The Mighty Reds march on to Athens

Well I am positively out of finger nails to bite after a thrilling finish to a truly great night at Anfield as Liverpool FC tonight went through to their second Champions League final in 3 years. The Mighty Reds defeated Chelski 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out after winning the game in 1-0 on the night (and drawing 1-1 on aggregate).

Jamie Carragher was once again immense and held off the usual onslaught of Drogba play-acting. On balance, I think Liverpool were good value for the win – they certainly created more chances in the second half. It was also great to see Robbie Fowler make an appearance. What a finish it would have been if he scored the winner!

Of course it is true that we have won nothing yet but that’s talk for another day. Tomorrow we will find out who me meet but tonight, gentlemen, I salute you!

Proud to be a Deise

Today was a truly memorable and historic day for Waterford Hurling as they claimed their second National Hurling League title … a whopping 44 years after claiming their first. What makes the victory even sweeter though is that fact that they beat a Kilkenny team and denied them their third title in a row in the process – sweet!!!

Most impressive was the late, strong finish put up by Waterford – something they had not been known for in the past, especially against teams like Kilkenny (Cork and Clare too). Sure, we have beaten teams well in the past (from time to time) but usually had a strong lead much earlier in the game. But in this instance, the teams were still level at the start of injury time and to see Waterford put in such a determined, dogged final 4 minutes was very, very pleasing.

There was also some great point-scoring from both teams througout the game but the injury-time point by Eoin Kelly was just brilliant – the way he whipped the sliotar on the half-volley from so far out and still managed to put it over the bar.

It was our turn …

Click here to read a RTE’s summary of the day’s events.

Roy meets Roy

If you get a few minutes, check out these classic interviews with Roy Keane on the Today FM Breakfast Show. They are particularly brilliant because, in the last one, the interviewer is also Roy Keane (otherwise known as Mario Rosenstock, the voice behind most of the characters from the Gift Grub sketches).

In all there were 3 interviews but the last one is the best (in my opinion):

  1. Ian and “Gift Grub” Roy talk about meeting the real Roy Keane
  2. Roy Interview – Part 1 (serious)
  3. Roy meets Roy (hilarious!)

Superb Radio!

New Liverpool players

Got a chance to see Liverpool FC play at Anfield recently and witnessed to a 3-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur. The scoreline flattered them a little as Spurs played very well in the first half. However, they were still good value for the win.

I was very impressed with some of their new signings though. In particular Daniel Agger and Mark Gonzales caught my eye. Agger is a fine defender and keeps a cool head about him. Gonzales on the other hand was exciting, daring and ran Spurs ragged down the left wing. Conversely, Craig Bellamy was awful but maybe he just had an off-day.

Fantasy Football up and running

Well the new Premiership season finally kicked off at the weekend and so did my annual Fantasy Football competition. We had an impressive 70 teams entered this year so there’s plenty scope for promotion and relegation (fantasy, of course) over the course of the season. Best of luck to you all.

There were no real suprises on the opening weekend games with Chelsea and Manchester United both winning impressively and Arsenal and Liverpool both slipping up home and away respectively.

The joint leaders after the first weekend are Alan Murphy and Darren Doyle with 45 points.