Domestic season kicks-off with Presidents Cup...28/02/2015
The domestic football season kicks-off in Oriel Park at 3pm on Saturday afternoon when League Champions Dundalk take on FAI Cup winners St Patrick's Athletic in the second President's Cup contest.
Irish contingent at Everton set for trip to the Ukraine...27/02/2015
Everton, the sole surviving British club in the UEFA Europa League, have been drawn to face Dynamo Kiev from the strife torn Ukraine in the Round of 16. The Irish international quartet of Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady will aim to be involved when the sides meet in the first leg at Goodison Park on Thursday the 12th March with the second leg set for Kiev seven days later.
U19s defeat Azerbaijan in second contest today...27/02/2015
Ireland Under 19 Head Coach Paul Doolin did receive a more robust examination, than that of Wednesday evening, from fellow Elite qualifiers Azerbaijan when the sides met again this afternoon in Tallaght Stadium. Doolin provided opportunity to the remainder of the squad, who missed out in the first encounter, and a Ryan Manning penalty swiftly followed by a Jack Hallahan strike secured a two nil victory in difficult windy conditions.
Everton Irish help complete UEFA task this evening...26/02/2015
With a four one advantage from the away first leg, Everton were strong favourites to progress to the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League when they faced BSC Young Boys of Switzerland in the second leg at Goodison Park this evening. Irish international trio, Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy were all in the starting eleven as the 'Toffees' made their expected progress with a three one victory for an aggregate seven two success. Coleman and McCarthy performed in their usual positve fashion, but the contribution of Gibson will have been most pleasing to the watching Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane.
U17s lose to Croatia in second friendly encounter...26/02/2015
Following the Zagreb goalfest of Tuesday morning, the Ireland Under 17 side again went head to head with hosts Croatia on Thursday afternoon. Head Coach Tom Mohan saw his team concede another early goal, but the floodgates did not open this time and a Jamie Gray penalty levelled matters early in the second half. The hosts did however manage to find the net later in the half for a two one victory.
U19s host Azerbaijan in Dublin double header...25/02/2015
With the Elite stage of the 2015 UEFA U19 Championship very much in mind, Ireland Under 19 Head Coach Paul Doolin and his twenty one man squad welcomed fellow Elite qualifiers Azerbaijan to Dublin this week. The sides met in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday evening with Ireland scoring an emphatic six nil success with goals from Jack Hallahan, Des Hutchinson, and a brace each from Ryan Manning and Jamie McGrath. The sides are set to meet again at 3pm on Friday afternoon.
Tensions mount as Championship continues apace...24/02/2015
With the lucrative prize of the Premier League millions shining bright, the battle for promotion from the Championship continuers to gather pace. Derby County and their Irish trio of Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick consolidated their lead at the summit with a two nil victory over visiting goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and his Charlton Athletic colleagues this evening. Hendrick opened the scoring on nine minutes and created the second some eight minutes later. Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town troops, including Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy, have stuttered somewhat of late and will be pleased with their return to winning ways with a four two success against Birmingham City at Portman Road. Murphy surprisingly, was not among the goals. For the visitors, Darren Randolph and Stephen Gleeson both started while Rob Kiernan and Callum Reilly were unused substitutes.
U17s travel to Zagreb for Croatia double header...24/02/2015
Ireland Under 17 Head Coach Tom Mohan and his twenty player squad have settled in Zagreb as they prepare for the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA U17 Championship with a brace of friendly internationals against hosts Croatia. The sides met this Tuesday morning and Ireland received an incredible welcome as they found themselves four goals in arrears after just forty three minutes. Ireland did however re-group and a valiant recovery effort fell just short as goals from Conor Ronan, Trevor Clarke and Conor Levingston cut the deficit to just one goal. The sides meet again at 1pm Irish time on Thursday afternoon.
Domestic Under 18 side meet Wales in double header...24/02/2015
Head Coach Paul Osam and his twenty two player domestic squad travelled to Wales where they faced the host country in two Under 18 friendly contests this week. The sides met at the New Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest on Monday evening with Ireland scoring the only goal to emerge victorious. The sides went head to head again on Tuesday afternoon at the Genquip Stadium in Port Talbot, where Ireland came from behind to earn a one all draw..
Women's UEFA Under 16 Development Tournament...23/02/2015
The Women's Quadrangular UEFA U16 Development Tournament being played in Dublin will conclude this morning when the Czech Republic take on Austria at St Kevin's FC and Ireland face Denmark in Gannon Park, Malahide, with both contests kicking-off at 11.00am.
Irish in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...22/02/2015
Following their Europa Lerague victory in Switzerland on Thursday evening, Everton returned to Premier League action when Leicester City visited Goodison Park this afternoon. The Irish international duo of Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy both started, while Darron Gibson was introduced from the bench, ten minutes into the second half. The 'Toffees', having taken the lead just before the hour mark, then conceded twice and garnered a point with a very late equaliser.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League for Irish...21/02/2015
Aston Villa, with new manager Tim Sherwood at the helm, went down to a two one home defeat by Midlands rivals Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Much interest surrounded the first selection by the new manager, with Ciaran Clark starting while Shay Given was on the substitute bench. The visitors had all four Irish candidates, Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland in their starting eleven. Hull City also had an Irish quartet, with Robbie Brady, David Meyler and Paul McShane starting in their two one victory over visitors QPR, while Stephen Quinn was an unused substitute. In the North East, Sunderland and their captain John O'Shea were seeking redemption following their FA Cup exit last Saturday, when West Bromwich Albion visited the Stadium of Light, but could only manage a scoreless draw.
Ireland hopefuls set for more Championship action...21/02/2015
Once again, the Championship offered opportunity to several candidates seeking Irish international selection. Ipswich Town included current international Daryl Murphy together with former U21 midfielder Jay Tabb in their one nil home deferat by Reading, who included Stephen Kelly, Alex Pearce and Simon Cox in their starting eleven. The Derby County trio of Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendick all started in their three two victory over visitors Sheffield Wednesday who had Keiren Westwood dismissed for a foul with fifteen minutes remaining.
Voluntary Friday night excursion for Roy Keane?...20/02/2015
With midweek TV analysis duties completed, Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane may have been tempted to just pop down the road to the DW Stadium this evening where James McClean and his Wigan Athletic colleagues crashed to a three nil defeat by visitors Charlton Athletic for whom goalkeeper Stephen Henderson was in fine form.
Women's UEFA Under 16 Development Tournament...20/02/2015
Dublin hosts a Women's Quadrangular UEFA U16 Development Tournament which kicked off at the AUL Complex at noon today when Austria took on Denmark. Ireland, guided by Head Coach Sharon Boyle, went down to a two nil defeat against the Czech Republic in Gannon Park, Malahide in the second contest of the opening round.
Irish duo aid Everton success in Switzerland...19/02/2015
Everton defeated BSC Young Boys of Switzerland by four goals to one in the first leg at the first knockout stage, the round of 32, of the UEFA Europa League this evening in Berne. Both Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy started, with the Donegal man finding the net on twenty eight minutes, while Darron Gibson was an unused substitute. Injury prevented Aiden McGeady from travelling.
Stephanie Roche joins Houston Dash in USA...18/02/2015
Irish international Stephanie Roche, runner-up in the 2014 FIFA Goal of the Year contest, has signed a two year contract to play for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League in the United States. The Dash play at the BBVA Compass Stadium and kick-off their league season with a home match against Washington Spirit on Friday the 10th April 2015.