Irish trio complete Europa League second leg matches..07/07/2015
A trio of Airtricity League clubs are set to complete their qualifying round contests in the UEFA Europa League this Thursday evening. St Patrick's Athletic trail Skonto FC of Latvia by two goals to one and will be seeking to progress at home in Richmond Park at 7.45pm. Cork City travel to face KR Reykjavik of Iceland having been held to a one all draw in the home leg while 'Fair Play' qualifiers UCD make the journey to F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg having secured a one nil victory in the Bowl last week.
Shamrock Rovers set for Europa League second leg...07/07/2015
Following last week's scoreless draw in the away first leg, Shamrock Rovers take on FC Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the second leg of the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League in Tallaght Stadium at 8pm on Tuesday evening.
Leaders seek to extend Airtricity Premier Division lead...07/07/2015
Dundalk, who currently hold a six point lead at the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division, travel to Galway United on Tuesday evening, seeking to extend that lead, before embarking on their Europa Champions League campaign against FC BATE Borisov of Belarus.
Irish - End of season releases and transfers
The end of season culling of players is in full swing and a significant number of Irish are among the casualties. The next UK transfer window will officially commence on the 1st July 2015 and conclude on Monday the 31st August 2015, although clubs can make provisional signings prior to the opening date. Early events have seen a disappointingly high number of Irish players released by their clubs. Senior international Kevin Doyle has secured a contract with MLS club Colorado Rapids following his departure from Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Alex Pearce has joined Derby County from Reading at the end of his contract. Darren Randolph, who declined a new contract offer from Birmingham City, has joined West Ham United. James McClean is the latest current international to secure a move, with his switch from League One Wigan Athletic to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Stephen Quinn has secured a three year contact with Reading following his departure from Hull City and he will be joined by Paul McShane, who has made the same journey.
Republic of Ireland - European Amateur Champions...04/07/2015
The Republic of Ireland, guided by Gerry Smith, defeated Croatia by one goal to nil in this afternoon's final of the 2015 UEFA Regions Cup in Tallaght Stadium to become European Amateur Champions for the first time. The winning goal was scored on ten minutes by Killester United striker David Lacey who superbly headed home a cross from James Lee of Crumlin United. Ireland, skippered by evergreen Rockmount FC postman Ken Hoey, fully deserved their victory having dominated throughout.
Saturday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...04/07/2015
Limerick went down to another home defeat when Bray Wanderers scored the only goal in their Airtricity League Premier Division meeting this evening. Fellow strugglers Sligo Rovers were held to a one all draw by Connacht rivals Galway United in the Showgrounds while Longford Town defeated Bohemian by two goals to one in City Calling Stadium.
Airtricity League 'Louth Derby' live on Setanta Ireland...03/07/2015
Dundalk extended their lead in the Airtricity Premier Division with an added time winner against Drogheda United in front of the live Setanta Ireland cameras in United Park this evening. The 'Lilywhites' opened the scoring through Darren Meenan, ten minutes into the second half but Lee Duffy equalised for the hosts five minutes later. It was Meenan again who came up with the winner to send his side six points clear.
Trio of Irish clubs commence Europa League campaign..02/07/2015
Three Airtricity League clubs participated in the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League this evening. St Patrick's Athletic went down to a two one defeat against a very physical Skonto FC, who had five of their players cautioned, in Latvia. Aaron Greene opened the scoring after twenty minutes but the hosts equalised on thirty eight minutes and took the lead after sixty five minutes. Cork City took the lead against KR Reykjavik of Iceland in Turners Cross after nineteen minutes through Alan Bennett but the visitors equalised ten minutes later and held out for the remainder of the contest. 'Fair Play' qualifiers UCD took on F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg at the Bowl and a goal from Ryan Swan in first half added time secured victory for the 'Students'.
Scotland based Irish in UEFA Europa League action..02/07/2015
Irish players, attached to Scottish clubs were also in Europa League action this evening. Aberdeen trio, Willo Flood, Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney all started in the one all draw in Macedonia against FC Shkendija while twenty two year old Galway man Joe Shaughnessy started for St Johnstone in their one nil defeat against Alashkert FC in Armenia.
'Hammers' Irish trio set for UEFA Europa League action..02/07/2015
Premier League side West Ham United, who qualified throught he same 'fair play' route as UCD, opened their Europa League campaign with a three nil victory over FC Lusitans of Andorra at Upton Park this evening. Senior Irish internationals Darren Randolph and Joey O'Brien both started, with the latter being replaced on the hour mark by teenage midfielder Josh Cullen.
Ireland defeat Bosnia & Herzegovina in Regions Cup...01/07/2015
With qualification for the UEFA Regions Cup Final already assured, Ireland completed their Group A programme with a two one victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina in Tallaght Stadium this evening. Manager Gerry Smith used just sixrteen players in the two opening successes and as expected provided opportunity for the remaining four squad members this evening. Tonight's goals were scored by Jonathan Rock and Dean Gibbons. In Group B, Croatia came from behind to defeat Germany by two goals to one at Whitehall this afternoon and will meet Ireland in the final at 4pm in Tallaght Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Shamrock Rovers first up in UEFA Europa League..30/06/2015
The opening contest in the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League took place in Luxembourg early this evening when FC Progres Niederkorn welcomed Shamrock Rovers to the Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange, where the sides played out a scoreless draw. Both clubs finished fourth in their respective national leagues last season but, while the 'Hoops' have quite an extensive European football history, their hosts have played a total of ten matches throughout theirs. Their solidary goal and draw came at home in the 1981/82 European Cup against Glentoran, with the Belfast club winning their home leg by four goals to nil. The second leg is set for Tallaght Stadium at 8pm on Tuesday the 7th July 2015.
Ireland defeat Czech Republic in UEFA Regions Cup...28/06/2015
Ireland are through to the UEFA Regions Cup Final, following their two nil victory over the Czech Republic in Tallaght Stadium this afternoon. Goals from Darren Dunne and Paul Breen secured victory and Ireland next face Bosnia & Herzegovina at Richmond Park at 7pm on Wednesday evening, in their final Group A encounter.
Under 17 Women complete UEFA action today...28/06/2015
Following their one nil defeats to France and Switzerland, our U17 Women completed their 2015 European Championship journey when they went down to a two nil defeat by Norway in Kopavogur this afternoon.
Bray Wanderers triumph in League basement contest...27/06/2015
New manager Trevor Crolly saw his Bray Wanderers climb above their managerless visitors Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity League Premier Division table with a one nil victory in the Carlisle Grounds this afternoon.
Ireland open UEFA Regions Cup with victory...26/06/2015
Ireland, managed by Gerry Smith, opened their UEFA Regions Cup Finals Group A challenge with a two nil victory over Turkey in Tallaght Stadium this evening. First half goals from Greg Moorhouse and a Darren Dunne penalty put Ireland in command and they maintained their composure to the end. Ireland next meet the Czech Republic, one nil victors over Bosnia & Herzegovina this afternoon, in what could well be the defining group contest at 3pm on Sunday afternoon in Tallaght Stadium.
Qualifying round draw - Women's Champions League..25/06/2015
The draw for the qualifying group stage of the UEFA Women's Champions League took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this afternoon. Continental Tyres Women's National League champions Wexford Youths WAFC will represent Ireland and have been drawn in Group Seven together with Cardiff Met LFC (Wales), Gintra Universitetas (Lithuania) and mini-tournament hosts KKPK Medyk Konin (Poland). The group contests will take place in Poland between the 11th and 16th August 2015.
'Fans Friendship' initiative sets scene at the Aviva...10/06/2015
Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London) Chair Dec Finnegan represented Ireland in the pennant/shirt exchange at the Ireland v England friendly international played in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. This new 'Fans Friendship' initiative, introduced at the Poland game in March, has been well received and Sunday's occasion was given added significance by the presence of the legendary Jack Charlton.