Wes Hoolihan and Norwich return to Premier League...25/05/2015
The Championship play-off final took place in Wembley Stadium this Monday afternoon and saw Norwich City, with Wes Hoolihan starting in midfield, secure an immediate return to the top flight with a two nil victory over Middlesbrough in front of a crowd in excess of 85,000.
Noel King names U21 squad for England double header...25/05/2015
Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King today announced his twenty two man squad for the upcoming U21 friendly internationals against England 'C' and the England U21 side bound for the European Championship Finals, at a press conference in Galway.
League One play-off joy for Alan Browne and Preston...24/05/2015
The League One play-off final was a rather one sided affair with Preston North End comfortable four nil winners over Swindon Town. Ireland U21 midfielder Alan Browne joined the fray as an early substitute for the victors and together with supposedly targeted striker Joe Garner played his part in the victory which provides Championship football next season.
Bitter disappointment for relegated Hull City Irish...24/05/2015
There was bitter disappointment for the Hull City quartet of Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn as their side suffered relegation from the Premier League following their scoreless draw with visitors Manchester United this afternoon.
Premier League finale this Sunday afternoon...24/05/2015
The Premier League season concluded this afternoon with all twenty clubs in action. FA Cup finalists Aston Villa went down to a one nil defeat by already relegated visitors Burnley. Shay Given missed out with a groin injury sustained in trainng on Thursday and may now miss out on next Saturday's FA Cup Final, while Stephen Ward was missing from the visitors squad. Stephen Reid made a cameo appearance near the end as he bade farewell on his retirement. Midweek survivors Sunderland and John O'Shea returned to London where they went down to a three one defeat at Chelsea. The Everton duo of Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were in the side defeated one nil by Tottenham Hotspur while Aiden McGeady was an unused substitute. Shane Long and his Southampton colleagues went down by two goals to nil at Manchester City. The 'W' trio of Jon Walters, who scored, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson all played a part in Stoke City' s six one trouncing of Liverpool.
Wembley joy for Irish quintet in play-off final...23/05/2015
The League Two divisional play-off final between Southend Uniterd, who included the Irish quintet of Cian Bolger, Barry Corr, Gary Deegan, Stephen McLoughlin and Michael Timlin in their matchday squad, and Wycombe Wanderers took place at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. A dramatic contest went into extra-time where, having fallen behind, Southend United scored a last gasp equaliser in added time. Promotion was decided in a penalty shoot out in which Southend prevailed on a seven six scoreline. Cian Bolger and Michael Timlin both scored their penalties.
Irish players involved in weekend play-off finals...22/05/2015
The three divisional play-off finals will take place over this UK Bank Holiday weekend at Wembley Stadium. First up at 5pm on Saturday afternoon is the League Two decider between Southend United, who include the Irish quintet of Cian Bolger, Barry Corr, Gary Deegan, Stephen McLoughlin and Michael Timlin in their ranks, and Wycombe Wanderers. Sunday afternoon, again at 5pm, will see Preston North End, with U21 midfielder Alan Browne and supposedly targeted striker Joe Garner on board, take on Swindon Town in the League One final. The Championship final will complete the trilogy at 3pm on Monday afternoon with Middlesbrough and Wes Hoolihan's Norwich City targeting the Premier League.
SSE Airtricity League Friday night action...22/05/2015
There were five matches played on Friday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with the Turner's Cross clash of Cork City and Shamrock Rovers failing to produce a goal. The meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and defending champions Dundalk in Richmond Park saw the 'Lilywhites' extend their lead with a two nil victory. Bohemian played out a scoreless draw with Bray Wanderers in Dalymount Park while the North West duo, Derry City and Sligo Rovers shared two goals in the Brandywell. Drogheda United and Galway United completed the schedule in United Park with the hosts securing a two nil victory.
Sunderland secure survival at the Emirates tonight...20/05/2015
Captained by John O'Shea, Sunderland secured Premier League survival with a scoreless draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this Wednesday evening. The final relegation place now lies between Hull City, who play host to Manchester United and Newcastle United who entertain West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
EA Sports Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening...19/05/2015
The second pair of EA Sports Cup quarter-finals were completed on Tuesday evening with Cork City exiting the competition in a five three penalty shoot-out following a one all draw after extra-time with St Patrick's Athletic in Turner's Cross while Derry City went down to the only goal from Shamrock Rovers in the Brandywell.
EA Sports Cup quarter-finals on Monday evening...18/05/2015
Two of the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals took place on Monday evening with Galway United scoring an extra-time winner against Bohemian to secure victory for the second time in four days following the five three goal extravaganza League encounter won by the hosts on Friday night. The sole remaining non-league side, University College Cork went down to a thumping five nil defeat by Dundalk in the Mardyke.
Rooney to the rescue for Aberdeen this afternoon...16/05/2015
Aberdeen's leading goalscorer Adam Rooney, celebrated his first Irish senior call up by scoring the last minute equaliser for his club at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.
More Premier League action for Irish internationals...16/05/2015
The penultimate set of Premier League fixtures kicked off at 12.45pm this Saturday afternoon with Southampton dishing out a six one thrashing to visitors Aston Villa. Shane Long scored twice and set up two more for the hosts while Shay Given and Jack Grealish endured torrid afternoon's for the visitors. Stoke City had Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan in their starting eleven with Marc Wilson an unused substitute for their goalless draw at already relegated Burnley, for whom Stephen Ward was also an unused substitute. John O'Shea returned from injury for his Sunderland side who played out a scoreless draw with Leicester City in a real relegation dogfight. Teetering Hull City had Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn in their starting eleven for their two nil defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, while West Ham United had Joey O'Brien on their bench for the visit of Everton, for whom Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy started, with Aiden McGeady introduced from the bench with twelve minutes remaining, in their two one victory.
Second leg contest in Championship play-offs...16/05/2015
Wes Hoolihan and his Norwich City colleagues will face Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday the 25th May 2015. The 'Canaries' defeated East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town by three goals to one in this afternoon's second leg at Carrow Road for a four two aggregate success. Hoolihan opened the scoring with a penalty conversion after fifty minutes. There was obvious disappointment for the 'Tractor Boys' Irish contingent, but Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick are expected to retain their places in Martin O'Neill's reduced Ireland squad for the upcoming international contests.
SSE Airtricity League Saturday night action...16/05/2015
There were three matches played on Saturday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with second place Cork City consolidating their position with a one nil victory over Limerick in Jackman Park. Bray Wanderers, with new manager Trevor Crolly at the helm, shocked St Patrick's Athletic with the only goal in the Carlisle Grounds while fellow strugglers Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United met in the Showgrounds, with the hosts prevailing by two goals to nil.
Second leg contest in Championship play-offs...15/05/2015
The second leg in the first Championship semi-final play-off took place on Friday evening when Brentford, with new Irish international nominee Alan Judge in their side, went down to a three nil defeat at Middlesbrough, who go through to the Wembley final on a five one aggregate.
SSE Airtricity League Friday night action...15/05/2015
There were three matches played this Friday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with defending champions and current leaders Dundalk scoring a very late winner against visitors Derry City while Galway United defeated Bohemian in Eamonn Deacy Park by five goals to three in a fraught encounter. Shamrock Rovers emerged victorious over Longford Town by three goals to two in Tallaght Stadium.
League Two Irish set for Wembley play-off experience...14/05/2015
The League Two play-off Final will be contested at Wembley on Saturday the 23rd May between Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers and will feature several Irish players. There were five involved for Southend United in their three one extra-time victory over Stevenage Borough at Roots Hall this evening. Cian Bolger, Barry Corr and Michael Timlin started, while Gary Deegan and Stephen McLaughlin were introduced from the bench. The two extra-tme winning goals were scored by McLaughlin and Timlin.
Senior Women overcome Haiti in Florida friendly...14/05/2015
Our Ireland Senior Women scored the only goal, a twenty first minute penalty from Ruesha Littlejohn, to defeat Haiti in a friendly international played in Lauderhill, Florida on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Senior players, Emma Byrne and Niamh Fahey, who missed the match against the USA, were back in action, in a match dominated by Ireland.