Everton Irish set for FA Cup quarter-final action...07/03/2014
The Everton trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady, all of whom disappointed for Ireland on Wednesday night, are in the squad which travels to meet Arsenal in the quarter-final of the FA Cup at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon. Perhaps thoughts of this contest, may have played upon their minds in midweek?.
Midweek international players to face each other?...07/03/2014
When Norwich City host Stoke City in the Premiership at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, five of the Irish midweek international participants are set to be in action. The hosts have Wes Hoolihan and Anthony Pilkington in their ranks, while the visiting squad includes Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson.
Airtricity League continues on Saturday evening...07/03/2014
The 2014 Airtricity League season continues this Saturday evening with the Premier Division meeting of FAI Ford Cup holders Sligo Rovers and newly promoted Athlone Town in the Showgrounds at 7.45pm. St Colman's Park will host the First Division contest beween Cobh Ramblers and Shamrock Rovers 'B', also at 7.45pm.
U19 Women face England in La Manga Tournament...08/03/2014
Women's U19 Head Coach Dave Connell will send his team into action against England in Saturday's opening encounter at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Ireland will also meet Denmark and Sweden in the group stage of the competition as they prepare for the Elite Phase of the European Championship in Holland next month.
Airtricity League season kicks-off this evening...07/03/2014
The 2014 Airtricity League Premier Division season kicked-off this evening with defending champions St Patrick's Athletic securing a one all draw from their journey to face Cork City in Turner's Cross. Louth rivals, Drogheda United and Dundalk met in Hunky Dorys Park, with the hosts scoring a surprise four one success. Limerick and Bray Wanderers played out a scoreless draw in Jackman Park, while the first 'Dublin Derby' of the season saw UCD go down three nil to visitors Bohemian. There were three contests played in the First Division, (Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford United), (Galway FC 0-1 Longford Town) and (Shelbourne 2-0 Wexford Youths).
Excellent draw for Senior Women in 2014 Cyprus Cup...07/03/2014
Another excellent one all draw, with top ranking South Korea, should lend further encouragement to our Senior Women's international team at the 2014 Cyrus Cup Invitation Tournament. Centre back Louise Quinn got the final touch to another traditional long throw from Megan Campbell to put Ireland in front midway through the first half, but South Korea equalised shortly afterwards. Ireland more than matched their vaunted opponents thereafter and indeed created a number of opportunities to secure a famous victory. Ireland complete the Group Stage against Switzerland at 14.30hrs (12.30hrs Irish time) on Monday the 10th March 2014.
Ireland underage sides secure score draws today...06/03/2014
Our U17 and U19 international sides played their second friendly matches of this week early this afternoon against Austria and Romania respectively. Watched by senior manager Martin O'Neill at Gannon Park, Fulham midfielder Anthony Dolan scored the equaliser in a one all draw for the U17s with a well taken free kick while the U19 contest in Cork ended in a two all draw with both Ireland goals scored by captain Sam Byrne, currently on loan from Manchester United to Carlisle United, where he scored his first senior goal last week.
Senior Women draw 2014 Cyprus Cup opener...05/03/2014
Our Senior Women's international team opened their 2014 Cyrus Cup Invitation Tournament campaign with a merited one all draw against high ranking New Zealand in Paralimni on Wednesday afternoon. Aine O'Gorman headed Ireland in front, twenty minutes into the second half, but the 'Kiwis' equalised with just three minutes remaining. Ireland next meet South Korea again in Paralimni at 14.30hrs (12.30hrs Irish time) on Friday the 7th March 2014.
The old one two envelops Ireland international teams...05/03/2014
All four of our international sides in home action this midweek were involved in contests that ended in a two one scoreline. Unfortunately, three of them, Senior U21 and U19 were on the receiving end, with only our U17 team coming from behind to secure victory over Austria.
Disappointment extends to senior international side...05/03/2014
A midweek of underage international disappointment was compounded in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening, when our senior international side went down to a two one defeat against visitors Serbia. As happened with the U21s in Tallaght earlier in the afternoon, Ireland opened with bright promise and indeed found the net following an excellent strike from captain Glenn Whelan, which was minutely touched by Wes Hoolihan. The effort was, replays showed erroneously, ruled out for offside. Ireland did however strike the front on eight minutes, when Shane Long chased an apparent lost cause and capitalised on weak defending from Serbia captain Ivanovic to lob the on coming goalkeeper with his weaker left foot. The Tipperary tyro had two much easier opportunites, one in either half, but disappointed with poor execution. The visitors, ranked some forty FIFA places above Ireland, did offer their own threat and dominated the second half when Ireland appeared to lose both confidence and faith. The players perceived to be Ireland's shining lights, Everton trio Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady all disappointed, with only Hoolihan offering any sustained quality, while James McClean and Whelan offered honest endeavour. The visitors scored twice in the second half and in truth were never really troubled. A very serious challenge and much work awaits the Ireland management team.
Bitter disappoinment as U21s exit UEFA qualifiers...05/03/2014
Ireland Under 21 Head Coach Noel King saw his side dominate the opening half of their UEFA Championship encounter with Montenegro in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Ireland took a tenth minute lead when right back Matt Doherty powered home an Anthony Forde corner with an emphatic header. Midfield quartet Jack Grealish, Sean Murray, Connor Smith and senior international Jeff Hendrick were in total command during the first half and offered glimpses of an exciting future. The second period commenced in similar fashion but despite creating a number of excellent opportunities, Ireland could not extend their lead. They paid the penalty on seventy five minutes when midfielder Doedevic was allowed to run unchallenged from halfway and shoot past goalkeeper Sean McDermott. Worse was to follow two minutes later when Mugosa headed the visitors in front. While clearly rattled, Ireland fought to regain control but their efforts were in vain as the visitors held out and extinguished Irish hopes of qualification for the Championship Finals.
Under 17s kick start fountain of football period...04/03/2014
The Ireland Under 17 side kick started a hectic period of international football when they came from behind to defeat Austria by two goals to one in Dalymount Park on Tuesday afternoon. Ireland were totally outclassed by a technically superior side in the first half and very fortunate to concede just one goal prior to the break. They did improve in the second period and, aided by the early introduction of six substitutes by the visitors, equalised on sixty one minutes with a fine strike from debutant Nottingham Forest striker Jerry McDonagh. Ireland secured the winner nine minutes from time, when captain George Poynton of Dundalk scored from the penalty spot after substitute Conor Masterson had been felled in the area. Despite being without a number of his preliminary qualifying squad, Head coach Tom Mohan and his team have much work to do before the Elite Phase of the 2014 UEFA U17 Championship set for Serbia at the end of this month.
Paul Doolin reviews newcomers in Under 19 friendly...04/03/2014
Ireland U19 Head Coach Paul Doolin named three debutants, Sean Heaney, Dylan Kavanagh and Josh O'Hanlon in the starting eleven for the first of two friendly encounters with Romania in Turner's Cross, Cork on Tuesday evening. There were a number of further newcomers in the squad and some were intriduced from the bench during the second half which saw the visitors gain a two nil advantage shortly after the break. Ireland did pull one back in added time through late substitute debutant Darren Murphy.
Robbie Keane wins 3/FAI International Player of the Year award
Ireland captain Robbie Keane was named winner of the Senior International Player of the Year at this evening's 24th International Football Awards ceremony hosted by RTE at their Donnybrook studios. Young International Player of the Year went to James McCarthy, while the International Goal of the Year, selected by the general public, was the Shane Long header against England at Wembley. Ronnie Whelan was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while 102 times capped former Ireland Women's captain Ciara Grant received the Special Merit Award. The International Personality award went to Dejan Stankovic.