A comprehensive win, a clean sheet and a safe passage into the third round of the EA Sports Cup was as much as Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough could have hoped for as his side registered a comprehensive victory over Mervue United on Monday night last in The Showgrounds.
There was heartbreak for Boyle Celtic on Sunday last as City United defeated them to claim the Sup League title by the narrowest of margins from Boyle who pushed them all the way.
The fixtures for the coming in the Sligo/Leitrim leagues are as follows
Giovanni Trapattoni today (Monday) announced a provisional 28 man squad to face England in an international friendly in Wembley later this month (May 29) followed by Georgia, Faroe Islands and Spain in June. The squad will be shortened late next week to accommodate injuries etc.
Having been grilled for over an hour by the nation’s media about the merits of Anthony Pilkington on the left wing, the dilemma regarding player fatigue ahead of the forthcoming matches and the international future of Richard Dunne, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni spoke warmly about his first visit to Carrick-on-Shannon.
The Carrick 400 celebrations have been gathering pace since they were officially launched by President Michael D. Higgins in February and this week saw the national spotlight shone on Carrick-on-Shannon in a manner above and beyond anything that has happened in the celebrations thus far as Giovanni Trapattoni was in town to announce the Ireland squad for four upcoming international matches.
After three Airtricity Premier Division games without a win some pundits were beginning to question whether or not Sligo Rovers’ impressive early season form was a thing of the past and that the other teams had discovered how to play against them. However, on Bank Holiday Monday, in front of a bumper 4,256 crowd, The Showgrounds was treated to some of the finest football Rovers have played since they were crowned league champions.
Ireland Team Manager Giovanni Trapattoni will announce his squad for the forthcoming senior international fixtures versus England, Georgia, Faroe Islands and Spain in Leitrim County Council offices, Carrick-on-Shannon next Monday, May 13.
In a dramatic finish that saw Carrick Town force last Tuesday week’s Sligo Leitrim U-12 Final to extra time, the Leitrim team retained their title with a tension filled victory in a penalty shoot-out in Strandhill.
U-12: Congratulations to Paddy, Jim and the U12s squad who retained the Sligo Leitrim cup after a dramatic penalty shoot out win on Tuesday in Strandhill verses Real Tubber. Fiachra Henry and Donal Casey got the goals in regular time after the Carrick lads twice came from behind to leave the score at 2-2 after 60 mins. Extra time could not separate the teams so it went into a penalty shoot out. Keeper Killian Gaffey saved the first Tubber penalty and all five Carrick lads scored from the spot to win the tie. (see match report).
Hopes were high on Saturday afternoon last that silverware would be returning to Carrick-on-Shannon but unfortunately the Sligo/Leitrim league campaign came to a disappointing end for the Carrick Town U-15 footballers.
Soccer fans in Leitrim are in for a rare treat next month when Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will announce the squad for Ireland’s four upcoming games on Monday, May 13, in the Leitrim County Council Chamber.
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