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LOI closer to the end - Cork or Dundalk? Already tonight answer might come

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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 race for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division is going to go straight to the wire as once again Dundalk and Cork City matched each other stride for stride.

Current leaders Dundalk won 3-0 away against Athlone Town with Cork City also winning away as they beat UCD 4-0 in the Belfield Bowl.

University College Dublin coat of arms

University College Dublin coat of arms

UCD are an unique club in not only Ireland but Europe as well as they are (I think!) the only university side playing in the top flight of their domestic league, UCD stands for University College Dublin.

This is a double edged sword for them as while they are able to attract some of the best young players in the country on scholarships, these players invariably move on and also they find it hard to establish a regular fan base.

I used to attend UCD and the general student population just treat the team with apathy which is a pity as the football is always good. That though is something I will get back to again.

Dundalk played their game in hand on Monday evening and drew 0-0 with Shamrock Rovers which means they are now one point ahead of Cork with two games to go. The last game of the season on Friday 24th October see Dundalk host Cork and it is looking very much like this will be the title decider.

Sean Fallon has been a legend of Celtic FC whose been also assistant manager (bbc.co.uk)

Sean Fallon has been a legend of Celtic FC whose been also assistant manager (bbc.co.uk)

Elsewhere it was a big weekend for Sligo Rovers, on Friday night they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Bohemian F.C. in Dalymount Park with Libyan international getting the equaliser. Then on Sunday the club officially opened the new Sean Fallon Centre which comprises of a FIFA 2 Star astro turf and a full size grass training pitch and two five a side pitches. Sean Fallon who was from Sligo was a former player of Sligo Rovers but more famously he was a Celtic legend. He played for and captained the side and was also Jock Stein’s assistant during the Lisbon Lions era and also managed the team himself. There were members of his family present as well as directors of Celtic F.C. and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

After the opening Rovers played English League Two side Accrington Stanley in an entertaining game which finished 5-4 to Accrington. 

The First Division came to a close last Sunday with Longford winning away against Finn Harps to confirm their standing as champions and also automatic promotion. Shelbourne F.C. finished second and will take on Galway F.C. in a two legged play-off. The winner of this will play the side that finishes second from bottom in the Premier which looks like it will be either UCD or Athlone.

So just Premier Division games this weekend and I will be in Thomond Park in Limerick on Friday night for Limerick F.C. against Sligo Rovers. There will be full live commentary on Ocean FM of the game. Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster rugby and is a very impressive venue to play in and commentate from. Kick-off is at 7:45pm (GMT)

By Keith O'Dwyer

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