Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mark McGoldrick Interview


Mark Sligo won a unique treble this year of both Senior Cups and European qualification what did you think of it all?

Yeah it was great to be a part of it I suppose! Only really was involved mid way through the season but was still nice to be a part of it especially being a local lad from Sligo

You played a lot with the lower level Sligo teams and even won a cup yourself there how was that?

Yeah We won the U-18 Connaught Cup beating Mervue in the final which was great! First time Sligo rovers have won that cup in a while so that was nice to do! Played alot with Reserves and U-20s as well last year before progressing into first team!

Represented Ireland as well what an honour that must have been?

Yeah got a call up to the Irish colleges’ team there last month! I was delighted! Played a friendly match against Drogheda which we drew 1-1! Next competitive game is this Tuesday actually! Great honour to be called up for that I suppose ya.

And do you plan on staying at the show grounds this year?

Yeah. Going out on loan was an option to try and get regular first team football. Although it looks like now I’ll stay and try to get as many games as possible here with Rovers! The squad being so strong makes it difficult though.

And this question is from a fan (Who would like to remain anonymous)
How did it feel to score your first senior goal at The Showgrounds ?

Yeah it was great feeling! Nothing better than scoring for you're home club and the team you have supported. It was especially nice that it was in the Showgrounds as well! Made it that little bit better!

Now looking towards this season are you hoping to add more to that tally?

That is the plan anyways! As a striker you're job is to score goals! Hopefully if I get a bit more game time I can score a few more. Alot of games this year with us challenging in all competitions so hopefully I will get the chance to add a few more
Are more Ireland call-ups on the cards maybe at a higher level even?

Not sure at the moment! Just want to concentrate with Rovers now and the Irish college’s team! Would be great if it happens! Up to myself really to take my chance when I get it and then see what happens from there! That would be the aim though yeah.

Who was the best player you played with last year?

Probably would have been Richie Ryan! Like in fairness there is so many you could pick from Rovers team last year, but if ya have to choose one it would definitely be him!

Back to something you said earlier about going on loan which clubs were interested?

It only ever really was speculation, Galway and Finn Harps... At the end of the day only one team I want to play for though and that’s Rovers!

Be honest at the start of last season did you think they (Sligo) could win that much stuff?

At the start probably not because there was alot of new signings brought in and it did take a while for the team to gel together! It took a few games at the start of the season to really get going and that was probably the reason why we didn’t win the league in the end. When we started playing well we were the best footballing team in the country unfortunately Shams just pipped us to the league but it was nice to win the other two cups which we probably deserved I think.

Who do you think will be up there this year?

Shams are strong again this year and have a made some very good signings so you would have to say them! I can definitely see ourselves up there challenging also! Dundalk seem to have a good side as well but its hard to call.. Bohs despite their problems at the minute will always be up there along with Pats! Hopefully we end the season on top.


Okay and we're almost out of time so our last question is what was your favourite game ever played?

My favourite game I ever played would probably be the fai cup quarter final against Monaghan, although I was only on the pitch for 5 minutes but that was the game I scored my first goal for Rovers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Finn signs for Shamrock Rovers!

 N.B Confirmed.



This is us breaking the news that Shamrock Rovers have signed Ronan Finn for a free transfer after his contract was torn up by Sporting Fingal who then went bust.

This means Shamrock Rovers will have yet another signing under their belt, and many tend to question the budget, but in a interview with on the leading newspapers in Ireland Shamrock Rovers manager Micheal O'Neill was quick to say Rovers are still under budget in what the board handed to him, and its alright in the money department. 


Rovers have also signed Ryan Thompson and Conor McCormack.


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LOI Interview Team 



Monday, February 21, 2011

Anto Murphy signs For Pats!

Anto Murphy signs for Pats:



This is the news that St.Pats have completed the signing of Former Bohemians midfielder Anto Murphy over the weekend. Anto who had been playing with Shamrock Rovers over this years pre-season has not signed for the Airtricity League Champions instead has signed for St.Patrick's Athletic who will contest in this years UEFA Europa League.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Star of the Week!

This is the first post of the Star of the Week programme and this week winner is Bohemians Fc's Mark Rossiter who was voted by our fans and players alike, so First off Well done Mark.

Mark has recently signed back for Bohs and has recently said that he is happy with the Dublin club and cannot wait for the start of the new season! He has been playing with local Club Bohemians since 2007 and in Micheal O'Niell's (Shamrock Rovers manager) first derby he fired in a free kick from all of 25 yards and had a brilliant start to his Bohemians Career! He was loved by everyone associated with Bohs at the time. He went on to win two League of Ireland Championships and just the one FAI Cup and just the one Setanta Cup. We will tell you more about him now!
Early Career:

Sunderland 2002-2004
He started off with Sunderland which was quite funny as a kid he supported Newcastle!! He made his debut against Arsenal in November 2002, he would go on to play no more games for Sunderland as when he was playing in a Ireland Under 21s match he ruptured his cruciate ligament against Albania and was then released by Sunderland at the end of the season in 2004.

Finn Harps 2005
He only trained for a short period with Finn Harps and then shortly retired from the game.

Bohemians FC 2007-present
Sean Connor was the man responsible for bringing Mark Rossiter out of retirement to play for Former Champions Bohemians FC in 2007 and then in 2008 Bohs won the league by a matter of 19 points after nearest challengers St.Patrick's Athletic and Rossi helped along the way with goals against vital teams such as Shamrock Rovers and Cork City along the way. 
In 2009 Rossiter enjoyed a mixed season and was at fault for the goal vs Red Bull who knocked out the then Champions , however that season they would go onto to win the League once again and Rossiter will pick up his second League of Ireland Winners' medal after Bohs won the league over Rovers by just four points. The next season in 2010 was a disappointing one for Rossiter and Bohs alike as they crashed out of Europe due to Welsh side The New Saints and not only that but lost the league on goal difference to Shamrock Rovers! And on a personal note for Rossi was that he has struggled to break into the Bohs side that year! And to make matters worse when he's contract was up he was let go by Bohemians FC and faced a tough year ahead, but has recently signed back for Bohs just in time for the new season. The future is bright for Mark Rossiter!

Fan's Messages:
Debbie McQuillian: "Mark is an inspiration to me and fans alike , I love that fact that he can still play and I'm sure I'm not the only one!, he's very disciplined and regardless of the level he plays at its always the same professionalism! He's a Hero to me and fans!

Alex Murray: Ah he's a good player, Good bit of banter in him too! Always jokin around and when you see him on the pitch it shows he's not distracted by anything around him, he's there to play and which he does very well!

Donagh Corby: I love him for staying with Bohemians FC!

George Kelly (Hoop) : He's a bollox!





Thanks to all the fans that voted for Mark Rossiter to be the "Star of the Week" , we will have another Star this week and will post it on our facebook page about voting!
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LOI Interview Team

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sligo set to buy another?

N.B This is yet to be confirmed by our sources but it is to be taking seriously as it looks set to be confirmed! Thanks, LOI Inteview Team.                                                                      


Sligo Rovers are in talks with Lorcan Fitzgerald over a possible move to the Bit'O'Red following Sporting Fingal going bust, and this would be the second Sporting Fingal player they would've snapped up and as they have recently signed Brendan Clarke and we all know who broke the news to you about that one!!! Lorcan Fitzgerald plays usually left back for Fingal during the 2010 Season in the Premier Division and was highly rated by many, this signing will catch the eye of many as nobody even heard they were after him or even another player! We would've known about it!! Sligo Rovers eagerly await the new season after buying a good players and as set to make a big title surge against Champions Shamrock Rovers and surely everyone expects them to be up there during the middle and ending , maybe they could be like St.Pats and have a great start and then slowly but surely fade away into the distance, Pats fans have said they didn't expect the title or even a title challenge but they got what they wished and got Europe, as for Sligo Rovers they got Europe and ended with two cups the EA Sports Cup and the FAI Ford Cup and all in all was a highly successful year for the Bit'O'Red's fans. 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

News Round-up!



This is Tuesday,15/02/2011 News Round-up. Enjoy reading!


We start with the Setanta results and the games played were UCD vs Lisburn Distillery at Dalymount Park and Linfield vs Dundalk at Windsor Park.

Billy Brennan in action for Former Club UCD
UCD vs Lisburn Distillery 0-0
 This is a game were UCD make a lot of chances to place the new signings and with Dean Marshall starting up midfield but slowly moved up to the front of the line, We expected some goals. In the Lisburn net was Former UCD man Billy Brennan who has made a quiet impressive start to his career move up the North of Ireland! The game started better for UCD's point of view with Graham Rusk's header pushed over the bar from Brennan. However, Lisburn started to get back into the game and grow in confidence and 41-year old striker Glenn Ferguson went close on the UCD goal. For the rest of the half Billy Brennan was kept busy when he dived down low to save from UCD's Robbie Creevy, Paul O'Connor , Dean Marshall and Graham Rusk who were all keeping Brennan busy. Both O'Connor and Rusk had their shots blocked by a solid defense. Half time whistle blew at Dalymount and the score was level at 0-0.
Robbie Creevy in action for UCD
Lisburn started the second half brightly when Gary Thompson went close with a save from UCD's shot-stopper Ger Barron, they game brightened up and O'Connor forced yet another save from Brennan and Darren Meenan left it go for a corner, then Ferguson forced a double save from Barron and he kept the scores level at 0-0!! A winner was looking more and more likely for either team. Both side's created a lot of chances towards the end but nothing came from them and the scores finished level at the final whistle! A happy return for Billy Brennan as he kept a clean sheet along with his counterpart Ger Barron! Return leg is Monday the 28th of February.




Linfield vs Dundalk FC: 3-5!!
Daniel Kearns with match ball. Thanks to Dundalkfc.com
This was a more trilling game than the other Setanta match on that night and the game started off slow but got going in the end while on the thirty minute mark Daniel Kearns scored his first of the night, and there was plenty!, following a good counter attack from the Lilywhites! However, Linfield pulled one back through Thompson's penalty on the stroke of half time and the sides went in at halftime 1-1. But in the second half Mark Quigley put Dundalk back in front after a Ross Gaynor cross. But more drama as Linfield pulled back again and scored a rebound of yet another penalty. Kearns then added his second of the game when he combined with Mark Quigley to make it 3-2 to Dundalk, was that the end of the scoring? Turned out it wasn't! Quigley made it 4-2 to Dundalk when he let a ball bounce in front of him and hammered it in for the visitors. Allen of Linfield made it interesting when he made the scores back to 4-3 and in the dying moments of the game Daniel Kearns got his hat-rick and made the scores 5-3 and thats the way it finished. The return leg will be played on Monday the 28th of February.

We leave Setanta Cup Action for now and we give you breaking news that Cork City have signed a lad called Escude Vincent, Escude is a French midfielder and signs for Cork City on a free transfer.

Julien Escude Ikechukwu Uche (L) of Nigeria hurdles a challenge from Julien Escude (R) of France during the International Friendly match between France and Nigeria at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 2, 2009 in St Etienne, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ikechukwu Uche;Julien Escude
Slides for a ball during France vs Nigeria.

Despite Refereee Winters two second-half red cards this was an uneventful pre-season workout for the Hoops. Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Monaghan United
Dan Murray
Ryan Thompson started in goal for Rovers but it was his Jamaican colleague Akeem Priestly that drew an early save from Mons 'keeper Sava after a counter attack. Dean Kelly stretched to meet Anto Murphy's cross on 8 mins but couldn't direct the ball on target. Foley blasted a shot just wide for the visitors before Turner went on a good run into the Mons area but couldn't find a Rovers player with his cross.On 13 mins the visitors almost scored when Reilly crossed for Barrett to stoop low to head the ball wide of Thompsons goal from six-yards out.On 19 mins Karl Sheppard tried to get on the end of Murphys cross in front of goal but he was unable to make proper contact. On 28 mins two good crosses in succession by Reilly needed clearances by Murray and Thompson. The visitors again threatened on 31 mins but Brennans shot was blocked by fellow Mons player Reilly in front of goal.Kellys shot on 33 mins was deflected for a corner which Murray rose to meet but Sheppard couldn't help his header on target. Just before the break Kellys free-kick was blocked by the wall and the ball fell to McCormack on the right and he forced a decent save from Sava.The second-half was only three mins old when Kelly saw a straight Red card for a tackle on Foley, who had to be stretchered off. The game failed to move out of second gear as Monaghan were unable to take advantage of the extra man. On 69 mins a nice through ball from Priestly forced Sava to race out of his area to head clear from Sheppard. Rovers best chance of the half came when Stevens deep cross was met by Sheppard at the back post but his header hit the cross-bar. Turner fired a shot just wide as the game petered out but with two mins remaining Connor McCormack took Priestly's ball in the area and he caught a defender as he stretched to make contact with the ball. Ref. Winters adjudged this to be a straight red card and Rovers finished the game with nine men.
(Report taking from www.ShamrockRovers.ie) 

Shaun Maher update!!!!
We have received news that Shaun Maher will not be signing for Dundalk after he failed his medical , Manager Ian Foster said. 




There's your full round up of news
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Bohemians loan a player!












This is the news coming from Dalymount Park where Bohemians have taken Danny Joyce on loan until the end of the season. Danny's primarily a defender and has been known to play in midfield sometimes. He's Irish and joined Reading from Belvedere and has already captained the Irish under 17s!

Licences are out!!





Today the Independent Club licensing Committee of the Football Association of Ireland announced the licenses and the major news from this is Bohemians been giving a license and Galway Fc been refused a premier league license and have been giving a A Championship license due to their financial troubles i'm thinking.




Independent Club licensing Committee - 2011 Licenses 
Premier Licenses: Bohemians FC, Bray Wanderers FC, Cork City FC, Derry City FC, Drogheda United FC, Dundalk FC, Monaghan FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, Shelbourne FC, Sligo Rovers FC, St.Patrick's Athletic FC, UCD AFC , Athlone Town FC, Longford Town FC


First Division Licenses: Mervue United FC, Wexford Youths FC, Salthill Devon FC, Waterford FC, Finn Harps FC, Limerick (Conditional)


A Championship Licenses: Cobh Ramblers FC, Galway United FC, Fanad United FC, FC Carlow, Tralee Dynamos FC

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pats set to snap up Fingal Star!

St.Patrick's Athletic are confirmed to be signing Shane McFaul as early as tomorrow, according to our sources which has proving to be great in the past have said that its basically a done deal and that there going to some final paperwork, this is will come as a boost to St.Pats and help them challenge for next seasons league title. This comes after some interesting news about Shamrock Rovers and that they have Ronan Finn and Shaun Williams but we've heard nothing. After St.Pats raided UCD and signed two players of them this will come as a welcome bonus im sure!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Monaghan bring in 4 new players!

             





Monaghan United Crest.
Four new players featured for Monaghan United in a friendly against Premier Division side Dundalk FC and are according to our sources expected to sign for the First Division side after playing for them in the pre-season game the other day. Those four players are likes of striker Andrew Haran, Goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan, Shane Fitzgerald and Ryan Brennan. All of whom are expected to sign in the near future. 







Player Profiles:




Andrew Haran in action for Former Team Pats.
Andrew Haran: Former St.Patrick's Athletic striker has been on the move once again and this time it is from Athlone to front runners Monaghan United and is expected to sign on the dotted line in the coming days. He started off at Pats at the young age of 17 he broke into the A team in the A Championship He then went on to make his senior debut for Pats in a cup game against UCD on April 21st 2008. He then emerged on loan at First Division side Monaghan United who he is recently playing for! Haran's  first goal for St.Patrick's Athletic came in 20th of April 2009 in a 2-1 win over Drogheda United. Then after having falling out of favour with then manager Jeff Kenna he was left out for most of the season, but with Pete Mahon's reign began he was back in the first team in no time. Shortly then he was loaned out to First Division side Shels and spend a season with them making just the one appearance after he dislocated his shoulder. Then, in the summer transfer window of 2011 he left Pats to sign for First Division side Athlone town, and has recently left them and has been playing for Monaghan and has been signed up.
           


Aaron Shanahan 
Aaron Shanahan: Another ex-Pats player here once again and has recently set up shop in Monaghan.Aaron has played for the likes of St.Patrick's Athletic, Dundalk, Kilkenney, Athlone Town and most recently Longford Town. He started off his career like Haran at St.Pats but failed to make a single First team appearance and felt time was right to move on and then he signed for Kilkenney City in 2005 transfer market but didn't play for these either according to our sources he had a bad start to his now fully shaped footballing career, but Dundalk was different he found himself in the net 5 times for the Premier Division side. But, he made one more appearance for Athlone Town than he did during his time at Dundalk. And then most recently he signed for Longford Town rivals of course of Athlone Town and during his time with the First Division club he made a whopping 27 appearances including one against the Champions of the Premier Division Shamrock Rovers in a cup game. But, now he will be hoping to get first team action as he signs is expected to sign for Monaghan United.

Ryan Brennan in Drogs Strip

Ryan Brennan: Ryan spent 2010 with First Division side Drogheda United where he made 30 league appearances for the club who finished rock bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated, Ryan played under four separate managers that year and as the money troubles went to far Ryan found a way out and recently signed for Monaghan United for the 2011 First Division Season. If you want to find out more about midfielder Ryan Brennan you can through a interview and the following link : http://www.droghedaunited.ie/community/interview/ryan_brennan.php . Sorry about our lack of information for such a well known player, who is of course the younger brother of Killian Brennan. 




Shane Fitzgerald in UCD Strip
Shane Fitzgerald: Former Bohs player here folks! Shane started his career for Bohemians FC and played most of his games for the under 21s at Dalymount Park but broke into the senior squad for a sub late on in the game against Longford Town on the 6th of August 2005. He was then released by Bohs at the end of the 2006 season and then went on to join Dublin based club UCD and turned out 24 times for them scoring just the two goals. He then furthered his career by signing for Galway United and played 9 matches for them and failing to score in any of them games, then times changed and he re-joined UCD and played only 6 games on his return but wanted  a new challenge and signed for First Division club Athlone Town and only played twice before departing them and now has signed for another First Division side this time its Monaghan United! 





Well thats your news covered until tomorrow. 
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LOI Interview Team!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Who else but the FAI?






We have heard that the Airtricty Prize fund has been reduced by the FAI. The Premier Division winners now get 100,000 Euro, First Division Champions get 25,000 Euro, 50,000 Euro for winning the FAI Cup and EA Sports Cup winners get 10,000 Euro. This is not good by the FAI as their was murder going around when Sligo and Monaghan had to pay for their cup and medals as the FAI would not fund it. This is getting beyond a joke at the moment, It's like this either the FAI want to be involved or not. 

Brendan Clarke could be on verge of move!!!



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We here at the League Of Ireland Interview Show believe that Brendan Clarke is on his way to title-challengers Sligo Rovers. The winners of the FAI Cup and the EA Sports Cup have yet to say anything but our sources tell us that he is heading down for a view to signing for Sligo Rovers.





     Pictured there for Former club Sporting Fingal who recently have gone out of business and all their players where sent out on free transfers Clarke looks set to be the second player that has already held talks with another club after Dundalk today have announced that they have signed Bolger from Fingal and he said he is trilled with finding a new club so soon after Fingal's trouble's proved to much for them.




 Pictured there for former club UCD when he left them during the same transfer window and signed for Sporting Fingal then was suddenly without a team at all and we especially don't like seen teams go to the Bankers and then probably have to start from scratch again as it basically says the League has lost one of the good teams from it. And this give's barstollers the edge over the league who call it rubbish but as Pacos Ferrira striker most recently pointed out (Amond) he said on his blog that if this league wasn't there where would Seamas Coleman be now? Or the likes of Amond himself! It gives players a steeping stone at least for England like Kieth Fahey and Kevin Doyle! So Greg Bolger has signed for Dundalk thats the main story behind all of this (Sorry for rambling on).
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Aaron Green signs for Sligo

Paul Cook's latest acquisition, who is capable of playing on the wing or up front, will be a welcome addition to the attacking options in the team, which was in need of improvement having lost Padraig Amond and Lee McEvilly in the 2nd half of last season.

Greene joines the club with alot of potential, and he wasted no time in making an early impression in the league with Galway United in 2009. Greene joined United from St. Francis F.C., and an injury hit squad meant it was an oppurtunity for Greene to shine, and that he did. Notching up 5 goals in 14 games, and a stand out performer many of those, Greene was soon being tracked by many top Irish clubs. League Champions Bohemians' won the race for his signature, where he was brought in as back up to the attack and wings. Although only scoring 1 goal, Greene put in some notable performances for The Gypsies, but due to financial difficulties, he was one of many players released last January.

Greene went to nPower League 1 side Peterborough United on trial, but turned the offer of another week long trial to enter talks with Sligo Rovers. Greene was widely expected to sign after coming on as a sub in Sligo Rovers 2-4 friendly victory over Salthill Devon on Saturday.

Aaron is the 3rd Bohs player to join the club for next season, following the arrival of defender Jason McGuinness and the return of Rafael Cretaro, and brings the total number of signings up to 5.
In related transfer news Ronan Finn has today also been linked with the club, following the cancellation of his contract by troubled Dublin side Sporting Fingal.

Greene is The Bit O' Red's 17th player to sign for the upcoming season.

Derry pick up another player!

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After it not working out in Scotland Stewart Greacen has opted for the Airtricty League 2011 with Derry City. He had his best days at Greenock Morton where he played 220 games for them and scoring just 18 goals. No knowledgeable of who he is? Well, He began his senior career at now defunct Airdrieonians   and from there he moved to Livingston FC. Livingston then sent him on loan to Queen of the South FC and Greenock Morton , where he played in the team that was relegated from the Scottish Second Division   in the 2001-02 season. Livingston released Greacen in 2003 and he was immediately signed by Forfar Athletic  . He played the second half of the 02-03 season season at Forfar on a short-term contract. At the end of the season Forfar offered Greacen a long term deal which he rejected in favour of a deal at Morton. The main reason for this was that Morton offered a full-time contract in comparison to Forfar's part time contract.
Greacen plays at centre back in the Morton defence. He is a tall commanding defender with a strong physical presence. He is good in the air and this helps in both an attacking and defensive way as he often scores from headers at set pieces. At 24 years old, Greacen became Greenock Morton's captain.
In May 2008, it was announced that Greacen had rejected a new contract from Morton and was being tracked by rival Scottish First Divison sides Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Livingston.
Greacen was Morton's Player of the Year for 2008–2009.
On 22 December 2010, Greacen was released by Morton after nearly 250 appearances over two spells from the club.
He is currently on trial at Dundee, where he will be eligible to play in a maximum of three league games - he however cannot be signed due to their current transfer embargo. But then opted out of that and has signed now for Northern Irish team Derry City FC who will take their place in the Airtricty League 2011 season.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Anthony Flood puts pen to paper with a Big Dublin Club!

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                                                    Anto flood in action for Former club Shelbourne FC


Today at a training session Anthony Flood signed for Northside Club Bohemians FC. Formally known as Bohs they have had recent trouble with money bit like Sporting Fingal but this see's a strong move in this years transfer market and also says that their still challenging for the League Title but who know's.

For those newcomers that have no idea who Anthony Flood is he was former League Of Ireland star and recently secured a move over to Sweden to proceed his footballing dream, but like some cases this came to an abrupt end over money situation and has now return to what used to be known as the Big Club in Ireland! He's is really excited about this sort of move and its great to see such a star back in The Airtricty League! We here at the League Of Ireland Interview show wish Anthony Flood and Bohemians FC the best of luck in the near future.

Sporting Fingal gone bust!

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We can now confirm that Dublin team Sporting Fingal have gone into administration and are no longer a club. More news to come out of Fingal later and is to be announced on their website but we can now confirm Sporting Fingal FC are no longer in business.

With this news we know that UCD will take place against Lisburn Distallery on Monday the 14th of February and that title challengers St.Patrick's Athletic will be playing European football next season. The question is now who will come up into the Airtricity League 2011 with the season so close things have to be sorted quick and the FAI will have to respond very fast. The favorites to return seem most likely like Shels.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sporting Fingal in deep trouble.

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News announced today that Dublin based club Sporting Fingal will not be taking part in the Setanta Cup and UCD are set to take their place instead didn't come as much as shock to Airtricty League fans as only a week ago it was reported that they failed to pay player's wages and was in trouble and everyone knew this day was coming but not sure when.

Some people gave them a year or 2 , some longer. But it has all come out know as surley they will not be taking place in this years Airtricty League Season and they could end up going out of business. Shamrock Rovers fans will be delighted to see the back of Sporting Fingal as they held a very poor record over them.

With the fact that Sporting Fingal where going to take place in Europe this season it looks most likely that place will be handed down to other Dublin Club St.Patrick's Athletic, Who's fans will be delighted to know that there going to be taking place in Europe if of course Sporting Fingal do indeed go bust.

And news just arrived as we where posting is that all Sporting Fingal players have had their contract's terminated and it looks set for Fingal to be going out of business. More through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-League-of-Ireland-Interview-Show/150619081620261 . Thanks for reading and all the followers once again the team at the League of Ireland Interview Show try to make this blog Number 1 in Ireland!!! Thanks.

Shamrock Rovers V Celtic XI Report

Donagh and Hooperman hanging out before the game
Photo: George Kelly

Interviews will follow here!




The main men (and women) in the game
Photo: George Kelly
Shamrock Rovers vs Celtic XI
Shamrock Rovers made the return to Tallaght Stadium for the new 2011 Airtricty League Season, but this was no ordianry friendly as the League Champions faced Scottish Giants Celtic FC. Rovers fans where buzzing knowing that Ex-Arsenal playmaker Freddie Ljunberg was set to start as well as high profile names such as Graham Loovens, Daryl Murphy and Marc Crosas! 







In a game where everyone expected Celtic to dominate Shamrock Rovers started the game very well creating a host of chances through new singing Ciaran Kilduff and strike partner Gary Twigg and the midfield play its part through the pacy wingers of Ex-Sligo playmaker Gary McCabe and Kerry-Man Billy Dennehy. Stephen Rice and Stephen O'Donnell conducted play in the middle of the park while the Hoops from Tallaght kept it tight at the back with Caption Dan Murray and partner Pat Flynn while the full-backs where Patrick Sullivan and Connor McCormack. 
Gary McCabe falling over the Lino in one of the funny moments of the game
Photo: George Kelly
Celtic FC failed to find the net in what was a poor and quiet first half for the Scottish Giants who the day before had pulled off a brilliant draw against Scottish Champions Rangers FC and Neil Lennon insitsed that the players that took part in that match would have no involemeant in tonight's Big Clash. 


The Second half started brightly for Celtic though and in the 52' minute they took the lead through striker Daryl Muprhy after an excellent cross from highly-rated left back Baudet and the Scottish Hoops where then 1-0 up, and shortly after they doubled their lead through Carey who was set up by Ex-Gunner Freddie Ljunberg and it looked all but over for the Irish Champions. 
Akeem Priestly warming up for his Rovers debut
Photo: George Kelly
But, there was more action as Shamrock Rovers brought on Akeem Pristley and he made a instant hit with Shamrock Rovers fans after he showed great skill and flare which Rovers seemed to miss and even though he is an trial he is looking set to sign for the Champions! The Last bit of action came in the end of added on time when subsitute Patrick Kavanagh shot accross goal but to only see his shot fizzed wide. 




Final Score from Tallaght Stadium: Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Celtic XI!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Exclusive - Daryl Horgan's First Interview Since Joining Sligo


First off Daryl, thanks for speaking to us

Sound no problem at all

You Joined Sligo after a successful trial against Finn Harps, how did that come about?

I was just lucky I suppose. Paul Cook called me saying that he was interested and wanted to see me up for a bit of pre season and I jumped at the chance

Were there any other offers from clubs in the premier?

There were a couple of offers but when I found out sligo was interested I felt that it was the best move for me

If it were a year earlier, Sligo weren't cup champions and weren't in Europe, would they still have been your big choice?

Yeah because even last year they continuously I tried play and the had a great philosophy on football. It’s just a brilliant place to learn your trade in my opinion

Okay and your also an Ireland international at u-19 level, what is the set-up like at that level?

It’s excellent everything you could need is looked after and the standard of player you play with and against is extremely high

And last year you were with Salthill Devon. What were they like?

Was very good tough year though. It was a massive step up for everyone at the club but also a great experience I’d say they'll do much better next year.

What are you going to miss the most about the club?

The people I suppose I’ve been at the club since I was 5 so I’ve got to spend 13 years with a brilliant club. There’s alot of great people in Salthill doing excellent to constantly improve it

And if they were to lets say get promoted, or even win a cup, would you ever consider a move back?

I would definitely consider it if I felt that they were becoming as much of a force as Sligo and that I would learn as much playing there





And now let’s talk again about Ireland, who is the most influential player in the squad?

I’d have to say either Robbie Brady or Shane Duffy both are over in England and really are excellent players

And back onto Salthill now same question?

I’d have to say probably Robbie Porter also players like Cian Mcbrien and Mike Quirke who had previously played for Galway United

Finally same question Sligo?

They’re all exceptional but I’d have to say Richie Ryan and Gavin peers. They’re extremely demanding and also excellent players. It’s an excellent team to be playing with there is so much talent in the squad

And you set up a goal today for Blinkhorn how did it feel to be I suppose "off the mark" in your Sligo assist/goals career?

Delighted now its always good to get off the mark hopefully I’ll get plenty of both this season

And who has the best fashion sense in the squad from your short time there???

Alan Keane and John Russell are pretty slick characters. They probably have the best fashion sense to be honest

And reveal it, worst???

I couldn’t be saying that now they would get me back somehow

Haha okay and on the way to a match what sort of tunes are you listening to?

Anything at all that comes up usually a bit a dance or rap though


And our last question is what is your favourite movie???

Anchorman but any movie at all with Will Ferrell will do the man is a genius.


We would like to thank Daryl and WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN HIS SLIGO CAREER!


The people I suppose I’ve been at the club since I was 5 so I’ve got to spend 13 years with a brilliant club. There’s alot of great people in Salthill doing excellent to constantly improve it


The people I suppose I’ve been at the club since I was 5 so I’ve got to spend 13 years with a brilliant club. There’s alot of great people in Salthill doing excellent to constantly improve it

Friday, February 4, 2011

Paul O'Connor interview

First of all thanks to Paul for doing this interview with us



 Paul last year during the summer you made the transition from the leinster senior league to the Airtricity league premier division , how much difference is there between the leinster senior league and the premier division ?





 To be honest a lot of aspects are the same but i think the main thing i had to get used to was the high tempo and physicality of airtricity games which i now enjoy.




You played mostly at right back last season but we also saw you playing centre mid a couple of times which is your favourite position ?




 Centre mid is definately my preferred position. I played right back last year just to cover Sean Harding who was out with injury and Brian Shorthall who was suspended.




 Out of last seasons success and victorys over the likes of Shamrock rovers which was your favourite game this season ?



It would have to be beating Shamrock Rovers at home. There was a huge crowd there and Wardys last minute free kick was a great feeling for all of us but i also thought we deserved to win the game as well which made it better.




You played some part in winning the A cahampionship last season and how did it feel to win it ?




It felt great cause its always nice to win some silverwear after such a long season and it just capped the whole year off nicely for me personally.




What are your future plans for your football career ?




My only plans for football are the next two seasons with UCD and helping the team to reach higher levels and maybe achieve some silverwear.




 Who is your favourite team mate at ucd ?




To be honest we are all around the same age on the team so i would get along very well with everyone at the club.


And finally what is your favourite league of Ireland stadium ?




Well im a big fan of the Bowl but apart from that it would have to be Tallaght Stadium.




We’d like to thank Paul again for the interview .