Wednesday 21 March 2018

In off the post: RTE star Morahan fashions undying Gypsies allegiance

A sideways look at the domestic game

BOHEMIANS are most certainly in fashion in the Eircom League at the moment and that fact was backed up last week when the ever-stylish Caroline Morahan confirmed her undying love for the Dalymount side on national radio.

Never ones to miss an opportunity this season, a delegation from Bohemians journeyed across the Dublin divide to Donnybrook to present the crew of the RTE Breakfast Show with some of their Gypsy-style apparel.

With recent reports that the club may be veering, ahem, Off The Rails, they don't appear to be losing their generous side by giving Morahan and her colleagues free away jerseys.

In other Eircom League celebrity news, Cork City fans have made a plea to Failte Towers winner John Creedon to publicise their upcoming home match against Bray Wanderers.

Creedon is known to be a City fan and, alongside such high-profile celebs as Des Bishop, John Spillane and Miss Cork, he has become the subject of their latest attempts to help fix the problems within their own faulty towers. Has it come to this?

If ever in doubt... ask a local

IOTP is a huge fan of non-league teams in the FAI Ford Cup providing a breath of fresh air to Irish domestic football every year -- with that air usually blowing rain onto our laptops on a freezing cold day in a remote junior football pitch.

Nevertheless, Wayside Celtic grew in our estimation following their win at the Golden Ball on Sunday, where the following conversation took place in the, er, press box.

Outside journalist: "Who passed that ball?"

Wayside club rep: "It was Wayne Callaghan to Ian Callaghan."

Outside journalist: "Are you sure about that?"

Wayside club rep: "I should be, they're my sons!"

What's hot

Giant killing

Well not exactly, with all due respect to Monaghan United, but Wayside Celtic's win over the Ulstermen spelt the biggest upset of last weekend's FAI Ford Cup matches.

What's not

Racism in the Eircom League

Unfortunately, Galway United took the rap for a couple of, how shall we say it... idiots, who subjected a Sligo Rovers player to racist abuse last month. Worse still, it was done in front of a live TV audience on TG4. Hopefully, the people responsible can be identified and punished.

Down Memory Lane

Dave Barry

In turbulent times such as the ones Cork City currently face, the memory of club legends can provide a perfect tonic.

Barry was there when it all began for Cork City in the League of Ireland, playing in the first-ever senior game for the club.

He went on to win a League Cup trophy in 1987 and the club's first ever league title in 1993, also scoring one of the club's most memorable goals in a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at Musgrave Park in the 1991/92 season.

The FAI Cup eluded Barry during his playing career but he made up for that after taking the reins as manager in 1996, making more history for the club with a first Cup trophy in 1998 as well as another League Cup in 1999.

Where is he now?

Barry wasn't just a legend in the code of soccer. He was also a Cork Gaelic football great. He played his first game for the county senior team at the age of 18, before going on to win an All-Ireland medal in 1989.

He won a Man of the Match award in the final against Mayo that year before playing a part in Cork's All-Ireland hurling-football double in 1990. Barry is now a pundit for RTE, coaches underage soccer and Gaelic football, and still runs his own successful heating and plumbing contractors.

Weekly Punt

When Athlone Town took the lead four minutes into their FAI Cup clash with Galway United, our odds of 5/1 were looking very tasty indeed. However, it was all one way traffic after that as Galway hit the midlanders for four to progress.

The focus shifts to the relegation battle this weekend so expect to Finn Harps and Cobh to draw, while UCD could hold Derry in the Bowl in a double at around 12/1.

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