O'Neill Press Conference offers Oman start hints...02/09/2014
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has just completed his post training press conference accompanied by Darron Gibson who is set to start against Oman tomorrow evening with James McCarthy, who has had a hectic start to to his club season, being rested. It also appears that Rob Elliot and Shay Given may be set to share the goalkeeping duties at the Aviva Stadium. Much discussion also centred upon James McClean, who has not played since July and still appears some way short of full fitness. The focus on players recovering from injury and with little recent playing time and the reference to limited or no opportunity to see certain individuals in action with their clubs, hints at the possibility that Robbie Brady and Kevin Doyle may also be set to play a part tomorrow night.
Joey O'Brien - injury withdrawal from Ireland squad...02/09/2014
It comes as no real surprise that Joey O'Brien has withdrawn from the Ireland squad with a recurrence of the knee injury which has plagued his career for several years.
Home Ticket Applications for Gibraltar and USA
Ticket applications for the upcoming home internationals against Gibraltar and USA should be made using the linked applications forms. Please note that the closing date for the European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar is the 12th September 2014.
Summer 2014 Irish releases and transfers
The current UK transfer window concluded at 11pm this evening, the 1st September 2014, with the last minute, four month loan move of Kevin Doyle from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Crystal Palace just making the deadline. Several Irish players have been involved in some form of transfer or release during the summer period. Currently top of the impact list is the surprise £12m transfer of Shane Long from Hull City to Southampton. Other notable moves include Stephen Ward from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Premier League newcomers Burnley for an undisclosed fee, Simon Cox from Nottingham Forest to fellow Championship side Reading, Paul Green from Leeds United to newly promoted Championside side Rotherham United on a two year contract, Keiren Westwood from Sunderland on a two year contract, to Sheffield Wednesday, Anthony Pilkington from Norwich City to Cardiff City for £1million and Conor Sammon from Derby County to Ipswich Town on a season long loan.
FAI Ford Cup replay played in Tolka Park tonight...01/09/2014
The FAI Ford Cup third round replay between Shelbourne and St Patrick's Athletic which fell foul of floodlight failure last week, took place in Tolka Park this evening and saw the visitors from Inchicore prevail with the only goal from Conan Byrne just before the break. The victors have been drawn at home to face Bohemian in the quarter-final.
First training session in Gannon Park this morning...01/09/2014
With the majority of the squad already ensconsed in their Malahide base, the management team are set to oversee the first training session in Gannon Park this morning. Hull City duo Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn, together with Anthony Stokes of Celtic, who were all in competitive action on Sunday afternoon, are likely to be rested, while Robbie Keane is a late arrival. With the summer transfer deadline set for 11pm tonight, there remains the possibility that players may leave temporarily, should they be the subject of transfer activity. Speculation surrounds possible moves for Darron Gibson and Richard Keogh, while the disenfranchised Kevin Doyle may also be in the frame.
Irish squad members in Sunday afternoon action...31/08/2014
Two members of the Ireland squad announced by Martin O'Neill saw Sunday afternoon Premier League action. Stephen Quinn started, as did standby defender Paul McShane, for Hull City in their two defeat at Aston Villa, while Robbie Brady was introduced just before the hour mark. David Meyler was an unused substitute. The victorious hosts introduced U21 midfielder Jack Grealish on seventy five minutes while Shay Given remained on the bench.
Martin O'Neill names revised twenty seven man squad...30/08/2014
Having seen Jeff Hendrick, fall foul to injury this afternoon, Martin O'Neill has announced his twenty seven man revised squad for the upcoming friendly against Oman and the European Championship qualifier in Georgia. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is replaced by the returning Shay Given, while four defenders, Ciaran Clark, Damian Delaney, Shane Duffy and Paul McShane have been removed to the standby list, a fifth defender, Stephen Kelly misses out through injury, as does midfielder Andy Reid. The exclusions also include strike duo Simon Cox and Conor Sammon. Captain Robbie Keane is also the subject of injury concerns but is reported to be en route from Los Angeles and expected to report tomorrow.
Painful lesson for Irish quartet at Everton...30/08/2014
The late afternoon contest between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park saw the visitors prevail by six goals to three. For starting Irish trio, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady and indeed unused substitute Darron Gibson, this was a painful lesson in an abysmal defensive afternoon. In a contest where they dominated possession and virtually every other statistic on a scale in the region of two to one, the concession of six goals points definitively at the area which appears to require much needed surgery.
Revised squad hopefuls set for Premier action?...30/08/2014
With no formal confirmation yet from Martin O'Neill concerning his revised senior international squad, this weekend may offer a last gasp opportunity for someone to play themselves in, or out. Stephen Ward was an unused substitute for new club Burnley, who held Manchester United to a scoreless draw in the early kick-off this afternoon. Stoke City have just defeated Manchester City with the only goal at the Etihad Stadium where Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters and Marc Wilson were in the starting eleven, but Walters was withdrawn at half-time.
Championship continues on Saturday afternoon...30/08/2014
With Martin O'Neill in attendance, there was bitter disappointment for Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendick, who was forced off through injury in their one all draw against Championship visitors Ipswich Town. Fellow Ireland contenders, Richard Keogh and visiting striker Daryl Murphy were in direct opposition. The early kick-off at Hillsborough between Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest was also under review, where home goalkeeper Keiren Westwood could not be faulted as his side lost to the only goal. Visiting midfielder Andy Reid completed the full ninety minutes but reports suggest he may not join up with the senior squad as he continues to manage an injury.
Setanta Ireland brings live Airtricity Premier action...29/08/2014
Setanta brought live coverage of this evening's Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of fourth place Shamrock Rovers and fifth place Sligo Rovers which ended in a one nil victory for the hosts in Tallaght Stadium.
Friday evening in the Airtricity Premier Division...29/08/2014
Airtricity Premier Division front runners Dundalk consolidated their position with a three two victory over Bohemian in Oriel Park this evening while second place Cork City were held to a two all draw at bottom side Athlone Town. Third place St Patrick's Athletic narrowed the gap, with a one nil victory over Derry City in the Brandywell. Limerick went down to a three nil home defeat by Drogheda United in Thomond Park, while the relegation battle between Bray Wanderers and UCD resulted in a two nil success for the hosts in the Carlisle Grounds.
Irish in Thursday night Europa League action...28/08/2014
Hull City, who had Irish duo David Meyler and Robbie Brady in their starting eleven, exited the Europa League on the away goals rule, despite their two one victory over KSC Lokeren of Belgium in the play-off second leg this evening. Brady opened the scoring for the hosts and scored the second from the penalty spot but it was not enough.
More Capital One Cup action for Ireland hopefuls...27/08/2014
Wednesday evening's Capital One Cup contests saw Sunderland captain John O'Shea in action in his club's three nil victory at Birmingham City, for whom goalkeeper Darren Randolph was rested. Stoke City had Jonathan Walters in their starting eleven at home to Portsmouth and he scored twice and made the third in their comprehensive victory. Regular defender Marc Wilson was named on the substitute bench, but injury ruled out Glenn Whelan. There was huge disappointment for defender Ciaran Clark, who was an unused substitute for Aston Villa who were defeated one nil by visitors Leyton Orient. Much debated U21 midfielder Jack Grealish started for Villa as did veteran goalkeeper Shay Given.
Belfast victory for Amateur International side...27/08/2014
Our Amateur International side managed by Gerry Smith scored a two nil success over their counterparts from Northern Ireland in a friendly contest played at the home of Donegal Celtic FC in Belfast tonight. Goals in either half from Jonathan Rock and Greg Moorehouse secured the deserved victory. Ireland will play England in a double header set for Whitehall on Thursday the 11th and Saturday the 13th September 2014 as they continue their preparation for the Qualifying Group stage of the UEFA Championship in Hungary during October 2014.