Sunday, August 12, 2007
My current heavy workload has kept me from here, but I have been keeping an eye on the football, with the Scottish and French leagues kicking off last week, and the Premiership yesterday. Sunderland got off to a good start back in the top flight with Michael Chopra's last-minute goal giving them the points against Spurs; Celtic got things going after an alarming run of pre-season results with a 4-1 win over Falkirk, which will settle them somewhat before Wednesday's trip to Moscow. Sligo Rovers moved back up to fourth place in the Eircom League with a 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers, which saw three players and two members of Bray's coaching staff sent off. The most impressive performance of the past week though has been that of the Irish Women's University team, who have reached the quarter-finals of the World University Games in Thailand, after an astounding win over Germany. Considering that Germany is one of the world's strongest nations in women's football and that many of their student team play in the Women's Bundesliga, this is a shock on a par with the USA's famous win over England in the 1950 World Cup. The ladies play France in the quarter-finals tomorrow and Seanachie wishes them the best of luck.