Europa trio return to Airtricity Premier action...27/07/2014
Our three vanquished Europa League representatives returned to Airtricity Premier Division action on Sunday afternoon. Current leaders Dundalk defeated Bray Wanderers by five goals to one in Oriel Park while Sligo Rovers overcame Limerick by two goals to nil in the Showgrounds. In the Bowl, hosts UCD were trounced six one by Derry City.
Saturday night in the Airtricity Premier Division...26/07/2014
Defending champions St Patrick's Athletic maintained their challenge near the top of the Airtricity Premier Division with a two nil victory over bottom side Athlone Town in the Midlands this Saturday evening and leapfrog Shamrock Rovers on goal difference into third position.
Airtricity Premier Division action on Friday evening...25/07/2014
There were just two contests played in the Airtricity Premier Division this Friday evening and both provided surprise outcomes. Second place Cork City were defeated by Bohemian in Dalymount Park by two goals to nil, while the other title challenger Shamrock Rovers went down to the only goal at home to Drogheda United.
U19 Women lose to Holland in UEFA semi-final...24/07/2014
Playing in their first ever finals, our Under 19 Women went down to a four nil derfeat by Holland in the semi-final of the 2014 UEFA Women's U19 Championships in the Mjondalen Stadium, Norway this evening. The sides had emerged from the same Elite Qualifying group, hosted by the Dutch in April, with their head to head contest ending scoreless, but on this occasion the Dutch proved emphatically superior.
Airtricity Clubs exit Europa League this evening...24/07/2014
Our three representatives in the Europa League second round second leg stage this Thursday evening, were all eliminated. First into action were Derry City who travelled with some hope to FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus, trailing one nil from the first leg in the Brandywell, but they were to be disappointed, going down to a thumping five one defeat. Sligo Rovers, holding a two one advantage from the away leg, took on Rosenberg of Norway in the Showgrounds and took an early lead but it was swiftly eroded and the visitors scored twice in the second half to prevail on a four three aggregate. Dundalk, trailing two nil from the home leg, faced a formidable task when they kicked-off fifteen minutes later against Hajduk Split in Croatia, but they certainly went down fighting, with a fine two one victory on the night, but just not enough as they exited on a three two aggregate.
St Patrick's Athletic suffer Champions League defeat...23/07/2014
St Patrick's Athletic suffered a comprehensive five nil UEFA Champions League defeat on Wednesday eveningagainst Polish champions Legia Warsaw in the second round second leg in Tallaght Stadium. Last week's first leg in Warsaw ended in a one all draw and offered hope of progression for the 'Saints', but it was not to be with the extra class of Legia proving a bridge too far.
U19 Women through to UEFA Championship semi-final...21/07/2014
Our Under 19 Women are through to the semi-final stage of the UEFA Women's U19 Championship following this evening's two one victory over Sweden. Having already defeated both Spain and England in Group B, Ireland top the group with maximum points and will now face Holland in the semi-final on Thursday next. Today, Ireland fell behind on eight minutes, but Savannah McCarthy equalised some twelve minutes later and Megan Connolly scored the winner ten minutes from time.
EA Sports Cup quarter-final in Tallaght Stadium tonight...21/07/2014
The one outstanding EA Sports Cup quarter-final took place in Tallaght this evening, when Shamrock Rovers defeated Cork City by two goals to nil and will now meet Bohemian in the semi-final.
Summer 2014 Irish releases and transfers
The current UK transfer window will conclude on Saturday 30th August 2014. Several Irish players have all been involved in some form of transfer or release during the summer period. Currently top of the impact list is the free transfer of Paul Green from Leeds United to newly promoted Championside side Rotherham United on a two year contract, while Keiren Westwood has also been released by Sunderland and signed a two year contract, with Sheffield Wednesday. Disappointment surrounds Sean St Ledger, released by Leicester City and still without a club. Two players, midfielder Stephen Gleeson and defender Gavin Gunning have joined Birmingham City from MK Dons and Dundee United respectively and could yet emerge as candidates for senior international selection.
Dundalk restore Airtricity Premier Division leadership...19/07/2014
Following their midweek Europe League disappointment, Dundalk returned to domestic action on Sunday evening when they defeated Athlone Town by two goals to nil in Oriel Park. Victory over the Midlands side, enabled them to resume leadership of the Airtricity Premier Division.
Setanta bring Airtricity League live from Turner's Cross...18/07/2014
Setanta Ireland brought live coverage of the Airtricity Premier Division contest which saw Cork City come from behind to secure a two one victory over ten man UCD in Turner's Cross this evening and return to the summit of the league table. There was one other Airtricity League Premier fixture this evening, which ended in a three nil victory for visitors Shamrock Rovers over Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds.
U19 Women defeat England at UEFA Championship...18/07/2014
Following their opening victory over Spain, our Under 19 Women continued their UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals challenge when they came from behind to defeat England by two goals to one in Norway this Friday evening. Ireland trailed at half-time, but second half goals from Savannah McCarthy and substitute Keeva Keenan earned victory.
Champions League incentive for St Patrick's Athletic...18/07/2014
The draw for the third round of the UEFA Champions League, made today in Nyon, has paired the winners of the St Patrick's Athletic/ Legia Warsaw tie with the winners of the Glasgow Celtic/ KR Reykjavik contest. The 'Saints' will now have further incentive to build on their excellent one all draw in Warsaw on Wednesday evening, with the Glasgow side, holding a one nil advantage from the away leg, favourites to prevail.
Europa League third round draws made today...18/07/2014
The draw for the third round of the Europa League was also made today in Nyon. The winners of the Sligo Rovers/Rosenberg tie will face Turkish side Kardemir Karabukspor while the victors from the Shakhtyor Soligorsk/Derry City contest will meet either SV Zulte Waregem (Belgium) or Zawisza Bydgoszcz (Poland). Should Dundalk recover their two nil deficit at Hajduk Split, they will meet the winners of the FK Atlantis (Lithuania)/ FC Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan) tie.
Europa League disappointment for Derry City & Dundalk...17/07/2014
There was disappointment for two of our three representatives in the Europa League, in tonight's second round, first leg contests. Derry City went down to the only goal at home to FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus in the Brandywell, while Dundalk lost by two goals to nil against Croatian giants Hajduk Split in Oriel Park.
Sligo Rovers shock Rosenberg in Europa League...17/07/2014
Sligo Rovers, the first of our three representatives in the Europa League this evening, have secured a stunning two one away victory against Rosenberg of Norway. Second half goals from Alan Keane and Danny North put the 'Bit o' Red' in command but the concession of a goal nine minutes from time will make the return leg in the Showgrounds next Thursday evening a tense, but nevertheless event not to be missed.
Other Europa League contests played on Thursday...17/07/2014
The first legs in the second qualifying round of the Europpa League on Thursday evening, saw Irish League representatives Linfield secure a one nil home victory over AIK of Sweden but Crusaders crashed to a four nil away defeat by another Swedish side, Brommapojkarna. The three Scottish representatives all drew, St Johnstone (1-1 at Lucerne in Switzerland) , Aberdeen (0-0 at home to Groningen of Holland) and Motherwell (two all, at home to Stjarnan from Iceland).
Airtricity trio continue Europa League campaigns...17/07/2014
Having progressed through Round One, our three representatives in the Europa League are set for second round, first leg action on Thursday evening. Derry City will host FC Shakhtyor of Belarus in the Brandywell at 7.45pm, while at the same time, Dundalk take on Croatian giants Hajduk Split in Oriel Park. Our third representatives Sligo Rovers travel to Norway, where they face Rosenberg at 6pm (Irish Time).
St Patrick's Athletic in Champions League action...16/07/2014
2013 Airtricity Premier Division champions St Patrick's Athletic commenced their Champions League involvement with an excellent performance against Legia Warsaw which ended in a one all draw in the Stadion Wojska Polskiego this evening. The 'Saints' were on top in the first half and opened the scoring on thirty nine minutes through Christy Fagan. The hosts provided a tougher second period, which ultimately paid dividends, with the equaliser in added time. The second leg in Tallaght Stadium next Wednesday evening promises to be quite an occasion.