Posts Tagged ‘ Ronan Finn ’

LOI: Dundalk Face Tricky Test Against Ever Improving Cork City


Athlone Town –v- Bray Wanderers 7:45

Bottom side Athlone Town face off against Bray Wanderers at Athlone Town Stadium.

Ten games and ten defeats. It has been a thoroughly miserable time to be an Athlone Town fan. So miserable that changes have been made and Mick Cooke has left the club and Keith Long has been brought in. It remains to be seen if this change of managers will have an effect on the results but things certainly don’t look good. Athlone can take comfort in the fact that it can’t get any worse.

A solitary David Scully goal gave Bray Wanderers an impressive 1-0 home win over title chasing Dundalk last time out. That win leaves them sitting in a comfortable seventh. The Wicklow side will need to be weary of their opponents given their new manager’s first game. Alan Matthews will need to ensure his players head into this game prepared to play against a revitalised team or they may end up on the losing side.

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LOI: Battle Of The Rovers As Roddy Aims To Defeat Champs


Shamrock Rovers –v- Sligo Rovers    7:05

Early league leaders Shamrock Rovers host fellow title hopefuls Sligo Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn and Kieran Marty Waters gave the hoops an impressive 3-1 away win over fierce Dublin rivals Bohemians last week. That win established them as early league leaders, a position that will leave manager Trevor Croly pleased. They face a Sligo Rovers side in poor form and Croly and his players will look for all three points as well as a psychological advantage. Continue reading

Bradley And Gartland Linked With Rovers Return


Stephen Bradley is close to signing for Shamrock Rovers according to a source within the club.

The same source also revealed the club are targeting the signature of Graham Gartland.

Gartland found himself relegated with Shelbourne last season while Bradley had a good season with Limerick as they finished mid-table.

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LOI : Trapdoor Looms For Bray As Drogs Seek To Dent Rival’s Title Hopes


Derry City –v- Shelbourne    5:00 (Saturday)

Derry City look to get back on track as they take on Shelbourne at the Brandywell.

After the 1-0 defeat at the hands of St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday, Derry City are out of the running for the league championship. A European place is still an option but manager Declan Devine and his side know that they cannot afford to slip up again or their league season will be over.

After the 2-1 home defeat last week against Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne will need a win here to give themselves a chance of surviving. Two defeats in a row have left them second from bottom on 20 points. Manager Johnny McDonnell and his team know that points cannot afford to be dropped or else first division football is guaranteed next season. Continue reading

Hoops Revel In Setanta Cup Success

Shamrock Rovers lifted the Setanta Cup after a convincing 7-1 victory over Louth natives Drogheda United on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers got off to a blistering start with James Chambers, Sean O’Connor and Karl Sheppard putting clear daylight between the teams in the first half. Both Ronan Finn and Billy Dennehy managed a brace in the second half as Trevor Croly earned his first piece of silverware as Rovers manager A mere consaltion goal for Drogheda United was scored by former Shamrock Rovers man Gary O’Neill. Continue reading

Rovers Hoping For Another Derby Victory

Ciaran Kilduff celebrates scoring 15/3/2013Shamrock Rovers travel to Dalymount Park this afternoon to take on Bohemians in their second derby game in three days.

The Hoops will be looking for a another positive result to build on Friday night’s win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium while Bohs will be hoping to bounce back following defeat in Cork. Continue reading

Competitive Season Ahead As Airtricity League Returns

srloiThe Airtricity League Of Ireland returns next Friday for the 2013 season. Will Sligo Rovers be the front-runner to retain their league title? Who will be their biggest rival? St Patrick’s Athletic? Shamrock Rovers? Drogheda United? Or will there be a dark-horse going for the league this year?

Who will battle it out for the European places? Who will be battling relegation? 12 teams started last season, only 11 finished, will clubs face more financial difficulty? There’s only one way to find out. Continue reading

Fenlon Holds Off On LOI Raid For Now

Pat Fenlon has put potential moves for League of Ireland duo Ronan Finn (24) and Chris Forrester (19) on the backburner as he seeks to tie down three loanees this January.

The Hibernian supremo has revealed he is more concerned with securing the permanent signatures of Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern before making a move for the duo, who still remain contracted to their current clubs.

Finn and Forrester both played key roles for Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic this season and have been the subject of much interest abroad. Fenlon is a known admirer of both, having worked with the latter at Bohemians.

However such is the state of the game in Scotland that Hibs transfer budget will only allow them to tie down the three loanees, with freescoring Griffiths the main priority. Fenlon may bide his time and move for the duo when their contracts run out next November although it may be too late by then as other clubs are circling the widely coveted duo.

PFAI player of the year nominee Finn is known to have spurned interest from Championship leaders Crystal Palace while Forrester is currently being headhunted by Sunderland, with Mick McCarthy also keen on taking the Dubliner to Ipswich Town.

But just how good are the duo and can they cut it abroad?

Here, ex League of Ireland star Alan Cawley reveals his thoughts on Ireland’s most wanted.

“I think both of them are very good, potential wise I think Forrester has a lot more to come considering he is much younger.

Finn needs to take control of games now that he’s maturing. He is at the age where I think he needs to move now.

If he is to make an impact across the water he can’t leave it any longer. How far do I think he can go?? Championship level is probably his best fit.

Forrester on the other hand can afford another year in the League of Ireland to get more experience and develop physically.

The most important thing for him next season is nailing down his preferred position. I don’t think he’s a winger.

His best position for me would be the point of attack in a midfield three. He is excellent technically and needs to be involved in the heart of the game, when out wide he drifts in and out of games. I think he could play in the Championship and maybe higher if with the right club.”

Five League of Ireland Stars Who Could Make It Abroad

The League of Ireland has become a haven for talent in recent years with stars such as James McClean, Seamus Coleman, Keith Fahey, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle becoming mainstays of the Irish national team.

Other potential talents such as Daniel Kearns, Ben McLaughlin and Eoin Doyle have also been plucked from the League, with the former duo earmarked as Irish stars of the future.

There has been something of a rapid transformation in recent years as the talent emerging from the League is greater than ever before.

Here Irish News Review details five potential stars that soon could be making waves abroad.  

Chris Forrester

Pats star Forrester is widely considered the most talented player in the League of Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. The Dublin native has been linked to numerous clubs in England and Scotland, with Sunderland, Hibernian and others believed to be among potential suitors. Forrester is something of a football genius and at such a young age he is yet to reach his full potential. His dribbling skills, command of the ball and overall eye for goal are something to be witnessed. Few can say they have faced the tricky Forrester and won the battle. Forrester may well be off to pastures new this off season and he will be more than ready for anything foreign soil has to offer. There is no doubt the ex Bohemians star is a future Ireland international.

 Ronan Finn

Shamrock Rovers PFAI player of the year nominee is one of the most gifted and well rounded individuals in the League of Ireland and has been for some time. The ex UCD star was linked to Hibs this week, along with Forrester but Pat Fenlon has revealed his January priorities lie in tying down three current players he has on loan. Some reports have suggested Finn recently turned down a move to Crystal Palace, the reasons remain unknown but it is a very questionable decision given the current form of Ian Holloway’s Eagles. A January move to England looks extremely likely for Finn but his destination remains a mystery. Many would argue Finn is on a different level to Paul Corry, another ex UCD star who recently moved to Sheffield Wednesday and has impressed thus far. Expect Finn to light up the Championship in the next year at least.

 Stephen McLaughlin

Few could have dreamed that Derry City would have an automatic replacement for the immaculate James McClean when the star departed the Brandywell for Sunderland. But Stephen McLaughlin stepped up to the plate following McClean’s departure and the Derry star is one of the most gifted wingers the League of Ireland has ever seen. Declan Devine will do extremely well to hang onto him and it’s widely expected he will be the subject of much interest come the transfer window. McLaughlin certainly possesses a bright future and the cup final winner is another star with the potential to represent a national side, be it Ireland or Northern Ireland, in the not too distant future.

Ryan Brennan

Drogheda United have defied expectations this season and managed to finish in a staggering second place position, thanks in large part to the Brennan brothers, of which Ryan has the most potential. 2012 was a defining season for Ryan who shone as the Drogs mounted a surprisingly serious title tilt, emerging from the shadows of his brother Killian, who endured a less than spectacular season at Shamrock Rovers. Ryan possesses everything a manager looks for in a winger. His rise from Monaghan United and the First Division to the lofty heights of the Premier Division under the guidance of Mick Cooke has been something special. But his rise to stardom is far from over. Ryan Brennan is definitely another player who will no doubt be at the forefront of some manager’s thoughts and his rise to prominence will develop further with a move abroad.

Kevin Feely

Bohemians starlet Kevin Feely has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks with Everton been known admirers of the Kildare natives talents. Charlton Athletic have also shown an interest, inviting the former Kildare GAA minor player over for a second trial in the coming weeks. The 19 year old enjoyed a solid season in the League of Ireland and has earned high praise from Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan.

Fenlon Plans LOI Raid

Pat Fenlon is plotting a double raid on the League of Ireland this January as he seeks to bolster his Hibernian side.

The former Bohemians supremo is expected to launch a bid to take Chris Forrester from St Patricks Athletic and Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers. Both players remain under contract to their current club and will command a fee.

Hibs have enjoyed a great start to the Scottish Premier League this season and currently sit top, putting last year’s relegation dog fight and cup final heartbreak firmly behind them in the process. A source close to Hibernian revealed that the move for the duo is firmly in the pipeline.

“Pat obviously has great connections in Ireland and it is something the club have been working off. We have been examining numerous videos of players throughout the season and both Forrester and Finn excelled”.

Hibs will face a battle from Sunderland to net Forrester’s signature, with Martin O’Neill having watched the fledgling youngster in the Supersaints recent FAI cup final defeat to Derry City. It is also believed that new Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy may be considering a bid for the former Bohs ace, who he previously had on trial at Wolves.

However it is believed the Dubliner would favour a switch to Easter Road, where he would be re-united with Fenlon with the source adding “Pat’s knowledge and past experience of working with Chris will be crucial in his final destination”.