NewKenny announces Toulon U21 Squad…21/05/2019

Manager Stephen Kenny has announced his 22 man Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad for the 2019 Maurice Revello Toulon Tournament which will take place in Provence, France between the 3rd and 15th June 2019.
The competition comprises three groups of four. Ireland will contest Group C with Bahrain, China and Mexico with the three group winners and best runner-up progressing to the semi-final stage, while the remaining eight nations will play-off for position.

Goalkeepers: Conor Kearns(UCD), Caoimhin Kelleher(Liverpool)
Defenders: Canice Carroll(Brentford), Darragh Leahy(Bohemian), Conor Masterson(Liverpool), Lee O’Connor(Manchester United), Dara O’Shea(West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales(UCD), Tyreke Wilson(Manchester City)
Midfielders: Conor Coventry(West Ham United), Zachery Elbouzedi(Waterford), Neil Farrugia(UCD), Jason Knight(Derby County), Jamie Lennon(St Patrick’s Athletic), Stephen Mallon(Sheffield United), Jayson Molumby(Brighton & Hove Albion), Simon Power(Norwich City), Connor Ronan(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Taylor(Barnet)
Forwards: Aaron Connolly(Brighton & Hove Albion), Aaron Drinan(Ipswich Town-on loan at Waterford), Adam Idah(Norwich City)

Monday 3 June v China Stade de Lattre 3.30pm
Thursday 6 June v Mexico Stade Parsemain 7.30pm
Sunday 9 June v Bahrain Stade Jules Ladoumegue 3.00pm
Wednesday 12 June Semi-Finals and Play-offs
Saturday 15 June Final


NewMcCarthy confirms EURO 2020 qualifiers squad…20/05/2019

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has finalised his squad for the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.

There are two notable additions to the squad in goalkeeper Sean McDermott of Kristiansund BK who replaces the injured Kieran O’Hara and eighteen year old Bolton Wanderers midfielder Luca Connell who receives his first senior call up.

The original training squad announced on the 7th May has been reduced to 27, four of whom, Josh Cullen, Richard Keogh, Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan will not travel to the Portugal training camp as they will be involved with their clubs in the Wembley play-off finals. The five day training camp at Quinta do Lago is set to commence on Tuesday the 21st May 2019. 

The four players excluded from the provisional squad are Harry Arter, Jack Byrne, James Collins and Aiden O’Brien.

Sean McDermott(Kristiansund BK), Darren Randolph(Middlesbrough), Mark Travers(AFC Bournemouth)
Seamus Coleman(Everton), Greg Cunningham(Cardiff City), Matt Doherty(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy(Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan(Sheffield United), Richard Keogh(Derby County), Kevin Long(Burnley), Enda Stevens(Sheffield United)

Midfielders:  Robbie Brady(Burnley), Alan Browne(Preston North End), Luca Connell(Bolton Wanderers), Josh Cullen(West Ham United), Ronan Curtis(Portsmouth), Jeff Hendrick(Burnley), Conor Hourihane(Aston Villa), Alan Judge(Ipswich Town), James McClean(Stoke City), Callum O’Dowda(Bristol City), Glenn Whelan(Aston Villa)
Scott Hogan(Aston Villa), Shane Long(Southampton), Sean Maguire(Preston North End), David McGoldrick(Sheffield United),  Callum Robinson(Preston North End) 

NewMonday night in the Airtricity League…20/05/2019

There were three fixtures played on Monday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division. Goal difference leaders Dundalk defeated third place Bohemian by two goals to one in a fraught Oriel Park encounter. The visitors took a second minute lead which they held until mid way through the second half when the hosts equalised. Bohemian had been reduced to ten men with a red card some ten minutes prior to the equaliser and they lost the match to a penalty kick six minutes into added time. Meanwhile second place Shamrock Rovers journied North West to face Finn Harps and secured a comfortable three nil victory. The third contest saw hosts UCD lose to the only goal from visitors Cork City in the Bowl.

There was one further match played on  Tuesday evening with St Patrick’s Athletic scoring the only goal to defeat Derry City in Richmond Park.

                            P   W  D  L   F   A   G/D  Pts
Dundalk                    18  12  4  2  32  11   21    40
Shamrock Rovers            18  13  1  4  28  10   18    40
Bohemian                   18   9  4  5  17  10    7    31
Derry City                 18   7  6  5  24  19    5    27
St Patrick’s Athletic      18   7  5  6  15  16   -1    26
Cork City                  18   6  4  8  15  20   -5    22
Sligo Rovers               17   5  6  6  16  20   -4    21
Waterford                  17   5  5  7  25  26   -1    20
Finn Harps                 18   2  4 12  16  36  -20    10
UCD                        18   3  1 14  13  33  -20    10

There was also one First Division fixture played this evening with Bray Wanderers defeating Galway United by two goals to one in the Carlisle Grounds.

                            P  W  D  L   F   A    G/D  Pts
Cabinteely                 13  8  2  3  19  17     2    26
Shelbourne                 13  8  1  4  21  12     9    25
Longford Town              12  7  3  2  14   5     9    24
Drogheda United            13  7  2  4  26  18     8    23
Bray Wanderers             13  7  1  5  18  10     8    22
Limerick                   13  6  3  4  15  13     2    21
Galway United              12  4  0  8  15  15     –    12
Cobh Ramblers              13  3  3  7  17  22    -5    12
Athlone Town               13  3  1  9  13  29   -16    10
Wexford                    13  2  2  9  13  30   -17     8

NewHolland retain European U17 Championship title…19/05/2019

Holland secured a four two victory over Italy in Tallaght Stadium this Sunday afternoon to win the 2019 European U17 Championship. Today’s final, a repeat of last year’s event won by the Dutch in a penalty shoot-out, was watched by a crowd of 5,952. Holland dominated the opening half and led by three goals to nil at the interval. Italy made three half-time substitutions and it had a positive effect with them getting on top during the early stages of the second half and scoring to reduce the deficit. Italy continued in a positive vein and looked quite dangerous but they were undone by a fifteen year old Dutch substitute who scored the fourth to deflate the Italians. They did pull one goal back but it was never going to be enough and Holland deservedly retained their title.     

NewAirtricity League action this weekend…17/05/2019

There were four Airtricity League Premier Division matches played this Friday evening. Current leaders Dundalk travelled to face old rivals Cork City in Turner’s Cross where they secured a two nil victory while second place Shamrock Rovers made the very short journey to face UCD in The Bowl where they secured a one nil success. St Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemian played out a one all draw in Richmond Park while Finn Harps defeated visitors Waterford by three goals to two in Finn Park.

The remaining contest between Sligo Rovers and Derry City took place in the Showgrounds on Saturday evening and ended scoreless.

                            P   W  D  L   F   A   G/D  Pts
Dundalk                    17  11  4  2  30  10   20    37
Shamrock Rovers            17  12  1  4  25  10   15    37
Bohemian                   17   9  4  4  16   8    8    31
Derry City                 17   7  6  4  24  18    6    27
St Patrick’s Athletic      17   6  5  6  14  16   -2    23
Sligo Rovers               17   5  6  6  16  20   -4    21
Waterford                  17   5  5  7  25  26   -1    20
Cork City                  17   5  4  8  14  20   -6    19
Finn Harps                 17   2  4 11  16  33  -17    10
UCD                        17   3  1 13  13  32  -19    10


There were three Airtricity League First Division fixtures completed this evening. Athlone Town crashed to a five nil home defeat by Bray Wanderers while Galway United shocked visitors Longford Town with a two one victory in Eamonn Deacy Park. Bottom side Wexford went down to a two one defeat by visitors Shelbourne in Ferrycarrig Park.

Current leaders Cabinteely suffered a stunning five nil home defeat by Drogheda United on Saturday evening while Cobh Ramblers went down to a three two home defeat by Limerick in St Colman’s Park.

                            P  W  D  L   F   A    G/D  Pts
Cabinteely                 13  8  2  3  19  17     2    26
Shelbourne                 13  8  1  4  21  12     9    25
Longford Town              12  7  3  2  14   5     9    24
Drogheda United            13  7  2  4  26  18     8    23
Limerick                   13  6  3  4  15  13     2    21
Bray Wanderers             12  6  1  5  16   9     7    19
Galway United              11  4  0  7  14  13     1    12
Cobh Ramblers              13  3  3  7  17  22    -5    12
Athlone Town               13  3  1  9  13  29   -16    10
Wexford                    13  2  2  9  13  30   -17     8

NewLeague One play-off second legs…16/05/2019

The first League One play-off semi-final was decided this Thursday evening in Fratton Park when Portsmouth failed to overturn their one nil first leg deficit in a scoreless draw with visitors Sunderland.
Ronan Curtis was an unused substitute for ‘Pompey’  while injury  ruled Aiden McGeady out of the visitors squad with Burnley loanee Jimmy Dunne also consigned to the substitute bench.

The second semi-final was decided at the Valley on Friday evening with hosts Charlton Athletic prevailing by four goals to three in a penalty shoot-out after visitors Doncaster Rovers recovered from their two one first leg deficit to record a three two victory after extra-time. West ham United loanee Josh Cullen was again neat and tidy in midfield for the ‘Addicks’ while Kieran Sadlier was an extra-time substitute for the visitors. Both Cullen and Sadlier converted their kicks in the penalty shoot-out.

The play-off final to determine which of Charlton Athletic and Sunderland will earn promotion to the Championship will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday the 24th May 2019.

NewUEFA U17 Championship semi-finals today…16/05/2019

The semi-finals in the 2019 European U17 Championship took place  today Thursday with Holland and Spain facing each other in the UCD Bowl at 4.30pm while France and Italy will lock horns in Tallaght Stadium at 7pm.

The first semi-final at the UCD Bowl was a somewhat fractious affair with seven yellow cards administered. Goal scoring chances were few and far between but the one which was taken by the defending champions Holland two minutes from time was an excellent strike and sees them through to Sunday’s Final in Tallaght Stadium.

The second semi-final between France and Italy took place this evening in Tallaght Stadium where Italy came from behind to secure the final place with a two one victory. The final contest with Holland is a repeat of last year’s pairing which was won by the Dutch following a penalty shoot-out.

The play-off to decide fifth place and involvement at the World Championship Finals in Brazil later this year ended in a one all draw between Belgium and Hungary in Tolka Park at noon. The penalty  shoot-out went the way of Hungary by five goals to four.