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Friday night in the Airtricity League…26/06/2021


There were four Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played on Friday evening. Current leaders St Patrick’s Athletic travelled South to take on ninth place Waterford in the RSC where they were held to a one all draw while second place Shamrock Rovers welcomed Drogheda United to Tallaght Stadium and they too were held to a one all draw. Dundalk defeated Derry City by two goals to one in Oriel Park where Chris Shields played his last game for the ‘Lilywhites’ before his impending departure to Linfield in the Irish League.  Finn Harps welcoming bottom side Longford Town to Finn Park where the sides played out a one all draw.

The remaining fixture between Sligo Rovers and in-form Bohemian took place in the Showgrounds on Saturday evening and saw the hosts secure a stunning four nil victory which sees them join St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers at the summit of the league table.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
St Patrick’s Athletic  18 10  5  3  30 17   13   35
Shamrock Rovers        18 10  5  3  27 14   13   35   
Sligo Rovers           18 10  5  3  26 13   13   35
Bohemian               18  8  3  7  30 20   10   27
Drogheda United        18  7  5  6  30 21    9   26
Dundalk                18  6  6  6  23 24   -1   24
Derry City             18  5  7  6  19 23   -4   22

Finn Harps             18  5  5  8  16 26  -10   20
Waterford              18  4  1 13  13 37  -24   13
Longford Town          18  1  6 11  13 32  -19    9

There were four Airtricity League First Division contests played on Friday evening with leaders Shelbourne  defeating struggling Cork City by two goals to one in Tolka Park. Treaty United went down to a one nil defeat by West Coast neighbours Galway United in the Markets Field  while UCD made the short journey to take on Cabinteely at Stradbrook where they prevailed by two goals to one. Athlone Town and visitors Bray Wanderers played out a scoreless draw while the bottom duo, Cobh Ramblers and Wexford faced each other in St Colman’s Park on Saturday evening where the hosts prevailed by three goals to two. 

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts

Shelbourne             13 10  3  0  29 11   18   33
UCD                    13  6  4  3  28 19    9   22
Treaty United          13  6  4  3  17 12    5   22  

Galway United          13  6  4  3  18 14    4   22
Bray Wanderers         13  4  6  3  16 13    3   18
Cabinteely             13  6  0  7  13 21   -8   18
Athlone Town           13  5  2  5  17 14    3   17
Cobh Ramblers          13  4  2  7  13 23  -10   14
Cork City              13  3  3  7  13 14   -1   12    
Wexford                13  1  0 12   7 28  -21    3  

 

 

Monday night in the Airtricity League…21/06/2021


The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Monday night with all ten clubs in action. Top of the bill was the Dalymount Park clash of bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers with the host ‘Gypsies’ prevailing by one goal to nil.  St Patrick’s Athletic leapfrogged the ‘Hoops’ into top spot on goals scored following their four one victory over Finn Harps in Richmond Park while third place Sligo Rovers played out a one all draw with much improved Derry City in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.  The ‘Louth Derby’ meeting of Drogheda United and Dundalk in  Head in the Game Park went the way of the visiting ‘Lilywhites’ by one goal to nil while the bottom two Longford Town and Waterford locked horns in Bishopsgate with the visiting ‘Blues’ securing a two one victory.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
St Patrick’s Athletic  17 10  4  3  29 16   13   34
Shamrock Rovers        17 10  4  3  26 13   13   34   
Sligo Rovers           17  9  5  3  22 13    9   32
Bohemian               17  8  3  6  30 16   14   27
Drogheda United        17  7  4  6  29 20    9   25
Derry City             17  5  7  5  18 21   -3   22
Dundalk                17  5  6  6  21 23   -2   21
Finn Harps             17  5  4  8  15 25  -10   19
Waterford              17  4  0 13  12 36  -24   12
Longford Town          17  1  5 11  12 31  -19    8 

Airtricity League continues on Friday…19/06/2021


The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with current leaders Shamrock Rovers journeying South to face Waterford in the RSC where they recovered from the concession of an early goal to score a comfortable four one success.  St Patrick’s Athletic superseded  Sligo Rovers in second place with a two nil victory in Richmond Park. Fourth place Drogheda United suffered a crushing five nil defeat by Bohemian in Dalymount Park who are now just one point behind the County Louth side. The North West Derby meeting of Finn Harps and Derry City in Finn Park went the way of the visiting ‘Candystripes’ by two goals to one. Strugglers Dundalk and Longford Town played out a one all draw  in Oriel Park where the ‘Lilywhites’ had former boss Vinny Perth back at the managerial helm.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts
Shamrock Rovers        16 10  4  2  26 12   14   34
St Patrick’s Athletic  16  9  4  3  25 15   10   31
Sligo Rovers           16  9  4  3  21 12    9   31
Drogheda United        16  7  4  5  29 19   10   25
Bohemian               16  7  3  6  29 16   13   24 

Derry City             16  5  6  5  17 20   -3   21
Finn Harps             16  5  4  7  14 21   -7   19
Dundalk                16  4  6  6  20 23   -3   18

Waterford              16  3  0 13  10 35  -25    9
Longford Town          16  1  5 10  11 29  -18    8  

There were four Airtricity League First Division contests played on Friday evening with leaders Shelbourne  scoring the only goal at bottom side Wexford in Ferrycarrig Park while second place UCD made the short journey to Bray Wanderers where they suffered a four nil defeat in the Carlisle Grounds. Athlone Town went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Cork City while Galway United scored  the only goal to defeat visitors Cabinteely in Eamonn Deacy Park.

On Saturday evening Treaty United moved up to second place with a two nil victory over Cobh Ramblers in St Colman’s Park.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   G/D  Pts

Shelbourne             12  9  3  0  27 10   17   30
Treaty United          12  6  4  2  17 11    6   22 

UCD                    12  5  4  3  26 18    8   19
Galway United          12  5  4  3  17 14    3   19
Cabinteely             12  6  0  6  12 19   -7   18
Bray Wanderers         12  4  5  3  16 13    3   17
Athlone Town           12  5  1  5  17 14    3   16
Cork City              12  3  3  6  12 12    –   12 

Cobh Ramblers          12  3  2  7  10 21  -11   11
Wexford                12  1  0 11   5 25  -20    3  

 

UEFA 1st and 2nd Qualifying Round draws…16/06/2021


The draws for the first and second qualifying rounds of  both the Europa Champions League and the new Europa Conference League took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, Airtricity League Champions Shamrock Rovers have been drawn against SK Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia with the first leg away on the 6th July and the second leg in Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday the 13th July. Northern Ireland champions Linfield travel to FK Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania in the first leg while Welsh Champions Connah’s Quay Nomads will play their first leg at home against Alashkert of Armenia.

Should the Irish and Welsh sides progress to the second qualifying round  they will face Young Boys Berne of Switzerland (Shamrock Rovers), Ferencvaros of Hungary/ Preliminary Round Qualifier (Linfield) and Teuta of Albania/Sheriff Tiraspol from Macedonia (Connah’s Quay Nomads).

In the UEFA Conference League both Bohemian and Sligo Rovers have been drawn against Icelandic opposition in St Jarnan and FH Hafnarfjordur with the first legs away on Thursday the 8th July and the second legs at home on Thursday the 15th July.  Dundalk have been drawn against Welsh side Newtown AFC and will play the first leg at home before travelling to Wales for the second leg. Northern Irish side Coleraine travel to face FK Velez of Bosnia & Herzegovina in their first leg while the other Northern Ireland representatives Glentoran and Larne FC  face Welsh opposition in The New Saints and Bala Town respectively.

Should the three Airtricity League sides progress to the second round they will face Levadia Tallinn of Estonia/St Joseph’s of Gibraltar (Dundalk),  Dudelange FC  from Luxembourg (Bohemian) and Rosenborg of Norway (Sligo Rovers).

 

Airtricity League resumes following break…12/06/2021


Following the mid-season break, the Airtricity League Premier Division resumed with three contests played this Friday evening. Derry City welcomed Bohemian to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium where the sides played out a one all draw while Dundalk, despite taking the lead, suffered a surprise three one defeat by visitors Waterford in Oriel Park. Shamrock Rovers also took a very early lead but were pegged back by visitors Finn Harps with a second half goal in Tallaght Stadium.

The two remaining Series 15 contests took place on Saturday evening with Longford Town going down to a three one defeat by visitors St Patrick’s Athletic while Sligo Rovers suffered a two one defeat by Drogheda United  in the Showgrounds.

………………………………    P    W   D   L    F      A    G/D    Pts
Shamrock Rovers         15    9    4    2    22    11     11      31
Sligo Rovers                   15    9    4    2    21    10    11      31
St Patricks Athletic       15    8    4    3    23    15      8      28
Drogheda United          15    7    4    4     29   14     15      25

Bohemian                       15    6    3     6   24    16      8       21
Finn Harps                     15    5    4     6    13   19     -6       19
Derry City                       15    4    6     5    15    19    -4       18
Dundalk                         15     4    5     6    19    22    -3       17
Waterford                      15    3    0   12      9   31   -22         9
Longford Town             15     1    4  10    10   28   -18         7

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There was a full programme of Airtricity League First Division matches played on Friday evening. Bray Wanderers suffered a four one defeat by leaders Shelbourne in the Carlisle Grounds.  Cork City went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Cabinteely in Turners Cross. Galway United  overcame visitors Athlone Town by two goals to one in Eamonn Deacy Park. UCD were surprise losers to Cobh Ramblers who prevailed by two goals to one at The Bowl. Bottom side Wexford also suffered  a two one defeat by  newcomers Treaty United in Ferrycarrig Park.

………………………        P    W   D   L    F     A    G/D    Pts
Shelbourne               11   8    3    0   26    10    16      27
UCD                            11   5    4    2   26    14    12      19
Treaty United          11    5    4    2   15    11      4      19
Cabinteely                11    6    0    5   12    18     -6      18
Athlone Town         11    5     1    5   17    14      3      16
Galway United        11    4    4    3    16    14      2      16
Bray Wanderers      11   3    5     3    12    13    -1      14
Cobh Ramblers        11   3    2     6    10    19    -9      11
Cork City                   11   2    3     6    10    12    -2        9
Wexford                   11    1    0   10      5    24  -19        3
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Senior Women face Iceland…11/06/2021


Our Republic of Ireland Senior Women went down to a three two defeat by Iceland in a friendly international played in a very windy Reykjavik early on Friday evening. The hosts, with the advantage of the nigh on gale force wind took a three goal advantage into the half-time break. While conditions were  a significant factor, Ireland did not do themselves any favours with the paucity of their first half display,  described by analyst Alan Cawley as the worst of the Vera Pauw managerial reign. There was an  improved second half showing with striker Heather Payne scoring four minutes after the resumption. Despite the advantage of the conditions, Ireland did not pressurise their host sufficiently  with the second goal from half-time substitute Amber Barrett coming in the second minute of added time.

The sides are set to meet again at the same venue at 6pm on Tuesday next with the RTE Player again providing a live broadcast.

Team: Grace Moloney; Niamh Fahey, Diane Caldwell, Louise Quinn; Jamie Finn, Megan Connolly, Niamh Farrelly, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe(c); Aoife Colvill, Heather Payne
Substitutes:
Amber Barrett for Colvill 46′
Eabha O’Mahoney for Farrelly 46′

Manager Vera Pauw has selected a twenty five player squad for the contests.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Eve Badana (DLR Waves), Courtney Brosnan (Unattached), Grace Moloney (Reading)
Defenders: Diane Caldwell (North Carolina Courage), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Keeva Keenan (Glasgow Celtic), Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Eabha O’Mahoney (Cork City), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisberg), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Claire Walsh (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Ciara Grant (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Roma McLaughlin (Connecticut Fusion), Ellen Molloy (Wexford), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Aoife Colvill (Glasgow City), Rianna Jarrett (Unattached), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne), Heather Payne (Florida State University)