November 2009 News Archive

U16s held by Czech Republic on Thursday evening...25/11/2009
The Ireland Under 16 side was held to a three all draw in their second meeting with the Czech Republic in Century Homes Park on evening. The match saw Ireland lead on three occasions, all from Mickey Drennan, but the visitors fought back to parity each time in a hugely entertaining contest.

Ireland U16s meet Czech Republic on Tuesday ...24/11/2009
John Morling saw his Ireland Under 16 side recover from conceding a goal on the half hour mark to the Czech Republic at Rock Celtic FC, Dundalk on Tuesday evening to record a fine two one victory. Five minutes after the opening goal, Evergreen midfielder Mickey Drennan equalised from the spot following a foul on debutant Philip Roberts and the Norwich City striker himself scored the winner ten minutes into the second half.

Sporting Fingal lift FAI Ford Cup this afternoon...22/11/2009
The club founded two years ago Sporting Fingal, this afternoon lifted the 2009 FAI Ford Cup Final with a two one victory over Sligo Rovers in the new Tallaght Stadium. The 'Blue Riband' event of Irish domestic football was played in wet and very windy conditions which both sides battled hard to overcome. The first half was fairly even with the North Dublin side perhaps just shading it with shots on target. Pre-match favourites Sligo Rovers dominated the early stages of the second half and went ahead on fifty seven minutes when Eoin Doyle scored from a Raf Cretaro pass. Sporting Fingal were not cowed however and their perseverence was rewarded with six minutes of normal time remaining when Colm James converted a hotly contested penalty awarded for a foul on Eamon Zayed. The newly promoted side secured victory in added time when the diminutive Gary O'Neill headed Robert Bayly's cross to the net.

Ireland allocated to Pot 3 for UEFA EURO 2012 draw...19/11/2009
The draw for the 2012 UEFA EURO 2012 Championship to be hosted by Poland and Ukraine will take place in Warsaw on Sunday 7 February 2010. The Coefficient Overview governing the draw was published today and Ireland (ranked 25) will be allocated to Pot Three. The draw will comprise six groups of six and three groups of five with the winners of each group and the best runner-up qualifying directly for the Finals. The remaining eight runners-up will play off over two legs for the final four places.

Magnificent Ireland cheated out of World Cup?...18/11/2009
The romantic image of Paris will not resonate with Ireland, following their elimination from the 2010 World Cup this evening. A double handball by captain Thierry Henry, which created an extra time equaliser on the night for France was missed by the otherwise excellent Swedish referee and led to Ireland's undeserved elimination. Skipper Robbie Keane gave Ireland a richly deserved lead on thirty three minutes following excellent build up play by Damian Duff. Ireland looked by far the more cohesive side throughout and both Duff and Keane will be disappointed that they did not convert two other excellent chances which would have settled the match in ordinary time.