NewThe Championship and League One on Saturday…24/08/2019

Match series five in the Championship kicked-off at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon when Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jason Knight) played out a one all draw with visitors West Bromwich Albion (Dara O’Shea)in Pride Park. Keogh and Knight both started and impressed but O’Shea was an unused substitute. Luton Town (James Collins) travelled to Barnsley for a 3pm encounter and secured a three one victory with Collins scoring the second goal after just five minutes. Ewood Park hosted the meeting of Blackburn Rovers (Daragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams) and Cardiff City which ended scoreless. Charlton Athletic (Josh Cullen) scored the only goal to defeat Brentford at the Valley while Fulham (Harry Arter, Cyrus Christie) went down to a two one home defeat by Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage. Bristol City (Callum O’Dowda) travelled to face Hull City where they secured
a three one victory but O’Dowda was an unused substitute. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) were held to a one all draw by visitors Millwall (Alex Pearce, Aiden O’Brien, Shaun Williams, Jayson Molumby) at the Riverside Stadium where Pearce, O’Brien and Williams started but Molumby was unused on the bench.  Preston North End (Alan Browne, Joe Rafferty, Sean Maguire) secured a two one home success over Sheffield Wednesday (Keiren Westwood)at Deepdale where all four Irishmen started with Maguire earning the two penalties which gave the ‘Lilywhites’ victory. QPR (Ryan Manning) came from behind to defeat visitors Wigan Athletic by three goals to one at Loftus Road. Stoke City (James McClean, Scott Hogan, Nathan Collins) went down to a three nil defeat by early leaders Leeds United in the Bet365 Stadium where Collins and McClean started with Hogan a 60th minute substitute. 

League One
Doncaster Rovers (Ian Lawlor, Kieran Sadlier) defeated Lincoln City by two goals to one in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon in League One. Struggling Bolton Wanderers were crushed five nil byu Ipswich Town (Alan Judge) in the Macron Stadium where Judge completed the full ninety minutes. Shrewsbury Town (Max O’Leary) and Burton Albion (Kieran O’Hara) played out a scoreless draw at the New Meadow, meaning both goalkeepers kept clean sheets.   

NewPremier League action this weekend…25/08/2019

Weekend action in the Premier League commenced at 8pm on Friday evening at Villa Park where Aston Villa secured their first points of the season with a two nil defeat of visitors Everton. New club captain Seamus Coleman was in action for the ‘Toffees’ but Conor Hourihane was unused on the host substitute bench.

Saturday afternoon saw Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues go down to a two nil home defeat by South Coast rivals Southampton at the Amex Stadium. Teenage striker Michael Obafemi was an unused substitute for the ‘Saints’ but Shane Long did not make the matchday squad. James McCarthy was an eighty third minute substitute for Crystal Palace who scored a late winner for a two one victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Callum Robinson  started for Sheffield United who went down to a two one defeat by Leicester City at Bramall Lane. His international colleagues John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick were all in the starting eleven for the ‘Blades’, but Robinson and McGoldrick were both withdrawn after 54 minutes..

Injury concerns also surround Matt Doherty, whose Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Burnley to Molineaux at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon just three days after their Europa League joust with Torino in Italy. The visiting ‘Clarets’ include recent injury casualty Robbie Brady together with Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long among their number. Ciaran Clark is expected to be in the Newcastle United squad for the journey to Tottenham Hotspur, also at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

NewFAI Cup second round contests this weekend…25/08/2019

The eight second round contests in the 2019 FAI Challenge Cup, sponsored by, are set to be completed this weekend.

There were two surprise results on Friday evening with UCD defeating St Patrick’s Athletic by three goals to one at The Bowl and First Division Galway United eliminating Cork City with the only goal in Eamonn Deacy Park. Shamrock Rovers gained revenge for their defeat in last year’s competition with four second half goals to defeat First Division Drogheda United in Tallaght Stadium. The meeting of Bohemian and First Division Longford Town went to a penalty shoot-out after a one all draw following extra-time in Dalymount Park. The hosts prevailed by five goals to four in the shoot-out.

The standout tie of the round was the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium meeting of Derry City and Dundalk which also went to extra-time after the hosts twice came from behind to earn a two all draw in regular time. The tie was decided in the final minute of extra-time with Dundalk scoring for a three two victory.

The two clubs are scheduled to meet again at the same venue in the final of the EA Sports Cup on Saturday the 14 September 2019 at 8pm.

Friday 23 August 2019
19.45 Bohemian 1-1 Longford Town [aet}[Bohemian 5-4 on penalties] 
19.45 Derry City 2-3 Dundalk [aet}
19.45 Galway United 1-0 Cork City
20.00 Shamrock Rovers 4-0 Drogheda United
19.45 UCD 3-1 St Patrick’s Athletic
Saturday 24 August 2019
17.00 Glengad United v Waterford
20.00 Sligo Rovers v Limerick
Sunday 25 August 2019
14.00 Crumlin United v Lucan United

NewEuropa League Qualifying Play-Offs…22/08/2019

The first legs in the Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs took place this Thursday evening and saw Wolverhampton Wanderers secure a three two away victory over Italian representatives Torino. Matt Doherty, who was forced off through injury in Monday night’s Premier League draw with Manchester United, did not feature.

Other first leg ties included:-
19.45 Glasgow Celtic 2-0 AIK (Sweden)
19.45 Linfield 3-2 FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan)
19.00 Legia Warsaw (Poland) 0-0 Glasgow Rangers 

NewU16s draw with England in Triangular Tournament…22/08/2019

Our U16 side, guided by Head Coach Paul Osam, played out an exciting three all draw with hosts England in their second contest of the Triangular Invitation Tournament this Thursday afternoon in the English NTC in St George’s Park. Tom Lonergan put Ireland in front but the hosts scored twice before the break to lead at half-time. The second period saw Jamie Mullins equalise before Ireland goalkeeper Aaron Maguire conceded and then made a double save from  penalty. The hosts regained the lead shortly afterwards but Ireland were not to be denied and Ben Quinn equalised for an excellent draw.

Team: Aaron Maguire(Tottenham Hotspur); Tommy Fogarty(Birmingham City), Darragh Reilly(Sligo Rovers)[C], Ben Curtis(Shamrock Rovers), John Ryan(Shamrock Rovers); Glory Nzingo(St Patrick’s Athletic), Edwin Agbaje(Shamrock Rovers), John Joe Power(Burton Albion); Ben Quinn(St Patrick’s Athletic), Evan Ferguson(Bohemian), Tom Lonergan(St Patrick’s Athletic)


NewMore Championship action on Wednesday…21/08/2019

There was further Championship action this Wednesday evening as Charlton Athletic and their loanee Josh Cullen were held to a one all draw by Nottingham Forest at the Valley. Craven Cottage hosted the London Derby meeting of Fulham and Millwall which may have attracted the interest of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Arter started for the hosts but Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute as Fulham cruised to a four nil victory.  The visiting ‘Lions’ included Alex Pearce and Shaun Williams in their starting eleven with Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby a 75th minute substitute while Aiden O’Brien remained on the bench. Alan Browne was an 82nd minute substitute for Preston North End who defeated visitors Stoke City by three goals to one at Deepdale. The visitors included Aston Villa loanee Scott Hogan in their starting eleven but he made little impact and was substituted on 58 minutes. James McClean also started in the left back position and scored the late consolation goal while teenage defender Nathan Collins was introduced for the second half and played very well.  Ireland Assistant Manager Terry Connor is believed to have been an interested party at Deepdale. Ryan Manning retained his starting role for QPR who went down to a three one defeat by visitors Swansea City at Loftus Road while Ireland U21 duo Dara O’Shea and Josh Barrett had to be content with positions on the bench for their respective clubs West Bromwich Albion and Reading who played out a one all draw at the Hawthorns.

NewU16s lose to Denmark in Tournament opener…20/08/2019

Our Republic of Ireland U16 side, guided by Head Coach Paul Osam, commenced their International Triangular Tournament involvement with a four two defeat by Denmark early this Tuesday afternoon in the English National Training Centre at St George’s Park. The ‘Danes’ were much the better side and led by four goals until the closing stages when substitutes Tom Lonergan and John Joe Power scored to present a better image.

We will next face hosts England, again at the NTC in St Georges Park, at 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

Team: Jack Ross(Bray Wanderers), Ben Curtis(Shamrock Rovers)[C], Sean Grehan(Bohemian), Aaron O’Reilly(St Patrick’s Athletic), John Ryan(Shamrock Rovers); Luke McGlynn(Finn Harps), James Abankwah(St Patricks Athletic), Michael Leddy(Shamrock Rovers); Cian Kelly(Bohemian), Evan Ferguson(Bohemian), Sean Fitzpatrick(Wexford)

Edwin Agbaje(Shamrock Rovers) for Leddy 40′
John Joe Power(Burton Albion) for McGlynn 40′
Tom Lonergan(St Patrick’s Athletic) for Fitzpatrick 56′
Ben Quinn(St Patrick’s Athletic) for Kelly 56′
Tommy Fogarty(Birmingham City) for Curtis 69′
Glory Nzingo(St Patrick’s Athletic) Abankwah 69′