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Senior Women lose opening double header in Portugal…18/01/2018

Head Coach Colin Bell was disappointed by the performance of his Ireland Senior Women’s side in their one nil defeat by hosts Portugal in the Azores on Thursday evening. The winning goal came from the penalty spot on sixty minutes. The sides will meet again on Monday afternoon.

U19 Women compete in Portugal mini-Tournament…19/01/2018
Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women next meet England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon at 5pm. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Women set for double header in Portugal…16/01/2018

Head Coach Colin Bell takes a nineteen player Ireland Senior Women’s squad to Thje Azores where they will meet hosts Portugal in two friendly encounters on Thursday the 18th and Sunday the 21st January 2018.

U19 Women compete in Portugal mini-Tournament…

Our U19 Women guided by Head Coach Dave Connell also travel to Portugal where they will compete in a mini-Tournament with hosts Portugal and England. Ireland will face the hosts in Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Wednesday afternoon and then meet England at the same venue on Thursday afternoon at 5pm. A third contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League…13/01/2018

Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley in their one nil Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon with Kevin Long and Jon Walters unused on the bench. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the bench for West Ham United who won by four goals to one at Huddersfield Town with Rice introduced for the final stages. Newcastle United netminder Rob Elliot returned on the bench following injury while Ciaran Clark was in the starting eleven for the visit of Swansea City. Shane Long starts for Southampton who have travelled to Watford while Derry men James McClean, a substitute, and Shane Duffy who starts, are in opposition for the meeting of West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion. James McCarthy started for Everton who suffered a crushing four nil defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the 5.30pm kick-off at Wembley Stadium.

Championship action on Saturday afternoon…13/01/2018

The Championship continued 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Cardiff City (Anthony Pilkington – late substitute and goalscorer) crushing visitors Sunderland (Johm O’Shea, Marc Wilson) with four second half goals. The Den hosted the one all draw between Millwall (Aiden O’Brien – who scored) and Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgane). Everton loanee Harry Charsley started for Bolton Wanderers in their one nil defeat at Brentford while the 5.30pm kick-off featured Nottingham Forest who lost to the only goal, scored by Scott Hogan, at home to Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan also started for Villa with the veteren Dubliner withdrawn through injury at half-time.

Underage and Domestic News Roundup December 2017

Underage and Domestic News Roundup
December 2017

Under 21

Our Under 21 side will continue their 2019 European Championship Qualifying campaign on the 27th March 2018 when Azerbaijan will be the visitors to Tallaght Stadium. There is then a lengthy break before the September 2018 double header away to Kosova on Friday the 7th September and home to Germany on Tuesday the 11th September. We will complete our qualifying campaign with an away double header the following month, travelling to Israel on Thursday the 11th October followed by a visit to Germany on Tuesday the 16th October 2018.

Under 19

The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on the morning of Wednesday the 6th December 2017 and saw Ireland drawn in Group Five with Portugal, Kosova and Slovakia who will be our opening opponents on the 21st March 2018. We will then face Kosova on the 24th March 2018 and complete the Group against mini-tournament hosts Portugal on the 27th March 2018. The Group winners will progress to the Finals in July 2018 which will be hosted by Finland.

In preparation for the Elite Competition our squad will travel to Spain where they will take on Romania in a double header scheduled for Tuesday the 13th and Friday the 16th February 2018.

The draw for the Qualifying Round of the 2019 Championship was also made and we will host Group Ten from the 10th to the 16th October 2018 with Holland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Faroe Islands providing the opposition.

Under 18

Our U18 non-competitive side will host Wales in two friendly encounters on Tuesday the 20th and Thursday the 22nd February with a second double header against Romania set for Sunday the 25th and Tuesday the 27th March 2018.

Under 17

The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship also took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on the morning of Wednesday the 6th December 2017 and we will contest Group Three with Poland, Georgia and FYR Macedonia who will be our opening opponents on the 21st March 2018. We will then face Georgia on the 24th March 2018 before completing the Group against the mini-tournament hosts Poland on the 27th March 2018. The Group winners and runners-up will contest the Finals hosted by England between the 4th and 20th May 2018.

The draw for the Qualifying Round of the 2019 Championship also took place but we were not involved as we will host the Championship Finals in May 2019 and qualify automatically.

Senior Women

Our senior women will travel to face Portugal in a friendly double header set for the 18th and 21st January 2018 before Slovakia and Holland provide the opposition in two home World Cup qualifiers set for the 6th and 10th April 2018 in Tallaght Stadium.

U19 Women

The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship sees Ireland drawn in Group Four alongside Austria, Spain and Turkey. We will host the mini-tournament from the 2nd to the 8th April 2018.

The draw for the preliminary stage of the 2019 Championship has also been made and we will contest Group Eight with the Faroe Island, Ukraine and mini-tournament hosts Lithuania from the 2nd to the 8th October 2018.

U17 Women

The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship sees Ireland drawn in Group Seven alongside Azerbaijan, Iceland and Germany, who will host the mini-tournament from the 22nd to the 28th March 2018. We will meet Iceland on Thursday the 22nd followed by Azerbaijan on Sunday the 25th and hosts Germany on Wenesday the 28th.

The draw for the preliminary stage of the 2019 Championship has also been made and we will contest Group Seven with Albania, Wales and mini-tournament hosts Serbia from the 22nd to the 28th October 2018.

Schools Internationals

Our Schools International side will kick-off their Centenary Shield challenge when they travel to face Wales on Thursday the 15th February 2018. They will then travel to meet England on Friday the 16th March before hosting Northern Ireland on Thursday the 29th March 2018. The final contest at home to Scotland is set for Thursday the 12th April 2018.

FAI Presidents Cup

The FAI Presidents Cup will again spearhead the 2018 domestic season and will take place in Oriel Park at 3pm on Sunday the 11th February 2018 between double winners Cork City and dual runners-up Dundalk.

FAI Airtricity League

The 2018 Airtricity League season is set to kick-off on Friday the 16th February 2018 with defending champions Cork City travelling to meet St Patrick’s Athletic while dual runners-up Dundalk play host to Bray Wanderers. Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers meet in Dalymount Park while newly promoted Waterford entertain Derry City at the RSC. The opening match series will be completed with the Saturday evening meeting of Sligo Rovers and Limerick in the Showgrounds.