Many supporters of the SSE Airtricity League call it the greatest league in the world and I totally agree with that sentiment. There have been occasions over the years when that statement sits well on the chest of most fans. Week in and week out, fans set out to see games and the unpredictability of the games throws everything up in the air. The weekend that just finished was certainly one of those to shout about and a few surprises were to be found as the results came in.
It has had a knock on effect for all sorts of reasons and people have lost their jobs over poor results and poor performances. This is all like a big melting pot and has all the ingredients that go into making something special on a weekly basis as we all watch the SSE Airtricity League.
The week that has just passed saw Sligo Rovers and Limerick part company with their managers. Dave Robertson left Sligo and Martin Russell walked out of the door at Limerick. The Sligo parting of the ways did not suprise me, as I feel Dave never really got it going at the Showgrounds.
I was astonished that Limerick and Martin Russell fell out of love as they have only been promoted to the Premier League and it is early days, but the form has not been great. Both these sackings, coming so early in the season just goes to show how worried owners are with three teams been relegated to the First Division this season.
On the field of play Bohemians played Saint Patrick’s Athletic in a Dublin Derby and the away side took all three points after a four nil win, but the result although a shock, was not the story of the game. That came when Saint Pat’s player Conan Byrne scored one of the best ever goals you are going to see in the SSE Airtricity League. Conan was just inside his own half when the ball fell lovely for him to have a long range shot which flew into the back of the Bohemians net. The goal has been shown over and over again this week on Social Media and TV and if you get a chance try and get a look at it. It was very similar to David Beckham’s long range effort all those years ago against Wimbledon, but in my opinion the one scored in Dalymount Park last week was far better. There is no doubt it will be this seasons SSE Airtricity’s League goal of the season as it will take some effort by somebody else to beat it. It was an astonishing win for Saint Pat’s as they have had a rotten start to the season, a start they need to get out of their system and move on.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division there were wins for Bray Wanderers, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Cork City. John Caulfield’s Cork City still lead the league and sit six points clear, Dundalk are just sitting behind and it is shaping up to be a cracker of a season.
In Division One, Shelbourne manager Owen Heary is really getting things across to his players and they are starting to put things right on the pitch. They are now four games unbeaten and last Friday they beat Wexford two nil. As we know momentum can mean a lot in football and Shelbourne certainly have that at the moment. It was a convincing two nil win and their goals came from Derek Prendergast and Dayle Rooney. The men from Tolka Park failed to win a game in their opening four matches but they now seem to have the belief that they can bag the one spot up for grabs in the promotion race. Waterford are sitting on top of the Division and are going to have their own challenge and in this league anything can happen.
So there we have it, another weekend gone in the greatest league in the world and the excitement levels are still on the way up. It is hard to work out at the moment who is going to win what, but in the Premier League Cork City are really putting on a great show at the moment and who knows it might just be their season. There is a long way to go this season in both leagues and if the early part of the season is anything to go by, it will be tense exciting and absolutely bloody mad if you are a supporter in the SSE Airtricity League.