Cherrie on top for the Champions

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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League of Ireland champions Cork City have added Scottish goalkeeper Peter Cherrie to their ranks ahead of the 2018 season. Most recently with Bray Wanderers, the thirty-four-year-old is a highly experienced campaigner having lined out for Dundalk one-hundred-and-seventy-nine times between 2009 & 2014, while Cherrie has experience in British football with Airdrie United, Ayr and Clyde.

A member of Stephen Kenny’s league winning side of 2014, Cherrie was surprisingly moved on from Oriel Park Continue reading

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Fenn exclusively reveals new signing, retirements and pre-season fixtures on Between the Stripes LOI podcast

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

Speaking exclusively earlier this evening to Between the Stripes LOI podcast, which returns to the airwaves tomorrow afternoon with tonight’s recorded New Years Special, Longford Town manager Neale Fenn gave a number of exclusives to our listeners.

With two pre-season friendlies already announced against Fenn’s former sides Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, podcast co-host Kieran Burke put the question to Fenn regarding other upcoming opponents in the lead up to the new First Division season. Fenn revealed “De Town” will take on St.Patrick’s Athletic (A), Limerick FC, Newbridge Town and an American side from Philadelphia, who will also be facing the “Saints” during their time in Ireland. Times, dates and venues are still to be confirmed for these preparation matches but the visit of the Philadelphia outfit to City Calling Stadium is certainly an exciting novelty for Town fans to look forward to while a reunion with club legends Paul Perth and Sean Prunty will bring a feeling of nostalgia to Town supporters of a by-gone era as the duo are involved with Newbridge at present.

Moving on to talk about transfers and how the Longford squad was shaping up for 2018, Fenn broke the news out an imminent arrival from the non-leagues at LTFC while also confirming the status of five players from last seasons squad. To be announced by the club tomorrow is the signing of a striker from Dublin side Hardwick who play in the AUL league. While withholding the new attackers name, Between the Stripes believe the player in question to be Dean Byrne. Fenn commented that his new recruit had been scoring a lot of goals at AUL level in Dublin and would help strengthen his options up-front following the departure  of David O’Sullivan to Shelbourne.

Finally, in perhaps the most important announcement of all made exclusively by Fenn on Between the Stripes LOI podcast New Years Special, the Londoner confirmed the retirement of long-time servants Don Cowan and Kevin O’Connor in addition to the already known retirement of defender Noel Haverty. In more positive updates the former Dundalk striker announced exclusively that local talents Aodh Dervin and Tristan Noack Hoffman had both all but re-signed for Longford with the latter set to put pen-to-paper on a new deal tomorrow afternoon.

To hear Neale Fenn’s interview in full plus exclusive chats with Darren Meenan, James Doona, Dave Donnelly and Kevin Kiely subscribe to Between the Stripes LOI podcast on Itunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Pocketcasts and/or Podcast Republic now and never miss an episode. Tonights New Years Special will be uploaded tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) with links posted on Between the Stripes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

Keith Buckley returns to Dalymount Park

Article by Andrew Dempsey – @AndrewDempsey2.

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After expressing a keen desire to depart the Carlisle Grounds following a turbulent season down in Co. Wicklow, Keith Buckley has now been confirmed as Keith Long’s 24th signing for the 2018 premier Division which kicks off for his charges in a blockbuster Dublin derby clash at home to Shamrock Rovers.

Buckley, who departed Bohemians at the end of the 2016 season, returns to his old stomping ground having come to an agreement to cut short his two-year contract with the ‘’Seagulls’’ amid an air of uncertainty at the Carlisle Grounds. Continue reading

Limerick left in turmoil as McDonald departs just weeks before new campaign

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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Limerick FC have this morning been left in turmoil following the departure of manager Neil McDonald. Appointed as “Super Blues” boss in May of last year following the clubs decision to part with Martin Russell, McDonald stated his intention to oversee a “long-term” project with the Munster club, however just eight-months later and McDonald has jumped ship with the assistant managers role at Scunthorpe his new port of call.

In a length statement released this morning on www.limerickfc.ie, the club stated that they had reluctantly accepted McDonald’s resignation following compensation talks between the Premier Division outfit and McDonald’s new employers.  Continue reading

Longford Town sign Darren Meenan and Evan Galvin

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Neale Fenn has made a serious statement of intent for the 2018 First Division season in waiting with the double signing of former Shamrock Rovers man Darren Meenan and Evan Galvin who was formerly of Longford’s First Division rivals Cabinteely.

31-year-old Darren Meenan joins looking to help Longford Town on their way back to the Premier Division at the second time of asking.

Meenan will be a welcome addition to Neale Fenn’s young squad as the experienced wide midfielder has had plenty of match experience at League of Ireland level over the past 12 seasons for the likes of St. Patrick’s Athletic, UCD, Drogheda United, Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne as well as his two previous clubs Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. Most notably Meenan has three Premier Division titles to his name thanks to his time under Stephen Kenny and Longford fans will be hoping that winning mentality will transfer over similarly to how ex-Rovers trio Pat Flynn, Stephen Rice and Pat Sullivan famously did in 2014 with the Midlanders.

The signing will come as a bit of a surprise to many Longford Town and League of Ireland fans in general as there had been much talk of Meenan testing the waters abroad with Belgian side RDWM. However, this seems to have fallen by the wayside and left Longford Town ready to pounce on his signature.

Also making the switch to the City Calling stadium is former Cabinteely FC star Evan Galvin who has swapped the capital for a spell in the midlands with the Red and Black.

Galvin, who is a 21-year-old midfielder, signs for Neale Fenn’s charges having enjoyed a positive year last season with Cabinteely as the former Waterford and Cobh Ramblers man played an integral role in Cabo’s record breaking 2017 season.

With Town fans crying out for some transfer activity in recent weeks, the news of this double-signing will be a welcome boost to the Longford Town faithful who are most certainly longing for a return to the Premier Division

 

Bohemians lose player of the year to Barnet

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS

Bohemians 2017 player of the year Faud Sule has this morning completed his long-awaited transfer to English League Two side Barnet. The deal, which is for an undisclosed fee, was of course almost completed mid-way through last seasons League of Ireland campaign but the clock ran out on Barnet who are currently struggling in the fourth-tier, only clear of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Having trained with the English club over the past number of weeks, the decision from Sule to move on from Dalymount Park will have come as little or no surprise to followers of the ‘’Gypsies’’, although ‘‘Bohs’’ fans are certain to miss the explosive style of play the twenty-year-old brought to Keith Long’s midfield.

A Premier Division player of the year nominee, Sule only signed a new contact with Bohemians in December 2016 and that has now proved to be a wise investment by the Dublin club who will now need to look at the transfer market in order to not only replace Sule but star striker Ismail Akinade who departed for free-spending Waterford a number of weeks ago.

Clearly delighted with the completion of the move, Sule had this to say upon putting pen-to-paper with the ‘’Bees’’: (Via Barnetfc.com)

“I’m very happy to be with this massive club and in this league. It has been ongoing for a while and the interest has been there since the summer.

“Little things were knocking the deal back but I’m very happy to get it over the line and get on the pitch now.

Despite his relief at getting the long-awaited transfer complete, Sule was sure to also praise his old club Bohemians and the success he enjoyed at Dalymount Park.

‘’It was my breakthrough season but it turned out to be a very, very good one. There were huge personal accolades that I achieved. Personally it was a good season and collectively it was a good season for everyone associated with the club.’’

“I will remember the club with very fond memories. I’m just happy to be here now and ready to kick on.”

With the English transfer window not open until January 1st and the paper work still needing to be ratified by the FA, Sule will not yet be available for action at Barnet who face Exeter today in a crucial league encounter.

 

Dave Mackey appointed Bray Wanderers Manager

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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With just over fifty-days left until the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Bray Wanderers have finally ended their search for a new manager with the appointment of Dave Mackey.

With the likes of ex-Longford duo Tony Cousins and Gary Cronin heavily linked in recent days with the post left vacant by Harry Kenny, it appears the County Wicklow club have opted for the man with an inside knowledge of the Carlise Grounds with Mackey filling a number of roles at Wanderers in recent years.

Working for the ‘’Seagulls’’ from January 2008 to December 2013, Mackey has previously worked as first-team assistant manager, coach, under 19’s manager and ‘A’ team manager but now steps into the main hot-seat at the Carlise Grounds with a deep crisis on-going.

Ahead of the new season which starts on February 19th with a trip to Oriel Park, Bray Wanderers currently only have five senior players on their books, with one of those want-a-way midfielder Keith Buckley who has spoken out publicly regarding the clubs lack of organisation over the off-season.

Mackey’s work will start immediately with pre-season friendlies and training schedules to be arranged while of course player recruitment will be crucial if the ‘‘Seagulls’’ are to avoid the drop many make them certainties for next season.

Announcing the acquisition of Mackey on the clubs official website, Bray Wanderers FC stated:

Bray Wanderers Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Mackey as First Team Manager.

Dave takes up his role with 30+ years experience as a player, coach and manager in the League of Ireland and boasts a proven track record in recruitment and development of young players for First Team football.

Dave was previously involved with BWFC from Jan. ’08 to Dec. ’13. His roles included Asst. First Team Coach, U-19 Manager/Coach and A Team Manager/Coach.

During that time, players who progressed to First Team football included Chris Shields, Dane Massey, Dave Webster, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters, Ismahil Akinade, Stephen McGuinness and Pierce Sweeney.

Dave’s playing career spanned from July 1980 to June 1993 and included stints with Dundalk FC, Shelbourne FC and Shamrock Rovers.

The club looks forward to a long and fruitful spell with Dave at the helm.