Monday, August 28, 2006

Final Score

The weekend's football threw up narrow victories for all three of Seanachie's sides, Sligo Rovers advanced to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup beating Bray Wanderers for the third time this season, by two goals to one. Celtic came from behind at home to Hibs to win by the same scoreline, their new signing, the man with the longest name in football, Jan van Hennegoor of Hessilink scoring the winner. The early season still looks dicey for the Bhoys, and improvement will be needed before they face Man U and Benfica in the Champions' League. Meanwhile over here in France, St-Etienne won their third match on the trot tonight, beating Lens 3-2, though they made things difficult for themselves after leading 3-0 after 55 minutes.

In the other code, as sporting people in the West of Ireland would say, Mayo defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland football semi-final, in what was apparently a thriller, and according to my Dad, the best Gaelic football game in 20 years. Mayo will now face Kerry in a final for the third time in ten years (and their fourth final in all in that time). It seems strange as Mayo never seem to be a formidable team, and they have still not won an All-Ireland since 1952. I don't expect them to win this year but I wish them the best of luck.


rorebhoy said...

Hey Ol,

WGS seems to be doing a nice bit of work in the transfer market. JVoH should fit the bill of a good target man for us, and score his fair share of goals (he played well when he came on, and lifted the side). Petrov out for £6.5M, rising to £8M is a great bit of business - I'd liked to have seen him in this year's CL campaign, but getting Gravesen for £2M is a decent replacement.

There's still talk of potentially three more signings at CP before the windae shuts tomorrow (centre-half and another midfileder...Scott Brown? Kevin Thompson??...that biscuit tin custodian must be on his hols.

The future's bright! The future's green and white!

seanachie said...

I agree with you about Gravesen, a better player than Petrov, though I will be sad to see the world's most famous Bulgarian leave. O'Neill must think extremely highly of him if he's going to fork out £8million for him. A decent striker is needed for Big Cup, JVoH is it, Zurawski is a trier but he was found out at the World Cup. We had better watch out though for KB (as FC Copenhagen are known over there); that is likely to be our downfall. I don't know what's happened to the biscuit tin; maybe Randy Lerner's been spotted around Glesky...