Blaise found it unusual that Shelbourne were playing on a Monday night. He’s used to Friday’s in Tolka. It was a school night and he likes to get to bed early. Bohemians versus Cork was on television in the FAI Cup semi-final replay and I could tell he was tempted
In the aftermath of Dublin’s superb All Ireland Senior Football Championship win – a victory that saw them lift the Sam Maguire for a record-equalling four-in-a-row – I saw a few sour-grapes comments amidst the celebratory.
One piece I read – and it wasn’t written tongue-in-cheek - called for Dublin
I’ve had the Radiohead song ‘’No Surprises’’ [from the ‘’OK Computer’’ album] going around and around in my head all weekend. It came to mind when I saw the results from Round 2 of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. No prizes for guessing why I thought of ‘’No Surprises’’.
This coming week will be one of the highlights of the season for me. The entry of the 20 League of Ireland clubs into the FAI Cup, joining the 12 non-league survivors, is sure to serve up thrills and spills; shocks, upsets and giant-killings.
The Cup is a welcome break
This year’s SSE Airtricity League First Division is proving to be one of the most exciting in years. Rejuvenated by the 10-team restructuring and the offer of three promotion play-off spots, the standard of football and attendances in general have improved.
The return after the mid-season break at the weekend threw
If Bray Wanderers stay up this year it will surely rank as the greatest escape by a club famous for pulling off great escapes. Is what was seemingly impossible after ten games – the club only had a single point, from an unlikely opening-day draw with Dundalk – now a
I was working nights this weekend so switched off to what was happening in domestic soccer as best I could. If results went the way I didn’t want them to go then I had an excuse to ignore them. It was probably best to ignore the results even if they
Tolka Park is the nearest League of Ireland ground to my house but even closer to me is the former League of Ireland ground at Whitehall Stadium. I’ve lived in Drumcondra for 9 years and have walked by the ground many, many times but last Wednesday was the first time
I got to two League of Ireland games this weekend; Bray on Friday for the visit of Limerick in the Premier Division and Cabinteely on Saturday for the visit of Athlone Town in the First Division. The two games were both meant to be on Friday night but Cabinteely rescheduling
The walk down to Tolka Park on Friday night to see Shelbourne take on Galway United gave my son Blaise and myself time to catch up with the good, the bad and the everything else of the week’s football.
The good had been Bray Wanderers’ marvellous win over Shamrock Rovers