Posts Tagged ‘ Raffaele Cretaro ’

Sligo Sign Danish Striker Nielsen


Sligo Rovers have announced the signing of Danish striker Morten Nielsen from German club FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt.

The 24 year old began his career at FC Copenhagen before being signed by Chelsea at the age of 16.

Nielsen spent three years at Stamford Bridge in their youth academy. While there Nielsen played in the Chelsea team which made it to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2008 against Man City.  Continue reading

Sligo Rovers Held In Lithuania


Sligo Rovers were left frustrated by a 0-0 draw with FK Banga in the first round first leg tie in the Gargždai Stadium.

Rovers were the better side against the Lithuanian outfit but failed to convert openings with Danny North -and Seamus Conneely missing good excellent chances in the second to take a lead back to Sligo for next week’s return game.
Banga were restricted to opportunities on the break with Evaldus Grigaitis the most influential player for the home side and he squandered their best moment, controlling and volleying over the crossbar in the 83rd minute.

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Sligo Sign O’Conor As Cretaro Renews His Deal

Drogheda United v Bohemians - Airtricity League Premier Division
Sligo Rovers have today announced two additions to their 2014 squad as Paul O’Conor joins from Drogheda United and Raffaele Cretaro renews his deal with the Bit o’ Red.
O’Conor moves from Drogheda United where he helped the Boynesiders reached the FAI Ford Cup final against Rovers, including scoring the opening goal of the decider for the Louth side while the Bit o’ Red went on to win the Cup.
Cretaro has made 393 appearances for the club and extends his already legendary career with Rovers.  Continue reading

Gartland Discusses Charity Efforts Ahead Of PFAI Calendar Launch


The Professional Footballers Association Of Ireland (PFAI) will launch their 2014 Spot The Ballers calendar tomorrow.

The calendar which is funded by Ford is one of many charity efforts taking place to help Drogheda United striker Gary O’Neill, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last month.

The calendar will be available from various retail outlets including HMV, select clubs and the PFAI themselves. Calendars will also be available to buy at the Aviva stadium on Sunday as Gary’s current team Drogheda United battle Sligo Rovers in the FAI Ford Cup final. Continue reading

LOI : Dublin Derbies Significant At Both Ends Of The Table


The League Of Ireland run in is well and truly upon us with most teams now staring at their final ten games of the season.

This season has been highly significant in footballing circles as there has been a paradigm shift in all quarters. St Patrick’s Athletic appear destined for title glory , thus stealing the mantle of Dublin’s top team from Shamrock Rovers while the surprise package that has been Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk , have claimed the bragging rights for 2013 over fallen neighbours Drogheda United.

Elsewhere , not much has changed as both Sligo Rovers and Derry City remain in title contention while both Bray Wanderers and UCD continue to battle at the bottom.

Tonight’s Dublin derbies are extremely significant for many reasons. Each team needs a victory for their own purpose , the Saints to extend their lead at the top , the Hoops to continue their European push and Bohemians and Shelbourne to move themselves clear of the relegation trapdoor.

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Five Players Who Could Replace Gary Twigg

Fresh from completing his first two deals as Shamrock Rovers manager, Trevor Croly’s main aim now will be to do what many think is not possible, replace Gary Twigg.

Hoops legend Twigg has opted to move north to join Portadown in an attempt to be closer to his family, leaving behind a legacy of one of the greatest strikers ever to grace the national league. His potent goal threat and predatory instincts were second to none. The Scottish striker will forever be revered by the Hoops faithful, having scored a staggering 81 goals in 119 games over his three year tenure at the club.

After a disappointing fourth place finished this season Rovers will be keen to regain their title come March. But if they are to have any chance of doing so they must replace last season’s top scorer Twigg, a task that is much easier said than done.

Here Irish News Review considers five possible replacements for the Glaswegian.

Rory Patterson

Cup final hero Patterson may well be the man to replace Twigg. The Strabane native enjoyed a blistering start to his Derry City career last year, bagging a hat trick on his debut. Derry were a side in transition this year but Declan Devine got the best out of his men. Patterson’s form suffered shortly after due to injury, but the ex Linfield man grabbed two vital goals in the FAI cup final which brought the cup north at the expense of St Patricks Athletic. His talents are well regarded within the league and he remains contracted to the Candystripes for 2013. But with Rovers riches could the man who scored 107 goals in 126 appearances for FC United of Manchester be the man to bring the title back to Tallaght?

Christy Fagan

Ex Manchester United youngster Christy Fagan is without a doubt one of the best strikers in the league, having proved that during spells with Bohemians and St Patricks Athletic, where he netted 12 league goals last term. The Saints will be hoping Fagan won’t follow Croly and James Chambers in jumping ship to Rovers. But with Fagan on the PFAI transfer list anything is possible. Pats must act swiftly to secure their man or risk losing him to their fierce rivals.

Raffaele Cretaro

The Tubbercurry Tornado has spent most of his career at Sligo Rovers, helping guide The Bit O’Red to their monumental league success this year. Cretaro may well choose to remain in the North West and help Ian Baraclough’s men in their attempt to reach the Champions League. But a return to Dublin, where he previously spent time at Bohemians, may tempt him. Any move would see him link up with ex teammate Jason McGuinness, who opted to make the move from Sligo this week. Cretaro’s future is certainly up in the air and he like Fagan is also available on a free transfer. Although if Croly is looking for a long term replacement he may have to look elsewhere.

Mark Quigley

Ten goal Quigley, undoubtedly one of the best players in the league will always be a target for the top clubs. Croly may well be able to persuade the Dubliner to make a return to Rovers, having spent time there in 2005. But with such potential Rovers may find themselves fighting for Quigley’s signature against English and Scottish opposition as Millwall may be keen to bring Quigley back to the Den on a free transfer. However Quigley would be the perfect replacement for Twigg and any return to Tallaght could be the start of heralding the era of a new Rovers legend.


Rovers could pursue alternative avenues in their search to replace Twigg. His replacement may already be at the club but it remains to be seen whether the likes of Gary O’Neill, Ciaran Kilduff or Tommy Stewart can emerge from his shadows. Much hope has been placed on the shoulders of young Aaron Greene who may thrive if given the opportunity but ultimately Croly may choose to entirely revamp his frontline.

Other possibilities could be Drogheda United star Declan O’Brien but it is highly doubtful he will leave the Boynesiders following the great season they have had.

Rovers may look to the first division for their replacement, crazy as it sounds. Danny Furlong, Seanie Maguire and Kevin McHugh all topped the goalscoring charts with 13 goals each. A move for Furlong, who had a remarkable season despite personal tragedy, and Maguire, regarded as the next big thing in League of Ireland may not be too far from reality.

Or maybe Croly will use his contacts elsewhere and we may see a foreign import drafted in to replace Rovers best ever foreign player.


Top 5 League of Ireland Players To Watch

With the new season just hours away, Irish News Review Editor Glenn Dowd takes a look at 5 players who are set to make a big impression on the League of Ireland this season. 

1. Ian Daly (St Patricks Athletic)

 Pete Mahon has snapped up former Irish under 21 international Ian Daly ahead of the new season. Daly is a seasoned campaigner who has enjoyed spells with Man City, Aris Salonika and Cadiz of Spain. 

He will be looking to get his career back on track and after a couple of games you can expect Daly to start banging in the goals for the Saints.

 2. Daniel Kearns (Dundalk)

 Kearns joined Dundalk last season having been released by West Ham United. His performances towards the end of the season caught the eye of many but Ian Foster was able to hold onto him. The talented winger will be a big star this year for the Lilywhites and the onus will be on him to provide the goods for Jason Byrne and Mark Quigley . He has already bagged a hat trick in the Setanta Cup as Dundalk put Linfield to the sword.

 3. Patrick McEleney (Derry City)

 18 year old Derry City Star McEleney will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Candystripe star Paddy McCourt. McEleney fired home 14 goals last term as Stephen Kenny`s side stormed to the First Division title. He will be eager to mix it up with the finest the Premier Division has to offer.

 4. Karl Moore (Galway United)

 Moore showed glimpses of his talent last season while playing for UCD, but it was in the pre season Fif Pro tournament in Norway that he really stood out.  His performances attracted the interest of teams from across Scandinavia aswel as in England. However the Dubliner has opted to relocate to Galway where he will play a crucial role in keeping the club up.

 5. Aaron Greene (Sligo Rovers)

 Bohemians may well rue the departure of promising talent Aaron Greene to Sligo Rovers . Greene was one of the final players that the Gypsies held onto as they were hoping to sell him on to Darren Ferguson, a long term admirer and current manager of Peterborough United. 

Greene was often frustrated during his time at Bohs, with limited opportunities coming his way. Now however he will spearhead the Bit O`Red`s attack along with the returning Raffaele Cretaro.