'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!
It was a tough week for Sligo Rovers supporters as the club was beaten and comprehensively so by Shamrock Rovers in the Tallaght Stadium last Friday evening. Despite an even opening and actually some good passages of play they were beaten 5-1 in what was their heaviest defeat of the season and one of their biggest in recent times. Mikey Drennan and Brandon Miele scored two apiece for Shamrock Rovers with Kieran Marty Waters getting their other goal. Dinny Corcoran scored the goal for Sligo Rovers. It was defensive mistakes that led to Rovers undoing as the first Shamrock goal was a ball across which Eoin Wearen failed to clear and it came through to Miele. Their second goal was a ball in from midfield which Rovers left back Danny Ledwith let bounce in front of him and over his head allowing Waters to knock it over the oncoming keeper. In keeping with the flow of the game it was a defensive error by Shamrock Rovers that let Sligo Rovers (a lot of Rovers mentions, hope you can stay with me!) back into the game. Corcoran reacting quick after miscommunication in their defence. They weren't back in the game long though as Ledwith conceded a penalty and then further goals from Miele and Drennan saw the Hoops wrap up the win and the points.
Sander Puri started and finished the game but had little impact as Rovers concentrated a lot of their play down the right wing while Puri and Ledwith's wing was the one targeted by Shamrock Rovers as too often there was a gap between them. The fall out from that game is still being felt as I write as at the time of writing there is a huge level of uncertainty as regards the managers position. On Sunday the rumour broke that Owen Heary had been sacked with different people in the club confirming it off the record but no official word. And this continued throughout the week with rumour and counter rumour and countless names being linked to the post. It seems from the outside that the whole thing has come to an impasse as a deal hasn't yet been able to be reached over Heary's compensation. He has a two year contract and is looking for it to be paid up – by all accounts. So the scenario exists where amidst a legal stand-off that Heary could turn up and take the team for their game on Friday even though Joseph Ndo has been taking the training all week and would be expected to be picking the side. There is never a dull moment in football!!
This week Rovers face a tough task as they try to sign off before the mid-season break with a win as they welcome Dundalk to the Showgrounds on Friday evening. Dundalk suffered their first defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bohemian F.C.
Kick-off in the Showgrounds is at 9:45pm Estonian time and as always there will be full live commentary on Ocean FM with former Rovers captain Conor O'Grady and myself. As always you can listen in Worldwide through their website www.oceanfm.ie
Until next week,