September 2009 News Archive
17s open UEFA Qualifiers against hosts...27/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 side, managed by Sean
McCaffrey , kicked-off their UEFA Qualifying campaign with a last
gasp 2-1 victory over hosts Bulgaria in Druzhba Dobrich this
afternoon. Ireland took a first half lead through Frankie Sutherland
but the hosts equalised in the last minute of normal time. With seconds remaining
in added time Daniel Purdy struck the winner.
Sports Cup Final cruise for Bohemian...26/09/2009
First half goals from Neale Fenn and a brace, the second
a penalty, from Killian Brennan set Bohemian
on the way to a comfortable victory in the EA Sports Cup Final
against First Division side Waterford United in the RSC this
afternoon. Kenny Browne scored a late consolation goal for
agee new contract with Giovanni Trapattoni...25/09/2009
The FAI has confirmed a new two year contract with Giovanni Trapattoni. The
new arrangement will extend from the current World Cup campaign to cover the
EURO 2012 campaign and will be part-funded by Denis O'Brien.
Women in World Cup qualifying action tonight...24/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Senior Women just about recovered
from last week's disappointing defeat by Switzerland in their opening World
Cup qualifying fixture, when Stephanie Roche scored a late
winner against Kazakhstan in Turners Cross
this evening. Fiona O'Sullivan gave Ireland the lead just
before the break but the visitors equalised twenty minutes into the second
half. Despite dominating affairs, the hosts were unable to break through until
the Roche strike, three minutes from time.
19 Women complete UEFA qualifiers today...24/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women who had already qualified
for the next phase of the UEFA Championship, completed their qualifing programme
when they defeated Finland, who had also won their two opening
fixtures, by three goals to two this afternoon.
19 Women trounce Faroe Is. in UEFA qualifier...21/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women secured their passage
to the next phase of the UEFA Qualifying programme with a comprehensive seven
nil thrashing of the Faroe Islands in the Croatian venue
of Velika Gorica this afternoon. Ireland will complete their qualifing programme
when they meet Finland, who have also won their two opening
fixtures, in Samobor on Thursday afternoon.
for Senior Women in World Cup opener...19/09/2009
Manager Noel King saw his Republic of Ireland Senior
Women go down two nil to hosts Switzerland in their
opening World Cup 2011 qualifying fixture in Wohlen this afternoon. Ireland
will seek to recover, when they face Kazakhstan in Turners
Cross at 7.30pm on Thursday next.
19 Women open with UEFA Group victory...19/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women, managed by Sue
Ronan, kicked-off their UEFA Qualifying campaign with a comprehensive
three nil victory over hosts Croatia in their opening fixture
of the four team qualifying group in Samobor this afternoon. First half strikes
from Shelby Murphy put Ireland in command and a second half
own goal set the seal on victory.
and St Ledger make Middlesbrough switch...15/09/2009
Defender Sean St Ledger has switched from Preston North End
to Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough on a three
month loan basis, with the view to a permanent signing for a fee reputed to
be £3.5m. In a further initial loan deal, Hull City striker Caleb
Folan has followed a similiar route. With Midfielder Mark
Yeates catching the eye and youngsters James Cronesberry
and former St Kevin's Boys star Conor Murphy
also at the Riverside, there is now a significent Irish presence.
defeat Bulgaria to take Group Eight command...09/09/2009
Italy scored a two nil success over Bulgaria
in Milan this evening to go four points clear of Ireland in World Cup Qualifying
Group 8. With Italy set to host Cyprus in their final fixture, it looks almost
certain that Ireland can only finish as Group runners-up. Victory in either
of the remaining home fixtures against Italy and Montenegro, or indeed two
draws will guarantee that position.
21s earn draw against Estonia in Tallinn...09/09/2009
Ireland recovered from conceding a fourth minute goal to
Group leaders Estonia in Tallinn this afternoon with a swift
equaliser from Cillian Sheridan some three minutes later.
Both sides had chances to seal victory but none were taken and a point apiece
was probably a fair result. The stunning four nil defeat of Turkey by Georgia
has opened up the Group and raises interest in Ireland's home double header
against Georgia and Switzerland next month.
Lawrence lifts Ireland to deserved 1-0 victory...08/09/2009
A superb 25 yard free kick from Liam Lawrence on thirty six
minutes secured victory for Ireland against World Cup hosts South Africa in
Thomond Park tonight. Skippered by twenty eight cap Kevin Doyle,
the remaining ten starters had a total of sixty six caps, many of them in substitute
appearances. The performance was generally compact with few mistakes and while
the visitors had perhaps the greater share of possession, they never threatened
Keiron Westwood in the Irish goal.
19s go down against Portugal in Tallaght...08/09/2009
The Four Nation International Tournament sponsored by the Clarion Hotels Group,
ended this afternoon with hosts Ireland losing 0-1
to Portugal in the new Tallaght Stadium. The other Group fixture
saw Holland defeat Turkey by 3-1
in Bray to lift the Trophy.
Doyle set to captain Ireland in Thomond Park ...07/09/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named Kevin
Doyle as Ireland captain for Tuesday's friendly against World Cup hosts
South Africa in Thomond Park. With injury forcing the further
departure of John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady,
the starting eleven will be one of the most inexperienced to play for Ireland.
New skipper Doyle has 28 caps, while his ten colleagues have a total of 66 between
them, many of those coming in substitute appearances. Team:
K Westwood; S Kelly, P McShane, S St Ledger, E Nolan;
L Lawrence D Gibson, K Andrews, A Keogh; C Folan, K Doyle (C).
players released from South Africa clash ...06/09/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has allowed senior
players Shay Given, Richard Dunne,
Kevin Kilbane and Robbie Keane to return
to their clubs and they will play no part in Tuesday's friendly against World
Cup hosts South Africa in Thomond Park. Stephen Hunt has
also been allowed to depart for personal reasons. On loan Reading defender
Darren O'Dea has been called up to the squad, as has Paddy
McCarthy of Crystal Palace.
19s defeat Turkey in Richmond Park...06/09/2009
The Four Nation International Tournament continued this Sunday evening with
hosts Ireland scoring a two nil victory over opening day
winners Turkey in Richmond Park. Goals in
either half from skipper Conor Clifford set up a fine victory
and Ireland now face Portugal in the new Tallaght
Stadium at 3.00pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Keane fortieth keeps Ireland on course ...05/09/2009
It was edgy, rather patchy at times, lacking fluidity but no
one really cares. It was simply about the three points, made absolutely crucial
because both Italy and Bulgaria had already achieved victory. Kevin
Doyle gave Ireland the lead on five minutes but old defensive failings
reared their head again and the hosts Cyprus, equalised on thirty minutes.
The following hour was somewhat uninspiring, however, an excellent Robbie
Keane header from a Damian Duff cross rippled the
net on eighty two minutes and Ireland, amidst mounting tension, held firm.
The World Cup dream remains alive and now we await the finale, as both Italy
and Montenegro come to Dublin in October.
19s compete in Four Nation Tournament...05/09/2009
A goal from Blackburn Rovers defender Callum O'Connor enabled
the Republic of Ireland Under 19 side to play out a one all
draw with Holland in the Carlisle Grounds in their opening
fixture of the Four Nation International Tournament this afternoon.
The other tie ended in a one nil victory for Turkey
against Portugal in Richmond Park.
sun greets early Irish crusaders in Cyprus ...04/09/2009
With the crucial World Cup qualifier against Cyprus
now less than thirty six hours from kick-off, early morning sun greeted a
sprinkling of green clad football devotees who wandered the shores and streets
of Ayia Napa, Larnaca and Limassol this morning. The squad meanwhile, remain
at rest following their flight yesterday afternoon and are not set to appear
until this evening's training session at the Stadium in Nicosia,
when a final decision on the fitness of Sean St Ledger is
likely to be made.
17s gain victory in final Syrenka Cup fixture...04/09/2009
Manager Sean McCaffrey saw his Republic of Ireland Under 17
side score a four one success over Romania in their final
Syrenka International Cup fixture in Poland this afternoon. The squad will
now look forward to their UEFA Championship
first qualifying stage when they travel to Bulgaria at the
end of the month where they will face Latvia, Sweden and the hosts.
17s lose again in Syrenka International Cup ...02/09/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 side went down by another
1-2 scoreline in this afternoon's match against Sweden in
the Syrenka International Cup being played
in Poland. The two countries will meet again in the UEFA Qualifiers at the
end of September.
17s in Poland for Syrenka International Cup ...01/09/2009
Under 17 manager Sean McCaffrey took an eighteen player squad
to Poland this week, where they are competing in the eight
nation Syrenka International Cup. Ireland
went down 1-2 to Russia in their opening fixture in Zgierz
on Tuesday afternoon. The second match, on Wednesday afternoon,
sees the opening day Group Two losers Sweden and Ireland
face each other.