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Rovers Slowly Starting to Turn the Corner

Angelo PalmeriComment

'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!


A Finn Harps XI. The gaelic name of the club is Cumann Peile Chláirsigh na Finne (Donegal News)

A Finn Harps XI. The gaelic name of the club is Cumann Peile Chláirsigh na Finne (Donegal News)

It was another busy weekend in the SSE Airtricity League with a double round of games in the Premier Division on Friday and Monday with one round of First Division games. In terms of league positioning not much has changed.

Dundalk, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers are close to breaking away from the pack in their own three horse race for the title with the rest competing for fourth place.

Finn Harps are five points clear in the First Division but have been in a position like this before and faded away so their supporters will be hoping they can stay the course.
And that I promise is the end of my horse racing references for the rest of this piece!

If Harps were to get promoted then it would be great geographically for Sligo Rovers as it would be another team from the North West of Ireland in the top division and also a handy few points! :D It’s something that had happened before but not too often and would be great to see again and counter what had happened in the past few years where Harps have been squeezed by the success of both Rovers and Derry City in terms of competing for players and supporters.

David Cawley scored Sligor Rovers 8th goal of the season (Goal.com)

David Cawley scored Sligor Rovers 8th goal of the season (Goal.com)

For Rovers their slow recovery continues as they had to back to back draws. On Friday they drew 1-1 away against Longford Town in a game that was scrappy but illuminated by two quality goals. Longford took the lead in the 40th minute through a wickedly struck 30 yard shot from their midfielder Kevin O’Connor that swerved and dipped into the top corner.

Just before half time and the sides were level. A good move down the right saw the ball played across to David Cawley and he controlled it on the chest before letting it bounce and lashing it right footed into the net leaving the Longford keeper a mere spectator.

For Sander Puri it was another cameo appearance from him as he came on in the 85th minute for Kevin Devaney and playing on the right wing, he put in a couple of good crosses and looked lively and impressed enough that supporters were calling for him to be given a starting berth.

Which duly happened in Monday night’s game against Bohemian F.C. . Devaney was ruled out through illness and Puri started on the left wing.

The game itself was a stalemate which suited both managers but Puri was solid throughout and showed some great close control and crossing ability.
A run of regular games and he will start to show why he is so highly thought of. It will be interesting now to see if the manager Owen Heary will hold faith with him or put Devaney back in the side.

They are away to St. Patrick’s Athletic tonight and Jeff Henderson and myself will be doing full live commentary for Ocean FM and as always you can listen Worldwide through the website www.oceanfm.ie.

Kick-off in Richmond Park is at 9:45pm Estonian time.