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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!
Sligo Rovers are on their best run of the season as they made it three games unbeaten by beating non-league side Crumlin United 2-0 in the Showgrounds last Sunday evening. Dinny Corcoran and David Cawley got the goals as Rovers progressed through to the third round. Crumlin recently won the FAI Intermediate Cup and would be considered one of the top non-league sides and have in their ranks a couple of players who have played in the SSE Airtricity League so on paper this would have been considered a tricky tie but in reality it was anything but. Crumlin were poor not creating a chance from play and it says a lot about the fragile confidence of the Rovers side that they struggled to put them away and didn’t look comfortable being the dominant side. But look all that matters is that they got the win and are through to the next round and are a little bit of a run even if there hasn’t been the biggest improvement in terms of performances. There was a disappointing attendance for the game with just over 600 supporters in the ground, this has become a worrying trend and one the club urgently needs to address. Cup football used to hold a special appeal for the Rovers faithful but not now as it too is being affected by the sense of apathy that is growing towards the club.
Sander Puri started and lasted an hour before being replaced by Kevin Devaney in what is a now common substitution. It wasn’t one of his better games but then again the team as a whole was flat. I was surprised as such to see that he didn’t make the cut for the Estonia national teams games against Finland and San Marino as last Sunday aside he has been in good form and also and this could be considered controversial! But I think that the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division would be of a slightly higher standard than the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga. I can only base that on results in European competitions between the two sides and also the couple of games that I have watched online. Anyhow I think that on the basis of his recent form he deserved at least a call up to the squad proper. That said every cloud has a silver lining and he will be available for Rovers for their home game against Dundalk on Friday 12th June. This is the last league game for two weeks as in Ireland there is a mid-season break.
It was one of the concessions made for players when the league switched to Summer football as it gives them time to go on holiday with their families and for clubs it can mean that they don’t have to pay wages. There are meant to be no games played during the break but that rule has started to relax in the past couple of years. It was back to league action this week and Friday evening was the ‘Clash of the Rovers’ as Sligo travelled to take on Shamrock in the Tallaght Stadium. Shamrock is familiar to football fans in Estonia due to their 2011 UEFA Champions League qualifier against F.C. Flora, Kick-off was at 10pm Estonian time and Shamrock smashed Sligo 5-1. You can hear Sander's impressions about this game in a long interview with Ocean FM available here at Soundcloud. Sander also spoke about his season with Sligo so far and the life in Ireland.
Until next week,