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Sligo Rovers get off the Mark!

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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!

Corcoran scored the winner against Galway, his second goal in League of Ireland (Sligo Rovers official website)

Corcoran scored the winner against Galway, his second goal in League of Ireland (Sligo Rovers official website)

Finally good news for Sligo Rovers supporters of which there are a few in Estonia!

The Bit O’Red got their first league win last weekend as they beat local rivals Galway United 1-0 in Eamonn Deacy Park.

Well I say local rivals as Galway are in the same province as Sligo (Connacht) but it’s still a two hour drive away!  Dinny Corcoran scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot after 5 minutes in what was a very scrappy game.

Not that it mattered as that result lifts Rovers off the bottom of the table. Sander Puri was on the bench but came on five minutes into the second half as Steven Beattie went off injured. It was an impressive outing for Puri who helped his side defend their lead.

He tucked into midfield when needed to provide cover and always looked to arch his run so as to cut off any breaks down his wing. He also went close with a shot from distance that flashed wide of the post. There had been word that Puri was struggling to settle in Sligo but hopefully Friday’s game will mark a turning point for him.

No change at the top of the Premier Division with the race for the title very much a three horse one. Leaders Dundalk left it late but beat their near neighbours Drogheda United 1-0 thanks to an 88th minute goal from Richie Towell.

Shamrock Rovers drew 0-0 away against Derry City and it also finished goal-less in the meeting of St. Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City. This allowed Bohemian F.C. to jump to second place courtesy of their 2-0 win at home against Longford Town. However I don’t believe that they’ll sustain their current run and as such am not including them in my three horse race for the title!

Bray Wanderers followed up their win last week against Sligo Rovers with a convincing 4-0 home win over Limerick F.C. Current caretaker manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki must now be in pole position to get the job on a full time basis. Bray announced over the weekend that they have sorted the issues that led to the resignation of previous manager Alan Matthews which has prompted speculation that he might return to the post he left less than two weeks ago!

Finn Harps top the First Division as they beat Athlone Town 1-0. Wexford Youths continued their good run with an impressive 4-2 win away against Shelbourne F.C. in Tolka Park. Waterford United drew 1-1 with Cobh Ramblers while Cabinteely were beaten 2-0 at home by UCD.

This week Sligo Rovers are on the road again as they travel to face Longford Town in the City Calling Stadium, I’ll be on commentary duty for Ocean FM and you can listen through their website, kick-off is at 9:45pm Estonian time.

Until next week,

Keith O’Dwyer