Shamrock Rovers B. They had been seven years outside of the top flight and there was a crowd of over 2,000 in attendance on Friday. It’s great for the league to have another club from outside Dublin in the Premier as it increases the geographical spread. Second place side Shelbourne drew 1-1 with Galway United as both confirmed their places in the play-offs. Elsewhere Waterford United were 2-1 winners at home against Cobh Ramblers.
In the Premier Division Sligo Rovers got back to winning ways as they compounded UCD’s relegation woes thanks to a 4-0 win in the Showgrounds. Eamon Zayed got the first, making it four goals in nine games for the Libyan international, while Gary Armstrong, Paul O’Conor and Danny Ledwith got the others. Armstrong is a product of the club’s youth system as was making his first start of the season. His grandfather Johnny is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Cork City have moved level on points with Dundalk at the top of the table thanks to their 2-1 win against Drogheda United. Limerick beat Athlone Town 4-2 in the division’s other game.
I will be on commentary duties this coming Friday evening for Ocean FM for the clash between Bohemian F.C. and Sligo Rovers in Dalymount Park. It might be a nondescript mid-table game but it’s important to me! Kick-off is 7:45pm Irish time.
By Keith O'Dwyer