The next club meeting will take place on Friday 16th September at 8pm at The Claddagh Ring
Republic of Ireland U19 Head Coach Tom Mohan has named a 24 player squad for two friendly internationals against Iceland which take place in Pinatar, Spain this week.
Wednesday 1 June | Pinatar Arena at 5.30pm
Saturday 4 June | Pinatar Arena at 3pm
Goalkeepers: Aaron Maguire (Tottenham Hotspur), Owen Mason (Mansfield Town), Jimmy Storer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Defenders: James Abankwah (St Patrick’s Athletic), Sam Curtis (St Patrick’s Athletic), James Golding (Oxford United), Sean Grehan (Unattached), Alex Murphy (Galway United), Harry Nevin (Preston North End), Aaron O’Reilly (Aston Villa), David Okagbue (Stoke City), John Ryan (UCD)
Midfielders: Cian Coleman (Leeds United), Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Jad Hakiki (Shelbourne), Ronnie McGrath (Leeds United), James McManus (Bohemian), Jamie Mullins (Bohemian), Harry Vaughan (Oldham Athletic)
Forwards: Gberni Arubi (Shelbourne), Billy Brooks (Lincoln City), Nathan Fraser (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan)
There was a full programme of fixtures played in both the Premier Division and First Division of the Airtricity League this Friday evening before the mid-season break which runs from Saturday 29 May to Thursday 9 June.
Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers increased their lead at the summit with a two nil victory over Shelbourne in Tallaght Stadium while Derry City were held to a two all draw by visitors Finn Harps. Dundalk climbed up to second place with a one nil victory over St Patrick’s Athletic in Oriel Park. Bohemian and Drogheda United played out a one all draw in Dalymount Park as also did UCD and visitors Sligo Rovers in The Bowl.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Shamrock Rovers 19 13 3 3 33 12 21 42
Dundalk 18 9 7 2 27 14 13 34
Derry City 19 9 6 4 31 16 15 33
St Patrick’s Athletic 19 8 4 7 24 16 8 28
Sligo Rovers 19 6 7 6 25 23 2 25
Shelbourne 18 7 3 8 17 23 -6 24
Bohemian 18 5 8 5 24 24 – 23
Drogheda United 18 5 5 8 21 31 -10 20
Finn Harps 18 2 5 11 15 31 -16 11
UCD 18 1 6 11 11 38 -27 9
Eamonn Deacy Park hosted the clash of the First Division top duo with Cork City leapfrogging their hosts Galway United with the only goal for victory. Third place Waterford consolidated their position with a four nil defeat of Treaty United at the RSC while Bray Wanderers overcame visitors Athlone Town by three goals to nil in the Carlisle Grounds. St Colman’s Park hosted the remaining fixture which saw visitors Longford Town defeat their hosts Cobh Ramblers by four goals to two.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Cork City 16 12 3 1 35 8 27 39
Galway United 16 12 2 2 32 11 21 38
Waterford 16 10 2 4 35 16 19 32
Longford Town 16 8 4 4 22 18 4 28
Treaty United 16 4 7 5 19 24 -5 19
Wexford 16 4 4 8 19 29 -10 16
Bray Wanderers 16 3 7 6 14 24 -10 16
Cobh Ramblers 16 2 3 11 19 39 -20 9
Athlone Town 16 0 2 14 13 39 -26 2
Republic of Ireland U21 Head Coach Jim Crawford has announced a 25 man squad for the upcoming European U21 Championship qualifiers in June.
There are four uncapped players named in the squad, Taya Adaramola, Sinclair Armstrong, Joe Hodge and David Harrington.
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (Derry City), Luke McNicholas (Sligo Rovers), David Harrington (Cork City)
Defenders: Tayo Adaramola (Crystal Palace), Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Andy Lyons (Shamrock Rovers), Oisin McEntee (Walsall), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers)
Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemian), Joe Hodge (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Conor Noss (Borussia Mochengladbach), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Ross Tierney (Motherwell)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (QPR), Darragh Burns (St Patrick’s Athletic), Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joshua Kayode (Rotherham United), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Mipo Odubeko (West Ham United), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa)
Group F Fixtures
Friday 3 June – Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina – Tallaght 7.30pm
Monday 6 June – Republic of Ireland v Montenegro – Tallaght 5.00pm
Tuesday 14 June – Italy v Republic of Ireland – Ascoli 4.30pm
All 27 players selected have now reported into the training camp with captain Seamus Coleman, John Egan, Conor Hourihane, Enda Stevens and Caoimhin Kelleher, who all had late club commitments, slightly later than the main group.
A warm-up encounter comprising two 30 minute halves has already taken place with our U21 squad, who are also in camp, providing the opposition.
Coach John Eustace , about whom there has been much speculation concerning him being the managerial target of two Championship clubs, is present.
All indications are that the full squad complement, save for the suspended Josh Cullen, will be available for selection in Yerevan on Saturday.
Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has named a 27 man squad for the upcoming quartet of UEFA Nations League fixtures.
Whilst the inclusion of Festy Ebosele and Michael Obafemi is not wholly unexpected, that of 27 year old Blackpool winger CJ Hamilton certainly is.
Injury victims Matt Doherty, Andrew Omobamidele, Adam Idah, Callum O’Dowda and Connor Ronan are unavailable while James Collins, Aaron Connolly, Jimmy Dunne, Daryl Horgan, Jamie McGrath, Liam Scales and Mark Sykes have not been included at this juncture. The absence of a fully fit James McCarthy would suggest that his time at international level is at an end.
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Browne (Preston North End), Josh Cullen (RSC Anderlecht), Festy Ebosele (Derby County), CJ Hamilton (Blackpool), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion)
Forwards: Scott Hogan (Birmingham City), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Chiedoze Ogbene (Rotherham United), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion)
There was a full set of fixtures played in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Monday evening. Leaders Shamrock Rovers travelled to face Drogheda United in Head in the Game Park where they suffered a shock one nil defeat. Second place Derry City visited Sligo Rovers, who parted company with manager Liam Buckley yesterday, and went down to a two one defeat. Third place Dundalk journied North and scored the only goal to defeat Finn Harps while fourth and fifth met in Richmond Park where St Patrick’s Athletic defeated Bohemian by three goals to nil with Tunde Owolabi scoring all three goals. Shelbourne continued their good form with a two nil defeat of bottom side UCD in Tolka Park.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Shamrock Rovers 18 12 3 3 31 12 19 39
Derry City 18 9 5 4 31 16 15 32
Dundalk 17 8 7 2 26 14 12 31
St Patrick’s Athletic 18 8 4 6 24 15 9 28
Sligo Rovers 18 6 6 6 24 22 2 24
Shelbourne 17 7 3 7 17 21 -4 24
Bohemian 17 5 7 5 23 23 – 22
Drogheda United 17 5 4 8 20 30 -10 19
Finn Harps 17 2 4 11 13 29 -16 10
UCD 17 1 5 11 10 37 -27 8
Sunderland have won promotion to the Championship following their two nil victory over Wycombe Wanderers in this afternoon’s League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium. The ‘Makems’ included Denis Cirkin in their starting eleven while Aiden McGeady was an unused substitute while Daryl Horgan started for the ‘Chairboys’ but was withdrawn on 55 minutes.
The Premier League concluded on Sunday afternoon with Manchester City retaining the title with a champion like recovery from a two goal deficit to defeat visitors Aston Villa by three goals to two. Liverpool trail them by one point following their three one victory over visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers where Caoimhin Kelleher was unused on the host bench. With Norwich City and Watford already doomed to relegation the identity of the third casualty rested between Burnley and Leeds United who began the day level on points with Burnley having a significant goal difference advantage. It was not to be for the ‘Clarets’ however as they suffered a two one defeat by visitors Newcastle United while Leeds United won at Brentford by two goals to one. Nathan Collins and Kevin Long were in the Burnley side with Dara Costelloe unused on their bench. Midweek survivors Everton suffered a five one defeat at Arsenal with Seamus Coleman unused on the bench. Shane Duffy and Evan Ferguson were unused on the Brighton & Hove Albion bench for their three one victory over visitors West Ham United who named Darren Randolph and Armstrong Oko-Flex on their bench. Shane Long and Will Smallbone were late substitutes for Southampton who went down to a four one defeat at Leicester City.
Following their disappointing defeat last weekend, Josh Cullen and RSC Anderlecht travelled to face Club Bruges in the Belgian First Division where they scored a late equaliser to secure a point from a one all draw.
Former Airtricity League duo, Dan Cleary and John Mahon were in the St Johnstone side which retained their Scottish Premiership status with a four nil victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the second leg of the promotion/relegation play-off on Monday evening. The sides had played out a two all draw in the first leg last Friday and this evening’s contest was scoreless at half-time before the hosts took command in the second half.