Tony Mowbray booed after Celtic loss
The American based O’Neills were in Gary’s thoughts as he reflected on one of the most significant goals of his League of Ireland career.
“I swear to God, they will have some jolly-up for the whole week, like myself,” laughed O’Neill in the Fingal dressingroom.
“Me nanny, me grandad, me ma, me dad, friends, my auntie, my uncle ... ah, there’s a good few gone over. It’s been a great few months with the birth of my son and now promotion and the cup final and we will enjoy it.
“It didn’t look when we went behind midway through the second-half but we showed great character and we got there in the end.
“It’s been a long hard season. We got promoted by going the long way about it by winning the two-legged play-off against Bray but we got there in the end as well.
“Winning the cup and getting into Europe is a bonus.”
Fingal manager Liam Buckley was delighted with the win and said, “This is just topping it all off to get a result today. On a personal level I was just chuffed to be in the final. It was great.
“But it is not about me. It is about the players and I am chuffed for them. They have worked hard over the last few weeks.”
CARDIFF City’s Irish midfielder Stephen McPhail has been diagnosed with cancer and is set to undergo three weeks of chemotherapy.
Dublin-born McPhail, now 29, has been told by doctors that he has stage one malt lymphoma but specialists believe he will be fit enough to return to football in January.
LEAGUE of Ireland title winner Pat Fenlon has been named Philips Manager of the Month for October after guiding his club to a second successive championship . . .
FORMER Irish international defender Joe Kinnear is interested in taking over as Scotland manager after his recent spell in charge of Newcastle United . . .
PETERBOROUGH United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has refuted claims that he offered his club’s manager’s job to Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon . . .
IRISH international midfielder Steven Reid has joined QPR on loan in a bid to step up his return to full fitness after a year out with a knee injury . . .
DERRY City manager Stephen Kenny has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Premier Division Dundalk . . .
PREMIER League Burnley are interested in Cork centre-back Kevin Long and St. Pat’s left-back Enda Stevens . . .
SCOTTISH midfielder Ross Chisholm hopes to stay with Shamrock Rovers next season.
HISTORY was made on Saturday when the GAA announced official status for the Gaelic Players Association as their official player representative body.
The GPA will now act as the link between the GAA and their inter-county players in all aspects of the relationship between the two.
Welcoming the announcement, GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said, “Recognition for the players’ association will provide a platform on which the GAA and the GPA can work together to secure a better future for our games and our players.
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