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The FAI Ford Cup final

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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.


The curtain came down on the SSE Airtricity League season last weekend with the FAI Ford Cup Final and the promotion/relegation play-off decided.


That game was on Friday night and it proved to be a Halloween to remember for Galway F.C. As they beat UCD 3-0 in Eamon Deacy Park to record a 5-1 aggregate win and in doing so they clinched promotion to the Premier League with UCD condemned to the First Division. There was a good crowd in attendance with over 3,000 present although if Galway are to thrive they will need for those people to continually turn out to support the Tribesmen. One positive move that they are going to introduce is that they will be renaming themselves Galway United.

In terms of the overall picture it means that next season the Premier Division will have a better geographical club throughout the country with only 25% of the top flights coming from Dublin. 



The Aviva Stadium was the venue last Sunday afternoon for the showpiece of the domestic season the FAI Ford Cup Final as St. Patrick's Athletic took on Derry City in front of a crowd of just over 17,000. In a game were the occasion seemed to get to both sides it was St. Pat's who prevailed winning 2-0 with the in form and in demand Christy Fagan getting both their goals and in the process ending his sides 53 year Cup drought.


For a lot of the players in action in that game and indeed for the majority of players in the league they now enter a period of uncertainty as for most of them they are out of contract. One of the peculiarities of the SSE Airtricity League is that the majority of clubs only offer 40 weeks contract so a player can go from winning the League to claiming unemployment benefit in the space of a few days. I'm not sure if it is the same in Estonia but only a few players get paid in the off season in Ireland with few clubs offering two year contracts

That means that there will be a huge movement on the transfer front as players move between clubs.

One of the first clubs out of the blocks was Sligo Rovers who announced the signing's of Dinny Corcoran, Steven Beattie and Kevin Devaney from Bohemian F.C. And Keith Ward from Dundalk.

Raffaele Cretaro has also resigned as new manager Owen Heary looks to put his squad together. Cretaro is a Rovers legend hailing from Tubbercurry in Sligo and will be going into his 14th season with the club. He's also half Italian as his father is from just outside of Rome.

Cork City have also added to their squad with striker Karl Sheppard signing from Shamrock Rovers. As always at this time of year there are plenty of rumours which keep fans forums busy! It's not ideal but is something that clubs do in order to keep costs done, ideally the league would be extended out by a couple of weeks as fixtures are crammed but again cost and finances are an issue.

I recently was in Chesterfield and attended their Skybet League One game against Swindon Town and I will be writing more about that next week. 

Until then,

Keith O'Dwyer