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 Hoolihan 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 is the only Irish international starter for Everton in this evening's Europa League encounter away to Lille. Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy are all on the substitute bench. The match which is set to kick-off at 6pm is being screened live on ITV4.
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 Derby County defender Richard Keogh was withdrawn from the squad for Germany because of injury and while he started for his club on Saturday he was forced out with a mild concussion at half time, but he was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.
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.