A lot can change in eight short months. Back on August 9 of last year, I was at Ryder's Field, watching Glencormac United and St. Peter's share a nine-goal classic that ended with the latter taking the spoils with a 5-4 win that propelled them close to the league title. During the contest, a spirited Glens outfit were spurred on by brother Josh and Sam O'Callaghan.
Becky Cassin's reign as captain of Cork City FC has gotten off to an excellent start, as the 24-year-old Rathdrum native's late, long-range strike rescued a point for the Leesiders, who came from behind to draw 3-3 with Galway on the opening weekend of the Women's National League.
At the end of the 2021 season, Gary Cronin's current contract as Bray Wanderers manager will expire. And the end of 2021 season is when Cronin will pause for thought about the situation as he has a First Division title to win first.
It has been three years since Wexford Youths last got their hands on the Women's National League title. In the time that has lapsed since that last coronation, in 2018, Peamount United have assumed control over the division by winning the last two titles and the most recent FAI Cup.
Claire Walsh has taken the path less travelled to get to where she is now. From humble sporting beginnings in Blessington, and progressing through the youth system at Peamount United, thus offering a hint towards what was to come down the line, she made the rather substantial leap across a rather large pond to begin her career, in earnest, in America.
April 3, 2021 is a date that is sure to be encircled on calendars belonging to fans of Cork City Football Club. It will be a day that has been years in the making for so many involved behind the scenes, and one on which the bridge between the club's female and male cohorts is momentously shortened.
With very little sporting action to keep us entertained over in this part of the world it's great to hear about two proud Kiltegan natives enjoying sporting success Down Under last week when they helped the Kellyville Kolts to the O35 Summer Soccer six-a-side crown for the fifth time in a row.
He may still be a young man, but Michael Walker is already establishing himself as an aspiring coach in soccer. Still only in his 20s, the Arklow native has racked up an impressive variety of qualifications, having earned both his UEFA 'B' and 'A' licences in recent years.
A ball had not been kicked in the title decider between Peamount United and Shelbourne last November, but sensing her chance at social media fame, Alannah McEvoy had hitched a plan. Seven years earlier, in 2013, she was spearheading Enniskerry Belles to the Meadow Tournament: a one-day blitz pitting local girls' teams against each other.
With the Premier League title long-since wrapped up as the Manchester City juggernaut went into overdrive and embarked on a winning streak that Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez would be proud of, we now have to turn our attentions to the Champions League to get our footballing kicks.
Tommy Hamilton turned up for school in Synge Street CBS on the morning of February 3, 1953 in the thick of his Leaving Cert year. The previous summer, after being spotted by the chief scout for Manchester United, Joe Armstrong, while playing for Shamrock Boys. He spent July and August in Manchester, before returning to complete his secondary school education.
Back to back wins in the space of a week has seen Simon Power and Harrogate Town climb to within five points of the League Two play-offs, while Paul McShane and his Rochdale colleagues have inched ever closer to the relegation zone in League One, and Darren Randolph made his return to the West Ham United goalmouth.
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