June 2009 News Archive

FAI AGM Festival of Football 2009 - Monaghan...29/06/2009
The week long Festival of Football, preceding the 2009 AGM of the Football Association of Ireland, kicks off at 10.00am this Monday morning with the NIB FAI Summer Soccer Schools in Kingspan Century Park, Monaghan. From noon onwards, a whole series of events will take place throughout Carrickmacross culminating in a Presentations and Social Night in The Fiddlers at 9.00pm.

Sofia! ah we remember her well...29/06/2009
Following on from our adventures in Bari, we continue in the company of Cathal Chu, to reminisce, no, not about another Italian temptress but rather the city of Sofia where our march gathered pace and hope burns brightly as our pursuit of the Table Mountain trophy enters the final straight.

A reminiscence on our recent Italian odyssey...29/06/2009
The summer sun may soften this period of football drought as we recharge the batteries in preparation for new forays to be undertaken on the latter stages of our challenge to reach the mecca of another World Cup Finals. Cathal Chu takes us back to Bari; is it really three months since the expedition?

Deferred Setanta Sports Cup still on the brink...29/06/2009
The Organising Committee and the nine participating clubs met last week to discuss the situation surrounding the postponement of the 2009/2010 Setanta Sports Cup competition. Following the collapse of Setanta Sports, it is reported that the Setanta Ireland division of the broadcaster is seeking to secure the future of their Irish operation and if successful would be positively disposed to the continuation of the competition.

Disappointment for Ireland in UEFA Regions Cup ...20/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side went down to a disappointing two one defeat to Belgium in their closing game at the UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Croatia this afternoon.

Two changes for crucial Belgium encounter today...20/06/2009
Republic of Ireland Amateur Team Manager Gerry Smith has made just two changes to the starting eleven for this afternoon's crucial UEFA Regions Cup Finals encounter with Belgium in Samobor at 4.30pm (Irish time). Team:- B O'Connell; R Carrig, P Breen, J Walsh (C), W Byrne; W Callaghan, W Molloy, R Whelehan, L Dunne; D Kelly, D Lacey.

Ireland complete their UEFA Regions Cup journey...20/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side take on the representatives from Belgium in the UEFA Regions Cup Finals at 4.30pm (Irish time) this Saturday afternoon. Ireland know that a draw will ensure the runners-up position in the Group, but manager Gerry Smith and his team are targeting victory to set the seal on what has been a rewarding campaign.

Ireland defeat Bosnia in UEFA Regions Cup today...17/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side scored an emphatic three nil success over Bosnia in this afternoon's second UEFA Regions Cup Finals fixture. Ray Whelehan put Ireland ahead on twenty six minutes and David Lacey doubled the advantage with twelve minutes remaining. Whelehan lent further substance to the result with a fine individual effort two minutes later. Ireland face Belgium, who went down 4-1 to Group winners Spain today, on Saturday afternoon with third place in the Tournament still a realistic opportunity if victory can be attained.

Smith makes changes for Bosnia encounter today...17/06/2009
Republic of Ireland Amateur Team Manager Gerry Smith has made six changes to the starting eleven for this afternoon's crucial UEFA Regions Cup Finals encounter with Bosnia in Samobor at 4.30pm (Irish time). Team:- A Walsh; R Carrig, P Breen, J Walsh (C), K Hoey; W Callaghan, W Molloy, R Whelehan, L Dunne; D Kelly, D Lacey.

Crucial encounter for Ireland in UEFA Regions Cup...17/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA Regions Cup Finals at 4.30pm (Irish time) this Wednesday afternoon. Victory is essential if Ireland are to maintain any hope of progressing to the Championship Final.

Ireland Amateur side lose UEFA Regions Cup opener...15/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side lost their UEFA Regions Cup Finals opener against the representatives from Spain in Croatia this afternoon. A goal in each half put Spain in command and Ireland now face a huge challenge if they are to progress to the final of the competition from this winner only Group.

Smith confirms side to face Spain in UEFA Regions Cup...15/06/2009
Republic of Ireland Amateur Team Manager Gerry Smith has named his starting eleven for this afternoon's opening UEFA Regions Cup Finals encounter with Spain in Zapresic on the outskirts of Zagbeb at 4.30pm (Irish time). Team:- B O'Connell; J Carroll, P McCabe, J Walsh (C), K Hoey; W Callaghan, D Loughran, D O'Connell, R Whelehan; P Sherlock, D Lacey.

Ireland Amateur side contest UEFA Regions Cup finals...15/06/2009
Manager Gerry Smith will send the Republic of Ireland Amateur side into UEFA Regions Cup Finals action against the representatives from Spain in Zapresic on the outskirts of Zagbeb at 4.30pm (Irish time) this Monday afternoon. The other Group B sides Belgium and Bosnia will meet at the same time in Samobor.

Ireland Amateur side contest UEFA Regions Cup finals...10/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Amateur side, under the guidance of Gerry Smith, travel to the outskirts of Zagreb in Croatia on Saturday morning where they will contest the Eight Nation Finals of the 2009 UEFA Regions Cup. Ireland open their Group B campaign at 4.30pm (Irish Time) on Monday afternoon when they face the representatives from Spain.

Under 19s complete UEFA Elite Stage with victory...10/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side won their closing fixture in the Elite Group Stage of the 2009 UEFA Championships against Sweden this evening in Belgium. With both sides out of contention to qualify for the Finals, pride was the primary emotion with neither wishing to finish bottom of the Group. Ireland went ahead approachig the half hour mark through Aaron Doran but Sweden equalised nine minutes later. The game was decided on seventy three minutes when James Collins scored the winner for Ireland.

Under 19s crash to defeat in UEFA Championship...07/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side went down to a thumping six one defeat by group leaders Switzerland in the second round of Elite Group matches in the 2009 UEFA Championships this afternoon. Ireland trailed by three goals at half-time but a Sean Scannell strike in the second half offered a brief glimmer of hope. All ambition was swiftly ended as the Swiss scored a further three goals for an emphatic victory.

Superb Dunne helps maintain Ireland challenge...06/06/2009
Centre Back Richard Dunne not only scored with a powerful header which earned Ireland a hugely valuable point against Bulgaria in Sofia tonight but throughout the match was an absolute rock at the heart of the Irish defence. His centre back partner Sean St Ledger, making his competitive bow, was also a tower of strength and looks set for the long haul. John O'Shea, operating in his club position of right back, gave an exemplary performance, as indeed did all of the players whose attitude and commitment was unimpeachable throughout the contest.

Dawn breaks on another day of reckoning ...06/06/2009
As the soft rays of sunlight break over Sofia this morning, Giovanni Trapattoni and his Ireland squad will ponder the task that lies ahead in the Vasil Levski Stadium this evening. Their Bulgarian hosts will also be in reflective mood and for them, the pressure is perhaps greater. Defeat would almost certainley spell the end of their World Cup 2010 ambitions and so the tension will mount. Ireland meanwhile, know that victory will put them in an excellent position, while a draw would maintain the status quo and leave their qualification ambitions, while more challenging, still intact.

Senior squad arrive in Bulgaria this evening...04/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland squad touched down in Sofia this evening following their flight from Luton Airport and will train at the match venue, Vasil Levski Stadion, tomorrow afternoon. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni is expected to announce his starting eleven at the pre match press conference set for 5.00pm (3.00pm).

McShane injury points to St Ledger inclusion...04/06/2009
The training ground injury sustained by Paul McShane lends further credence to the view that Sean St Ledger will partner Richard Dunne, himself carrying an injury since the Nigeria encounter, at the heart of the Irish defence against Bulgaria, with John O'Shea occupying the right back position. Despite his involvement in training at London Colney this morning, there still remains a nagging doubt concerning the hip injury of Shay Given.

Under 19s face Elite UEFA Championship challenge...03/06/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side, under the guidance of Sean McCaffrey, travel to the Eastern part of Belgium today and will face the hosts in their opening Elite Group match of the 2009 UEFA Championships at the Complex Op de Keiberg, Tongeren at 6.00pm on Friday evening. Group Four rivals Sweden and Switzerland will face each other in the other opening fixture.

Nagging injury doubts contribute to some concern...02/06/2009
It must be hoped that the nagging injury concerns which forced Shay Given and Robbie Keane to miss training at London Colney this afternoon do not lend themselves to a greater dilemma. In particular, the drama surrounding the goalkeeping position in the friendly against Nigeria could yet have a 'sting in the tail' should Given's recurring injury continue to prove problematic.

Darron Gibson withdraws from squad through injury...02/06/2009
Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson has been forced, through injury, to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Bulgaria in next saturday's vital World Cup qualifier. At this late stage, he is unlikely to be replaced.

Goalkeepers Doyle and Henderson link up with squad...01/06/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has summoned goalkeepers Colin Doyle and Wayne Henderson to the Republic of Ireland squad as replacements for Dean Kiely and Keiren Westwood as preparations continue for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia.