After Dundalk defeated Cork City at Turner’s Cross a few weeks ago, I had a brief conversation with a couple of Lilywhites supporters about how their fortunes have turned around in the space of two years. “It’s Stephen Kenny,” enthused one fan. “He’s great.” He then leaned in closer, adopting a slightly more serious tone. “I really think he could […]

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the fact that high-quality goals were commonplace in the League of Ireland and how they should be heavily utilised by clubs (and the league bosses/the FAI) as a promotional tool. Of course, that’s not a new idea – it’s hardly groundbreaking – but it bears repeating nonetheless. Indeed, over the weekend, one […]

Roddy riles but he gets people talking

“You know what this has become? It’s become the world against Roddy Collins! The conversation has become a nonsense. This conversation has become ‘Irish football against Roddy Collins.’ We should have just discussed it and moved on! The conversation has become an embarrassment now.” Stuey Byrne began his contribution to Newstalk’s ‘Off the Ball’ programme on Tuesday by defending Roddy […]

The deliberate success of Cork City

Last night Cork City took advantage of Dundalk’s slip up in Bray to go one point clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. A rather incredible, if fortuitous, goal from Billy Dennehy gave John Caulfield’s side the three points and it was richly deserved. Amazingly, the league will now be decided on the final day as the […]

“That was certainly one of those moments”

On the day that the Republic of Ireland face Germany in Euro 2016 qualification, it is only right to reminisce on that moment when 21-year-old Robbie Keane snatched a draw from Die Mannschaft at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan. Ironically, the goal itself represents an enduring victory for the reviled ‘Route One’ brand of football but, when all […]

Sporting administrator or celebrity?

The recent appearances of Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney in the media have been perplexing to say the least. An administrator at the head of a major Irish sporting body, he has suddenly morphed into a celebrity and one cannot help but view the grotesque transformation as a cynical ploy. In the immediate aftermath of the […]

One of the complaints levelled against the League of Ireland is that the ‘product’ isn’t enough to entice supporters through the turnstiles. Those who might otherwise be persuaded to attend a game in Ireland’s domestic league, it is said, are not going to be attracted to half-full, semi-delapidated venues in order to watch the average game in the SSE Airtricity […]

Brand new League of Ireland podcast

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the first edition of Goal.com’s brand new podcast dedicated to Irish domestic football, the League of Ireland GoalMouth. Bohemians striker Steven Beattie talks to host, Dave O’Grady about his career, which has seen him go from Puerto Rico to Iceland, while Ronan Murphy and I discuss the latest talking points […]

Tremendous skill by Keane

A ball is lofted high into the area. Robbie Keane spots the pass and sets forth, determined. His run is timed perfectly; he’s got time and an abundance of space as the ball drops into his feet. What happens next is truly magnificent. Sensing the imminent threat of Tijuana’s defenders as they close in, Keane contorts his body. He appears […]