NewMidweek football action for Irish…21/02/2020

There is Championship action scheduled for Friday evening with Derby County teenager Jason Knight set to welcome Fulham duo Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie to Pride Park.

January transfer window signings Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath are expected to be in the St Mirren squad, managed by Jim Goodwin, for the Scottish Premiership visit of Heart of Midlothian.

The first legs in the Europa League Round of 32 took place this Thursday evening with Matt Doherty in fine form for Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated Spanish visitors Espanyol by four goals to nil. Earlier in the evening Jonny Hayes again filled  the left back position for Glasgow Celtic who emerged from their away contest against FC Copenhagen with a one all draw.

The second semi-final in the English Football League Trophy saw Salford City progress to face Portsmouth in the Wembley final with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out success against Newport County after the tie  finished scoreless after extra-time. Padraig Amond started for the hosts but club captain Mark O’Brien missed out through injury while Darron Gibson and Richie Towell started for the victors with Adam Rooney a late substitute.


There was Irish involvement in three separate competitions on Tuesday evening. In League One, Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor was in action for Gillingham who scored the only goal for victory at Southend United.

There was a dramatic ending to the first semi-final in the English Football League Trophy with Portsmouth for whom Ronan Curtis was in action, defeating Exeter City by three goals to two with four of the goals being scored in the last few minutes of the contest.

There was also drama in the Scottish Cup fifth round replay between Motherwell and St Mirren at Fir Park. The visitors who are managed by Jim Goodwin included January signings Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath in their starting eleven and swept into a four one half time lead. The hosts responded in the second period scoring three times to force extra-time which remained scoreless. McGrath converted the opening penalty in the shoot-out and his side progressed with a three two success.

NewIrish in UK League action this weekend…16/02/2020

The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Aston Villa going down to a three two added time defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur. Conor Hourihane was an unused substitute for the hosts. Later in the afternoon, Arsenal defeated visitors Newcastle United by four goals to nil. Ciaran Clark was in central defence for the ‘Magpies’ but suffer a nasty looking ankle injury and was withdrawn after 83 minutes.


The Premier League continued on Saturday afternoon with Southampton going down to a two one home defeat by visitors Burnley in a 12.30pm kick-off at St Mary’s Stadium. The hosts included Shane Long in their starting eleven with Michael Obafemi a 73rd minute substitute and Will Smallbone unused on the bench while the visiting ‘Clarets’ included Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Robbie Brady an unused substitute. 

Current leaders West Bromwich Albion briefly extended their lead at the summit of the Championship with a two all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest in the early kick-off at the Hawthorns. Ireland U21 defender Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson were in action for the ‘Baggies’ with Robinson scoring the opening goal after 37 minutes. Birmingham City loanee Scott Hogan, who has rediscovered his goal scoring form with the ‘Blues’, was in action at St Andrew’s in the one all draw with visitors Brentford, the club with which he came to prominence three seasons ago. West Ham United loanee Josh Cullen was in midfield action with his loan club Charlton Athletic who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers and Daragh Lenihan at the Valley. Jason Knight was unused on the bench for Derby County who were held to a one all draw by Huddersfield Town at Pride Park. Harry Arter was a 54th minute substitute while Cyrus Christie was unused by Fulham who suffered a shock three nil  defeat by visitors Barnsley at Craven Cottage. Callum O’Dowda was an early substitute for Bristol City who went down to a one nil defeat at Leeds United. James Collins started for Luton Town who shocked  Middlesbrough with the only goal at the Riverside Stadium. Alan Browne started but was substituted on 65 minutes while Sean Maguire was introduced form the bench after 76 minutes as their Preston North End lost to the only goal from visitors Millwall for whom  Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce started while Aiden O’Brien was unused on the substitute bench. Queens Park Rangers included Ryan Manning in their starting eleven with Conor Masterson unused on the substitute bench for the four two victory over visitors Stoke City for whom James McClean was absent after suffering a medial ligament knee injury in Wednesday night’s defeat by Preston North End while Nathan Collins was unused on the substitute bench.

In League One, Accrington Stanley secured a four three success over visitors Lincoln City, who included Irish U21 international Anthony Scully, who opened the scoring, in their starting eleven with fellow U21 internationals Conor Coventry and Zack Elbouzedi unused on the substitute bench at the Crown Ground this afternoon. Bristol Rovers defeated visitors Blackpool by two goals to one at the Memorial Ground where two further U21 internationals, Josh Barrett and Connor Ronan were in opposition. Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden were in the Fleetwood Town side which defeated in-form visitors Peterborough United and their U21 international midfielder Jack Taylor by two goals to one. Yet another U21 squad member, Thomas O’Connor was in the Gillingham side who also secured a two one success over visitors Doncaster Rovers and Kieran Sadlier. Ipswich Town had Alan Judge in their starting eleven and he scored in their four one success against visitors Burton Albion for whom goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara was forced off through injury just before half-time. In form Portsmouth included Ronan Curtis in their starting eleven for the two nil defeat of visitors Shrewsbury Town, for whom loanee goalkeeper Max O’Leary returned to a starting position. Leaders Rotherham United included Chiedoze Ogbene in their starting eleven for the visit of AFC Wimbledon who secured an unexpected two all draw.

The Premier League meeting of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City ended in a scoreless draw at Molineaux on Friday evening. The contest lacked sparkle with the crimson flow from a head injury sustained by Matt Doherty catching the eye on several occasions.

The Championship contest between Hull City and Swansea City at the KCOM Stadium saw eight goals shared with Sean McLoughlin retaining his starting position for the host ‘Tigers’.

The first semi-final of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup at Firhill Stadium between Partick Thistle and Raith Rovers ended in a two one victory for the visitors and disappointment for Ireland U21 international Lee O’Connor, who is on loan with the defeated hosts from Glasgow Celtic.


New2020 Airtricity League season kicks-off on Friday…14/02/2020

The 2020 Airtricity League Premier Division kicked-off this Friday evening with four scheduled fixtures all ending in one nil results with all four winning goals being scored in the second half of each contest. Defending champions Dundalk defeated Derry City in Oriel Park while Cork City went down to promoted First Division champions Shelbourne in Turner’s Cross. St Patrick’s Athletic lost to visitors Waterford in Richmond Park with the North West ‘Derby’ meeting of Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers going the way of the hosts in Finn Park.

The remaining fixture between bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers kicked-off at 2pm on Saturday afternoon in Dalymount Park where the visiting ‘Hoops’ scored the only goal in the third minute of added time for victory.

NewU17 Women face Iceland in Waterford…16/02/2020

Our U17 Women played out a one all draw with visitors Iceland in the second of two friendly internationals played in Tramore on Sunday afternoon. Erin McLaughlin headed Ireland in front on 35 minutes but the visitors equalised on 57 minutes.

Team: Rugile Askalnyte; Aimee Crosbie, Della Doherty, Rebecca Watkins, Therese Kinneavey; Aiobheann Clancy, Muireann Devaney, Jessie Stapleton; Olivia Gibson, Erin McLaughlin, Kerry Brown
Shauna Brennan for Crosbie 57′
Aoife Horgan for Watkins 57′
Ellen Molloy for Gibson 57′
Kate Slevin for Kinneavey 74′
Kate O’Dowd for Devanney 74′
Jenna Slattery for Brown 87′

Our U17 Women today secured a two all draw with visitors Iceland in the first of two friendly internationals being played in Waterford this weekend. Iceland took an early lead which they held until the 57th minute when Ellen Molloy equalised. The visitors regained the lead after 64 minutes but Molloy came to the rescue again with her second equaliser on 75 minutes.

Team: Leah Hayes; Kate Slevin, Della Doherty(C), Shauna Brennan, Therese Kinneavey; Aiobheann Clancy, Muireann Devaney, Ellen Molloy; Aoife Horgan, Erin McLaughlin, Kerry Brown
Orlagh Fitzpatrick for Horgan 51′
Rugile Askalnyte for Hayes 57′
Jenna Slattery for Slevin 57′
Kate O’Dowd for Devaney 57′
Jessie Stapleton for Kinneavey 72′
Rebecca Watkins for Brown 72′

James Scott, Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland U17 women’s team, has named a twenty player squad for two friendly contests against Iceland in Waterford this weekend. The sides will face each other in the RSC at 7pm on the evening of Friday the 14th February and again on Sunday the 16th February at Tramore AFC with a 2pm kick-off.

Goalkeepers: Rugile Askalnyte(Bohemian), Leah Hayes(Cork City)
Defenders: Aimee Bates-Crosby(Wexford WFC), Shauna Brennan(Galway WFC), Della Doherty(Peamount United), Therese Kinneavey(Galway WFC), Jenna Slattery(Fairview Rangers), Kate Slevin(Galway WFC), Jessie Stapleton(Cherry Orchard), Rebecca Watkins(Peamount United)
Midfielders: Aiobheann Clancy(Limerick WFC), Muireann Devanney(Sligo Rovers), Olivia Gibson(Cork City), Ellen Molloy(Thomastown United), Kate O’Dowd(Peamount United)
Forwards: Kerry Brown(Sion Swifts), Orlagh Fitzpatrick(Peamount United), Aoife Horgan(Limerick), Erin McLaughlin(Sion Swifts), Laura Shine(Wilton United)

U17s face Switzerland in friendly contests…14/02/2020

Our Republic of Ireland U17 side, guided by Head Coach Colin O’Brien, completed preparations for the upcoming Elite Stage of the 2020 European Championship with a one all draw against Switzerland in their second outing in Valencia this Friday morning. There was a touch of ‘deja vu’ at the outset as the Swiss took a second minute lead but on this occasion the defence stood firm and a second half equaliser from Evan Ferguson was just reward for their resilience.

Team: Josh Keely; Fionnan Coyle, Darragh Reilly, Sean Roughlan, Oisin Hand; Andrew Moran, Kailin Barlow, Jamie Doyle; Sinclair Armstrong(C), Calum Kavanagh, Oran Crowe
Gavin O’Brien for Coyle 46′
Tayo Adaramola for Roughlan 46′
Evan Ferguson for Kavanagh 46′
Oliver O’Neill for Crowe 46′

Our U17 side went down to a three one defeat by Switzerland in the first of their two friendly contests played in Valencia, Spain this Wednesday afternoon. The Swiss took an early lead and dominated much of the exchanges during the remainder of the first half. They added two further goals in the early stages of the second half with the Irish goal coming five minutes from the end through late substitute Andrew Moran.

Team: Daniel Rose; Tayo Adaramola, Leigh Kavanagh, Adam Wells, Gavin O’Brien(C); Kyle Conway, Colin Conroy, Ben McCormack; Evan Ferguson, Oliver O’Neill, Robbie Mahon
Oran Crowe for Conroy 46′
Sinclair Armstrong for Mahon 46′
Jamie Doyle for McCormack 62′
Calum Kavanagh for Ferguson 62′
Andrew Moran for O’Neill 62′
Darragh Reilly for Adaramola 79′

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien has named a 22 player squad for their friendly double header against Switzerland which takes place in Valencia this week. The first contest is set for Wednesday the 12th February in the Campos de Futbol Oliva Nova at 12pm Irish time with the second encounter scheduled for the same venue at 11am Irish time on Friday the 14th February 2020.

Goalkeepers: Josh Keely(St Patrick’s Athletic), Daniel Rose(Everton)
Defenders: Tayo Adaramola(Crystal Palace), Fionnan Coyle(Finn Harps), Oisin Hand(Shamrock Rovers), Leigh Kavanagh(Bray Wanderers), Gavin O’Brien(Bohemian), Darragh Reilly(Shamrock Rovers), Sean Roughan(Lincoln City), Adam Wells(Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Kailin Barlow(Sligo Rovers), Colin Conroy(Bohemian), Kyle Conway(St Patrick’s Athletic), Oran Crowe(Cork City), Jamie Doyle(Shamrock Rovers), Ben McCormack(St Patrick’s Athletic), Andrew Moran (Bray Wanderers)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong(Shamrock Rovers), Evan Ferguson(Bohemian), Calum Kavanagh(Middlesbrough), Robbie Mahon(Bohemian), Oliver O’Neill(Fulham)

Irish in midweek football action…12/02/2020

The Championship continued on Wednesday night with current leaders West Bromwich Albion coming from behind to defeat hosts Reading by two goals to one and extend their lead at the summit to six points. Both Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson were in their starting eleven for the victors. Bristol City defeated visitors Derby County by three goals to two with Callum O’Dowda a 78th minute substitute for the hosts while Jason Knight was unused on the visitors bench. James Collins scored the only goal for struggling Luton Town who defeated Sheffield Wednesday at Kenilworth Road. The London Derby meeting of Millwall and Fulham at the new Den ended in a one all draw with Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce starting for the hosts and Aiden O’Brien an unused substitute while Harry Arter started for the visitors with Cyrus Christie unused on the substitute bench. James McClean started for Stoke City with Nathan Collins unused on the substitute bench as they went down to a two nil home defeat by Preston North End for whom Alan Browne opened the scoring while Sean Maguire was substituted after 57 minutes.  

The Championship journey continued on Tuesday night with Birmingham City loanee Scott Hogan scoring the only goal for the ‘Blues’ as they defeated their hosts Barnsley. Daragh Lenihan opened the scoring for Blackburn Rovers as they atoned for their weekend home defeat by Fulham with a three nil victory over visitors Hull City for whom Saturday’s debutant Sean McLoughlin retained his ‘Tigers’ starting position. Promotion challengers Nottingham Forest went down to a surprise one nil home defeat by Charlton Athletic for whom  Josh Cullen was in his regular midfield position with loanee Aiden McGeady a 59th minute substitute. Ryan Manning returned to the QPR starting eleven but Conor Masterson dropped to the substitute bench  for their scoreless draw at Swansea City.

League One
Ireland U21 players Connor Ronan and Thomas O’Connor were in action  with their loan clubs, Blackpool and Gillingham, with the visitors prevailing by three goals to two at Bloomfield Road. Kieran O’Hara and Conor Shaughnessy started for Burton Albion who played out a two all draw with visitors Oxford United for whom Liam Kelly started but was forced off through injury after 20 minutes. Coventry City scored the only goal to defeat Portsmouth and Ronan Curtis at their temporary St Andrew’s base. The Ireland U21 duo of Conor Coventry and Anthony Scully were introduced from the Lincoln City substitute bench during the second half of their one all draw with visitors MK Dons. Ireland U21 midfielder Jack Taylor scored his first goal for Peterborough United in their four nil victory over Southend United at London Road. Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden started for Fleetwood Town with Madden scoring the only goal against their hosts Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.