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The Red Army is on the March!

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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!


It was a pivotal weekend of action in the SSE Airtricity League with games on Friday and Monday. For Premier Division leaders Dundalk they have all but cemented their name on the league trophy as on Friday they travelled to Derry and won 2-0 and followed this up on Monday by beating St. Patrick’s Athletic 4-1. They are now ten points clear of Cork City who had a poor weekend as on Friday they lost 3-2 at home to bottom side Limerick while on Monday were beaten 3-0 by Shamrock Rovers. That game was notable for the debut of former Irish international and English Premier League star Damien Duff who came on in the 87th minute for Shamrock. The Hoops are now third as they won two out of two beating Longford 3-1 in their other fixture. Longford have slipped into the relegation battle and on Monday drew 3-3 with Limerick. Galway United are also dragged into the scrap after they lost against Bohs and drew with Drogheda United. 

Sligo fans aka 'The Red Army' (forzarovers.net)

Sligo fans aka 'The Red Army' (forzarovers.net)

It was a moving weekend for Sligo Rovers who recorded back to back wins for the first time this season. On Friday they travelled to Drogheda and won 4-0 thanks to two goals from Danish striker Morten Nielsen and one apiece from Jason Hughes and Anthony Elding. It was new manager Micky Adams’s first win in charge (see box below on the right about the new coach -edit) of the Bit O’Red and he followed it up on Monday by beating Derry 1-0 in the Showgrounds. Tim Clancy with the game’s only goal. Those results mean that while Rovers are still second from bottom they are level on points with Derry and also only one point behind Galway United and Longford Town. Crucially as well they seem to be building up a head of steam while other sides around them are running out of it. Sander Puri played every minute of both games and always looks lively and threatening on the left and works hard. But and there is a but if there is one criticism that can be levelled at him it is that he needs to deliver more of an end product. He has only scored once this season and his assists tally is in the low singles as well, given what he is capable of this needs to be higher on both fronts. He is so highly regarded by Rovers supporters and more to give, if he starts to produce more in terms of finishing and assisting then he will emerge as one of the best players in the league.

MICKY ADAMS, A YOUNG EXPERIENCED MANAGER ---- by Keith O'Dwyer, Sligo. After a long period of speculation and rumours Sligo Rovers (Estonia’s favourite Irish club tm) have a new manager in Micky Adams. Adams brings with him a lot of experience despite being relatively young in manager terms given that he is only 53. He has experienced it all in football in England having played and managed in the Premier League while in his most recent job with Tranmere Rovers he was sacked with two games left as Tranmere were relegated from League Two into non-league football. He will be assisted by Alan Rogers who was his assistant at Tranmere and who also enjoyed a decent playing career having had spells with Nottingham Forest and Leicester. It’s an expensive appointment by the club but one made with the clear aim of keeping Rovers in the Premier Division. Initially he has been appointed until the end of the season and the position will be reviewed then. He has actually managed twice in the Showgrounds before. In 1997 he was then manager of Fulham and his charges won 6-2 and then in 2001 he was back as manager of Brighton who were beaten 1-0. Random fact but my brother made his debut for Rovers that day!

This week it is a break from league action with the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup and Rovers face a long trip down to the bottom of the country as they take on Cobh Wanderers who are a non-league side . Cobh is perhaps most famous for having been the last docking point of the Titanic and let’s hope that Rovers cup hopes don’t come a flounder – I’m sorry but it had to be done!! Kick-off is at 9:45pm Estonian time tonight and I will have updates for Ocean FM which you can listen to Worldwide through www.oceanfm.ie

Until next week,

Keith