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Irish sides in Monday action…09/09/2019

FAI Cup
The third quarter-final in the 2019 Extra.ie FAI Cup between Waterford and Dundalk took place in the Regional Sports Centre on Monday evening with the visiting ‘Lilywhites’ emerging victorious by three goals to one. Daniel Kelly scored all three Dundalk goals in the opening 33 minutes.

Under 17
Our U17 side, under the stewardship of Head Coach Colin O’Brien, went down to a two one defe4at by Russia on Monday morning at the Club de Futbol, La Nucia, Spain in the second contest of their double header. Russia took the lead on 61 minutes and doubled it after 80 minutes. Substitute Calum Kavanagh converted an 85th minute penalty but it was not enough.

Ireland won the first encounter by two goals to nil on Friday evening last.

Under 18
Head Coach Andy Reid saw his Republic of Ireland U18 charges go down to a one nil defeat by Norway this Monday afternoon in the final contest of the Triangular Tournament being hosted by Sweden.

 

Senior squad resume training this afternoon…08/09/2019

21 members of the surviving 22 man squad for Tuesday evening’s friendly contest with Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium took part in a training session in Abbotstown this Sunday afternoon. The squad had been released for the weekend with the one remaining member Richard Keogh expected to return this evening.

Mick McCarthy and the squad will feel buoyed by the scoreless draw between Georgia and Denmark in Tbilisi this afternoon but the manager was quick to urge caution as Georgia will provide formidable opposition when we visit Tbilisi next month.

                        P  W  D  L   F  A   Pts
Republic of Ireland     5  3  2  0   6  2   11
Denmark                 5  2  3  0  15  5    9
Switzerland             4  2  2  0  10  4    8
Georgia                 5  1  1  3   4  8    4
Gibraltar               5  0  0  5   0 16    0

Squad
Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara(Burton Albion), Darren Randolph(Middlesbrough), Mark Travers(AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie(Fulham), Seamus Coleman(Everton), Shane Duffy(Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan(Sheffield United), Richard Keogh(Derby County), Kevin Long(Burnley), Enda Stevens(Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Browne(Preston North End), Jack Byrne(Shamrock Rovers),  Josh Cullen(Charlton Athletic), Ronan Curtis(Portsmouth), Jeff Hendrick(Burnley), Conor Hourihane(Aston Villa), Alan Judge(Ipswich Town), James McClean(Stoke City), Callum O’Dowda(Bristol City), Glenn Whelan(Heart of Midlothian)
Forwards:  James Collins(Luton Town), Scott Hogan(Stoke City)

Domestic Clubs in wekend competitive action…07/09/2019

FAI Cup
Shamrock Rovers are through to the semi-final of the 2019 Extra.ie FAI Cup. They were given quite a battle by their First Division hosts Galway United who took a first half lead in Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday evening. The ‘Hoops’ recovered in the second period for a two one success with their winning goal not arriving until the 90th minute.

The second quarter-final tie to be completed took place in the Showgrounds at 7.45pm on Saturday evening where Sligo Rovers defeated visitors UCD by four goals to nil.

Waterford and Dundalk are scheduled to meet in the RSC at 7.45pm on this coming Monday evening while non-league Crumlin United and Bohemian will complete the quarter final stage when they face each other on Monday the 16th September.

Airtricity Premier Division
Defending champions and current leaders Dundalk extended their lead over Shamrock Rovers at the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division to ten points with a hard fought one nil victory over Cork City in Oriel Park tonight.

St Patrick’s Athletic, with new manager Stephen O’Donnell at the helm, came from behind to secure a two one victory over Finn Harps in Finn Park and are now just one point behind fourth place Derry City.

Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Scottish League Cup
Airtricity League representatives Waterford defeated Heart of Midlothian Colts by three goals to one in the second round of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup in the RSC this Friday evening.

The second Airtricity League representative Bohemian travelled to Scotland where they went down to a three two defeat by Airdrie in the Penny Cars Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

Injury rules out McGoldrick and Robinson…06/09/2019

Injury victims David McGoldrick (Shoulder) and Callum Robinson (Hamstring) have been ruled out of Tuesday evening’s friendly encounter with Bulgaria and have returned to their respective clubs for treatment.

The players involved in last night’s encounter with Switzerland, rested today while the remainder of the squad took part in a training session at Abbotstown.

Manager Mick McCarthy is expected to make a number of changes to the starting eleven for the Bulgaria encounter. With Enda Stevens suspended for the next European Championship qualifier in Georgia, Mick may choose to play Seamus Coleman or Cyrus Christie in the left back position.

The surviving squad now numbers 22.

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara(Burton Albion), Darren Randolph(Middlesbrough), Mark Travers(AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie(Fulham), Seamus Coleman(Everton), Shane Duffy(Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan(Sheffield United), Richard Keogh(Derby County), Kevin Long(Burnley), Enda Stevens(Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Browne(Preston North End), Jack Byrne(Shamrock Rovers),  Josh Cullen(Charlton Athletic), Ronan Curtis(Portsmouth), Jeff Hendrick(Burnley), Conor Hourihane(Aston Villa), Alan Judge(Ipswich Town), James McClean(Stoke City), Callum O’Dowda(Bristol City), Glenn Whelan(Heart of Midlothian)
Forwards:  James Collins(Luton Town), Scott Hogan(Stoke City) 

U21s maintain momentum with victory over Armenia…06/09/2019

Stephen Kenny‘s Republic of Ireland U21 side continued their 2021 European Championship qualifying campaign with a one nil victory over Armenia in Tallaght Stadium this Friday evening.

The winning goal came after 30 minutes and was scored by Troy Parrott following some scintillating play from Aaron Connolly.
Ireland were dominant throughout, with the only concern being the lack of further goals to emphasise the fact.

There were excellent performances from several players with midfield captain Jayson Molumby named ‘man of the match’ but Aaron Connolly or Lee O’Connor might easily have garnered the award.

In this evening’s other Group One contest, hosts Iceland defeated visitors Luxembourg by three goals to nil.

Ireland next travel to Sweden where they will face the hosts in a 6.30pm kick-off in Kalmar on Tuesday evening.

Team: Caoimhin Kelleher; Lee O’Connor, Conor Masterson, Dara O’Shea, Darragh Leahy; Jayson Molumby, Conor Coventry; Gavin Kilkenny, Troy Parrott, Aaron Connolly; Adam Idah

Substitutes:
Zack Elbouzedi for Idah 65′
Dan Mandroiu for Kilkenny 65′
Jonathan Afolabi for Parrott 80′
Jason Knight for Connolly 89′

U18s face Austria in mini-Tournament opener…05/09/2019

Our U18 side, with Andy Reid at the helm, commenced their challenge in the mini-Tournament hosted by Sweden with a disappointing four nil defeat by Austria in Kubikenborgs this Thursday afternoon.

Team: J Corcoran(Preston North End); Sean McEvoy(Ballinamallard), Andrew Omobamidele(Norwich City), Timi Sobowale(Manchester City), James Furlong(Brighton & Hove Albion); Jaden Charles(Derby County), Seamas Keogh(Southampton)[C], Alex Dunne(Shamrock Rovers); Brandon Holt(St Patrick’s Athletic), Conor Carty(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Charlie McCann(Manchester United)

Ireland will next face hosts Sweden, again in Kubikenborgs, at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Ireland earn point against Switzerland…05/09/2019

Mick McCarthy‘s Republic of Ireland team garnered a valuable European Championship qualifying point with a late equaliser against Switzerland in the Aviva Stadium this Thursday evening.

The visitors dominated possession for large swathes of the match and eventually made the breakthrough on 74 minutes through Fabian Schar. Ireland responded, putting pressure on the visitors which saw Glenn Whelan strike the crossbar with a thundering 25 yard shot.

Moments later however, Ireland drew level with the energetic James McClean battling to recover the ball before crossing for David McGoldrick to head home his first goal for Ireland.

Team: D Randolph; S Coleman(C), S Duffy, R Keogh, E Stevens; C Robinson, J Hendrick, G Whelan, C Hourihane, J McClean; D McGoldrick
Substitutes:
Alan Judge for  Robinson 58′
Scott Hogan for Hourihane  82′
Alan Browne for McGoldrick  90’+2′