Fund Raising - Charity Quiz - Friday 27 January 2017
The Club's nominated charity for the year commencing 1 July 2016 is 'Beating Bowel Cancer' and we seek the continued support of our members, their friends and the broad business community, in order to raise funds for another worthy cause. Patron of the charity is another Irish footballing hero, Kevin Sheedy and our primary fundraising event, the Annual Charity Quiz, is set for Friday 27 January 2017.
Summer 2016 Releases and Transfers
The current UK transfer window officially commenced on the 1st July 2016 and is set to conclude at 6pm on Thursday the 1st September 2016. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the impact list at this juncture are the moves of defenders, Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa to Newcastle United on a five year contract for a fee in excess of £5 million and Marc Wilson from Stoke City to AFC Bournemouth for around £2 million, exciting wide player Callum O'Dowda from Oxford United to Bristol City, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Charlton Athletic to Nottingham Forest, defender John Egan from Gillingham to Brentford and forwards Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City to Preston North End) and Anthony Stokes (Glasgow Celtic to Blackburn Rovers) all on three year contracts. The progress of twenty year old midfielder Jack Byrne, on a twelve month loan at Blackburn Rovers from Manchester City, is also one to watch with interest.
Oman friendly to be Robbie Keane farewell...24/08/2016
Robbie Keane has confirmed his retirement from international football and will don the Ireland jersey for the final time in the friendly international agaisnt Oman at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday the 31st August 2016.
Martin O'Neill announces twenty eight man squad...24/08/2016
Manager Martin O'Neill has announced a twenty eight man squad for the upcoming friendly encounter with Oman followed by the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Serbia on Monday the 5th September 2016. With Shane Duffy suspended for the Serbia contest, both Paul McShane and Alex Pearce are included as defensive cover. David Forde is also in the squad together with Callum O'Dowda and Eunan O'Kane, who has not been included in any AFC Bournemouth matchday squad this season. Doubts surround the fitness of Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea and Jeff Hendrick all of whom are currently on the injured list. While the absence of Darron Gibson is not unexpected, that of Anthony Pilkington, in good and goalscoring form with Cardiff City, is something of a surprise.
FAI Cup quarter-final draw made this morning...24/08/2016
The draw for the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup was made this morning: St Patrick's Athletic v Cobh Ramblers, Shamrock Rovers v Cork City, UCD v Crumlin United/Dundalk and Wexford Youths v Derry City. The ties are set for the week ending Sunday the 11th September 2016.
Dundalk fall short in Champions League test in Warsaw...23/08/2016
Following their first leg two nil home defeat in Tallaght Stadium, Airtricity League Champions Dundalk faced a huge task when they travelled to face Polish champions Legia Warsaw in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Play-off round on Tuesday evening. A goal from Robbie Benson on nineteen minutes raised hope but an added time equaliser from the hosts dealt a defining blow. Dundalk will now go into the draw for the Group Stage of the Europa League.
Irish in Football League Cup second round action...23/08/2016
The second round of the Football League Cup commenced on Tuesday evening and featured several Irish players, a number with senior international aspirations. Shane Duffy scored the extra-tine winner for Blackburn Rovers in their four three victory over Crewe Alexandra while Derby County were also taken to extra-time by Carlisle United but prevailed by fourteen goals to thirteen in a lengthy penalty shoot-out following a one all draw. Everton defeated Yeovil Town by four goals to nil with James McCarthy being replaced by Darron Gibson on sixty six minutes. Shay Given, Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters were all in the Stoke City side which cruised to a four nil success at Stevenage Borough. James McClean scored for West Bromwich Albion but his side exited the competition in a four three penalty shoot-out following a two all draw. Greg Cunninhham started for Preston North End while Alan Browne and Eoin Doyle entered from the bench with Doyle finding the net five minutes after his introduction around the hour mark in their two nil victory over Oldham Athletic.
Wexford Youths WFC host Women's Champions League...23/08/2016
Continental Tyres Women's National League Champions Wexford Youths WFC host Qualifying Group Seven of the UEFA Women's Champions League over the next six days. Wexford met BIIK Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) in Ferrycarrig Park this Tuesday evening and were disappointingly defeated by three goals to one, while Gintra (Lithuania) crushed ARF Criuleni (Moldova) by thirteen goals to nil in the RSC Waterford.
Oman squad prepare with warm up friendly in Cork...23/08/2016
Oman, who are set to meet our senior international side in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday the 31st August 2016, commence their preparations with a one all draw in a warm-up contest with Cork City in Turner's Cross this Tuesday evening. The visitors will continue their itinerary with another friendly contest against L imerick in the Market's Field on Friday evening.
Sunday action in Premier League and Championship...21/08/2016
Sunderland went down to a two one defeat by North East rivals Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League this afternoon. John O'Shea started in defence but was forced off through injury on thirty seven minutes. West Ham United scored a late winner against AFC Bournemouth who had Harry Arter dismissed for a second bookable offence on seventy seven minutes. In the Championship, East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City locked horns in Portman Road at noon with Daryly Murphy and Jonathan Douglas in action against visiting duo Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolihan as the sides played out a one all draw.
More FAI Cup third round action on Saturday evening...20/08/2016
There were three further FAI Cup third round contests completed on Saturday evening. Struggling Longford Town, with new manager Alan Matthew at the helm, went down to a four one defeat by Cork City at City Calling Stadium while non-league side Ringmahon Rangers also suffered a four one home defeat by local First Division side Cobh Ramblers. Another non-league side, Janesboro travel to the Bowl where they succumbed to hosts UCD by three goals to one.
English Premier League action on Saturday afternoon...20/08/2016
Shay Given and Glenn Whelan both started while Jon Walters was a late substitute for Stoke City who went down to a four one home Premier League defeat by visitors Manchester City early this afternoon. Stephen Ward started at left back for Burnley who defeated Liverpool by two goals to nil at Turf Moor while David Meyler started for Hull City in their two nil success at Swansea City. The Hawthorns clash of West Bromwich Albion and Everton went the way of the 'Toffees' by two goals to one with James McCarthy substituted after just thirty eight minutes. James McClean was a late substitute for the hosts.
Saturday afternoon in the English Championship...20/08/2016
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood suffered Championship disappointment in the early kick-off when his Sheffield Wednesday lost to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United by two goals to nil. The Midlands meeting of Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers featured Matt Doherty and Joe Mason who both harbour hopes of inclusion in Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad next week. Mason was again on the scoresheet as his side prevailed by three goals to one. Stephen Gleeson for the hosts seems to be a little further down the international pecking order. Blackburn Rovers appear to be in freefall, an unpleasant environment for loanee Jack Byrne who started, Darragh Lenihan who replaced him around the hour mark and late substitute Anthony Stokes together with the suspended Shane Duffy, as their side conceded a late equaliser to Burton Albion in a two all draw at Ewood Park. The emerging Callum O'Dowda was introduced from the Bristol City bench just after the hour mark of their one nil defeat by visitors Newcastle United who included Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven. Anthony Pilkington started and scored for Cardiff City in their two all draw at Fulham. The 'Yorkshie Derby' meeting of Huddersfield Town and Barnsley featured in form midfielder Conor Hourihane, another touted for a possible call-up next week, but his side lost by two goals to one. The late kick off sees Cyrus Christie and Richard Keogh in action for Derby County who host Aston Villa. Defender Alex Pearce is a substitute for the home side, while the injury to Jeff Hendrick may see him miss out on the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in sixteen days time..