The Premier League resumed on Tuesday evening with London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in action at the London Stadium. Declan Rice has been in the news in recent hours with positive vibes now emanating in relation to his international commitment to Ireland. He completed the full ninety minutes this evening with our U21 captain Josh Cullen unused on the substitute bench as the sides played out a one all draw.
Aiden McGeady was a late substitute for Sunderland who went down to a three one Championship defeat at Birmingham City. Will Keane was a late substitute for Hull City in their scoreless draw with visitors Leeds United who lost Conor Shaughnessy to injury after just six minutes. Middlesbrough had Darren Randolph in their starting eleven with Cyrus Christie unused on the bench for the scoreless draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday. Richard Keogh started and Alex Pearce was unused on the bench for Derby County who were held to a scoreless draw by Millwall at the Den. Nottingham Forest welcomed Preston North End to the City Ground where Alan Browne started with Daryl Horgan a very late substitute in their three nil victory. Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa who had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan in their starting eleven with Glenn Whelan unused on the bench at Bramall Lane.
The FA Cup continued on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea comfortably defeated Newcastle United by three goals to nil at Stamford Bridge. Ciaran Clark started for the ‘Magpies’ but there was no squad place for Rob Elliot. The late kick-off saw Manchester City ease past their hosts Cardiff City by two goals to nil. Anthony Pilkington was a late substitute for the ‘Bluebirds’.
Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy has announced his retirement from international football. The Waterford man earned thirty three caps and scored three goals, most notably the late equaliser against Serbia during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign. With ill health having already forced the retirement of Kevin Doyle, one wonders if another Waterford man John O’Shea may also be thinking along those lines while very limited match time for Wes Hoolihan at Norwich City may also trigger retirement thoughts.
The FA Cup fourth round continued on Saturday afternoon with Championship side Hull City (Will Keane) defeating Nottingham Forest (Stephen Henderson) by two goals to one at the KCOM Stadium. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) lost to the only goal for Brighton & Hove Albion while Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Ben Heneghan, Samir Carruthers) also scored the only goal to defeat fellow Championship side Preston North End (Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan). Southampton (Shane Long) entertained fellow Premier League side Watford and yes, scored the only goal for victory. League One leaders Wigan Athletic defeated West Ham United (Josh Cullen) by two goals to nil at the DW Stadium. League Two side Newport County took a first half lead against Tottenham Hotspur through Padraig Amond but the Premier League side secured a draw with a late equaliser. The late kick-off saw West Bromwich Albion (James McClean) stun hosts Liverpool with three first half goals at Anfield where they held on for a three two victory.
Cup exitees Brentford (John Egan) and Norwich City were in Championship action at Griffin Park with the ‘Canaries’ scoring the only goal for victory while Queens Park Rangers (Ryan Manning) went down to a two nil defeat at Bristol City. Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Stephen Gleeson) lost to the only goal, scored by Matt Doherty, for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road.
— RISSC London Branch (@Rissclondon) January 26, 2018
The Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London) hosted our thirteenth Annual Charity Quiz in the Bentley Room at the Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood on the evening of Friday the 26th January 2018, with the proceeds going to our nominated charity for the current club year, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland.
The number thirteen is linked with negative connotations but happily this years’ event suffered no such drama. Through the support of our club members and our many friends we were delighted to preside over another hugely successful event and at the end of the night were able to present the MS Society with a cheque for €5,000.
We were joined on the evening by Paul Halpin from the MS Society in Dublin and Paul provided attendees with an outline summary of the work carried out by the Society all across Ireland. Also in attendance were perennial supporters, Gerry Reardon, Grassroots Development Manager with the Football Association of Ireland and leading light of the Republic of Ireland Supporters Club in Derry, Jim Barr.
Quizmaster Michael Mulvaney, supported by his stalwart team of Sandie, Karen, Kelly, Gemma and Dave presided over the quiz in his own inimitable fashion and set a series of challenges which tested the mental resolve of the twenty four participating teams.
Victory went to ‘The B Team’ led by Catherine Booth in tandem with Turlough Booth and Emily Beaumont. They were hotly pursued in second place by ‘Oak Hunt’ comprising Cathal Chu, David King and Damian Byrne while the ‘What World Cup’ trio of Pat Cosgrave, Charles and James Henry gave them a run for their money in third place.
Some photos of the night:
Our gratitude goes out to our generous sponsors, Cara Stationery, Cityjet, The Claddagh Ring Hendon, Connolly’s Bar Chiswick, Euro Diamond Drilling, O’Donoghue’s Goldhawk Road, Alliance Managing Agents Limited, Solas Management, Red Cow Moran Hotel Dublin, The Oxford Arms Camden Town, The Football Association of Ireland and our event hosts The Clayton Crown Hotel.
Our warmest gratitude also goes to Roisin Kennedy who’s arm twisting and cajoling sales technique persuded our attendees to dig deep and generate a quite significant contribution from our dual raffles.