Tuesday evening Championship action for Irish...20/10/2014
Tuesday evening in the Championship is set to witness several players hopeful of inclusion in the Ireland squad for the upcoming EURO 2016 clash with Scotland in Glasgow followed by the Dublin friendly against the USA. Defender Richard Keogh was withdrawn from the squad for Germany because of injury and while he started for his club on Saturday he was forced out with a recurrence at half time and may be doubtful for his side's trip to Blackpool tonight. Saturday substitute Jeff Hendrick will be hoping for a start, while reported newcomer Cyrus Christie is expected to retain his right back position. Anthony Pilkington has been a regular starter for Cardiff City who entertain Ipswich Town, where another reported declaree, David McGoldrick, has been in consistent form. Fellow striker Daryl Murphy was another absent through injury at the weekend and remains doubtful. The contest between Wigan Athletic and visitors Millwall is set to pit James McClean against goalkeeper David Forde.
Ireland Amateur side commence UEFA challenge...20/10/2014
The Ireland Amateur International side under the guidance of team manager Gerry Smith opened their UEFA Regions Cup challenge with a comfortable four one victory over mini-tournament hosts Hungary this afternoon. David Lacey and Thomas Dunne scored early on and Jimmy Carr scored a brace to underpin victory. In the other group contest, Israel defeated Lithuania by two goals to one. Ireland will face Lithuania at noon (Irish time) on Wednesday in their second contest.
Substitute Jon Walters scorers Premiership winner...19/10/2014
Midweek international hero Jon Walters came from the Stoke City substitute bench just after the hour mark to score the winner in his club's two one home victory over Swansea City today. Marc Wilson was in the starting eleven while the injury sustained while on international duty, ruled midfielder Glenn Whelan out of today's contest.
UEFA Women's U17 Championship qualifying round...19/10/2014
Following their opening match victory, Ireland assured qualification for the next Elite Stage of the UEFA Women's U17 Championship in Subotica this afternoon with a two nil victory over Romania. We will complete our qualifying programme against mini-tournament hosts Serbia, four one victors over Lithuania toiday, on Wednesday next.
Ankle injury to rule Wes Hoolihan out of Scotland clash?...18/10/2014
Norwich city midfielder Wes Hoolihan suffered an ankle injury in his club's defeat at Fulham this afternoon and left the stadium on crutches. He will undergo a full medical analysis on Monday morning, but early indications suggest he is likely to be out for four to six weeks, thus missing the European Championship qualifier against Scotland.
Our man in the Southern League - Liam George...18/10/2014
We continue to moniter the coaching progress of our own Liam George, Assistant Manager of St Neot's Town in the Southern League Premier Division. League contest number four for Liam, saw his side come from behind to earn a one all draw at Cirencester Town on Saturday afternoon. With current league leaders Poole Town being held to a scoreless draw, the gap at the summit remains just three points.
Midweek heroes return to club action this afternoon...18/10/2014
Some, but not all, of the Irish contingent from Tuesday night in Germany were in Premiership action today. With his new extended contract secured at Sunderland, last minute goalscoring hero John O'Shea led his side at Southampton, where they suffered a humiliating eight nil defeat. Unused midweek striker Shane Long started for the hosts but did not find the net before being substituted just after the hour mark. The Hull City duo of Stephen Quinn and David Meyler both saw action on Tuesday night, but the former remained on the bench, while the latter was not in the matchday squad in their two all draw at Arsenal today. Unused midweek substitute Robbie Brady, also remained on the bench today. Stephen Ward, who escaped the usual barrage of criticism with his performance, was an unused substitute for Burnley, who went down three one at home to West Ham United, for whom Joey O'Brien, a possible challenger for his international position, was also on the bench. The contest between Everton and Aston Villa saw the return to fitness and the starting eleven, of the missing midweek duo, Seamus Coleman, who again found the net, and James McCarthy as their side secured a three nil victory. Two who were in midweek action, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson were on the substitute bench, while unused defender Ciaran Clark was introduced from the visitors bench after twenty six minutes.
Irish in Saturday afternoon Championship action...18/10/2014
Unused midweek substitute Anthony Pilkington was in the Cardiff City side which defeated Nottingham Forest by two goals to one, in the early afternoon Championship contest. Wes Hoolihan started in midfield for Norwich City who faced Fulham at Craven Cottage, where young left back Sean Kavanagh started for the hosts, and scored the only goal after twenty two minutes. Midweek goalkeeping hero David Forde was on duty with Millwall who came from three goals down to draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the New Den. Fledgling striker Aiden O'Brien started for the hosts, while right back Matt Doherty was in the visitors starting eleven. Unused midweek defender Alex Pearce started for Reading, who lost by three goals to nil at home to Derby County for whom Richard Keogh started, but midweek goal creator Jeff Hendrick was only introduced from the substitute bench on seventy five minutes. Reported new international acquisition Cyrus Christie started at right back for the 'Rams'. Another of our midweek heroes, James McClean started for Wigan Athletic who were held to a scoreless draw at home to Brentford.
Airtricity League Premier Division penultimate Friday...17/10/2014
The penultimate set of fixtures in the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Friday evening with both the destination of the league title and the relegation position still very much on the line. Dundalk commenced the evening with a one point advantage at the summit, but were held to a one all draw at Bray Wanderers, while second place Cork City defeated Bohemian with the only goal in Turners Cross and leapfrog the long time leaders, to now hold the one point advantage. The two sides meet in the Championship decider at 7.45pm next Friday evening in Oriel Park. Athlone Town and UCD, the two sides fighting automatic relegation, travelled to St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City respectively, and both secured surprise victories, which sees that battle also go to the wire next Friday evening. The remaining contests saw Drogheda United lose by two goals to nil at home to Shamrock Rovers while Limerick defeated Sligo Rovers with the only goal in Thomond Park.
Airtricity League promotion play-off first leg tonight...17/10/2014
The first leg of the Airtricity League promotion play-off between Galway FC and Shelbourne took place this evening in Eamonn Deacy Park, with the hosts taking a two nil advantage into the second leg set for Tolka Park at 8pm next Friday evening.
We celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Saturday might
Our 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance took place last Saturday evening. We were honoured to welcome Dan Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the UK, as our guest together with FAI Chief Executive John Delaney who travelled from Waterford. With the rapid expansion and development of Women's football in Ireland, we were especially delighted to welcome Senior Head Coach, Sue Ronan. The exploits of our first ever European Championship adventure in 1988 were brought to mind by one of its heroes, Tony Galvin and of course our penalty shoot-out star Liam George provided heartfelt evidence to remind us that we were U18 Champions of Europe in 1998.