Setanta Ireland brings live Airtricity Premier action...29/08/2014
Setanta Ireland will bring live coverage of this evening's Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of fourth place Shamrock Rovers and fifth place Sligo Rovers from Tallaght Stadium at 8pm.
Friday evening in the Airtricity Premier Division...29/08/2014
Airtricity Premier Division front runners Dundalk host Bohemian in Oriel Park at 7.45pm this Friday evening. Second place Cork City travel to bottom side Athlone Town, while St Patrick's Athletic, in third place, make the journey to the Brandywell where Derry City await. Limerick welcome Drogheda United to Thomond Park, while the relegation battle between Bray Wanderers and UCD is set for 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.
Fitness doubts as Martin O'Neill mulls squad reduction...26/08/2014
Some of the decisions relating to the composition of the final squad for the upcoming contests with Oman and Georgia may be removed from manager Martin O'Neill's hands by injury. With just five days to squad assembley in Malahide it may be salient that as yet none of Stephen Kelly, James McClean, Darron Gibson and Kevin Doyle have seen any form of competitive action, the former three through injury while the latter has simply been ostracised by his club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Stephen Ward, his former Wolves colleague has also been in that position although he did return to action in this evening's Capital One Cup home defeat for new club Burnley. There is also concern surrounding Andy Reid who, whilst continuing to play League matches for his club, is understood to be nursing an injury problem, and was rested this evening as his club progressed to the next round of the Capital One Cup. These midweek Cup matches coupled with a full weekend League programme have the potential for further injury concern.
Midweek Capital One Cup action for Ireland contenders...26/08/2014
With manager Martin O'Neill preparing to reduce his initial thirty six man squad, this week's Capital One Cup contests may provide the last opportunity for several fringe candidates to make the final cut. The one nil Turf Moor defeat of Burnley by Sheffield Wednesday provided a first start for recent 'Clarets' signing Stephen Ward and while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was rested by the visitors this evening his early season form would suggest his squad place is assured. The international retirement of Richard Dunne coupled with the failure of Sean St Ledger to find a new club as yet, has increased the focus on our centre back candidates. Richard Keogh of Derby County (one nil victors at home to Charlton Athletic) and Alex Pearce of Reading (a one nil away success at Scunthorpe United) have had sketchy starts to the season and will be hoping for improved performances, to catch the eye.
FAI Ford Cup replay postponed this evening...26/08/2014
Floodlight failure at Tolka Park caused this evening's scheduled FAI Ford Cup third round replay between First Division side Shelbourne and Premier Division representatives St Patrick's Athletic to be postponed in another acute embarassment for domestic football.
FAI Ford Cup replay in Dalymount Park tonight...25/08/2014
The FAI Ford Cup third round replay between Bohemian and Cork City took place in Dalymount Park this evening, with the hosts progressing to the quarter-final stage through the only goal, scored by Dinny Corcoran, six minutes before the half-time break.
Monday evening action in the Airtricity Premier Division...25/08/2014
Derry City consolidated their sixth position in the Airtricity League Premier Division with an emphatic four nil victory over seventh place hosts Limerick in Thomond Park this evening.
Irish in Sunday afternoon Premier League action...24/08/2014
The Premier League meeting of Hull City and Stoke City on Sunday afternoon, which ended in a one all draw, involved five of our senior international squad. The host's had Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn in their starting eleven with David Meyler replacing Quinn on seventy six minutes, but disappointingly there was no Robbie Brady in the matchday squad. For the visitors, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson both started but Whelan had to leave the fray on forty one minutes, while Jonathan Walters was an unused substitute. The prodigal Stephen Ireland missed out through injury. Later today, Sunderland, with John O'Shea in their starting eleven, played out a one all draw with visitors Manchester United.
Ireland squad selections in Premier action...23/08/2014
Two men selected by Martin O'Neill in his initial thirty six man international squad suffered club disappointment in Saturday afternoon's early Premier League contest between Aston Villa and Newcastle United. Ciaran Clark failed to make the matchday squad for the hosts, while Rob Elliot was again an unused substitute in a scoreless draw. There was better news for Damian Delaney and Joey O'Brien both of whom started as Crystal Palace went down to a three one defeat at home to West Ham United. New signing Shane Long was introduiced as a second half substitute for Southampton who were held to a scoreless draw at home by one of his former clubs West Bromwich Albion, while another new signing, Stephen Ward was an unused substitute for new club Burnley in their one nil defeat at Swansea City. Seamus Coleman, who opened the scoring on nineteen minutes, and James McCarthy both started, while Aiden McGeady came off the bench on seventy six minutes for Everton who squandered a two goal lead in the final ten minutes which allowed visitors Arsenal to secure a valuable away point. at Goodison Park.
Championship continues on Saturday afternoon...23/08/2014
The fourth series of matches in the 2014/15 Championship season featured a number of the players named by Martin O'Neill in his provisional Ireland squad on Thursday morning. Goalkeepers, David Forde (Millwall, defeated one nil by visitors Rotherham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday, three two victors at Middlesbrough) and Darren Randolph (Birmingham City, who drew one each at Brentford) all started. Derby County duo, Jeff Hendrick and Richard Keogh both started in the five one thrashing of Fulham, for whom U21 left back Sean Kavanagh was again a starter. New signing Anthony Pilkington started for Cardiff City who lost to the only goal at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The in-form Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid was again prominent in his side's four nil thumping of visitors Reading for whom defender Alex Pearce had a disappointing afternoon.
Noel King announces U21 squad for German finale...22/08/2014
U21 Head Coach Noel King has announced his eighteen man squad for the final contest, against Group winners Germany, of the disappointing 2015 European Championship qualifying campaign. With an eye very much to the future, the youthful squad, in it's entitety, will be eligible for the next qualifying series, the draw for which takes place in January 2015.
Summer 2014 Irish releases and transfers
The current UK transfer window will conclude at 11pm on Monday the 1st September 2014. 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 for a fee believed to be around £600,000 , 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.