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Final Whistle League of Ireland - Final Whistle EPISODE 6, 6th April 2021
Lee Steacy & Paul McLoone
00:00:00 01:11:57

Lee Steacy & Paul McLoone

This week Dean Zambra & Breifne Earley peel back the layers at Longford Town as goalkeeper Lee Steacy joins his captain on the show. Breifne also chats to Finn Harps director Paul McLoone who's been leading the push for the New Finn Harps Stadium project.

Dean & Breifne chat through last weekend's action in both divisions of the SSE Airtricity League with the clash of Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk and Dean's own Longford Town side hosting Sligo Rovers in a tight encounter topping the bill.

Lee Steacy (30:31) discusses his experience of the difference in levels between the First Division and the Premier Division and the miniscule amount of time even goalkeepers are given on the ball talking about the intensity of players like David Cawley of Sligo Rovers and Derry City's David Parkhouse.

Steacy talks about the first three games and the experience of starting so well with the win and clean sheet against Derry, the comeback in Dalymount and the disappointment of defeat to Sligo.

He gets quizzed about the motivation for going to attack a corner late in the league game against Sligo and his ambitions to grab a league goal as a goalkeeper at some point in his career. Dean also asks him to discuss the quality of the goalkeepers currently plying their trade in the league.

Breifne has a chat with Finn Harps director Paul McLoone (45:20), a retired senior public servant in the north west, who has been heading up the New Finn Harps Stadium project for the last few years. The club received fantastic news last week with the announcement of a financial allocation of almost €4m from the Department of Sport through the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF).

He outlines the history of the stadium project and how he personally got involved after attending a public meeting in Ballybofey three years ago and the work that has revived the stalled development since then.

He explains the vital partnerships with Donegal County Council and the local partners in building a sporting hub in the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar to retain Finn Park as a dedicated venue for the club's academy and women's football within the region alongside a new stadium and training facility at the new site beside the Finn Valley Sports Centre.

Finally Dean and Breifne discuss the weekend's fixtures (63:13) in both divisions of the league ahead of another busy weekend.