ANALYSIS: Burke brilliance covers a multitude of sins again

Alan O’Brien 

With dreams of Benidorm dancing in players’ heads, this was the ultimate pre-holiday snoozefest. A somnolent Shamrock Rovers looked every inch the side that exacted only one win on the road this year. But, ultimately, Limerick were sleepier, and the Hoops had the quality to take advantage. Continue reading

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OPINION: Shiels obsession with winning the right way will lose him his job

Alan O’Brien 

For Derry City, grabbing three points from Bohemians is almost customary at this stage. With ten defeats out of ten since Kenny Shiels assumed the Brandywell helm, the Gypsies are the Generals to Derry’s Globetrotters. One could be forgiven, then, for seeing the Candystripes’ victory at Dalymount Park, last Friday evening, as somewhat routine. Continue reading

OPINION: Amid uncertainty, both Limerick FC and its fans must get real

Alan O’Brien 

Truthiness: Merriam-Webster’s 2006 Word of the Year. Coined by American late night host Stephen Colbert, to mock the many baseless decisions of George W. Bush, it describes a gut-feeling of truth; even when no such truth exists. Continue reading

OPINION: Toothless League of Ireland media will never win over the barstoolers

Alan O’Brien 

It’s a little over a month now since I sat in Limerick’s Strand Hotel scribbling notes on Cork City’s televised Dalymount Park triumph. I should have been in Tallaght that night, commentating on a creditable Limerick FC draw. Instead, I was making the best of a bad situation, after running afoul of Shamrock Rovers director Mark Lynch. Continue reading

Stalemate suggests both the Shannonsiders and Sligo need a striker

Alan O’Brien 

Both Sligo Rovers and Limerick FC are scoring at a rate of less than one goal per game. Neither side can count on a natural goalscorer. This relegation six-pointer, therefore, had scoreless draw written all over it. And, in that regard at least, it did not disappoint. Continue reading

Gung-ho Pat’s almost undone by perfect Barrett gameplan

Alan O’Brien 

Liam Buckley’s gung-ho St Patrick’s Athletic had already lost five games on the road before this one. And, if Limerick FC had taken their chances here, it could so easily have been six. Continue reading