Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Keeping up with the changes at No. 1

Should next Saturday’s Champions League final resolve itself into a head to head contest between Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon, the outcome might not only decide the game but also the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or.

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LIAM MACKEY: The alternative 2017 Premier League awards

With the title decided and the trapdoor closed on the bottom three, we already know the identity of the champs and chumps as the Premier League faces the final curtain for season 2016/2017, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Megan Campbell: ‘It’s Man City you play for, not Man City Women’

Megan Campbell’s comeback could hardly be better timed ahead of today’s FA Cup Final, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: What Can can do, Andy Carroll did better

Eamon Dunphy was right. And then he was wrong. And then he was right again. It can be hard to keep up with the Dunph, sometimes, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: A season in the shade

When, with just 12 minutes remaining on Wednesday night, Christian Eriksen’s laser-guided 25-yarder found the corner of the net to finally break the stubborn resistance of Crystal Palace, the wild celebrations of the Spurs support – which were mirrored and even magnified on the visitors’ bench — were surely born as much of relief as jubilation, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Liam Mackey: It’s time for Barca to shout ‘stop’

No knee slides, no leaping and punching the air, no elaborately choreographed hand-shake routines. Just a little fist bump here, a fleeting palm slap there or maybe a passing pat on the back. 

 

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LIAM MACKEY: Methinks Stephen Kenny doth protest too much

Stephen Kenny set the headlines dancing this week with his thoughts on the “manufacturing” of penalties and what he termed the “huge disparity” between the number of spot kicks awarded to Dundalk and Cork City over the past year, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Now the battle returns to the field of play for Ireland

The Ireland senior women’s team have had more attention for wearing the ‘Respect’ shirt than the green shirt, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Irish lack of invention proves why we must fear Wexit day

At a stretch, you could call these the best of times and the worst of times for the boys in green.

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LIAM MACKEY: A matter of life and death

He was our man. He was the man that, when you had the big bullies from the big clubs coming up to us, we’d say, ‘You know what, we’ve got Ryan and Ryan will help us’. And that’s what he did, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Scouting the next fairytale with Brian Carey

Spurs scout and former Cork City player Brian Carey dreams of unearthing the next Jamie Vardy, a player he admired at non-league level for his blistering pace, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: The Champions League night when all heaven broke loose at Camp Nou

Sceptical voices have been raised at the generosity of the refereeing, but none of the game’s most contentious incidents could be described as definitive miscarriages of justice, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Michelle O'Neill is always putting her reputation on the line

Where cases of mistaken identity occur on the football pitch, we usually picture a ref handing out a card to the wrong player but the tables were turned somewhat on RTÉ’s ‘Soccer Republic’ last Monday when the commentator for the St Pat’s-Bray game managed to rename assistant referee Michelle O’Neill as ‘Michelle Smith’, an error not without a little added irony since the official’s day job happens to be as a swimming instructor.

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