Saturday, October 30, 2010

UCD Fans Matchday Experience!!!

The last game in a long hard season for the UCD faithful was against Sporting Fingal in the Morton Stadium. The night didn’t get off to a great start as out supporters bus turned up five minutes late still with 70minutes till kick off there was no need to worry. One hour later we were stuck in heavy traffic about twenty minutes from the stadium but thanks to our bus driver fast thinking and speedy driving we were only six minutes late!

In that first six minutes Sporting Fingal had scored two goals. The second one went in just as we paid for our tickets. Sporting Fingal had a fantastic promotion on called “Pay what you want”; this meant that supporters could pay anything from 1c up to 50c. I paid 50c which mighten seem a lot but it was better to one of the guys on the bus who only paid 1c and another two only paid 3c but the guy in charge of the supporters club did redeem UCD fans by paying the usual price of 15euro.

When we where finally in the stand it wasn’t long before our night got even worse when we found ourselves three nil down after 30minutes. We did manage to pull one back when Michael Leahy scored a diving header but Glen Crowe stopped any attempts of a comeback when he scored his second and Sporting Fingal’s fourth as the game ended 4-1 to the home side.

The ride back on the bus was a much less dramatic event as we made quick time through town and arrived back outside UCD twenty minutes after leaving the Morton Stadium.

It was an eventful night that unfortunately we couldn’t get the result we wanted but in the end the game didn’t matter and we can now look ahead to next season. Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you next season!!!

UCD FAN Gareth O’ Reilly

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dundalk Star Goalkeeper peter Cherrie along with other stars Signs new deal with the club

Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie has this afternoon signed a new one-year contract. The goalkeeper commented that his heart was here, so much that he doubts he will ever play for another Irish club.

The player posted the following on the club website; “I’m just glad it’s over and done with. We cut it quite tight doing it on the last day of the season but it’s good to get it done and dusted for another year. I’ll just move on now and look forward to next season. I’ve always said that I want to play for Dundalk. I don’t think I’d ever play for another club in Ireland – I told the Gaffer that. My heart is here. I have had calls from other clubs but no offers, just people saying that they were interested, that’s as far as it went.

And reflecting on the future the goalkeeper had this to say; I’m very happy here in Ireland,” he added. “I have my home and girlfriend here so I’m very happy and I don’t fancy moving anywhere else.” Cherrie also admitted that Daniel Kearns, Ross Gaynor, Stephen Maher, Simon Madden and Dean Bennett re-signing for the club made his decision to stay easier. “I suppose it did because last year I was the only one signed until nearly January,” he said. “To see the five boys signed is pleasing. It brings a bit of stability and we can look forward to next season. Hopefully we can push on. Hopefully a couple of the other guys put pen to paper and hopefully we can push higher up the table next year. It’s massive to have continuity because you know each other inside out; going into a new season already knowing the players is a massive help.”

On Thursday Dundalk also reached agreement with Simon Madden, Stephen Maher and Dean Bennett for the 2011 season.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rising Star of the Week: GAVIN COLTON

Gavin first off you recently signed for UCD how do you find the set-up there?

UCD has been a great move for me; the set-up over there is second to none. I’ve really enjoyed being there.

And you signed from Cherry Orchard who recently played in the milk cup how was that experience?

The Milk Cup was one of the best weeks of my life. We played against some unreal teams up there like Etoile Lusitana of Senegal. It’s an honour to be invited up to the Milk Cup and to captain my team up there was great!

Yes you say you captained the team how does it feel to lead out your team on the semi-international stage?

It was a great feeling leading them out. Our team was very close. And to lead them out in the final of the Shield in the Milk Cup against London Derry was unreal. Although we lost the match it’s was my favourite of the games up there. I also picked up man of the match in that game

Yes now lets talk about the Inter Milan experience you were there on the TV Show Football's Next Star and you got many honours how did you like that?

My time in Italy was the best experience of my life so far. I loved the set up over there and the everyday training was deadly. Meeting all the people I did over there was almost unreal, meeting the likes of Figo and Mourinho is not something everyone gets to do. I was gutted coming home but enjoyed every minute over there!

Yeah you mention Mourinho. You were actually given the opportunity to train with the first-team, how did you find that? Was it overwhelming to do exercises with players like Eto’o and Balotelli etc?

When we met Mourinho I knew I was going to ask him could we train with him because we most likely will never get near that ever again. I got lucky when he gave me the nod and invited me over. We started straight into some shooting which wouldn’t be my strong point; nerves got the better of me in the first two shots but tucked my third one away!
It was only later on that I came back down to earth and realised that I had just been playing with the like of Viera and Eto’o, players I’ve always looked up to

Who was the best player to train with?

Viera or Lucio were the best to train with

And you played against the top youth teams in the country, which was the best team/player to play against?

When we played against Inter U19, Primaveira, they were exceptionally good. Although we won the match they were all so technically good!

They best player we played against was a small Brazilian lad who played inn the Inter 19s. He has since broken into the first team

Were they tougher to play again against then any teams in the Milk Cup?

Yes they were much tougher to play against which is understandable considering they’re the European champions and 2 years older. But the level some of the Inter players are at is exceptional

Yeah and lets talk about now meeting Figo, it was a reward for keeping your room tidy did you realise if you kept your room in good shape that you would get rewards like that?

we weren’t told that if we were tidy etc we would be rewarded. But I prefer keeping my things tidy so I got lucky really. I felt bad on Paola for having to tidy up after us so I did what I could to make her job easier

And when you met him was there any tension in the group from jealousy?

The majority of the lads were happy for me and Connor getting to meet him. But I’m sure there was some jealousy from some of the lads which is natural

Yeah and was he a nice bloke when the day arrived?

Ye he was really nice to us. Just very down to earth and genuine. I didn’t expect him to be any other way to be honest

Okay well we're almost out of time so our last question is, in your career who would you like to play for/against?

I’m a West Ham fan so I would love to play my football in Upton Park! I would love to play against United in Old Trafford.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Okay, Danny you are on loan at Bristol city in the championship how do you find the set-up there?

I find the set up here very different to Tottenham but I believe the set up is amazing here and players seem like a great bunch of lads

Yeah you mention that the players are good lads who are your best mates at the club so far?

Since being at city I have got on very well with Marvin Elliot

Yeah and lets talk about spurs, were you disappointed when you found out you would be leaving them for a while to play on loan?

I am a little bit disappointed about leaving spurs but I’m still young and want as much experience as I can get

Yeah do you reckon that Spurs early exit from the Carling Cup could have pushed them to leave go of lads like yourself?

Not at all mate

Okay and lets go back to last season, you scored one of the best goals ever seen in a north london derby how did it feel to score that goal?

It was a great feeling to score against our biggest rivals. I just saw the chance to shot and thought lets have a go of it and look what it turns out to be

And what did it feel like in the dressing room knowing that YOUR goal had helped immensley in Spurs European qualification?

I don’t really call it my help, we all worked hard to get what we wanted

I see you’re very modest. And now let’s talk about England, you have played at many underage levels for England throughout your career. How does it feel to stand singing God Save the Queen?

It’s always a great honour to stand there in front of thousands of fans and sing the national anthem

And then you wear the three lions over your heart how does it feel to just hit a shot and see it ripple in the net for England?

It’s always great to score for your country

And is there any extra pride knowing that camera's are rolling, the entire nation is watching? Obviously since that goal we mentioned earlier people have been paying very close attention to your form

Yeah there is alot of pride when u see yourself on television after games

I see lets move off the subject you have played with and indeed against a lot of great players in your time who has been your favourite to be on the pitch with?

It has to be Aaron Lennon for me just because of the way he plays, fast, and sharp and energetic.

We would like to thank danny for his time and Donagh for this HUGE interview, see you later

Monday, October 25, 2010

U.C.D's Matchday Experince

This is an article from U.C.D fan Gareth O'Reilly, who is now going to do a weekly blog about UCD , we wish to Thank Gareth for his hard work , he deserves all the best he gets out of it! Enjoy!

There was an atmosphere among the UCD fans that this was a game where they would be entertained by Sligo who many leading pundits have said that they play the best football in the league. Things didn’t start well for Sligo as the team only arrived at 18:45, only one hour before kick off. This wasn’t down to very poor time management by the Sligo management but a two hour delay on the M50 due to a five car collision.

UCD had lost all their three previous fixtures against Sligo this season. In manager Martin Russell’s pre game notes he talks about how much UCD has grown this season. This is a very true assessment as the club now has a promotions officer and a media officer. On the night Sligo showed why they will be making an FAI Ford Cup Final appearance in the new Aviva Stadium. They scored twice in the first three minutes of the second half and although UCD pulled one back on through Ciaran Kilduff, it wasn’t to be a happy ending to their home campaign.

The experience on match day’s down at the UCD Bowl was as usual very friendly and the action on the field was of a very high standard and any neutrals who were there Friday night will have seen some quality football.

The last stop for the 2010 campaign is a trip across Dublin to the Morton Stadium where they will take on Sporting Fingal.

That’s my story of the events of last Friday! If you want to see some of the best young footballers in the country then there is no better place to so it than the UCD Bowl. Thanks for reading!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rising Star of the Week: Conor Murphy

We have a new segment on the blog every fortnight where we upload an interview with a rising star in the League and our first one is Conor Murphy.

He is back from England's Middlesborough and now plays with Shamrock Rovers in Dublin who he is having a very good time there.
I’m very much enjoying it, it’s full of good people that want the club to push on which is what I want.

He left Middlesbourough in England last year but in his time he was a very bright talent
Boro was quality full of great players that I learned alot from I enjoyed my time there. There are players in the LoI that have the quality to go over and do well in England.

While we were on that subject he was very happy to talk about players like ex-Rovers lad Padraig Amond
If people from abroad come to watch League of Ireland games they will see some of the players and how good they are, the league is a very good standard

And he was asked about the possibilities of going back to england he was very optimistic of his chances

Yeah it’s my goal to go back to England hopefully I will but all I’m focused on now is doing well for rovers

He has been scoring regularly and playing well for the A team, and that has lead to him being in a lot of first team squads. We asked him what his goals wereand if he had reached them

To do well and to enjoy my football and get myself into a few 1st team squads and

I’ve been in nearly all the squads this season so I’ve been pleased enough

We were almost out of time so we asked about Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill of Scotland who has been linked with a move home to Hibernian, and when asked Conor had this to say:
People that do well get linked with different things he’s obviously doing a good job if there’s other clubs interested

We would like to say thanks to our reporter Donagh for doing the interview and of course Conor for doing the interview. Do you like the feature?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Premier Division Player of The Month

I have shortlisted 3 players for the Airtricty League Premier Division Player of the Month for September. These are;

Matt Gregg (Bray)- Matt has been a key to Brays revival and kept numerous clean sheets since his move from Dundalk and his penalty saved against them proved his worth and creditbility.

Ryan Guy (Pats)- The American chipped in with a handful of goals for the saints, which could prove crucial as they look to win a European spot.

Ciaran Kilduff (UCD)- for the second month in a row i am nominating Ciaran. His goal vs Drogheda highlights why i have chosen him.

I can now reveal that i have chosen Ciaran Kilduff as my Airtricity League Player of the Month for September

Written by Adam Kelly

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Our First Division Player Of The Month For September

Our player of September is Graham Cummins from Cork City.

He has attracted interest from numerous English sides and has been called up to the Ireland u-23 side.

Another interesting fact is that Noel King was at the Shelbourne match we attended, and there were hardly any players on the pitch bar Marc Hughes were eligible for u-21 selection.

The U-23's won in Estonia and could be set for the Semi-finals of the Challenge cup.

We would like to thank John O'Shea for his selection

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brian Gartland Interview

Brian, Monaghan have really been the LoI's surprise package this season, what do you think of the season as a whole?

It’s been a great season so far. But the next few weeks will determine how we view our season really.

You played in the EA Sports cup final recently and of course the FAI Cup quarter final and lost both to Sligo, how disappointing is it to lose 2 chances at silverware when you are so close to the line?

It’s gutting really. We knew it would be tough and learned a lot from the first game in the FAI Cup Quarter final which made the game more interesting for the Cup Final. It’s largely disappointing but Sligo are a top side and all credit to them, they deserved to win both games in honesty. But we have a taste of it now and we can take confidence from the Cup Final and hopefully go on to lift the League Trophy at the end of the season.

You mention the League Trophy, it looked close to impossible to ply the title out of Derry's grip but you have done it, is it a major satisfaction to have overtaken a team that this time a year and a half ago were fighting for the Premier League title and competing in Europe?

Derry were 12 or 13 points ahead but I always believed they'd go through a bad spell and hopefully we could put some pressure on them... And it couldn’t have happened better for us. Yeah, it’s great to be competing for the title come the last month of the season. And even better to have the likes of Cork, Shels, Waterford and Derry all in the League too. It shows the competitiveness of the League.

Yeah, this time 2 weeks ago it looked like you could have won a unique treble of promotion, League Cup and FAI Cup, did you think at the time it was too good to be true?

Ah, we were only in the quarters of the FAI Cup so still a long way off silverware with all the top teams still left. But yeah, we couldn’t believe how well it has gone. runners up in the League cup and winning the league wouldn’t be too bad either though!!!

promotion is our aim so if we can get that its a successful season for Monaghan

Exactly. But do the team still think of the what-ifs? Had you beaten Sligo you would have played Bohs, who you had already beaten in cup competition this season

There's always what-ifs in football... ya never know what would have happened. But we have to forget about the past now and concentrate on our next game

Lets talk a little bit now about your previous clubs, Did you like Tolka Park with Shelbourne?

Yeah I did. Shels are a big club and the fans are great.

At the time they were just coming out of a financial drop, were you happy that didn't affect your playing?

Yeah that had nothing to do with me. I was brought in after all that. It was a new and young

team put together so it was a learning curve so to speak.

On the subject of clubs in decline, are you sad that so many teams seem to be going out of business because money in our domestic league?

Yeah it seems clubs aren't learning the lessons from experience of other clubs in the league going out of business or into severe financial trouble. The league isn't substantial as it stands and a change is needed.

Yeah, well let’s move off the subject and talk about your time with Bray, did you like the Carlisle grounds?

Yeah I enjoyed it there; I was young and just coming into senior football

And in your second year you won u-21 player of the year. Was that a great honour?

Yeah it was a great honour, especially as I missed the last couple of games of the season. It’s always great to get accolades. It shows your developing further and your efforts are being rewarded.

Okay, and what forced your decision to leave?

Well I wanted first team football and it didn’t look like Eddie was going to give it to me.

Okay, and did it also tempt you that bar their financial turmoil, Shels had just won the premier league?

Shels was a massive attraction, first team football with a big club with great fans and history.

Yeah, were you disappointed that they didn’t register for the Champions League? Obviously it wasn't a realistic option but would you still have liked it?

I never expected them to; Under UEFA rules they wouldn't be eligible anyway I think.

Okay. And let's talk a bit now about your move to the magic Mons, how did it come about?

Mick Cooke just gave me a call; I met him and decided there is where I wanted to go.

Okay, well we are almost out of time, so here is the day’s RANDOM QUESTION: if you could play for/against any club in the world, who would it be?

Playing for any club would have to be Liverpool as I’m a lifelong fan or Barcelona, they're just top class.

We would like to thank Brian Gartland for his time and Donagh Corby for doing it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ciaran Kilduff interview

So Ciaran , What is it like playing in the Airtricty League and being a big star of the league?
Ha I wouldn't say big star, but I'm loving every minute of it. After spending 2 years in the 1st division with both UCD and Kildare County I was delighted to get a crack at the Premier Division.

When U.C.D Pulled off a remarkable win over Shamrock Rovers , did this help the morale of the team?
Obviously... It was always going to help the morale.. We had beaten St.Pats two weeks before and then followed it up with a 2.2 draw in Bray so we were in good form, but beating Rovers the way we did was unbelievable..

During the close Season, Are you staying put and do you like where you are now?

I really don't know what next season holds.. I haven't really thought about it to be honest.

What where your ambitions for this season , And did you match them?
As a striker my target was to try and hit double figures and also for UCD to secure a premier division status. Also I wanted to improve as a player and I feel I have done that.

With players heading aboard like Amond do you any player can stand a chance of a career in England or anywhere if they have a good season ?
Without a doubt.. The Irish league provides a great "shop window" for players. I think there are numerous players currently playing in the league that are good enough to move away..

Are you happy with the FAI who have come under attack the past few weeks calling them failures..Would the league survive without them ?
Personally, I have no complaints.

What are your ambitions for the next Season ...?
To improve

And Finally, What ground is your favorite out of the league, And why?
I love playing in Dalymount Park.. It has the history and all, but Tallaght also is a bit special!

We wish to thank Ciaran Kilduff for this interview and wish him all the best in the future ! And thanks to our reporter Alex Murray for conducting the interview. Hope you enjoyed it!
Alex :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Barry O Mahony Interview!!

So Barry, What where your main reasons for leaving Sligo?
I was playing mostly for the reserves and 20's which was going very well for us, but our manager at the time left for personal reasons which was a big blow.after that,i just wasn't enjoying my football and decided to leave the club.

How do you describe the felling in winning the E.A Sports Cup Final?
I was delighted for the club as I've supported them all my life and will continue to do so.It was great for the town and I was delighted.

What where your ambitions for this season and did you achieve them?
I would have liked to be involved in the first team a bit more,but with the quality of the squad it was always going to be tough.but I'm still young and we will see what happens!

With players heading aboard like Amond do you any player can stand a chance of a career in England or anywhere if they have a good season ?
There are definitely players able to go abroad.a number of the players in this league are well able to go abroad.

What are your ambitions for the next Season ...?
I would love to sign for another league of Ireland team and do well,but I will see what happens.

Who do you think will win the League this Season?
I think bohemians will win it.But it will go down to the last game of the season.

Who would you like to see relegated and promoted?
I'm not sure but i would feel sorry for bray as they have been doing very well lately.but i think Drogheda will go down..Monaghan to get promoted.

Are you happy with the FAI who have come under attack the past few weeks calling them failures..Would the league survive without them ?
I'm not too sure,I don't read to much into that.

And Finally, What ground do you like the most in the League , It can be either first division or Premier!!
I like Terryland but i love the showgrounds..there aren't many more places that will beat the showgrounds on a good night!

We wish to send out our thanks to our Reporter Alex Murray for creating this interview and to Former Sligo Man Barry O Mahony for taking the time to do this interview, We wish him all the best in the future!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shelbourne V Cork Interviews + Report

It was a very disappointing night for CCFC last night as we lost in a game which more or less seals our place in the first division for next season .
The night got off to the worst possible start after Shels were ahead after David Cassidy got the ball straight from the kickoff from City, Cassidy looped a pass over the Cork defence, and Hughes and Farrell were both clean through on goal. Despite calls for offside which i was convinced it was at the time, the linesman could prove that after the abuse shouted at him afterwards from me + others , the referee allowed Mark Hughes to play on and he slotted the ball past Mark Mc Nulty . On such a big game for City in what was a must win, chances were very limited in the first half as on the rare occasion that the ball stayed in the Red half of the pitch for more than a few seconds Shels were capable of dealing with it. We did however have one clear-cut chance right before half time as Shels Keeper Dean Delany had to scramble to get the ball after City had 2 shots blocked by defenders right near the Shelboune goal . Half time 1-0 Shels

In the 2nd half, things got worse for City as Ian Ryan scored from a David Cassidy free-kick after Stephen Paisley headed toward goal and Ryan headed the ball again and this time it looped over McNulty and into the goal. Just as they were in the first half, Shels were dominant in possession and capable of resisting all of Cityt's attacks . Other than a Shane Barrett run into the box in which he was dispossessed,
City didn't really trouble Shels at all for the rest of the match, and it finished 2-0 to the in-form Reds.

Last night's game effectively ended our hopes for a playoff position . We are 6 points off Shels and Waterford in 4th and even though with 4 games left it is still mathmatically possible, we are relying too much on teams above us slipping up . In the greater scheme of things the best thing for City fans should be that we have a football club that is debt free and sustainable in the hands of the supporters and hopefully the club will continue to grow and we'll hopefully get City bigger and better as the years progress.
The remainder of this season should only be getting ourselves ready for next season and we'll continue to work on that over the off season . Hopefully with a pre season behind us and continue to build on what was laid down in February of this year, we'll be in a healthy position to go up automatically next season.

  • An another note, fairplay to ex City manager Alan Mathews who is now with Shels who came over and applauded the City fans at full time. Alan you are nice guy and you were brilliant during you time as City manager, which was hilighted by the Setanta Cup win in 2008.
  • Greg O'Halloran went off injured last night in what is suspected to be a broken ankle.
Written By Our Reporter John O'Shea who went to the match with Donagh