NewDomestic action this weekend…25/10/2021


Both FAI Cup Semi-Finals took place this  Friday evening with Bohemian scoring the only goal in the closing minutes to defeat Waterford in Dalymount Park while St Patrick’s Athletic defeated Dundalk by three goals to one  in Richmond Park.

There were two Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played this Saturday evening with already relegated Longford Town giving the champions in waiting Shamrock Rovers a tough time in Bishopsgate before losing to the only goal. At the same time North West rivals Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers met in Finn Park where the hosts were reduced  to ten men with a red  card after just four minutes. The visitors took a two goal lead in the second half but were reined in by their battling hosts who scored  twice in the closing stages to earn a point.
Drogheda United will play host to Derry City at 2pm on Sunday afternoon while on Monday evening, FAI Cup semi-final sides  Bohemian and Waterford will again lock horns in Dalymount Park while the other semi-final duo St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk clash again in Richmond Park. 

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shamrock Rovers        32 21  6  5  50 23   27   69
St Patrick’s Athletic  30 16  5  9  47 34   13   53
Sligo Rovers           31 13  8 10  36 29    7   47
Derry City             30 12  9  9  41 36    5   45
Bohemian               30 12  7 11  50 38   12   43
Drogheda United        30 11  7 12  42 36    6   40
Dundalk                31 10  9 12  39 43   -4   39
Finn Harps             31 10  8 13  36 46  -10   38
Waterford              30 11  3 16  29 47  -18   36
Longford Town(R)       31  2  8 21
  20 58  -38   14

 

The two postponed Airtricity League First Division fixtures involving the four sides who will contest the promotion play-offs were played on Friday evening with second place Galway United defeating fifth place Bray Wanderers with the only goal in Eamonn Deacy Park while third place UCD overcame fourth place Treaty United by two goals to one at The Bowl.  

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shelbourne             26 16  8  2  48 22   26   56
Galway United          26 15  6  5  39 22   17   51
UCD                    26 13  6  7  54 37   17   45
Treaty United          26 10  9  7  34 27    7   39
Bray Wanderers         26  9 10  7  34 27    7   37
Athlone Town           26  9  6 11  32 42  -10   33
Cork City              26  7  9 10  34 28    6   30
Cabinteely             26  8  1 17  26 45  -19   25
Cobh Ramblers          26  7  4 15  23 45  -22   25
Wexford                26  5  3 18  25 54  -29   18

NewWeekend action at home and abroad…24/10/2021


Saturday

The early kick-off in the Premier League saw Norwich City  crash to a seven nil defeat at Chelsea. Andrew Omobamidele was a 69th minute substitute for the ‘Canaries’ while Adam Idah was unused on the substitute bench. Later in the afternoon, Ciaran Clark started and Jeff Hendrick was unused on the bench for Newcastle United who played out a one all draw at Crystal Palace. The fit again Seamus Coleman returned to the Everton side for the visit of Watford to Goodison Park where the ‘Toffees’ led twice before a late collapse which saw the ‘Hornets’ score four times for a five two victory. Southampton welcomed Burnley and their Irish duo of Nathan Collins who started and Kevin Long who was unused on the bench to St Mary’s Stadium where they played out a two all draw. Their was a 5.30pm kick-off for the Amex Stadium meeting of Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City with Shane Duffy and Aaron Connolly both unused on the host’s substitute bench as they suffered  a four one defeat.

Mick McCarthy and his struggling Cardiff City side went down to a two nil defeat by Middlesbrough in the Championship with  James Collins and Mark McGuinness  included in the ‘Blues’ starting eleven. Birmingham City included Scott Hogan in their side for the visit of Swansea City for whom  Ryan Manning started after his midweek injury absence while another injury victim Michael Obafemi returned  on the bench.. The host ‘Blues’ secured  a two one victory with the ‘Swans’ goal scored by 57th minute substitute Obafemi with the assist from Manning. Alan Browne and his Preston North End colleagues made the short journey to face local rivals Blackpool where they went down to a two nil defeat. Browne was dismissed in added time for a second bookable offence.  Current leaders AFC Bournemouth included Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny in their starting eleven for their three nil defeat of  visitors Huddersfield Town while recent signing Robbie Brady is not yet ready to be involved. Derby County included Festy Ebosele in their starting eleven with Louie Watson unused on the bench for their one all draw at Coventry City. Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics started for Peterborough United while West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry was a 67th minute substitute as they came from behind to defeat visitors QPR for whom Jimmy Dunne. was in central defence. West Bromwich Albion included Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby in their starting eleven with Callum Robinson introduced from the bench on 61 minutes as they defeated visitors Bristol City and their 64th minute substitute Callum O’Dowda by three goals to nil.

Portsmouth, with Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu on goalkeeping duty, have conceded eight goals in their last two League One matches and were desperate to recover some form when they visited Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon. An early goal from Ronan Curtis set them on their way but their hosts responded scoring twice and looked like taking the points but Marcus Harness scored  an equaliser four minutes from time. Also on the road were James McClean and Will Keane whose Wigan Athletic journied to AFC Wimbledon where they secured  a two nil victory with McClean scoring the second goal. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott had a bright start for MK Dons but found himself relegated to the substitute bench for their Tuesday night victory at Wigan Athletic and was again on the bench against visitors Rotherham United until the 64th minute. Chiedoze Ogbene was on the bench for the ‘Millers’ last two fixtures but he started this afternoon as his side eased to a three nil victory. U21 striker Joshua Kayode was again unused on the ‘Millers’ substitute bench. Striker Anthony Scully started for Lincoln City who played out a one all draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Young left back Dennis Cirkin started for Sunderland who went down to surprise one nil defeat by visitors Charlton Athletic at the Stadium of Light. Wycombe Wanderers secured a two one victory over visitors Crewe Alexandra with  Daryl Horgan unused on their substitute bench.    

Sunday

NewSenior Women commence 2023 World Cup campaign…21/10/2021


Our Senior Women, under the guidance of Head Coach Vera Pauw, commenced their 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign with a one nil defeat by top seeds and world Number 2 ranked Sweden in Tallaght Stadium this Thursday evening.

The team was set up in a solid 4-5-1 formation and stuck valiantly to their task for the full 90+6 minutes. The goal which defeated us came on 39 minutes and was an extremely unfortunate ‘own goal’ from Louise Quinn.

The ‘Player of the Match’ award went to goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan and while none could be faulted for commitment and effort there were sterling performers in midfielder Lucy Quinn who was earning just her second cap, Denise O’Sullivan and captain Katie McCabe.

The squad will now re-group and travel to take on second seeds Finland in the Olympic Stadium at 4.15pm next Tuesday afternoon with RTE 2 and RTE Player bringing live coverage from Helsinki.

Team: Courtney Brosnan; Jamie Finn, Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Savannah McCarthy; Aine O’Gorman, Lucy Quinn, Megan Connolly, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe(C); Heather Payne
Substitutes:

Amber Barrett for Finn 74′
Leanne Kiernan for Payne 74′
Saoirse Noonan for Lucy Quinn 90’+3′

Squad

Goalkeepers: Eve Badana (DLR Waves), Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Amanda Budden (Shelbourne), Grace Moloney (Reading)
Defenders:  Diane Caldwell (North Carolina Courage), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Eabha O’Mahony (Boston College), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire Walsh (Glasgow City)
Midfielders: Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford WFC), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ciara Grant (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Roma McLaughlin (Central Connecticut State), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Amber Barrett (FC Koln),  Rianna Jarrett London City Lionesses), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)

NewMidweek action at home and abroad…22/10/2021


Friday (22nd)
Both FAI Cup Semi-Finals took place this  Friday evening with Bohemian scoring the only goal in the closing minutes to defeat Waterford in Dalymount Park while St Patrick’s Athletic defeated Dundalk by three goals to one  in Richmond Park.

Fortuna Sittard loanee Ryan Johansson was an unused substitute when his side played out a one all draw at Willem 11 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Friday evening.

Wednesday (20th)
Fulham inflicted more pain on misfiring Cardiff City with a two nil Championship victory at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening. Visiting manager Mick McCarthy, who is under serious pressure, included Mark McGuinness and Joel Bagan in his starting eleven while James Collins was a 66th minute substitute. Hull City went down to a two one defeat by visitors Peterborough United who included Jack Taylor, who scored  the opening goal, and Sam Szmodics in their starting eleven with West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry introduced from the substitute bench on 79 minutes. Preston North End included captain Alan Browne in their starting eleven with Greg  Cunningham unused on the bench as they came from behind to secure a two one victory over  visitors Coventry City. Ryan Manning was rested by Swansea City who recovered  from the concession of a goal inside the first minute to defeat visitors West Bromwich Albion by two goals to one at the Liberty Stadium. Callum Robinson and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby started for the ‘Baggies’ with Robinson providing the assist for that early goal. but both were withdrawn during the second half.

Tuesday (19th)
Liverpool included Caoimhin Kelleher on their bench for their Champions League Group B visit to Atletico Madrid where they emerged victorious by three goals to two in a dramatic encounter.    

Glasgow Celtic defeated Ferencvaros of Hungary by two goals to nil at Parkhead in the  Europa League
Group G on Tuesday afternoon with Liam Scales introduced from the substitute bench on 75 minutes while James McCarthy remains on the injury list.


Bristol City introduced Callum O’Dowda from the substitute bench on 83 minutes as they conceded twice in added time to suffer a two one defeat by visitors Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate in the Championship on Tuesday evening. Derby County named Jason Knight in their starting eleven for the Pride Park visit of Luton Town which ended in a two all draw. Knight provided  the assist for the opening goal and scored  the second for the ‘Rams’. Festy Ebosele replaced Knight for the final few minutes of the match while Louie Watson was unused on the substitute bench. Bramall Lane hosted the meeting of Sheffield United and Millwall with John Egan, Enda Stevens and Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane included in the hosts starting eleven as was retired international David McGoldrick. Hourihane was withdrawn on 38 minutes and McGoldrick on 67 minutes as the ‘Blades’, who were reduced to ten men early in the second half, suffered  a two one defeat. Stoke City went down to a one nil defeat by table topping visitors AFC Bournemouth who included Mark Travers and  Gavin Kilkenny in their starting eleven. The ‘Cherries’ have also announced the signing of Robbie Brady until the end of the season with an option to extend his stay. 


Lincoln City included Anthony Scully in their starting eleven as they suffered  a surprise one nil home defeat by visitors AFC Wimbledon in League One. Portsmouth included Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu and Ronan Curtis in their starting eleven as they suffered  a crushing four nil home defeat by visitors Ipswich Town. Chiedoze Ogbene was a 27th minute substitute while Joshua Kayode remained on the Rotherham United substitute bench for the scoreless draw with visitors Wycombe Wanderers who included Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven.  Wigan Athletic included James McClean and Will Keane in their starting eleven as they suffered  a two one home defeat by visitors MK Dons for whom Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott was an 86th minute substitute. Warren O’Hora and Peter Kioso, who scored again, started for the victorious ‘Dons’. Mark Sykes , who declared for Ireland last year, scored for Oxford United who defeated visitors Shrewsbury Town by two goals to nil. Midfielder Thomas O’Connor, who scored twice on Saturday for Burton Albion, scored the only goal, direct from a corner kick, for victory at Fleetwood Town. 


Monday (18th)
The Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian on Monday evening in Tallaght Stadium ended in a one all draw with the ‘Hoops’ coming from behind to secure a point despite playing all of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Roberto Lopes three minutes before the half time break. 

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shamrock Rovers        31 20  6  5  49 23   26   66
St Patrick’s Athletic  30 16  5  9  47 34   13   53
Sligo Rovers           30 13  7 10  34 27    7   46
Derry City             30 12  9  9  41 36    5   45
Bohemian               30 12  7 11  50 38   12   43
Drogheda United        30 11  7 12  42 36    6   40
Dundalk                31 10  9 12  39 43   -4   39
Finn Harps             30 10  7 13  34 44  -10   37
Waterford              30 11  3 16  29 47  -18   36
Longford Town          30  2  8 20
  20 57  -37   14

Irish in overseas action this weekend…17/10/2021


Sunday
Ireland and Everton captain Seamus Coleman, having recovered from injury, was in  the starting eleven for this afternoon’s Premier League engagement with West Ham United at Goodison Park which went the way of the visiting ‘Hammers’ by one goal to nil. There were many eyes on St James Park when Newcastle United, under their new stewardship, took on Tottenham Hotspur and they got off to a dream start  with a goal inside three minutes. But that was as good as it got as the visitors took command and scored three times before the hosts got a very late consolation second goal. Ciaran Clark started for the hosts while Jeff Hendrick was unused on the substitute bench. 

There was a noon kick-off time for the Championship meeting of Swansea City and Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium. Ryan Manning, who was forced  to withdraw from our international squad last week, started for the the hosts who secured a three nil victory.  Mark McGuinness started for Mick McCarthy‘s ‘Blues’ who have been misfiring badly in recent weeks. James Collins was a 68th minute substitute for the visitors while Joel Bagan was an unused substitute.

Josh Cullen recovered from the injury he sustained on international duty last week and started for RSC Anderlecht who were held to as two all draw at St -Truidense VV in the Belgian First Division.

Zack Elbouzedi  was in action with AIK Solna who went down to a one nil defeat at Hammarby IF in the Swedish Allsvenskan this Sunday afternoon. 

Saturday
Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher started for Liverpool in their five nil defeat of hosts Watford in the Premier League early on Saturday afternoon and had even less involvement that his international stint last Tuesday evening. Defender Nathan Collins started for Burnley in their two nil defeat at Manchester City while long time injury absentee Kevin Long returned on the substitute bench. Andrew Omobamidele was unused while Adam Idah was a 90th minute substitute as Norwich City played out a scoreless draw with visitors Brighton & Hove Albion who included Shane Duffy in their starting eleven with Aaron Connolly unused on the bench. Shane Long was an unused substitute for Southampton who defeated visitors Leeds United by one goal to nil in St Mary’s Stadium.

Jamie McGrath started alongside loanee Connor Ronan for St Mirren who defeated their hosts Ross County by three goals to two in the Scottish Premiership. Liam Scales was again an unused substitute for Glasgow Celtic who secured a two nil victory at Motherwell. 

Callum O’Dowda started for Bristol City who went down to a two nil defeat by AFC Bournemouth at Ashton Gate in the Championship where Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny both started for the visitors. West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry was an unused substitute for Peterborough United who went down to a two nil defeat at Middlesbrough while midfielder Jack Taylor and Sammy Szmodics, in an unusual striking role, both started for the visitors. Alan Browne started for Preston North End who played out a scoreless draw with visitors Derby County at Deepdale where Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele started for the visiting ‘Rams’ while Louie Watson was an unused substitute.  John Egan and Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United with Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane a 71st minute substitute in their two one defeat of  visitors Stoke City. International retiree David McGoldrick was a 77th minute substitute for the ‘Blades’  set up the first and scored  the winner with an assist from Enda Stevens.

In League One, James McClean scored  twice and set up Will Keane for the opener as Wigan Athletic defeated their hosts Bolton Wanderers by four goals to nil. Daryl Horgan was a 77th minute substitute for Wycombe Wanderers who defeated their hosts Doncaster Rovers by two goals to nil. Anthony Scully started for Lincoln City who defeated visitors Charlton Athletic and Harry Arter by two goals to one.  Chiedoze Ogbene was a54th minute substitute and  Joshua Kayode was introduced on 81 minutes by Rotherham United who defeated visitors Portsmouth and Gavin Bazunu by four goals to one.  Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott started for MK Dons but was withdrawn after 75 minutes of their one nil defeat at Shrewsbury Town.

Friday
Five goal International week striker Callum Robinson started for his his club West Bromwich Albion but was withdrawn at half-time of a very poor
Championship match against Birmingham City at the Hawthorns which the hosts won with the only goal on Friday evening. Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby, who missed the international week through suspension, was a 62nd minute substitute for the ‘Baggies’ while one time Ireland striker hope Scott Hogan started for the visiting ‘Blues’.

There was significant Irish involvement in the League One fixture between Burton Albion and Morecambe at the Pirelli Stadium. The hosts recovered  from the concession of a third minute goal to prevail by three goals to two. Midfielder Thomas O’Connor scored twice for the victors while Conor Shaughnessy scored  the other goal. For the visitors, Anthony O’Connor provided the assist for their late consolation goal while Ryan Delaney was unused on the substitute bench.

 

Full domestic programme on Friday…15/10/2021


There was a full programme of domestic league fixtures completed on Friday evening with champions elect Shamrock Rovers defeating Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium by two goals to nil. Second place St Patrick’s Athletic journied North to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium where they lost to the only goal from fourth place Derry City who move to within one point of Sligo Rovers.  Dalymount Park hosted the meeting of Bohemian and Dundalk which ended in a one all draw while Waterford defeated visitors Finn Harps by four goals to one in the RSC. The remaining match saw Drogheda United defeat relegation bound Longford Town by two goals to nil at Head in the Game Park.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts 
Shamrock Rovers        30 20  5  5  48 22   26   65
St Patrick’s Athletic  30 16  5  9  47 34   13   53
Sligo Rovers           30 13  7 10  34 27    7   46
Derry City             30 12  9  9  41 36    5   45
Bohemian               29 12  6 11  49 37   12   42
Drogheda United        30 11  7 12  42 36    6   40
Dundalk                31 10  9 12  39 43   -4   39
Finn Harps             30 10  7 13  34 44  -10   37
Waterford              30 11  3 16  29 47  -18   36
Longford Town          30  2  8 20
  20 57  -37   14

There was a full set of Airtricity League First Division fixtures played on Friday evening with already crowned champions Shelbourne making the journey South to take on Cobh Ramblers in St Colman’s Park where they suffered  a two nil defeat. Second place Galway United  defeated bottom side Wexford by two goals to one in Eamonn Deacy Park while third place UCD overcame visitors Cork City with the only goa at The Bowl.  Fourth place Treaty United were held to a one all draw by Athlone Town in the Market Field while fifth place Bray Wanderers suffered  a surprise two one defeat by Cabinteely at the Carlisle Grounds.  

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shelbourne             26 16  8  2  48 22   26   56
Galway United          25 14  6  5  38 22   16   48
UCD                    25 12  6  7  52 36   16   42
Treaty United          25 10  9  6  33 25    8   39
Bray Wanderers         25  9 10  6  34 26    8   37
Athlone Town           26  9  6 11  32 42  -10   33
Cork City              26  7  9 10  34 28    6   30
Cabinteely             26  8  1 17  26 45  -19   25
Cobh Ramblers          26  7  4 15  23 45  -22   25
Wexford                26  5  3 18  25 54  -29   18

U17 Women top qualifying group…15/10/2021

 

With progress to the next stage already assured for both , our U17 Women completed their qualification round with a two one victory over  mini-tournament hosts Norway in Sandnes this Friday afternoon. Lia O’Leary gave Ireland the lead on the stroke of half-time but the hosts equalised in the 83rd minute. Ireland refused  to settle for the draw and substitute Joy Ralph scored the winner in the first minute of added time having entered the fray just four minutes earlier.

Team: Summer Lawless; Meabh Russell, Aoibhe Fleming, Heidi Macken, Tara O’Hanlon; Aoife Kelly, Orlaith O’Mahony; Michaela Lawrence; Keri Loughrey, Abbie Larkin (c), Lia O’Leary

Substitutes:
Jodi Loughrey for Kelly 71′
Joy Ralph for K Loughrey 87′

                       P  W  D  L  F  A   G/D  Pts 
Republic of Ireland    3  3  0  0  8  2   6    9
Norway                 3  2  0  1 10  3   7    6
Hungary                3  1  0  2  3  7  -4    3
Bulgaria               3  0  0  3  0  9  -9    0

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Our U17 Women continued their qualification challenge with a three nil victory over  Bulgaria in Sandnes early this Tuesday afternoon. Orlaith O’Mahony gave Ireland the lead on 26 minutes and Ellie Long added a second on 38 minutes in a dominant performance. The score was further embellished in first half added time with a penalty converted by captain Abbie Larkin

Team: Claudia Keenan; Meabh Russell, Aoibhe Fleming, Heidi Macken, Tara O’Hanlon; Ellie O’Brien, Orlaith O’Mahony, Michaela Lawrence; Ellie Long, Abbie Larkin (c), Lia O’Leary

Substitutes:
Jodi Loughrey for O’Hanlon 46′
Heidi O’Sullivan for Larkin 46′
Aoife Kelly for O’Mahony 61′
Katie McCarn for O’Leary 61′
Joy Ralph for Lawrence 81′

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Our Republic of Ireland U17 Women under the guidance of Head Coach James Scott commenced their European Championship Group 1 qualification campaign at 1pm on Saturday afternoon when they faced Hungary in Sandnes, Norway and secured  a three one victory. Ireland got off to a flying start with Abbie Larkin scoring after just 3 minutes. Jodie Loughrey added  a second on 23 minutes and captain Larkin scored her second on 70 minutes. Hungary scored a late consolation in the 90th minute.  Our other Group 1 opponents Bulgaria and mini-tournament hosts Norway face each other at 4.30pm in the same venue.

Team: Summer Lawless; Kate Thompson, Eve Dossen, Aoibhe Fleming, Tara O’Hanlon, Aoife Kelly, Orlaith O’Mahony; Keri Loughrey, Jodie Loughrey, Lia O’Leary; Abbie Larkin (c)

Substitutes:

Meabh Russell for K Loughrey 71′
Ellie O’Brien for O’Hanlon 71′
Joy Ralph for Larkin 77′
Ellie Long for J Loughrey 77′
Heidi Macken for O’Mahony 83′

Squad

Goalkeepers: Claudia Keenan, Summer Lawless

Defenders: Eve Dossen, Aoibhe Fleming, Heidi Macken, Tara O’Hanlon, Meabh Russell, Kate Thompson

Midfielders: Aoife Kelly, Michaela Lawrence, Jodie Loughrey, Keri Loughrey,  Ellie O’Brien, Orlaith O’Mahony

Forwards: Abbie Larkin, Ellie Long, Katie McCarn, Lia O’Leary, Heidi O’Sullivan, Joy Ralph