Monday, August 28, 2006
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.