Kierans LOI Column

Kierans LOI Column

Jun 14, 2024

THE THURSDAY EXPERIMENT

It's a Friday yet the drama for this week is already behind us. With the Euros set to start tonight, it was Thursday night football for LOI fans with many supporters around the country giving the Thursday night experience the thumbs down, myself included.

I was at Oriel Park as Dundalk deservedly overcame a poor Sligo Rovers side by a single Daryl Horgan goal. However, a crowd of just over 2,000 were in attendance with the atmosphere being very flat throughout.

Similar comments applied elsewhere although there were notable exceptions with almost 5,000 turning out to watch St.Pats dramatic win against Shamrock Rovers.

With Thursday games starting to become more common with TV broadcasters keen to trial a stand alone fixture to increase viewing figures, it's clear derby matches are the way to go on that front.

TWO HORSE RACE?

Rovers latest defeat combined with wins for Shelbourne and Derry City has left some pondering if it's now a two horse race for the title.

Derry have begun to find the knack for late winners, although they seem to have a particular fondness for doing so against Bohemians, who I'll be coming to in a second.

Shelbourne continue to put the head down and do their business from the front, although there was huge controversy regarding a disallowed goal in their win against Waterford last night.

The summer window will be interesting, there's rumours of big signings at Shels but will Duffer want to upset a very settled camp?

Meanwhile, reports suggest Derry will lose Cameron McJannett to English football.

What can Rovers do in the window? They clearly need a new goalkeeper and just some freshness around the squad with last week's podcast guest Gareth McGlynn describing the Hoops as being mentally fatigued, it's hard to disagree with him at the moment.

REYNOLDS OWN GOAL

Having taken a scroll through social media before Bohs defeat to Derry last night, it was clear this was a game Alan Reynolds couldn't afford to lose after his trip away with the Irish under 21s this week.

His comments about hard work in the lead up to the game were also poorly advised and set him up for a fall. With clubs appearing to guard their staff closer these days in terms of media appearances, that was a real OG for Bohemians.

Defeat last night led to the expected reaction online, Bohs fans want blood, the honeymoon is over and this could be a turning point in the Reynolds era.

HEARTBREAK

I'm beyond heartbroken to see my beloved Longford Town where they are right now, bottom of the entire national league going into the summer break.

The season is officially over for us in a year that promised so much. It seems tomorrows legends match will be the highlight of our season and a reminder of how far we've fallen from the days of Stephen Kenny, Vinny Perth, Barry Ferguson, Sean Prunty and all the other greats who will return this weekend.

I've my own views on how we should finish out the remainder of the season but I'll keep those to myself for now, just know this author is really hurting right now.

PODCAST

Finally, it's been a strange week between traveling to Portugal for the Ireland game (more of a training session for the hosts really) and then returning to a full set of fixtures on Thursday in the LOI.

As a result, we haven't got a pod out this week but will put together a mid season special for you early next week.

Until then, enjoy a rare Friday off.

Kieran.

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