ANALYSIS: Sundgren sunders Bradley’s harmless Hoops

Alan O’Brien 

This was Stephen Bradley’s shot at glory. Despite boasting eight full internationals, AIK arrived in Tallaght with precisely zero interest in controlling proceedings. Shamrock Rovers, therefore, were invited to give the Swedes their best shot. But, alas, their visitors escaped with nary an eyelash out of place. The Hoops, in short, were absolutely harmless here. Continue reading

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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

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

Flaky Rovers iced by Leahy 99

Alan O’Brien 

Football really is a funny old game. Quite how a side as unstructured as Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers managed to avoid defeat on home soil for eight months is anyone’s guess. But surprise was certainly thin on the ground when Darragh Leahy consigned that run to history’s dustbin at the death here. Continue reading

Moment of Kelly madness settles sedate Markets Field affair

Alan O’Brien 

If the league insists on jamming eight fixtures into the first five weeks, non-events like this one are a given. Monday’s Markets Field clash had nil-all written all over it before Shaun Kelly’s ill-timed lunge at Ronan Finn. But lunge the full-back did, handing Shamrock Rovers a second consecutive scrappy win. Continue reading