Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Great to be back playing, I missed playing week in week out, its always frustrating when you are not selected to play. When you have a spell out of the team, I think once you get back in you appreciate it more and work even harder to stay in.
When U.C.D beat pats did that help the morale in the dressing room ?
To be fair the morale is always good in the dressing room we have some good personalities and characters at the club and we have not got to down about the disappointing results and also we have not gotten ahead of ourself s with the positive results. The pats win was vital because of our current position in the league. The bray game we feel we left two points behind us. So hopefully we can get a positive result this week again shamrock rovers which will be a very difficult game but one we are all looking forward to.
What were your ambitions for this season and did you achieve them ??
We wanted to finish as high as we could and make sure we stay in the league giving us something to build on the following year and we wanted a cup run which didn't happen for us. so the main ambition now is to pick up as many points as we can in the remaining games and avoid the play-offs to make sure we are in the top division next season and improve on this season.
With players heading abroad like Amond do you think any player can stand a chance of a career in England or anywhere if they have a good season ?
Amond got a great move and one he fully deserved he was on fire in the league this year and I'm sure giving the opportunity he will carry that form on with his new club. I don't believe that England is the be all and end all by any means. podge's move is proof of that, there are a lot of good players in this league many of which I believe can play at a higher level giving the right opportunity. Personally speaking on behalf of myself I feel I would have to make a mark in this league first and foremost before I look away from here, my main focus is to preform here and if somewhere down the line i play to a level that may attract interest from clubs abroad then I think every player would like to progress and play higher.
Are you happy with the FAI who have come under attack the past few weeks calling them failures..Would the league survive without them ?
They are our governing body and of course they deserve respect. At the end of the day the F.A.I are important in running football in Ireland its impossible to keep everyone happy. And the media can create a negative atmosphere sometimes and people can jump on the band wagon. There doing there best so let them get on with it.
What are your ambitions for the next Season ...?
ha ha I'll finish out this season first pal!!
And Finally. What ground is your favorite out of the league ??
Tallaght stadium love the place always look forward to playing there.
We would like to thank U.C.D's Billy Brennan for taking time to do this interview and thanks to reporter Alex Murray for conducting it. !
Thanks to the followers, hope you enjoyed it !
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Darren, Fingal shocked the League last year with a unique double, how did it feel to win the play-offs and the FAI Cup within a month of each other?
With the squad we had we knew within ourselves that finishing third was an underachievement. However, when it really mattered we were the better team in the play offs against both Shels and Bray. Looking back at the cup I'd say that two nil down at half time at home to Rovers in the quarters, not in great shape in the league, our season was looking like a big disaster. We showed great fight and determination to turn our season right round into a very successful one with the massive bonus of European football.
At the start of the year what do you think were the clubs goals and your own personal ones?
Liam put together a squad he thought was capable to mount a serious title challenge. He did. We have 13 draws to date and I'd say 85% of them draws have been from a winning position so we hit the detonator button to our league chances ourselves, nobody else to blame. I think European football would be a successful season for Fingal without doubt. Personally, my own goals were to stop some silly errors I had made towards the end of the First Division run in. The Shels game at home, 2-0 up I made a howler and we drew 2-2. Fortunately the others I remember, Finn Harps at home and
Were you surprised when Chris O’Connor could have won his team promotion but instead made a huge error and cost his team the win?
It was a great finish wasn't it! I think had Chris kicked the ball long the ref would have blown up. I would have been rightly shocked had they got the aggregate equaliser!!
How did it feel to win the League Cup with
I broke my wrist in
When you played against the Irish Senior Team how did it feel to come close to drawing with a team of Premiership and fully pro players?
It did not dawn on me at all. I played in the 21's with most of them, I was at
How does it feel to play in the Europa League?
I don't know! Maybe next year ask me.
What sort of differences are there between playing internationally (For the u-23’s) and domestically (in the LoI)?
With the 23s we played
The show’s original team attended the Shelbourne game in the Leinster Senior Cup this year, were you angry at those fans at that who were giving you dog’s abuse?
Not at all. It was hardly dog’s abuse, a few kids or few clueless people jumping on the bandwagon. I have no regrets at all. Bisto got sent off for pushing me in the play-offs and as for the shouts regarding financial difficulty at
On the subject, do you think fans can go really far over the top to often in their attack on teams/players?
No, I actually think its dying out of the game and the craic is badly needed. Obviously fans can shout and shout. It's all part of football and the excitement of going to a game. But when a player who takes abuse for 89 minutes, scores the winner and runs to his abusers, that's what it's all about. It adds to the atmosphere, people are fired up and chant more. The Gary Twigg thing is prime example. Another thing we had to copy from the FA like the Adebayor versus Arsenal fans incident. Let it be, it's only a game and let people and players enjoy it.
You Played for
I was/am a City fan so it was fantastic to sign for them. However, another broken arm story and homesickness set in I felt coming home was best for me at the time. Had I the chance to do it all again I'd probably have liked to go back to Everton but I was chasing the dream back then!
What sort of pace is the game played in
Again any European football I have played has all been high tempo attacks in your defensive half and they slowly build from the back. Patiently waiting to pick you off.
Our left back Lorcan Fitzgerald doesn't really know much about tactics so he just ran and got lost, found himself in the Maritimo box and miss hit a shot into the net for a crucial away goal!
Did you enjoy playing at the Brandywell with
City fans were great. The best there is. Everybody has their own opinions of who they'd like to see playing but no matter what 11 Stephen picked, the fans are always right behind you. Some clubs fans you hear getting on their on players backs but I have to say there is a great positivity about playing for
When you joined Fingal, were you disappointed and are you still disappointed with their small fan base?
No, I know the hard work the club put in and it is a slow process to build a fan base. It was sad to see in
And finally, do you reckon if you keep progressing, you can eventually win an
I am realistic enough to know the possibilities of that ever happening. Having said that, I never thought I'd see the day Fingal played a
We would like to thank Darren for his time as we all know his schedule with Fingal is very busy and we would like to thank Donagh Corby for the questions
Saturday, September 25, 2010
And it was Sheppard’s work-rate that most threatened to upset Rovers. His appetite for the lost cause was remarkable with the result that Galway were able to create a number of half chances from places where chances din't seem likely..
Michael O’Neill brought on Dessie Baker in an attempt to create a more upbeat tempo for the South Dublin team, and he immediately added some flair. Running onto a through ball from Danny Murphy the striker allowed the ball to run behind him, and while he lost his marker, he failed to fool ‘keeper Geraghty who gathered at the striker’s feet.
Sheppard’s one man show for the western outfit proved to be an example of the phgrase close but no cigar and Bohemians and Paddys all over the world will be distressed that galway couldn't muster up any goal chances. But, fueled by Baker’s energy, it was Rovers who were regaining the initiative.
Thomas Stewart battled his way into the Galway box and hit a dinked shot just inches wide of Geraghty’s left hand post and Twigg and Baker were running their legs off, they just played really well.
The Game ended 3-0 and in the end Gary Twigg deserved the Man Of The Match award on almost every but must be disappointed with not getting the match ball and he did come close. He didn't speak to us afterward, but he wins our Man Of The Match Award regardless
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Manus; Danny Murphy, Craig Sives, Aidan Price, Enda Stevens; James Chambers (Stephen Rice, 53), Stephen Bradley (Robert Bayly, 78), Chris Turner, Thomas Stewart; Gary Twigg, Neale Fenn (Dessie Baker, 60).
Subs not used: Pat Jennings, Pat Flynn.
Galway United: Daire Geraghty; Paul Sinnott, Jamie McKenzie, Philip Reilly (Tom King, 25), Rhys Meynell; Jason Molloy (Shane Keogh, 68), Seamus Coleman, Gary Curran, Derek O’Brien; Karl Sheppard (David Sheppard, 84), Stephen Walshe.
Subs not used: Conor Winn, Ger Cheevers.
Bookings: Stephen Walshe (36), James McKenzie (54).
The League Of Ireland Interview Show MOTM Man of the Match: Gary Twigg.
Referee: Tom Connolly.
Attendance: 3,500 (estimate).
Friday, September 24, 2010
First off Barry, we know you were once an LoI player yourself, what forced your choice to quit and start playing intermediate?
I was at
Okay, and now you play for
Yeah, and how did it feel when you heard Kilkenny had gone into administration and that you would not be playing for them anymore?
It was a massive disappointment at the time, I had enjoyed playing senior football and playing in places like turners cross and
Would you hope that You could still go back and play football in one of
To be honest a lot of time and travelling is involved and I’m currently studying for my degree in the university of limerick to become a P.E teacher so I’m focused on that and love playing with Clonmel Town and the club is run as well as any First Division League of Ireland sides.
Okay, and were you proud last year that you got a crowd big enough to make any majour side drool for that match the FAI Junior cup semi-final?
Yeah there was a massive crowd at the game and it was an incredible atmosphere and a fantastic advertisement for amateur football. There would rarely be that many at a First Division League of Ireland game. Unfortunately though the only memories I have of that day are bad ones. When you lose semi finals the atmosphere or the occasion are no consolation
Yeah, did you feel you played well enough to reach the final?
No we never turned up on the day and were completely outplayed and Saint Michaels were deserving winners. It was the second semi final in a row we have lost so here’s hoping for 3rd time lucky.
Okay, well I am almost out of time so I will ask you the days random question:
What did you think of the Dunmanway FC v
We would like to thank Barry for his time and to our reporter Donagh Corby for asking the questions
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Bohs ran out convincing winners in this FAI cup quater-final. They outclassed their oppenents Bray who have had a quite simply brilliant ressurection under new manager Pat Devlin!
There was no real chances in the first 20 minutes but out of nowhere Mark Quigly collected a ball from Raffaele Cretaro 25 yards out and unleashed a magnificent shot which swerved past the reach of Matt Gregg. But the Seaguls almost responded immediatly when Gary Shaw`s long range shot was saved by Chris O`Connor,he pushed the ball to the edge of the 6 yard box, where Dean Zambra got a touch to the ball put the Bohs defence cleared off the line!!!
A few minutes after the start of the second half Cretaro made it 2-0. A brilliant ball from Killian Brennan sent the former Sligo Rovers man through 1 on 1 where he calmly slotted the ball beyond Gregg.
Bray`s chances were all but ended 2 minutes later. Cretaro was once again through 1 on 1 but Shane O`Connor pulled him down and he was rightly sent off for being the last man back.
Substitute Aaron Greene all but made sure of Bohs progressing as he rounded Gregg and tapped into an empty net. But Greene had his head in his hands a minute later when he once again he rounded Gregg but SOMEHOW failed to score into an unguarded net from 10 yards out.
And that’s how it finished. Bray will no doubt be looking to bounce back from this heavy defeat as they face UCD next week. Bohs travel to the Showgrounds on Tuesday night in a game they will be desperate to win to keep the pressure on Shamrock Rovers at the top of the Airtricity League table.
Written by Adam Kelly
Never come late to a City match at the moment as that seems to be when City play all their best football at the moment. Just like the week privious,City did enough to earn 3 pts within the first 15 mins . Last Night we were 3 up after 12 mins, the first came when Graham Cummins got on the end of a great Shane Barrett cross to put us ahead. The 2nd came on 11 mins when Davin O'Neil strolled in from the wing through the Limerick backline before slotting past Dave Ryan in the Limerick goal and the 3rd came on 13 mins when O'Neil volleyed home into the bottom corner .
After being shocked by how the game had Started, Limerick began to try and find a way back into the game but not really threatening City in the process . Limerick's John Tierney was lively as always and his paced caused the City defence trouble but with no support up front he could not turn provider for a Limerick goal .
City soaked up any Limerick attack and passed around comfortably to see out the remainder of the half. In the 2nd half,
Stephen O’Flynn came close for the home side, his over ambitious volley from all of forty yards nearly caught out McNulty, but the Cork stopper prevented the goal. Just as City thought they had seen the game out with a clean sheet, Limerick were awarded a free kick which Bobby Ryan put away into the bottom corner.
City after that ran out comfortable winners after a drab affair. We now lie only a point behind Limerick, and given the form we are in we still have a chance of the playoffs. I hope that City if they cannot make it this year we can end the season on a high and hopefully take this good form into next season with some added confidance aswell. To think after the way things were at pre season, it's fantastic to think that we are even in with a chance of the playoffs. Credit must go to FORAS and their Board of Managment who do some magnificent work putting loads of time in to ensure a stable and thriving Cork club in the LOI .
If anything it keeps our season interesting and hopefully people will come out in numbers to Turners Cross, starting with Longford next week.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
17th-18th September 2010
Friday, September 17th
Bohemians v Bray Wanderers
Dalymount Park 7.45pm
Shamrock Rovers v Galway United
Tallaght Stadium 8.00pm
Saturday, September 18th
St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sporting Fingal
Richmond Park 1.00pm
[Live on RTE Two]
Sligo Rovers v Monaghan United
The Showgrounds 7.45pm
Bohemians v Bray Wanderers
Dalymount Park 7.45pm
Bohemians go into this as firm favorites as they have in the other two rounds and have done well with the title.
But Bray have been in amazing form so far since Gormley left and a certain player has told me they are a cup team. Bray have been in 1 cup final already this season
This is why I predict a shaky 2-2 draw, with Bray winning the replay at the Carlisle Grounds 2-1.
Shamrock Rovers v Galway United
Tallaght Stadium 8.00pm
Ah this game in my opinion will be as much of a stormer as the Fingal v Pats game, as both sides have been strugling in the cup so far.
It took Galway at replay with local rivals Salthill Devon (Who are very low in the First Division) to secure their place in this match and Rovers stunned the league when they struggled to beat Longford, Saved only by the debatable decisions by Referee Richie Winter.
This is why I predict a 4-4 draw at Tallaght, with a replay going in Rovers favour at Terryland 2-0
St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sporting Fingal
Richmond Park 1.00pm
This is the biggest game of the quarters as one of the big, Dublin derbies. Fingal are defending the trophy, but not very well and Pats have been in great cup form ploughing their way through Dundalk and Belgrove. However Fingal have been stuttering, and even threw away leads at home to First Division High-Flighers Limerick FC and then went up 2-1 at Jackman in the last round.
This is why I predict a 3-0 win to Pats in this RTE televised game
Sligo Rovers v Monaghan United
The Showgrounds 7.45pm
This is a game that will be played twice in 7 days in cup games.
Monaghan are a class side with a lot of strength in depth and even going out at this stage would be a big win for them as they are also chasing promotion in probably the club's most successful season. However Sligo on the other hand were disappointed to not win the cup last year and will be well up for this huge clash, but they are in the same position as Bohemians were in at this time last season. They will be debating when and how to rest players for their 3 games in 7 days, 1 of which is a cup final
This is why I predict Monaghan to win this easily, 2-0. Rovers will rest key players and go down to Monaghan's strong side.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the fun-filled cup weekend!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Bohemians against Drogheda United
Dundalk against Shamrock Rovers
Galway United against Sligo Rovers
Sporting Fingal against Bray Wanderers
U.C.D against St.Patrick’s Athletic .
Bohemians 2-0 Drogheda United :
Now, this one was always looking to be a good match and that it was , but when Bohemians started off brightly it looked as if it was going to be a walkover but as soon as Drogheda got into the game it livened up ! The goals came from veteran striker Jason Byrne and Killian Brennan helped Bohs move into a close title challenge with near rivals Shamrock Rovers, now a few weeks ago people began writing off Bohemian’s chances of a three in a row league title but now after the UEFA Champions League humiliation they have got back to on form football and winning games and have put them selves firmly back in with a shout of winning the league! Up next for Bohemians is Sligo Rovers on Saturday the 25th of September , while for Drogheda United they pit their wits against a Sporting Fingal side who are chasing a Europa League Spot, so that is a good game !!
Dundalk 5-1 Shamrock Rovers:
Now this game was a shock of many tonight but this made the headlines as the Lilywhites thrashed rivals Shamrock Rovers by 5 goals to 1 , Nobody expected this to happen , even Dundalk Manager didn’t expect this , as for Michael O’Neill and his side will wish this is only a one time thing and that it doesn’t effect their recent form , which has been brilliant as they won the last 17 games before Tuesday , and it proved to be a horror return to Oriel Park for Shamrock Rovers and Neale Fenn as he got a lot of abuse which was expected , and the goals came from the new number 10 called Matthew Tipton who bagged a hatrick for Dundalk and Tom Miller scored one when he opened the scoring within three minutes , and then probably man of the match Dean Bennet who played really well in the middle of the park fired home and with Dundalk going into half time 4-0 up and surely game over ! This was a very disappointing result for Shamrock Rovers but it gave Dundalk a relegation lift, so lets see how Dundalk continue when they play 3rd place St.Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Friday and Shamrock Rovers play host to Galway United on Friday also .
Galway United 2-2 Sligo Rovers:
This one was a game for Ireland Under 21 player Karl Sheppard to help Galway fight back and get a draw against Sligo Rovers, and under 36 minutes Galway where 2 nil down as in the eight minute Riche Ryan fired in to make it 1-0 to Sligo and then the second goal for Rovers came courtesy of John Russell on the 36 minute this was looking to easy for Sligo, but then Galway showed a sign of things to come when Gary Curran had a shot go in after it sneaked over the line, just about said the Galway United fans but they where pleased, and then came the best time for Galway fans as Karl Sheppard scored from a Stephen O’Donnell free-kick and then the comeback was complete , both sides pushed for a winner in the last few minutes but that goal on the 63rd minute was the last goal these fans at TerryLand Park where going to see !! So the game ended all square with the scores at 2-2 and next up for Galway is a trip to Tallaght Stadium and Sligo will be against title challengers Bohemians at the Showgrounds!! This draw was a boost for Galway as their looking to escape the drama of relegation while this is a set back for Rovers as they are currently in the chase for a Europa League Spot.
Sporting Fingal 2-2 Bray Wanderers:
This game was an expectant win for Sporting Fingal fans but this was the latest team to be handed a reality check and showed you should never take teams for granted and ever since Eddie Gormley left , Bray have hit top form after coming off the bottom of the league since the start !! this is a real moral boost for them , surely ? But , it was not the best of starts for Bray as they where 1-0 down inside two minutes as Alan Kirby put fingal ahead with a fine effort ! this came followed by a tactic switch form the Bray Manager who clearly wanted the three points here tonight at the Morton Stadium, but then the switch payed off as on-form striker Jake Kelly fired in two goals and gave the travelling support something to be happy about come the half-time whistle as Bray led by 2 goals to 1 , after Kelly scoring on the 16th minute and again on 34 minutes as he drilled the ball past Darren Quigley , but then Fingal drew level as Conon Byrne went 1 on 1 with Gregg and only the post could stop him from scoring but then Eamon Zayed fired in the rebound who was in the right place at the right time for Fingal Fans , this turned out to be the last goal of the game and this means that Bray leap over Drogheda into 9th place in the 2010 Airtricty league table and survival is well underway , up next for them is a home game vs U.C.D while Fingal play away to Drogheda !
U.C.D 3-2 St.Patrick’s Athletic:
This was the last shock that happened in the Airtricty premier divison , as the students fired three goals past a off-form Saints side , as the travelling support where delighted to see Danny North score a cracking goal from at least 28 yards which gave Keeper Billy Brennan no chance in the U.C.D net ! But this turned out to have no say and what the score was come the final whistle , as the students fought back , as a 25 yard shot by Moore was fired at keeper Gary Rogers , but he took the chance to score from the second attempt after the shot was parried so that brought the score back to all square , and then U.C.D went in front after striker David McMillian scored his first goal after making his comeback from injury , when he picked up the injury last june !!, so that made it all better for him , but Saints fans where not best pleased with the display Saints where putting on , and it got worse when Referee Riche Winter pointed to the penalty spot after he assumed that left-back Ian Bermingham had brought down striker Ciaran Kilduff on 70 minutes and from the resulting penalty Greg Bolger fired it in to make the scores at 3-1 to the Students , and all looking more and more like game over and maybe the title challenge from St.Pats over ? They did however manage to grab a consolation when new striker Sean Stewart fired home from close range on added time , so that was the last goal of the game and it finished 3-2 to U.C.D and this game possibly marks the end of a title challenge by St.Patrick’s Athletic , who play host to Dundalk in the next league game , while the Students play away to Bray Wanderers!!
Thanks for reading folks and wish your team the best of luck this weekend , as i remind you it is Cup Weekend , but that doesn’t mean we wont have match reports and match previews ! Thanks and goodbye for now!! Alex.