May 2009 News Archive
Squad return to London for Bulgaria preparation...31/05/2009
The Republic of Ireland squad
return to the Arsenal FC Training Ground in London Colney as they prepare
for Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia. The
squad should be boosted by the return of John O'Shea,
Darron Gibson and Caleb Folan who all missed
the friendly with Nigeria on Friday last.
stylish debuts in Craven Cottage sunshine...29/05/2009
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
must have been delighted with the contribution of all six of his newly capped
players in tonight's one all draw with Nigeria at Craven Cottage. The composure
of centre back Sean St Ledger will have provided
much food for thought while Leon Best was a willing target
man throughout the game and very unlucky not to make a scoring debut. Goalkeeper
Keiren Westwood, who entered the fray in the second half was
also conspicuous in a positve manner and offers reassurance for the future.
The other debutants, Kevin Foley, Eddie Nolan
and Liam Lawrence each had quiet but wortwhile introductions.
Ireland conceded a sloppy goal against the run of play after thirty minutes
but, once again, skipper Robbie Keane came to the rescue with
the equaliser eight minutes later following a delightful through ball from 'Man
of the Match' Keith Andrews.
debutants in Ireland starting eleven...28/05/2009
In a startling departure from his stance hitherto, manager Giovanni
Trapattoni has named five new caps in his starting eleven for tomorrow
evening's friendly encounter with Nigeria. A sixth, goalkeeper
Keiren Westwood, will also debut in the second half. The starting
debutants are Kevin Foley, Sean St Ledger
and Eddie Nolan in defence, Liam Lawrence
in midfield while Leon Best will join skipper Robbie Keane
up front. Team:- S Given; K Foley, S St Ledger,
R Dunne, E Nolan; L Lawrence, L Miller, K Andrews, D Duff; L Best, R Keane.
Dean Kiely departs Ireland squad...28/05/2009
With manager Giovanni Trapattoni finally clarifying
his stance on the goalkeeper position by confirming that he wished to give Keiren
Westwood his international debut, a note of angst has permeated the
squad with the departure of Dean Kiely. The WBA goalkeeper
expressed disappointment at his omission and has left the training camp to return
to his family. There is no confirmation as yet about who his squad replacement
'Googlies' keep the masses guessing...28/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his Assistant
Marco Tardelli appear to have have fallen captive to the
wicket like texture provided by the mainicured lawns at the Arsenal training
ground in London Colney. Over the past few days they have delivered a seriers
of 'Googlies' in relation to Ireland's Wicketkeeper, sorry Goalkeeper, for
the fixture against Nigeria on Friday night. At various points, each of Shay
Given (injury permitting), Dean Kiely and Keiren
Westwood have been touted as filling the gloves.
We await the final declaration with interest.
St Ledger and Westwood to debut on Friday...26/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni gave a strong indication
this afternoon that both Liam Lawrence and Sean St
Ledger are likely to make their Republic of Ireland
debuts against Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Friday. He had
earlier confirmed that Keiren Westwood would make his debut
as goalkeeper. Missing from training this afternoon were Shay Given,
who has been carrying a back injury for some weeks, and Caleb Folan
who is expected to join the squad on Monday next. The Folan absence may open
the door for Leon Best to also make his senior international
squad training session this afternoon...26/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni meets up on Tuesday
afternoon with the bulk of his Republic of Ireland
squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Nigeria at
Craven Cottage on Friday 29 May 2009 and the crucial World Cup qualifier against
Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday 6 June 2009. John O'Shea
and Darron Gibson will not be considered for the
opening fixture as they remain with their club Manchester United who contest
the UEFA Champions League final on Wednesday evening. The injury to Kevin
Doyle has, as expected, forced his withdrawal from the squad for
ratio increase for Ireland aspirants...26/05/2009
With promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership now
resolved, we reflect the possible impact on our senior international squad.
Goalkeeper Dean Kiely and long serving winger Damian
Duff have fallen foul of relegation while squad regulars Kevin
Foley, Andy Keogh and Stephen Kelly
are Premiership bound. Keith Fahey, Chris McCann and
Stephen Ward will have the opportunity
to impress at Premiership level and while veterens Lee Carsley and
Stephen Carr return to the Premiership, indications are that they
do not figure in the plans of Giovanni Trapattoni.
includes Leon Best in squad this afternoon...18/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni this afternoon,
announced his Republic of Ireland squad for
the upcoming friendly fixture against Nigeria at Craven Cottage
on Friday 29 May 2009 and the crucial World Cup qualifier against
Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday 6 June 2009.
The inclusion of Liam Lawrence and
Sean St Ledger had been anticipated but the addition
of Coventry City striker Leon Best, for the injured Noel Hunt,
came out of the blue.
15 Tri-Nations Tournament finale this afternoon...16/05/2009
The Celtic Nations U15 Tournament at both 'A'
and 'B' level concluded at the University of Glamorgan this afternoon. The Ireland
'A' side under the guidance of John Morling drew one each with
the hosts while the 'B' side scored a one nil victory over Wales 'B'.
15 Tri-Nations Tournament in Wales...15/05/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 15 sides commenced action in the
Celtic Nations Tournament at both 'A' and 'B' level this afternoon.
The Tournament is taking place at the University of Glamorgan, Trefforest
near Pontypridd and Ireland went down 2-3 to their rivals from the North in
the 'A' fixture with debutants Kenneth McAvoy and Kieron
Sadlier scoring the goals. The 'B' match ended in a one all draw with
Darragh Lenihan grabbing a late equaliser for Ireland.