Fund Raising - Charity Quiz - Friday 27 January 2017
The Club's nominated charity for the year commencing 1 July 2016 is 'Beating Bowel Cancer' and we seek the continued support of our members, their friends and the broad business community, in order to raise funds for another worthy cause. Patron of the charity is another Irish footballing hero, Kevin Sheedy and our primary fundraising event, the Annual Charity Quiz, is set for Friday 27 January 2017.
Airtricity League contests set for Tuesday evening...27/09/2016
Cork City, currently seven points adrift of Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Dundalk, play their match in hand at home to Galway United this Tuesday evening and are likely to be desperate for victory. The Brandywell hosts the appetising meeting of fourth place Derry City and the one point better off Shamrock Rovers in third place. Mid-table sides St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers also come together in Richmond Park.
International auditions on Championship Tuesday night...27/09/2016
With Ireland manager Martin O'Neill set to reduce his provisional thirty three man squad later this week, the Championship on Tuesday evening may offer some the opportunity to catch the eye. The uncapped Conor Hourihane is set to be in action for Barnsley who play host to Aston Villa while surprise selection Stephen Gleeson of Birmingham City will face Preston North End loanee Aiden McGeady who seems to be finding some form. Callum O'Dowda has made a positive impact during his recent international involvement and would welcome a starting opportunity for Bristol City who entertain Leeds United and Eunan O'Kane at Ashton Gate.
Monday evening action in the Premier League...26/09/2016
Transfer window signing Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring for Burnley in their two nil victory over Watford at Turf Moor in this evening's Premier League contest. Left back Stephen Ward was also in their starting eleven.
More Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...25/09/2016
Shane Long only played a fifteen minute cameo from the Southampton bench at the London Olympic Stadium where his side defeated new tenants West Ham United by three goals to nil in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Despite keeping a clean sheet in the midweek League Cup victory over Accrington Stanley, goalkeeper Darren Randolph also found himself back on the substitute bench for the hosts.
Scottish Premier League on Sunday afternoon...25/09/2016
Jonny Hayes, named in Martin O'Neill's preliminary Ireland squad for the upcoming WC 2018 qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, scored for his club Aberdeen in their two one Scottish Premier Division victory over Glasgow Rangers early this afternoon. The winning goal was scored in added time by teenage midfielder James Maddison who is on loan from Norwich City and understood to be eligible for Ireland.
Airtricity League contests on Saturday evening...24/09/2016
Cork City once again stumbled in their Airtricity League Premier Division challenge when they were held to a scoreless draw by Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds this Saturday evening. The 'Bit o' Red' have proven to be something of a bogey side for the 'Rebels' this season restricting them to just two points from a possible nine. In the First Division, Cobh Ramblers having seen a chink of possible promotion light following the recent falterings of UCD increased the pressure on the 'Students' with a three one victory over visitors Waterford United to reduce the gap to just one point.
Premier League activity on Saturday afternoon...24/09/2016
Harry Arter returned to the AFC Bournemouth starting eleven for their one nil victory over visitors Everton and Seamus Coleman in the Premier League this afternoon. Hull City midfielder David Meyler was an early introduction from the substitute bench and scored at Liverpool, but his side reduced to ten men early on were crushed by five goals to one. Shay Given also found himself on the bench but Glenn Whelan returned to the Stoke City starting eleven in their one allo draw with visitors West Bromwich Albion who included James McClean in their starting eleven. Despite his midweek efforts, John O'Shea returned to the Sunderland bench for the visit of Crystal Palace and international retiree Damian Delaney, who came from two goals down to record a three two success.
Significant Irish involvement in Championship...24/09/2016
There were a number of current or potential Irish internationals in Championship action today. Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, named in Martin O'Neill's extended Ireland squad for the first time, was in the side which lost by two goals to nil at Brighton & Hove Albion where Shane Duffy was in opposition. Following his excellent midweek League Cup performance, Callum O'Dowda will have been disappointed to be back on the Bristol City bench at Fulham as the sides met for the second time this week. The visitors reprised their cup success with a four nil victory. Stephen Gleeson was perhaps an unexpected inclusion in the international squad and he started for Birmingham City in their one all draw at Queens Park Rangers where emerging youngster Olamide Shodipo returned to the starting eleven. The rumblings surrounding Brentford striker Scott Hogan are likely to continue and he together with defender John Egan started their three one defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers where two more disappointed hopefuls, Matt Doherty, who started, and late substitute Joe Mason were in opposition. Ciaran Clark starts for Newcastle United in the late kick-off at Aston Villa but Daryl Murphy is not in the matchday squad.
Martin O'Neill names thirty three man squad...23/09/2016
Martin O'Neill has this morning announced a thirty three man Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming WC 2018 qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova and confirmed that he has now signed his own contract. There are two newcomers in the squad, regular U21 goalkeeper Danny Rogers, currently on loan at Falkirk from Aberdeen and Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane. Shane Duffy returns following suspension while there are recalls for Kevin Doyle, Stephen Gleeson, Jonathan Hayes and Anthony Pilkington.
Airtricity League action on Friday evening...23/09/2016
Following their Tuesday night stumble, Dundalk returned to winning ways with a three one home victory over Derry City in the Airtricity League Premier Division this evening in front of the live RTE 2 cameras. Bohemian scored the only goal to defeat visitors Longford Town in Dalymount Park while Shamrock Rovers overcame Galway United in Tallaght Stadium by four goals to two. Wexford Youths went down to a three one defeat by Bray Wanderers in Ferrycarrig Park, while the Finn Harps and St Patrick's Athletic match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Football League Cup 3rd Round action on Wednesday...21/09/2016
The third round of the Football League Cup continued on Wednesday evening with a number of Irishmen in action. Fulham entertained Bristol City for whom Callum O'Dowda set up both goals in their two one victory. QPR went down to a two one defeat by visitors Sunderland for whom veteren defender John O'Shea completed ninety minutes. Darren Randolph started for West Ham United who scored six minutes into added time to defeat League Two side Accrington Stanley who were captained by former Sligo Rovers defender Seamus Conneely. Stoke City continued their dismal run with a two one home defeat by Hull City for whom David Meyler started at right back. Shane Long was in action for Southampton who progressed to the next round with a two nil defeat of visitors Crystal Palace.
Airtricity League contest live on RTE 2 this evening...20/09/2016
RTE 2 brought live coverage of this evening's Airtricity League Premier Division contest between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers in Oriel Park. The 'Lilywhites' were dominant throughout but a very resilient defensive display from the visiting 'Hoops' secured a valuable point in a one all draw. Dundalk now lead the table by five points from Cork City who have a game in hand.