Joe Kilkenny - RIP - Funeral Arrangements
Following the sad passing of long standing club member Joe Kilkenny on the 18th March 2015, we can now confirm the funeral arrangements. Removal will take place on Monday the 20th April 2015 from Paines Funeral Home, 29, Coombe Road, Norbiton KT2 7AY to arrive at St Agatha's Church, 1 Wyndham Road, KT2 5JR at 5pm. Mass will be offered at 11am on Tuesday the 21st April 2015 followed by burial at Bonner Cemetary, off Hawkws Road, KT1 3EX. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.
Match Series Nine in 2015 SSE Airtricity League...20/04/2015
Another full complement of six matches is set to take place at 7.45pm on Monday evening in Match Series Nine of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League season. Defending champions and current leaders Dundalk take on Galway United in Oriel Park while second place Cork City host Longford Town at Turner's Cross. Bray Wanderers will be aiming to maintain their recent revival when Shamrock Rovers visit the Carlisle Grounds while bottom side Limerick will be seeking a lift when they host Derry City in Jackman Park. St Patrick's Athletic entertain Drogheda United in Richmond Park while Sligo Rovers manager Owen Heary awaits the visit of his former club Bohemian to the Showgrounds.
Irish in victory charge to FA Cup Final..19/04/2015
Aston Villa will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 30th May 2015. The 'Villians' came from behind to defeat Liverpool by two goals to one in the second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this afternoon. Villa had Shay Given in their starting eleven while teenager Jack Grealish also started and gave a hugely impressive display being crucially involved in both Villa goals. The knee injury sustained by Ciaran Clark in the League victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend ruled him out of contention, but with his replacement today Nathan Baker suffering a similiar injury, the battle to be fit for the final is on.
Disappointment for Irish in Wembley FA Cup semi-final..18/04/2015
The first of this year's FA Cup semi-finals saw Arsenal defeat Reading by two goals to one after extra-time at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. The Championship underdogs had Alex Pearce in their starting eleven while Simon Cox was introduced as a very late substitute. Defender Stephen Kelly was an unused substitute.
Premier League action beckons for Irish internationals...18/04/2015
Saturday's reduced Premier League programme featured several Irish internationals. Everton had Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in their starting eleven while Aiden McGeady was an unused substitute in their one nil victory over visitors Burnley, for whom Stephen Ward was an unused substitute. The Stoke City duo of Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan started while Marc Wilson was an unused substitute in their two one defeat of Southampton, for whom Shane Long was a late substitute.
Championship fervour set to continue on Saturday...18/04/2015
The engrossing battle for promotion continues to illuminate the Championship and two clubs with automatic promotion very much in focus, AFC Bournemouth (Harry Arter) and Watford (Tommie Hoban) returned to the top two positions following home contests, against Sheffield Wednesday (Keiren Westwood) and Birmingham City (Darren Randolph) respectively. Watford scored the only goal and go top, while AFC Bournemouth were held to a two all draw. Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie) remain focussed on the play-off positions following their four all draw at Huddersfield Town, while similar thoughts abound at Ipswich Town (Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick) who drew one each at fellow contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Carrow Road scene of seminal Championship contest...17/04/2015
Wes Hoolihan and his Norwich City colleagues dropped to fourth in the Championship table following this evening's one nil home defeat by Middlesbrough, who climb to the summit, at least for tonight.
Match Series Eight in 2015 SSE Airtricity League...17/04/2015
A full complement of six matches took place on Friday evening in Match Series Eight of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League season. Dublin rivals Bohemian and St Patrick's Athletic met in Dalymount Park, with the Inchicore side scoring the only goal for victory. In the Brandywell, Derry City and Bray Wanderers played out a scoreless draw while United Park witnessed hosts Drogheda United go down by two goals to one against visitors Cork City. Struggling sides, Galway United and Limerick went head to head in Eamonn Deacy Park with the hosts prevailing by three goals to two. City Calling Stadium saw Longford Town and Sligo Rovers play out a one all draw. In a dramatic contest at Tallaght Stadium, Shamrock Rovers recovered a two goal deficit to earn a draw with defending champions and current leaderes Dundalk. The visitors took a two goal lead in front of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with goals immediately before and after half time but the the dismissal of visiting goalkeeper Gary Rogers shortly afterwards changed the complexion of matters. Michael Drennan converted the resultant penalty and scored the equaliser later in the half..
Ireland clinch Centenary Shield in the Showgrounds...17/04/2015
The Republiuc of Ireland Schools clinched the 2015 Centenary Shield with a one nil victory over England in the Sligo Showgrounds on Friday evening. Their third successive victory guaranteed the 2015 Championship for Ireland, who travel to face Scotland in Edinburgh next Thursday.
Disappointment turns to euphoria for U17 Women...16/04/2015
The acute disappointment of our U17 Women's team following Tuesday's scoreless draw with Hungary, was replaced with euphoria today as the management and squad received confirmation that they would qualify for the 2015 European Championship Finals to be hosted by Iceland as the best runner-up. The finals tournament will take place between the 22nd June and the 4th July and the group draw for the eight nation event takes place in Reykjavik at 12.30pm (Irish time) on Wednesday the 29th April 2015.
Ireland U15s and Holland in Limerick double header...16/04/2015
Our U15 fledglings, guided by Colin O'Brien, took on Holland in a Limerick double header this week. Ireland secured a deserved one nil victory at Janesboro FC on Tuesday evening courtesy of an Aaron Connolly strike. The sides faced each other at Pike Rovers FC on Thursday, with the remaining squad members in action. The Dutch exacted revenge in a three one victory, with Aaron McColgan scoring for Ireland.
Wednesday evening in Championship dogfight...15/04/2015
The riveting Championship run-in continued on Wednesday evening when promotion contenders Watford, with our U21 captain Tommie Hoban introduced from the substitute bench on the hour mark, defeated hosts Nottingham Forest by three goals to one to return to third position. U21 colleague Sean Kavanagh also found himself on the bench this evening for Fulham who played out a one all draw with visitors Rotherham United, for whom senior international Paul Green was an unused substitute.
Championship countdown continues on Tuesday night...14/04/2015
With just three series of matches remaining after tonight, the Championship promotion battle continues to rage. Current leaders AFC Bournemouth (Harry Arter) secured a one nil victory at Reading (Alex Pearce) on Tuesday evening as their hosts may have been focussed on their FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Second place Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan) prevailed by two goals to nil at unpredictable Leeds United while fourth place Middlersbrough defeated visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers by two goals to one. Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick) consolidated their fifth position with a four nil success over doomed Blackpool, while Manager Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town (Daryl Murphy) side, having climbed into sixth place, maintained their position with a three one victory over visitors Cardiff City, with Murphy again finding the net.
High Noon - bitter disappointment for U17 Women...14/04/2015
Our Under 17 Women suffered bitter disappointment as they completed their challenge in the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Championship at noon in Turner's Cross this afternoon with a scoreless draw against Hungary. The failure to score a winning goal against the bottom side allowed England, two nil victors over Holland, to top the Group and qualify for the Championship Finals.
U17 Women draw with Holland in Elite contest...11/04/2015
Following their excellent two nil victory over England in their opening group encounter, our Under 17 Women continued their challenge in the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Championship in Turner's Cross this Saturday afternoon when they played out a scoreless draw with Holland, five one victors over Hungary in their opener. In the other group game, England and Hungary face each other in St Colman's Park, Cobh at 7pm this evening. The mini-group will reach it's climax at noon on Tuesday when Ireland face Hungary in Turner's Cross while Holland and England face off in St Colman's Park, Cobh.
Under 17 Women claim opening UEFA Elite victory...09/04/2015
Guided by Head Coach Dave Connell, our Under 17 Women opened their challenge in the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Championship with a two nil victory over England in Turner's Cross this evening. First half goals from Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Saorise Noonan created the platform for success and a resilient second half performance underpinned victory. Ireland next meet Holland in Turner's Cross at 3pm on Saturday.
Draw for UEFA U17 Finals made this afternoon...02/04/2015
The draw for the Finals of the 2015 UEFA U17 Championship took place this afternoon in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Pomorie. Ireland have been drawn in Group D together with Holland, Italy and England. The finals will be hosted by Bulgaria commencing on Wednesday the 6th May 2015 with the final set for Friday the 22nd May 2015. The Group match schedule will be published shortly.
Draw for UEFA Regions Cup Finals made this afternoon...30/03/2015
The draw for the eight nation Finals of the 2015 UEFA Regions Cup was made in Dublin this afternoon. The finals will be hosted by Ireland in Dublin commencing on Friday the 26th June 2015 with the final set for Saturday the 4th July 2015. Ireland have been drawn in Group A together with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Turkey. Group B comprises Croatia, Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland.