It was another superb weekend in the SSE Airtricity League and the bonus on top was the fact we had a double round of matches in the Premier League. It is a time of the season when you really can get a feel of who will take the plaudits and who will be down and out in October. Two games over a four day period is also a time that tests the depth of squads that are around the league. Unlike in the Barclays Premier League the size of a lot of our squads would be relatively small and not have a great deal of back up if things go wrong. There were a few issues that I was watching before we went into the games and I was pleasantly suprised to see some answers as the weekend wrapped up. Follow on below and let me shed some light on the events that caught my eye.
In the Premier League one side who has had a very difficult start to the season are Bohemians and it was slightly worrying times for the side from Dalymount Park. They really kick started their season with a superb win on Friday night against Bray Wanderers with a three two win, having been two goals behind. It was totally against the run of play as Bohemians went two behind and in my opinion they were the better team overall. It took a huge effort from Keith Long,s men to get back into the game and goals from Dinny Corcoran ( 2 ) and Keith Ward saw them home. It was a superb win for a side that were under pressure before kick off. Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny will have been very disappointed with his sides defeat and to concede another three goals will be a worry, because as we all know the sign of a team who can make a challenge for honours is the one who concede very little goals. Following their victory over Bray, Bohemians headed to Limerick for their second game of the weekend and came away with a one nil win. The home side would have been favourites in my book before kick off and it was a great result for Bohemians. It was Dinny Corcoran who got the winner on fifty minutes and manager Keith Long must have been delighted as not only did Bohemians take six points from the weekend but their goal machine Corcoran has found his touch. All the signs now are that the team from the Northside of Dublin have found their feet and they have a bit of momentum behind them. Next up for Bohemians are Galway and if they can bag all three points from that game it will have been a great week for the club. Elsewhere Cork kept up their great start and sit proudly at the top of the table with four wins, they are going to be a hard team to beat this season and would have to be a major challenger in the race for the title.
In Division One it was only one round of matches and that league is looking very tight at the moment. There were wins for Longford, Cabinteely and Waterford. Having been beaten convincingly in their last outing, Shelbourne travelled to Cobh Ramblers and came away with a one all draw. Manager Owen Heary must have been delighted with the draw as Cobh is a hard place to go and get anything. As the League stands now there are three teams sitting on six points, Waterford, Athlone and UCD. This league will be tight right down to the last couple of games and nobody seems to be laying down any kind of marker at the moment.
So another weekend over and some interesting results. As we go forward the excitement will grow and the supporters nerves will be strung out like a violin, but we would not have it any other way as we follow the best league in the world or to call it by its real name the SSE Airtricity League. Until next time enjoy your football wherever in the world you are.
By David Meier