NewU17s face Israel in Championship qualifier…18/11/2019

Our U17 side, under the guidance of Head Coach Colin O’Brien, top the Group with maximum points following their four two victory over Israel in Turner’s Cross this Monday afternoon in their concluding Group Three Qualifying Round contest of the 2020 European Championship. 

Our opening victories over Andorra (6-0) and Montenegro (3-1) assured our progress to the next Elite Stage but Ireland were eager to maintain their winning form and collect maximum points and that ambition was achieved.

Oliver O’Neill, starting for the first time, gave Ireland a 17th minute lead and centre back Anselmo Garcia McNally added the second one minute before the half-time break. Second half goals from Evan Ferguson and Sinclair Armstrong added to the total while the two goals conceded made no impact on the outcome, they nevertheless will have irritated Colin O’Brien.

Andorra and Montenegro contested the other Group contest at the same time in St Colman’s Park, Cobh where Montenegro prevailed by two goals to nil.

D Rose; G O’Brien (C), O Hand, AG McNulty, T Adaramola; O Crowe, B McCormack, C Conroy; S Armstrong, E Ferguson, O O’Neill
Robert Mahon for Armstrong 68′
Olabosun Lawal for Conroy 76′
Andrew Moran for McCormack 76′
Kailin Barlow for O’Neill 83′
Calum Kavanagh for Ferguson 83′

            P  W  D  L   F  A  Pts
Ireland     3  3  0  0  13  3   9
Montenegro  3  1  0  2   3  4   3
Israel      3  1  0  2   3  5   3
Andorra     3  1  0  2   1  8   3

Josh Keely(St Patrick’s Athletic), Daniel Rose(Everton)

Defenders: Tayo Adaramola(Crystal Palace), Oisin Hand(Shamrock Rovers), Leigh Kavanagh(Bray Wanderers), Anselmo Garcia McNulty(Wolfsburg), Gavin O’Brien(Bohemian), Daragh Reilly(St Patrick’s Athletic)
Midfielders: Colin Conroy(Bohemian), Kyle Conway(St Patrick’s Athletic), Oran Crowe(Cork City), Olabosun Lawal(Watford), Ben McCormack(St Patrick’s Athletic), Andrew Moran(Bray Wanderers)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong(Shamrock Rovers), Kailin Barlow(Sligo Rovers), Evan Ferguson(Bohemian), Calum Kavanagh(Middlesbrough), Robert Mahon(Bohemian), Oliver O’Neill(Fulham). 

NewTrio return to U21 squad…17/11/2019

Our Republic of Ireland U21 side continue preparations for their upcoming European Championship qualifying contest with Sweden set for Tallaght Stadium at 8pm next Tuesday evening. Captain Jayson Molumby and new senior international Lee O’Connor return to the squad following their suspension for the Armenia contest on Thursday last and will be joined by Conor Masterson who missed that match through injury. Central defender Dara O’Shea will miss the Sweden  match through suspension following his red card in Yerevan.

Updated Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu(Manchester City), Conor Kearns(UCD), 
Nathan Collins(Stoke City), Kameron Ledwidge(Southampton), Conor Masterson(QPR), Danny McNamara(Newport County on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor(Glasgow Celtic), Thomas O’Connor(Gillingham on loan from Southampton), Corey O’Keefe(Macclesfield Town on loan from Birmingham City), Dara O’Shea(West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales(UCD), 
Jack Clarke(Aston Villa), Conor Coventry(West Ham United), Jason Knight(Derby County), Daniel Mandroiu(Bohemian), Jayson Molumby(Millwall on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Connor Ronan(DAC Dunajska Streda on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Taylor(Barnet)

Wingers: Zackary Elbouzedi(Waterford), Danny Grant(Bohemian), Gavin Kilkenny(AFC Bournemouth), Simon Power(Ross County on loan from Norwich City) 
Adam Idah(Norwich City), Aidan Keena(Heart of Midlothian), Anthony Scully(West Ham United).

              P  W  D  L   F  A   Pts
Ireland       6  4  1  1   8  2   13
Italy         4  3  1  0   9  0   10
Iceland       5  3  0  2  10  9    9
Sweden        3  2  0  1   9  3    6
Armenia       5  1  0  4   3  9    3
Luxembourg    5  0  0  5   0 16    0

NewSenior Squad and Qualifying Group update…16/11/2019

Derrick Williams, who picked up a calf strain in last night’s win over New Zealand, is ruled out of contention for the crucial UEFA European Championship qualifier against Denmark on Monday evening and has returned to his club Blackburn Rovers. Young defender Lee O’Connor, who was suspended for the U21 victory in Armenia, has returned to the U21 squad for their crucial contest with Sweden. 

The expected Friday evening victories for Denmark (6-0 Gibraltar) and Switzerland (1-0 Georgia) mean that Ireland must defeat the Danes in order to claim second place and progress to the multi- located Championship Finals next summer. A one goal victory will suffice provided that the Gibraltar v Switzerland match does not end in a draw. Should that scenario occur, then Ireland will require a two goal margin of victory over Denmark.

                      P  W  D  L   F   A   G/D  Pts
Denmark               7  4  3  0  22   5   17   15
Switzerland           7  4  2  1  13   5    8   14
Republic of Ireland   7  3  3  1   6   4    2   12
Georgia               8  2  2  4   7  11   -4    8
Gibraltar             7  0  0  7   2  25  -23    0

NewU19s crush Gibraltar in UEFA Qualifier…16/11/2019

Our U19 side crushed Gibraltar by thirteen goals to nil in their second Group Ten European Championship qualifier on Saturday in Austria. The defeat by Switzerland in our opening encounter left no room for error if we were to retain hope of progressing to the Elite Stage of the Championship qualifiers but in reality that was never likely against a very poor Gibraltar. The five players who took no part in the opening fixture all started this afternoon. Aston Villa striker Tyreik Wright opened the scoring after six minutes and went on to score three further goals while seven of his colleagues also found the net.

The other Group 10 contest saw hosts Austria defeat Switzerland by two goals to one and with the Swiss expected to demolish Gibraltar in their final match, Ireland must defeat Austria by more than one goal in order to progress to the next Elite Stage.

Tyriek Wright 6′,47′,54′,88′
Lewis Richards 15′
Andrew Omobamidele 23′
Jamie Bowden 25′,73′
Mark McGuinness 55′
Ross Tierney 61′
Tom Cannon 62′
o.g. 87′
Ryan Cassidy 90’+3′

Team; Sean Bohan; Timi Sobowale, Andrew Omobamidele, Oisin McEntee(C), Lewis Richards; Barry Coffey; Ross Tierney, Jamie Bowden; Alex Gilbert, Tom Cannon, Tyriek Wright
Mark McGuinness for McEntee 46′
Armstrong Okoflex for Cannon 67′
Ryan Cassidy for Coffey 68′
Conor Noss for Gilbert 80′
Festy Ebosele for Bowden 90′

Goalkeepers: Sean Bohan(Bohemian), Jimmy Corcoran(Preston North End)
Defenders: Oisin McEntee(Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness(Arsenal), Mazeed Ogungbo(Arsenal), Andrew Omobamidele(Norwich City), Lewis Richards(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Timi Sobowale(Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jamie Bowden(Tottenham Hotspur), Barry Coffey(Glasgow Celtic), Festy Ebosele(Derby County), Conor Noss(Borussia Monchengladbach), Adam O’Reilly(Preston North End), Ross Tierney(Bohemian)
Forwards: Tom Cannon(Everton), Ryan Cassidy(Watford), Matt Everitt(Brighton & Hove Albion), Alex Gilbert(West Bromwich Albion), Armstrong Oko-Flex(Glasgow Celtic), Tyreik Wright(Aston Villa)

NewU17s Qualify for Elite Stage…15/11/2019

Head Coach Colin O’Brien saw his Republic of Ireland U17 side secure a three one victory over Montenegro in Turner’s Cross this Friday evening to qualify for the Elite Stage of the 2020 UEFA European Championship with a match to spare.

Montenegro proved stubborn opponents and repelled all of our attacks until the 57th minute when Ben McCormack made the breakthrough. Our sigh of relief lasted barely thirty seconds as our opponents scored an immediate equaliser. Ireland re-grouped and centre back Anselmo Garcia-McNulty restored the lead in the 65th minute. This time there was no relaxation and McCormack scored his second on 81 minutes to ensure victory.

Earlier in the afternoon in Cobh, Andorra whom we had thrashed six nil created quite a shock with a one nil defeat of Israel who had defeated Montenegro in their opening contest.

Ireland will next face Israel in Turner’s Cross at 2pm next Monday afternoon in their concluding fixture.

D Rose; G O’Brien (C), L Kavanagh, AG McNulty, T Adaramola; K Conway, B McCormack, C Conroy; S Armstrong, E Ferguson, R Mahon
O O’Neill for Mahon 66′