'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!
The new SSE Airtricity League season may only be a couple of weeks old but already there is a pattern emerging and as expected in the Premier Division reigning champions Dundalk and last season runners-up Cork City are forerunners for this year’s crown with Shamrock Rovers very much in the mix as well.
A goal from Dane Massey gave Dundalk a 1-0 win away against Derry City while Cork were emphatic 5-0 winners against Limerick. Brothers Billy and Darren Dennehy got two each with Gavin Holohan getting the other. Shamrock won 2-0 away against Longford Town thanks to goals from Sean O’Connor and Kieran Marty Waters. Bray Wanderers suffered back to back losses when they went down 3-0 against St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park. Killian Brennan, Chris Forrester and Christy Fagan with the goals for St. Pat’s.
In the First Division two goals from Ruairi Keating gave Finn Harps a 2-0 win at home to the league newcomers Cabinteely F.C.
Keating is on loan from Sligo Rovers and looks a real prospect.
Shelbourne won 1-0 away against UCD with Waterford United beating Wexford Youths 2-1. Athlone Town were 4-0 winners against Cobh Ramblers to cap off what had been an eventful week for the club.
They were relegated from the Premier last season but by all accounts have assembled a strong squad this year to give themselves a chance of bouncing back. However the club issued a statement recently calling for a public meeting to determine if the people of Athlone want to have a senior team. Something that has become all too familiar in the League of Ireland but surprising to have it this early in the season. They are also struggling to find a main sponsor which has affected their financial planning. Athlone have a proud history (they played AC Milan in the UEFA Cup in 1975, see video below) and hopefully will weather this storm and see out the season but more importantly they need the people of the town to get out and support the club, as always that is the bottom line.
As I’m sure you’re all aware it was St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland during the week and for me that presented an opportunity that the league let pass them by, it would be the perfect day to schedule not a round of games but certainly a couple of choice fixtures and maybe look to get one of them televised. I know that it was done years ago but I feel now with a bit of marketing behind the games that it is something worth looking at. You could have St. Patrick’s Athletic against Shamrock Rovers, maybe Sligo Rovers against Galway United and Cork City against Limerick, pick three big derby games and push the hell out of them and tie them into the national festival. 487,000 people were on the streets of Dublin for the parade but yet no promotion for the league, 30,000 on the streets of Sligo and again the same. These are the occasions when you have to target people and tap into the national and international feeling of goodwill to all things Irish.
Which brings us to Sligo Rovers and it was a disappointing night for the Bit O’Red as they lost 3-2 against Drogheda United in United Park despite having lead twice through goals from Dinny Corcoran and Gavin Peers. Daryl Kavanagh, Cathal Brady and Neil Yohdolahi scored for Drogheda. So that means that Sander Puri has now lost twice in Drogheda with teams from two different countries! He was on the bench for the game and came on with five minutes to go playing in the centre of midfield but with little time to have an impact on the game.
This week Rovers are home to Derry City this Saturday night and kick-off in the Showgrounds is at 9:45pm Estonian time.
Until next week,