Rovers steamroll Bray in Tallaght rout

Twigg grabbed a first-hald brace

Shamrock Rovers 4-1 Bray Wanderers

 To be withdrawn before half-time is usually the ultimate humiliation for a footballer.  He is not given the opportunity to defend  his lame display of the past 45 minutes in the confines of the dressing room. The manager lets the world know what he makes of the player in question’s contribution. Even if the change is tactical, it is still a source of major embarrassment. At Tallaght Stadium on Friday night, we saw an exception to the rule. Shamrock Rovers’ Gary Twigg was withdrawn in first-half injury-time to a standing ovation from all sides of the ground, after a masterful centre-forward’s display that left Bray Wanderers begging for mercy. Continue reading

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McBoro have edge in race for promotion to Promised Land

McBoro's recurits from Scotland

An accusation one could not level at the NPower Championship, is that it is predictable. Whilst last season’s top two, in Newcastle and West Brom, were streets ahead of the field, the reminder of the division was a topsy-turvy mix of teams doing the opposite of what was expected of them. Blackpool, considered relegation certainties, were promoted via the play-offs. At the other end of the scale, Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town, to give them their proper title, failed to win any of their first 14 games, coming a lowly 15th. This was after we were subjected to a summer of countless synopsis’ of the Tractor’ Boys prospects claiming Keane knows “what it takes to get teams out of this league”. He almost did, but not into the league expected. Even with all the potential pitfalls, Middlesbrough seem to stand above the rest in my eyes in the race to the Promised Land. Continue reading