Europa League performance by Derry City...16/07/2009
League of Ireland club Derry City produced
a fine performance in their opening Europa League fixture with a one all draw
against Skonto Riga in Latvia this evening. Despite conceding
an early goal to their hosts, they retained their composure and scored a merited
equaliser on the stroke of half time through Tam McManus.
for St Patrick's Athletic in Europe...16/07/2009
St Patrick's Athletic opened their Europa
League challenge with a disappointing one all home draw against Maltese
side Valletta in Richmond Park this evening. New loan signing
Declan O'Brien put the 'Saints' ahead before half time
but the visitors equalised on sixty five minutes and will now be favourites
to advance to the next stage.
Kelly - Premier Development Referees Group...07/07/2009
Alan Kelly has become the first League of
Ireland referee to be promoted to the UEFA Premier Development Referees
Group. He has also been appointed by FIFA to officiate at the World
Cup Qualifier between Azerbaijan and Germany on 12th August 2009. The Cork
native was the special guest of RISSC (London) at our meeting in February
2008 and provided attendees with an excellent presentation which was hugely
appreciated by all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.
Rovers exit Europa League this evening...09/07/2009
Sligo Rovers were knocked out of the Europa
League this evening, when they were held to a one all draw by KS
Vllaznia of Albania in the second leg played in
Shkoder. Trailing two one from the home
leg, 'The Bit o Red' went further behind just before the interval. An Alan
Keane goal seven minutes from the end of normal time brought hope
but it was not to be and Paul Cook and his team will reflect
on what might, perhaps should, have been over this two-legged affair.
for Sligo Rovers in Europa League...02/07/2009
Sligo Rovers went down to a disappointing
two one home defeat to KS Vllaznia of Albania
in the first qualifying round of the Europa League this
evening. The home side dominated the first half and should really have gone
ahead when Boco's shot hit the crossbar just before the interval.
The visitors took the lead on 69 minutes and six minutes later doubled their
advantage through an Alan Keane own goal. The drama was not
yet ended for Keane as his 81st minute penalty hit the crossbar and was cleared.
With two minutes of normal time remaining Sligo were awarded another penalty
with the visiting goalkeeper being red carded. Rafael Cretaro
made no mistake from the spot to give 'The Bit o Red' just a glimmer of hope
for the second leg in Shkoder on Thursday next 9th July.