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Rovers Can Start to Look Upwards

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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!


Joseph Ndo is finally appointed official as new Sligo coach along with Gavin Dykes.

Joseph Ndo is finally appointed official as new Sligo coach along with Gavin Dykes.

Well they do say that a week is a long time in football and that was true in the case of Sligo Rovers. Supporters had been disappointed with the draw at home to Galway United but their enthusiasm was refreshed by the 3-2 win against Longford Town last Saturday evening in the Showgrounds. This was the first game after the permanent appointment of Gavin Dykes and Joseph Ndo. They were given a good endorsement by the Rovers supporters as there was a crowd of nearly 1,600 in attendance which isn't bad for a team in a relegation battle. And they were rewarded after an even 20 minutes Rovers remembered the side they were and produced some exhilarating football racing into a 3-0 lead at half time thanks to goals from David Cawley, Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran. The goals are well worth checking out, they can be viewed on the Sligo Rovers website . Cawley's was the result of a 16 team passing move and Ward's a superbly taken dink over the keeper.

Now it wasn't all plain sailing as when Longford pulled one back from the penalty spot, the doubts and defensive fragility that have plauged Rovers throughout the season resurfaced. And yes they were shaky as Longford's direct game yielded another goal and set up a nervy finish but Rovers held out and picked up the win. And it was a crucial one as the three points took them out of the bottom two and the feeling is now that Rovers can look upwards rather than over their shoulder. Ndo has a vision for the team, he wants them to play football the right way and finally the green shoots of recovery cane be seen. Their have been false dawns before this season but this one seems to have more substance about it. At the heart of it will be Sander Puri, he had another impressive game for the week being picked in a number of national teams of the week. A bright spot on what has not been a great season to date for the club but he is living up to his reputation. On this form he has to have done enough to force his way back into Magnus Pehrsson's plans and like all Rovers fans I await the announcement of the next Estonian national team squad and I don't mean the provisional one! 

Tonight Rovers travel to Dalymount Park to take on Bohemian F.C. Who are going into the game on the back of two straight defeats. The Bit O'Red have good recent form against Bohs and are unbeaten against them in their last eleven games. I will have updates on the game for Ocean FM and it will also be live on Setanta Sports. Kick-off is at 10:05pm Estonian time. 

As always you can follow me on twitter - @keithodwyer

Until next week,

Keith O'Dwyer.