NewMore midweek action for Irish…28/10/2020

Conor Masterson
is likely to be on the substitute bench for QPR who journey to Barnsley in the 
Championship on Tuesday evening. Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams are expected to be in the starting eleven for Blackburn Rovers who welcome current leaders Reading to Ewood Park. Ryan Manning has yet to get his first taste of action with new club Swansea City who entertain Stoke City and their Irish duo Nathan Collins and James McClean. Struggling Wycombe Wanderers include Daryl Horgan in their squad for the visit of Watford.

There has been disappointment for U21 front man Zak Elbouzedi who has not made the natch day squad for League One leaders Lincoln City in recent weeks while fellow U21 striker Anthony Scully has recently been introduced from the substitute bench. The ‘Imps’ travel to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening. Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness awaits his Ipswich Town debut and the visit of Gillingham may offer opportunity. U21 midfielder Jack Taylor is expected to be in action with Peterborough United who welcome Burton Albion and Kieran O’Hara to London Road. Ronan Curtis will hope to reclaim his starting role for Portsmouth who play host to Northampton Town. Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is expected to be in action for loan club Rochdale who play host to Sunderland.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor is expected to be in League Two action with Tranmere Rovers who visit Crawley Town while U21 striker Joshua Kayode is expected to start for loan club Carlisle United who play host to Morecambe.

The Championship continues on Wednesday evening with AFC Bournemouth playing host to Bristol City. Mark Travers is likely to be on the ‘Cherries’ substitute bench, a fate which may also befall Callum O’Dowda with the visiting ‘Robins’. Jason Knight has been a constant in the Derby County midfield and is expected to again be in action when Cardiff City visit Pride Park. Chris Hughton and his Nottingham Forest charges Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie travel to Luton Town while Alan Browne and Sean Maguire are in the Preston North End squad for the visit of Millwall. 

NewAirtricity League Premier Division…25/10/2020

The Airtricity League Premier Division edged closer to it’s finale on Friday evening with Derry City defeating Shelbourne by two goals to nil in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

Struggling sides Sligo Rovers and Cork City met in the Showgrounds at 5pm on Saturday afternoon where the hosts gained a fortuitous  two one victory. Later at 7.30pm, Bohemian went down to a two nil defeat by Finn Harps in Dalymount Park.

These two results ensured that Shamrock Rovers are the League Champions while Cork City are relegated to the First Division. With three home fixtures still to play, Finn Harps could yet escape from the promotion/relegation play-off position, with the five clubs immediately above them all capable of being caught.

Following their Europa League exertions on Thursday evening, Dundalk travelled to Waterford on Sunday afternoon where they suffered  a one nil defeat.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shamrock Rovers        14 12  2  0  38  7   31   38
Bohemian               17 11  1  5  21 11   10   34
Dundalk                16  7  4  5  24 20    4   25
Waterford              17  7  3  7  17 21   -4   24
Sligo Rovers           17  7  1  9  17 23   -6   22 

Derry City             15  5  4  7  17 15    2   19
St Patrick’s Athletic  14  5  4  5  10 11   -1   19
Shelbourne             16  5  4  7  13 20   -7   19
Finn Harps             15  3  5  7  11 20   -9   14
Cork City              17  2  4 11   9 29  -20   10  

NewAirtricity League First Division…24/10/2020

The penultimate Airtricity League First Division fixtures were played this Saturday afternoon and saw Drogheda United go top of the League Table following their two nil victory over Wexford in United Park while overnight leaders Bray Wanderers went down to a one nil home defeat by Galway United in the Carlisle Grounds.

The contest to win the League and gain automatic promotion to the Premier Division rests between Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers who are separated by one point. The unlucky side from the above duo will be joined in the divisional play-offs by the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth with five clubs, UCD, Longford Town, Cabinteely, Galway United and Cobh Ramblers still in contention for those three positions.

The final series of League Fixtures are scheduled for 7.45pm this Tuesday evening and are as follows:-
Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers
Cabinteely v Drogheda United
Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers II
Galway United v UCD
Wexford v Longford Town

                     P  W  D  L   F  A  G/D  Pts
Drogheda United     17 11  3  3  37 17  20   36
Bray Wanderers      17 11  2  4  29 13  16   35
UCD                 17  9  2  6  42 27  15   29
Longford Town       17  9  2  6  25 21   4   29

Cabinteely          17  9  1  7  25 31  -6   28
Galway United       17  7  5  5  24 17   7   26
Cobh Ramblers       17  8  2  7  22 20   2   26
Athlone Town        17  4  3 10  23 39 -16   15
Shamrock Rovers II  17  4  2 11  22 28  -6   14
Wexford             17  1  2 12   8 44 -36    5

NewIrish in UK weekend action…26/10/2020

The Premier League continued on Monday afternoon with Brighton & Hove Albion being held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Aaron Connolly was an unused substitute for the hosts while Callum Robinson entered the fray on 63 minutes for the ‘Baggies’.  Kevin Long started for Burnley who suffered a disappointing one nil defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur who included Matt Doherty in their starting eleven. Robbie Brady and Jimmy Dunne were unused substitutes for the host ‘Clarets’. 

Shane Long remained unused on the Southampton substitute bench for the Premier League visit of Everton to St Mary’s Stadium where the hosts ran out comfortable two nil winners against very lack lustre opponents. Injury ruled Seamus Coleman out of the visiting ‘Toffees’ squad. Jeff Hendrick was in the Newcastle United side which scored an added time equaliser against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineaux. Ciaran Clark played a full 90 minutes in midweek with the ‘Magpies’ U23 side and is nearing a return to first team action.

The Scottish Premiership meeting of Aberdeen and Glasgow Celtic ended in a three all draw at Pittodrie where Jonny Hayes and Tommie Hoban started for the hosts while Shane Duffy was in action with the visitors. Hayes had an excellent game for the ‘Dons’ but both Hoban and Duffy were quite some way below par.

The Premier League continued at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Darren Randolph an unused substitute for West Ham United who played out a one all draw with visitors Manchester City. There is an 8pm kick-off for the Anfield meeting of Liverpool and Sheffield United where John Egan and Enda Stevens start for the ‘Blades’ with David McGoldrick named on the substitute bench.

U21 full back Danny McNamara, on loan at St Johnstone from Millwall, was again in fine form as his side played out a scoreless Scottish Premiership draw with visitors Dundee United in McDiarmid Park.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi scored the only goal after five minutes to earn his Dundee side the points from the Scottish Championship visit of Greenock Morton.

In the Championship, Callum O’Dowda was a 65th minute substitute for Bristol City who played out a one all draw with visitors Swansea City for whom new signing Ryan Manning was an unused substitute. Coventry City went down to a four nil defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers for whom Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams formed the central defensive partnership. Alan Browne started for Preston North End and scored both goals in their two one victory at Huddersfield Town while Sean Maguire was an 85th minute substitute. Adam Idah was a 58th minute substitute for Norwich City in their two one Carrow Road victory over visitors Wycombe Wanderers who included Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven. Idah was red carded in the fifth minute of stoppage time for violent conduct. Midweek red card recipient Nathan Collins, having appealed his dismissal, was in the Stoke City side alongside James McClean for their three two victory over visitors Brentford. McClean scored the second goal and set up the third for the ‘Potters’. 

Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor was forced off after just 24 minutes as his loan club Gillingham went down to a two nil home defeat by visitors Fleetwood Town in League One. The victors included Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden in their starting eleven with Madden scoring the opening goal. U21 midfielder Jack Taylor was in the Peterborough United side which gained the points with a two one victory over their hosts Hull City. Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu was in fine form with loan club Rochdale who defeated their hosts Shrewsbury Town by two goals to one. Ronan Curtis was a 55th minute substitute for Portsmouth who defeated their hosts Sunderland by three goals to one at the Stadium of Light.

Rotherham United loanee Joshua Kayode was in the Carlisle United side for their one all League Two draw at Grimsby Town while Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor had to be substituted on 30 minutes as his Tranmere Rovers secured a two nil victory over visitors Southend United.  

Aston Villa lost the only remaining Premier League 100% record this Friday evening when visitors Leeds United defeated them by three goals to nil at Villa Park. One time Ireland target Patrick Bamford scored all three goals for the victors. Conor Hourihane remained unused on the substitute bench for the hosts.

New manager Chris Hughton saw his Nottingham Forest side collect a valuable Championship point when they came from behind to secure a one all draw with bitter rivals Derby County at the City Ground on Friday evening. Cyrus Christie and Harry Arter were both in the Forest side while Jason Knight was again in the visiting eleven. 


NewSenior Women suffer defeat in Kiev…23/10/2020

Our senior women suffered a very disappointing one nil defeat in a crucial 2022 UEFA European Championship Qualifier against the Ukraine in Kiev this Friday afternoon. Ireland had marginally the greater number of shots but just over 25% were on target while the hosts had a 60% on target ratio. The winning goal on 25 minutes was the result of a mix-up involving goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan and defender Aine O’Gorman who put the ball in the net. Eight minutes later, Ireland had a golden opportunity to equalise but captain Katie McCabe struck her penalty kick off the crossbar. Ireland pursued an equaliser with vigour throughout the match but our finishing efforts were quite poor.

A draw would have ensured second place in Group I behind Germany and guaranteed at least a play-off place. Victory would have enhanced the chance of snatching one of the three Group Runners-Up places which offer automatic qualification for the finals. Ireland must now await the outcome of the contest between Greece and the Ukraine in four days time and will hope for a home victory which would take the Ukraine out of the second place equation and make Greece our primary challengers. Both Greece and ourselves are set to meet Germany in our respective final encounters with neither of us expected to gain any points which would ensure our second place finish and a play-off place.

Courtney Brosnan; Aine O’Gorman, Diane Caldwell, Louise Quinn, Harriet Scott; Heather Payne, Ruesha Littlejohn, Megan Connolly, Katie McCabe(C); Denise O’Sullivan; Rianna Jarrett
Amber Barrett for Jarrett 86′
Ellen Molloy for Scott 86′


Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan(West Ham United), Grace Moloney(Reading), Niamh Reid-Burke(Peamount United)
Defenders: Diane Caldwell(SC Sand), Keeva Keenan(Glasgow Celtic), Aine O’Gorman(Peamount United), Claire O’Riordan(MSV Duisberg), Louise Quinn(Fiorentina), Harriet Scott(Reading)
Midfielders: Megan Connolly(Brighton & Hove Albion), Niamh Fahey(Liverpool), Niamh Farrelly(Peamount United), Jamie Finn(Shelbourne), Ruesha Littlejohn(Leicester City), Ellen Molloy(Wexford), Alli Murphy(London City), Hayley Nolan(London City), Denise O’Sullivan(Brighton & Hove Albion-loan from NC Courage)
Forwards: Amber Barrett(FC Koln), Kyra Carusa(HB Hoge), Rianna Jarrett(Brighton & Hove Albion), Leanne Kiernan(West Ham United), Katie McCabe(Arsenal), Heather Payne(Florida State University)


NewDundalk in Europa League action…22/10/2020

Dundalk kicked-off their Europa League Group B campaign with a two one defeat by Molde of Norway in Tallaght Stadium this Thursday evening. In the other Group B contest between Rapid Vienna and Arsenal, the visiting ‘Gunners’ emerged victorious by two goals to one in the Weststadion. 

In Group H, Glasgow Celtic (Shane Duffy) went down to a three one home defeat by AC Milan, conquerers of Shamrock Rovers in the qualifying round. Glasgow Rangers travelled to Standard Liege in Group D and secured a two nil victory. Leicester City hosted Zorya Luhansk of the Ukraine in Group G and were three nil victors while Tottenham Hotspur (Matt Doherty) secured the same winning margin as they defeated visiting Austrian side LASK in Group J.

NewIreland to face England at Wembley…21/10/2020

It has just been announced that Ireland will face England in a closed doors friendly international at Wembley Stadium on Thursday the 12th November 2020. Ireland had been scheduled to meet Bosnia & Herzegovina while England were due to host New Zealand but both countries sought cancellations in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

With Ireland due to meet Wales in Cardiff on Sunday the 15th November in the Nations League they will base themselves in the UK during the build up period to both matches.

They will return to Abbotstown for the remaining Nations League match at Home to Bulgaria on Wednesday the 18th November 2020.