Alan Keane’s League of Ireland blog

Updated: September 20, 2012

Since my last blog a lot has happened with a lot of games having been played.

First off we spoke the last time about our then upcoming adventure into Europe and unfortunately we lost again at the first hurdle going down 4-2 on aggregate against Slovakian side Spartak Trnava. For me personally it was disappointing as I missed out on both legs this year once again through injury.

The first leg was disappointing as in a crazy five minutes we conceded three goals which inventively cost us the tie.  In the return leg it was a special night for the club with the opening of the new Volkswagen bank End which was great to see as it was full on the night. As for the game itself it was again disappointing as we only drew when we felt we were the better team but the most disappointing thing was the injury picked up by Danny North. Danny had been on fire up to the game and unfortunately he tore his cruciate ligaments. I know how he felt and feels as I have suffered an injury like that before and also broke my metatarsal in our last game against Dundalk and will now be out for the rest of the season myself. No doubt Danny will bounce back and will be determined to come back better and mentally and physically stronger.

Back to the League action which is our bread and butter. We have continued on our fine form and to date our only league defeat was against UCD in the Belfield Bowl which I wrote about before. We’ve had some tough games in the period since but I think with the new mid-season signing’s that we have really been strengthened as a squad. They have all gelled in really quickly and now there is great competition for places which can only be healthy for the team. There was a lot of media speculation after Danny North’s injury that we would struggle to score goals but players like Quiggs and Raf have stepped up to the mark to prove all of the doubters wrong. Let’s hope that they continue their great form for these last few games. There hasn’t been that much speculation since I got injured that we will struggle which I’m not sure is a compliment or not!

There is a great buzz around the town of Sligo and the club has been running various promotions to get people through the gate. I hope that for the last three home games that you’ll see all the Sligo supporters come out in their droves and hopefully witness us winning the title. As for the race for the League title it is far from over despite what people keep saying and the papers and various things like that. People have been all but handing us the League title but unfortunately football is not as easy as that look at last season in the Premiership where Manchester United were eight points clear with five games to go but were pipped in the last minute of the last day by Manchester City. So we are not taking anything for granted. Us as players and the gaffer are all focused on taking it one game at a time and at this stage of the season we are making sure that we don’t get ahead of ourselves. Obviously there is a lot of added pressure on us being top but there is also a lot of pressure on the teams below us not to drop points.

As for myself I will write more about my injury and how frustrating it is to have my season ended in my next blog which won’t be as long a wait!

Thanks for reading,


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