Summer 2016 Releases and Transfers
The current UK transfer window officially commenced on the 1st July 2016 and is set to conclude at 6pm on Thursday the 1st September 2016. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the impact list at this juncture are the moves of exciting wide player Callum O'Dowda from Oxford United to Bristol City, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Charlton Athletic to Nottingham Forest, defender John Egan from Gillingham to Brentford and forwards Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City to Preston North End) and Anthony Stokes (Glasgow Celtic to Blackburn Rovers) all on three year contracts. The progress of twenty year old midfielder Jack Byrne, on a twelve month loan at Blackburn Rovers from Manchester City, is also one to watch with interest.
Dundalk set for Champions League third round action...25/07/2016
Our 2015 Airtricity League Champions Dundalk are set for UEFA Champions League third qualifying round action on Tuesday evening when they face FC Bate Borisov (Belarus) in the away leg at 7pm (Irish time). The sides met in last year's competition with the Belarussian side eliminating the 'Lilywhites' on a two one aggregate scoreline.
Airtricity Premier League contest on Saturday evening...23/07/2016
Longford Town, four points adrift at the foot of the Airtricity League Premier Division, reduced the gap with a point from a two all draw with Sligo Rovers in the City Calling Stadium this Saturday evening.
Airtricity Premier League action on Friday night...22/07/2016
Bohemian went down to a one nil home defeat by third place Derry City in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Friday evening with eir Sport bringing live coverage of the 8pm kick-off. Meanwhile Galway United scored a four two success over Wexford Youths in Eamonn Deacy Park.
Cork City and St Patrick's Athletic in European action...21/07/2016
Our two successful first round victors, Cork City and St Patrick's Athletic were in second round Europa League action on Thursday evening. Cork City scored the only goal through Kevin O'Connor on twenty six minutes to secure a 2-1 aggregate success over BK Hacken of Sweden in Turner's Cross. There was disappontment for St Patrick's Athletic who went down to a one nil home defeat by Dinamo Minsk of Belarus to exit the competition on a two one aggregate scoreline. Cork City will travel to face KRC Genk (Belgium ) in the third round first leg next week.
Dundalk through to Champions League third round...20/07/2016
Following their one all home leg draw with Icelandic champions FH Hafnarfjordur, our 2015 Airtricity League Champions Dundalk came from behind and overcame a 50th minute penalty miss in their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round second leg contest in the Kaplakrikavollur Stadium this evening to score twice through David McMillan and, despite conceding an equaliser on the night, go through to face FC Bate Borisov (Belarus) in the third qualifying round on the away goals rule.
Airtricity League action on Saturday evening...16/07/2016
Relegation threatened Bray Wanderers improved their survival prospects in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Saturday evening when they secured a one nil victory over visitors Finn Harps. In the First Division, runaway leaders Limerick continued their title march with a two nil home victory over Cobh Ramblers while Shelbourne defeated visitors Cabinteely by two goals to one in Tolka Park.
Airtricity Premier League action on Friday night...15/07/2016
Third place Derry City consolidated their position with a four nil home victory over Longford Town in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Friday evening, while Shamrock Rovers defeated fierce rivals Bohemian by three goals to one in Tallaght Stradium. The First Division saw Drogheda United score the only goal to defeat visitors Athlone Town while UCD overcame Waterford United by two goals to one at the Bowl.
Cork City and St Patrick's Athletic in European action...14/07/2016
Our two successful first round victors, Cork City and St Patrick's Athletic were in second round Europa League action early this Thursday evening. Cork City travelled to Sweden where they played out a one all draw with BK Hacken. The goal, a penalty converted by Sean Maguire, was his third in the competition, all from the spot. St Patrick's Athletic travelled to Belarus to take on Dinamo Minsk in their Traktor Stadium and secured an excellent one all draw, with Christy Fagan the goalscorer. Both Irish sides will be hopeful of further progress when they play the home legs next week.
Dundalk commence Champions League voyage...13/07/2016
2015 Airtricity League Champions Dundalk entered the UEFA Champions League at the second qualifying round stage when they took on Icelandic champions FH Hafnarfjordur on Wednesday evening in Oriel Park in the first leg of the tie. The match ended in a one all draw which means the 'Lilywhites' face a difficult challenge in Iceland next week.
Portugal - 2016 European Champions...10/07/2016
Portugal are champions of Europe following their extra-time victory over host nation France in the Stade de France this evening. Despite the very early loss through injury of their captain Christiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese united as a team and gave a disciplined defensive performance capped by a splendid individual goal from Swansea City stiker Eder, a seventy ninth minute substitute, four minutes into the second period of extra-time.
One Airtricity Premier Division contest on Sunday...10/07/2016
Following their Europa League progress on Thursday evening, Cork City travelled to Ferrycarrig Park where they scored the only goal to defeat hosts Wexford Youths and maintain their title challenge in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Sunday afternoon.
Airtricity League action on Saturday evening...09/07/2016
Fresh from their Europa League progress on Tuesday evening, St Patrick's Athletic travelled to face Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Saturday evening where they went down to a one nil defeat. In the First Division, Cobh Ramblers defeated visitors Drogheda United by two goals to one in St Colman's Park.
Two Airtricity Premier Division contests on Friday night...08/07/2016
Bohemian played out a scoreless draw with visitors Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Friday evening while up in Ballybofey, Finn Harps scored the only goal to defeat visitors Galway United in the only other contest.
EURO 2016 - Second semi-final on Thursday evening...07/07/2016
The Stade Velodrome in Marseille hosted the second semi-final of EURO 2016 on Thursday evening when Germany were defeated by host nation France in a real heavyweight contest. Despite dominating possession, Germany offered very little goal threat and conceded a penalty on the stroke of half time, converted by the excellent Antoine Griezmann who added a second on seventy two minutes to secure victory for the host nation and a final date with Portugal in Paris next Sunday evening.
Shamrock Rovers and Cork City in Europa League action...07/07/2016
Cork City secured their passage to the next round of the Europa League when a one all draw with visitors Linfield in Turner's Cross this evening secured a two one aggregate victory and a second qualifying round date with BK Hacken of Sweden. Shamrock Rovers, under the guidance of temporary manager Stephen Bradley, earned a one all draw against RoPS Rovaniemi in Finland but exit the competition following their first leg defeat.
EURO 2016 - First semi-final this Wednesday evening...06/07/2016
The Stade de Lyon hosted the opening semi-final of EURO 2016 this Wednesday evening when Portugal defeated surprise packet Wales by two goals to nil. The contest did not sparkle and largely hinged around the respective performance of Real Madrid team mates Gareth Bale and Christiano Ronaldo with the latter scoring the opener and creating the second to shade the individual contest.
St Patrick's Athletic in Europa League action...05/07/2016
St Patrick's Athletic are through to the second qualifying round of the 2017 UEFA Europa League despite a two one defeat in Luxembourg against AS Jeunesse Esch in the second leg of their first qualifying round contest late this afternoon. The 'Saints' held a one nil advantage from the home first leg and go through on the away goals rule. They will now meet the winners of the tie between FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) and Spartaks Jurmala (Latvia) with Dinamo holding a two one advantage from their home first leg.