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

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Barrett back three triples Candystripes fun

Alan O’Brien 

Only league leaders Dundalk are outscoring Kenny Shiels’ Derry City in 2018. And, on this evidence, it’s easy to see why. Hamstrung by an appalling Markets Field surface, Derry still leveraged their attractive passing game into several quality chances. But poor Limerick finishing spared a still wide-open Candystripes defensive unit, whose margin of victory was widened by Tommy Barrett’s disastrous late tactical tinkering. Continue reading

Limerick FC: 2017 Season in Review

Alan O’Brien 

Remaking Limerick FC’s patchwork squad is a challenge few would relish. And yet, just days after securing Premier Division football for 2018, Neil McDonald has already begun to tackle that herculean task. There will be no holiday for him. Both his future, and his reputation, rest on the outcome. He is, after all, only here because his predecessor failed to scale the same mountain. Continue reading