NewU16s contest Aegean Cup in Turkey…15/01/2020

Our U16 side got off to a winning start in the eight nation Aegean Cup Tournament with a one nil victory over Tanzania in their opening contest played in Turkey this Wednesday morning. The only goal was scored by debutant Harry Nevin with just four minutes remaining of what was a very tough encounter.

Team:
Jack Ross; Harry Nevin, Ben Curtis, Sean Grehan(c), Conor Barrett, Gerard Killane; Glory Nzingo, John Joe Power, Zayd Abada; Tom Lonergan, Jack O’Reilly
Substitutes:
John Ryan for Killane 47′
Cian Kelly for O’Reilly 47′
Edwin Agbaje for Power 55′
Dara McGuinness for Lonergan 55′
Jamie Mullins for Nzingo 62′
Darragh Reilly for Grehan 62′

Later this morning, hosts Turkey scored the only goal to defeat Kosova in the other Group A fixture.

In Group B, Ukraine defeated South Korea by three goals to nil while Albania secured a one nil success against Macedonia.

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Republic of Ireland U16 Head Coach Paul Osam has selected a twenty player squad to contest the Aegean Cup Tournament which commences in Turkey on Wednesday morning. Ireland contest Group A with Kosova, Tanzania and hosts Turkey while Group B contains Albania, Macedonia, South Korea and Ukraine.

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Reece Byrne(Bohemian), Jack Ross(Bray Wanderers)
Defenders:
James Abankwah(St Patrick’s Athletic), Conor Barrett(Birmingham City), Sean Grehan(Bohemian), Gerard Killane(St Patrick’s Athletic), Harry Nevin(Cork City), Aaron O’Reilly(St Patrick’s Athletic), Darragh Reilly(Sligo Rovers), John Ryan(Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders:
Zayd Abada(Shamrock Rovers), Ben Curtis(Shamrock Rovers), Jamie Mullins(Bohemian), Glory Nzingo(St Patrick’s Athletic), John Joe Power(Burton Albion)
Forwards:
Edwin Agbaje(Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly-Caprani(Bohemian), Tom Lonergan(St Patrick’s Athletic), Dara McGuinness(Shamrock Rovers), Jack O’Reilly(St Patrick’s Athletic)

Fixtures:
Wednesday 15 January – Ireland 1-0 Tanzania – 9.00am
Turkey 1-0 Kosova – 11.30am
Friday 17 January –    Ireland v Turkey – 11.30am
Kosova v Tanzania – 9.00am
Sunday 19 January –    Ireland v Kosova – 9.00am
Tanzania v Turkey – 11.30am
Tuesday 21 January – Play-Offs and Final – 9.00am/11.30am 

NewIrish in midweek cup and league action…17/01/2020

The Championship contest between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on Friday evening is set to feature Cyrus Christie and Harry Arter in action for the hosts who currently sit fourth on the League Table.

Matt Doherty was in the Wolverhampton Wanderers starting eleven for this Wednesday evening’s FA Cup third round replay with Manchester United at Old Trafford, which saw the hosts progress with a one nil victory.

A number of the FA Cup third round replays had Irish involvement on Tuesday evening.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy replaced loanee Max O’Leary for League One side Shrewsbury Town who defeated his parent club Bristol City with the only goal at the New Meadow. Callum O’Dowda was an unused substitute for the defeated Championship side. Ciaran Clark was unused on the substitute bench alongside almost forgotten goalkeeper Rob Elliot for Newcastle United who defeated League One side Rochdale by four goals to one. The defeated visitors are managed by  Brian Barry-Murphy and included Jimmy Keohane, Jimmy Ryan and Eoghan O’Connell in their starting eleven.

Liam Kelly, on loan from Feyenoord, was an unused substitute for  Oxford United in their League One scoreless draw with visitors Ipswich Town who included Alan Judge in their starting eleven. Goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, on loan from Manchester United, was in action for Burton Albion who defeated visitors MK Dons by one goal to nil. John Joe O’Toole and Stephen Quinn were also part of the hosts starting eleven while Leeds United loanee Conor Shaughnessy was introduced from the substitute bench at half-time. Lincoln City crushed visitors Bolton Wanderers by five goals to one at Sincil Bank where West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry joined Cian Bolger in the starting eleven with recent signing Zach Elbouzedi replacing Coventry on 77 minutes.  Veteran striker Daryl Murphy completed the full 90 minutes for the visitors.

Irish football news updates…09/01/2020

FAI Corporate Governance
The Football Association of Ireland has appointed Roy Barrett as the new Independent Chair of the Association. He will be joined on the FAI Board by independent directors Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce with a fourth independent director due to be appointed shortly.

Roy Barrett is a Managing Director at Goodbody Stockbrokers while Catherine Guy, a Qualified Lawyer, is the recently appointed CEO of Sixt Leasing Ireland and a former Managing Partner of Byrne Wallace. Liz Joyce is the Director of Human Resources at the Central Bank of Ireland.

Airtricity League
It has been announced that Shamrock Rovers II will participate in the Airtricity League First Division next season, replacing the defunct Limerick FC. 

Irish in League action this weekend…12/01/2020

Sunday
Following their respective League Cup semi-final involvements in midweek, Aston Villa and Manchester City faced each other in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon with Conor Hourihane starting for the hosts who suffered a crushing six one defeat. Twenty year old goalkeeper Mark Travers started for AFC Bournemouth who went down to a three nil home defeat by Watford which sees them drop into the relegation zone.

Saturday

The Premier League programme on Saturday afternoon kicked off at 12.30pm with Crystal Palace and James McCarthy playing out a one all draw with Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Later in the afternoon, Chelsea secured a comfortable three nil victory over visitors Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Kevin Long an unused substitute. Everton scored the only goal to defeat visitors Brighton & Hove Albion for whom Shane Duffy started while Seamus Coleman was a 74th minute substitute for the ‘Toffees’. High flying Leicester City went down to a two one home defeat by revitalised  visitors Southampton who included Shane Long in their starting eleven while Michael Obafemi was an unused substitute. Also in action were Wolverhampton Wanderers and Matt Doherty who were held to a one all draw by visitors Newcastle United for whom Ciaran Clark returned to the starting eleven following his injury lay-off. Young Adam Idah started for struggling Norwich City who went down to a four nil defeat at Manchester United.

There was a 12.30pm kick-off for the Championship meeting of West London rivals Brentford and QPR who included Ryan Manning in their starting eleven with Conor Masterson a half-time substitute while Olamide Shodipo was introduced on 81 minutes of their three one defeat. The Lancashire Derby meeting of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End at Ewood Park featured Daragh Lenihan in opposition to Alan Browne and Sean Maguire as the sides played out a one all draw. Derrick Williams was an unused substitute for the hosts. Cyrus Christie started for Fulham while Harry Arter was a very late substitute as the visiting ‘Cottagers’ secured a one nil success at Hull City. James Collins scored from the penalty spot for Luton Town but to no avail as visitors Birmingham City secured a two one victory at Kenilworth Road. The Riverside Stadium meeting of Middlesbrough and Derby County ended in a two all draw with Jason Knight scoring the first goal for the visitors. Stoke City included James McClean in their starting eleven while Nathan Collins was an unused substitute in their scoreless draw with visitors Millwall for whom Jayson Molumby, Shaun Williams and Alex Pearce all started. Williams received a red card for a bad tackle with five minutes remaining. Callum O’Dowda was an unused substitute for Bristol City who secured a two nil victory at Wigan Athletic.

Burton Albion and loanee Kieran O’Hara defeated visitors Fleetwood Town by one goal to nil in League One while Ipswich Town crushed visitors Accrington Stanley by four goals to one at Portman Road with Alan Judge scoring the third goal. Loan signing Liam Kelly was an unused substitute for Oxford United who went down to a three one home defeat by  Rotherham United for whom Chiedoze Ogbene started with Trevor Clarke an added time substitute. New signing Jack Taylor made his Peterborough United debut in their scoreless draw with  visitors Gillingham who included Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor in their starting eleven. Ronan Curtis has been in fine form for Portsmouth and was again in action in their two one victory over visitors AFC Wimbledon. Goalkeeper Max O’Leary, on loan from Bristol City, was in fine form for Shrewsbury Town who played out a one all draw with visitors Lincoln City who included recent loan signing  Conor Coventry in their starting eleven with new full signing Zack Elbouzedi introduced from the bench on 44 minutes.

Friday

The Sheffield United trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick started this evening’s Premier League contest with Bramall Lane visitors West Ham United which ended in a one nil victory for the hosts. Callum Robinson was unused on the ‘Blades’ substitute bench. 

January Transfer Window… 01/01/2020

The current UK transfer window opened on Wednesday the 1st January 2020 and is set to conclude at 11.00pm on Friday the 31st January 2020. The Irish players detailed in the linked schedule have been involved in some form of transfer during the early period of the window. Darren Randolph has eventually signed for former club West Ham United from Middlesbrough, after a lengthy delay, for a fee believed to be £4 million. The acrimonious departure of Glenn Whelan from Heart of Midlothian has garnered some headline space while the movements of U21 squad members Conor Coventry, Zack Elbouzedi, Connor Ronan and Jack Taylor have also aroused considerable interest.

January 2020 Transfer Window…31/01/2020

January 2020 Transfers

The current UK transfer window opened on Wednesday the 1st January 2020 and is set to conclude at 11.00pm on Friday the 31st January 2020. The Irish players detailed below have been involved in some form of transfer during the early period of the window.

NAME FROM TO DETAILS
Josh Barrett Reading Bristol Rovers Undisclosed
Billy Clarke Plymouth Argyle Grimsby Town ST Contract
Conor Coventry West Ham United Lincoln City EoS Loan
Simon Cox Southend United Sydney Wanderers  Free
Zachary Elbouzedi Waterford Lincoln City Undisclosed
Aidan Keena
Hearts Hartlepool United Free
Liam Kelly Feyenoord Oxford United Loan
Mark Kennedy Wolves U23 Coach Macclesfield Town Head Coach
Stephen Mallon Sheffield United Derry City 6 mth Loan
Conor McCarthy Cork City St Mirren Undisclosed
Jamie McGrath Dundalk St Mirren Free
Kevin O’Connor Preston North End Waterford Loan
Darren Randolph Middlesbrough West Ham United £4 million
Connor Ronan Wolverhampton W Blackpool EoS Loan
Conor Shaughnessy Leeds United Burton Albion EoS Loan
Jack Taylor Barnet Peterborough Utd £500,000+
Conor Tee Leicester City Pirin Blagoevgrad Loan
Glen Whelan Hearts   Released

EFLC semi-final first legs…08/01/2020

The semi-final first legs in the English Football League Cup took place this week with Conor Hourihane introduced from the Aston Villa bench on 67 minutes at the King Power Stadium where his side drew one each with their hosts Leicester City on Wednesday evening.

The first leg of the other semi-final took place at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening where Manchester City secured a three one advantage over their hosts Manchester United.