'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.
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.
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,