Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ireland/N Ireland April 2008

Sporting Fingal , a new team based in Dublin play at the Morton (athletics) stadium in Santry in the north of the city. They are named after a county within Dublin - Fingal - which is recognised as the fastest growing county in Ireland and therefore one of the fastest developing in the EU.

This local derby against Shelbourne despite being played on a wintry night drew over 1200 fans - a very large crowd for the Irish 1st division.

The bitter wind certainly played a part in the goalless draw.
Despite having their right back sent off for a bad tackle Shelbourne generally held their own and might have won the game near the end.

A couple of hours on the train & you can be in Belfast.

Here Crusaders played Limavady at their Seaview ground (more like motorway view) before a much smaller crowd of around 350. Top scorer Davy Rainey showed Limavady how to score despite the lowly placed visitors rather surprisingly taking the lead. Rainey converted two chances left footed and after that Crues dominated hitting the bar a few times. It stayed 2-1.

Caipirinhna count = 2 Starbucks = 0 and no Goths.

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