Irish set for Saturday afternoon Premiership action...25/10/2014
Injury to Hull City colleagues may provide opportunity for some of the Irish quartet at the club, who travel to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn were unused substitutes last weekend, while David Meyler and Paul McShane were not in the matchday squad. Shane Long is in contention to start for Southampton who host a Stoke City side with Jon Walters and Marc Wilson in their travelling squad. Sunderland captain John O'Shea will be aiming for huge improvement from his side when they entertain Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
The Championship for Irish this afternoon...25/10/2014
Current Championship leaders Derby County are expected to have Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and possibe newcomer Cyrus Christie in their starting eleven for the visit of Wigan Athletic, for whom James McClean is also in contention to start. Ipswich Town have another reported declaree, David McGoldrick, in their squad for the visit of Huddersfield Town, together with Daryl Murphy and loanee Conor Sammon. The contest between Millwall and visitors Cardiff City should see David Forde in opposition to Anthony Pilkington while Keiren Westwood is expected to start for Sheffield Wednesday who entertain Norwich City.
Dundalk are Airtricity Premier Division Champions...24/10/2014
The Airtricity League Premier Division championship pennant and trophy were presented to the new champions Dundalk in Oriel Park this evening. Hosts Dundalk had led the league for virtually all of the season until last weekend when their visitors tonight, Cork City, superseded them at the summit to lead by one point. The 'sold out' contest was played in front of the live RTE 2 cameras and rermained scoreless until three minutes into the second half when Stephen O'Donnell gave the 'Lilywhites' the lead. A second goal from Brian Gartland, eight minutes from time, ensured victory and a fully deserved tenth Championship title.
Relegation battle goes to the wire this evening...24/10/2014
The battle to avoid automatic relegation from the Airtricity League Premier Division was also decided this evening. Bottom side Athlone Town were held to a one all draw by visitors Bray Wanderers while the side just above them, UCD, scored the only goal at home to Drogheda United to relegate the Midlands club, while they will now face a two legged play-off with First Division side Galway FC to decide their fate.
Other Airtricity Premier Division contests tonight...24/10/2014
The Airtricity League Premier Division was completed this evening with Bohemian defeating FAI Ford Cup finalists Derry City by two goals to one in Dalymount Park, Shamrock Rovers overcoming Limerick with the only goal in Tallaght Stadium and Sligo Rovers going down to a four one defeat by the other Cup finalist St Patrick's Athletic in the Showgrounds.
Airtricity League promotion semi-final second leg...24/10/2014
Tolka Park hosted the second leg of the Airtricity League promotion playoff semi-final between Shelbourne and Galway FC, who held a two goal advantage from the first leg, and secured the play-off final position with a two one victory for a four one aggregate success.
Ireland Amateur side complete initial UEFA challenge...24/10/2014
Ireland's Amateur International side completed their UEFA Regions Cup Group Four challenge when they defeated Israel with the only goal, scored by Greg Moorehouse twenty minutes into the second half, in Morahalom, Hungary early this afternoon. Ireland topped the group with maximum points and now await the draw for the next phase.
Glenn Whelan joins Wesley Hoolihan on injury list...23/10/2014
Today's news that Glenn Whelan has suffered a leg fracture which will sideline him for up to six weeks, coupled with the ankle injury sustained by Wesley Hoolahan means both will miss the EURO 2016 qualifier against Scotland in three weeks time. Attention and pressure will now mount on the fitness and availability of James McCarthy to perform the holding role at which he is so adept for his club Everton.
Irish quartet travel to Lille with Everton...23/10/2014
Aiden McGeady was the only Irish international starter for Everton in this evening's scoreless Europa League encounter away to Lille. Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy, save for thirty seconds at the end, were all confined to the substitute bench.
UEFA Women's U17 Championship qualifying round...22/10/2014
With qualification for the next Elite Phase already assured, Ireland played out a one all draw with mini-tournament hosts Serbia in their final qualification contest at the preliminary stage of the UEFA Women's U17 Championship in Subotica this afternoon.
Ireland Amateur side continue UEFA challenge...22/10/2014
Our Amateur International side continued their UEFA Regions Cup qualifying campaign when they defeated Lithuania by six goals to one in their second Group Four contest in Hungary today. James Lee opened the scoring for Ireland on ten minutes but we conceded an equaliser two minutes later. The contest remained level until the sixty fifth minute when Danny Loughran restored our advantage. A four goal burst in the final ten minutes with strikes from Lee, his second, David Lacey, Greg Moorhouse and an o.g. secured a comprehensive victory. We complete our Group Four challenge against Israel at 12.30 (Irish time) on Friday next.
Tuesday evening Championship action for Irish...21/10/2014
Tuesday evening in the Championship witnessed 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. Derby County 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 mild concussion at half time, but he was back in action for his side as they went top of the table with a late penalty winner at Blackpool tonight. Saturday substitute Jeff Hendrick was also in the starting eleven, while reported newcomer Cyrus Christie retained his right back position. Anthony Pilkington was again a starter for Cardiff City who defeated Ipswich Town by three goals to one. Another reported declaree, David McGoldrick, was in action for the visitors, as was fellow striker Daryl Murphy, absent through injury at the weekend, but returning with the visitors goal tonight. The contest between Wigan Athletic and visitors Millwall pitted home midfielder James McClean against goalkeeper David Forde, with the contest ending scoreless.
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.
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.