Match series two in the Airtricity League Premier Division is scheduled for this Friday evening with Cork City playing host to Munster rivals Waterford in Turner’s Cross at 7.45pm. Defending champions Dundalk journey to face promoted Finn Harps in Finn Park at 8.00pm while at the same time, Derry City travel to take on Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium. The Showgrounds is the venue for the meeting of Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic which will see new host manager Liam Buckley face his former club. Promoted First Division champions UCD take on Bohemian in the Bowl at 7.45pm.
The Airtricity League First Division commences this Friday evening with all five contests set to kick-off at 7.45pm. Athlone Town play host to Wexford FC while Cabinteely entertain local rivals Bray Wanderers at Stradbrook. Drogheda United welcome Cobh Ramblers to United Park while Eamonn Deacy Park is the venue for the meeting of Galway United and Shelbourne. Further South, Limerick await the Markets Field visit of Longford Town.
There is Premier League action scheduled for this Friday night with Cardiff City playing host to Watford at 7.45pm. Harry Arter is expected to be in action for the hosts but doubts surround Greg Cunningham who has recently been excluded from the matchday squad. Also set for action are Fulham and Cyrus Christie who journey to face West Ham United at the London Stadium.
The draw for the qualifying stage of the 2021 Women’s European Championship took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this Thursday afternoon and sees the Republic of Ireland drawn in Group I alongside Germany, Ukraine, Greece, and Montenegro.
The first qualifying match is scheduled for Tuesday the 3rd September 2019 with Montenegro providing the opposition in Tallaght Stadium. Second seeds Ukraine will be the visitors to Tallaght for the second match on Tuesday the 8th October 2019 with a trip to Greece on Tuesday the 12th November 2019 completing the fixture schedule for this calendar year.
There are nine qualifying groups with the group winners and the three best runners-up qualifying automatically to join hosts England for the July 2021 Finals. The remaining six second place teams will contest a two leg play-off to determine the three remaining finalists.
The draw for the first preliminary round of the 2019 EA Sports Cup was made today and produced the following ties which are set to take place at 7.45pm on the evening of Monday the 4th March 2019.
Athlone Town v Galway United
Bray Wanderers v Wexford FC
Cobh Ramblers v Limerick
Drogheda United v Cabinteely FC
Longford Town v Cockhill Celtic FC
Shelbourne v Bluebell United
Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County, captained by Richard Keogh, suffered a setback to their ambitions when they went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Millwall at Pride Park this Wednesday evening. The visitors included Shaun Williams in their starting eleven with Aiden O’Brien an unused substitute while loanee Alex Pearce was not eligible to play against his parent club.
Ronan Curtis was restored to a starting position for League One promotion hopefuls Portsmouth who were held to a one all draw by Fratton Park visitors Bristol Rovers, managed by Graham Coughlan, on Tuesday evening. Burnley loanee Jimmy Dunne retained his starting position for Sunderland, after his troubled evening facing Accrington Stanley loanee Paul Smyth last Friday night, when the ‘Makems’ defeated visitors Gillingham by four goals to two at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. Aiden McGeady was also in the starting eleven and scored the fourth goal from the penalty spot. McGeady has displayed good form throughout the season to date. Very noticeable during the match on Friday last was his speedy and accurate use of the ball, a far cry from earlier times when his tendency to hold on to the ball for lengthy periods brought much criticism and little reward. McGeady, on this revised style, may yet be on the radar of new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.