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Welcome to the website of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (RISSC) based in London. Our website is intended to provide our members and visitors with information appropriate to fans and followers of all sections of the game - from the grassroots to the Senior International Team...Club History
Irish Summer 2018 Releases and Transfers
The UK summer transfer window officially commences on Monday the 2nd July 2018 and is set to conclude at 11pm on Friday the 31st August 2018. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the current list of movements is the £4 million pound switch of Greg Cunningham from Preston North End to Cardiff City while recent Ireland debutant Graham Burke has moved from Shamrock Rovers to Preston North End. Also moving on free transfers are David Meyler from Hull City and John O'Shea from Sunderland, both to Reading.
Saturday - Match Day Three at 2018 FIFA World Cup...16/06/2018
Match day three at the 2018 FIFA World Cup witnessed four contests. First up at 11am were strongly fancied France who overcame Australia by two goals to one while Lionel Messi and Argentina were held to a one all draw by Iceland with the maestro Messi having a penalty saved. Irish thoughts of what might have been may have surfaced at 5pm when Denmark took to the field and secured a somewhat fortunate one nil victory over Peru. The day was rounded off with a two nil success for Croatia over Nigeria in a hugely disappointing encounter.

Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...15/06/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division will enter its' mid-season break following the five matches played this Friday evening. Current leaders Cork City scored the only goal to defeat Bohemian in Turner's Cross while second place Dundalk trounced hosts Derry City by four goals to nil in the Brandywell. Third place Waterford were held to a scoreless draw by Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds while Limerick went down to a two nil defeat by Shamrock Rovers in the Markets Field. Richmond Park hosted the remaining contest which saw hosts St Patrick's Athletic suffer an unexpected three nil reversal at the hands of Sligo Rovers.

Friday - Match Day Two at 2018 FIFA World Cup...15/06/2018
Match day two at the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw Egypt go down to a one nil defeat by Uruguay early on Friday afternoon while Morocco also conceded a late goal in a one nil defeat by Iran later in the afternoon.The day was rounded off when European Champions Portugal and Iberian Peninsula rivals Spain provided an excellent spectacle as they played out a three all draw.

Special Book Signing Event featuring Tony Cascarino
The Club, in conjunction with sponsors 'BETDAQ', hosted a special book review and signing event at the Claddagh Ring on Friday the 8th June 2018, where we were joined by Simon Hart, author of the book "World in Motion" the Inside Story of Italia '90' which was published recently. We were also joined by eighty eight times capped Irish football legend Tony Cascarino who is featured in the book, together with Key BETDAQ Account Manager Trevor Dunne and a number of his colleagues. Simon provided a full house with some insight into the compilition of his book with special emphasis on the chapters featuring Ireland. Special guest Tony Cascarino was of course the main attraction and did he deliver. Tony regaled us with a whole plethora of highlights from his illustious playing career, right from the outset of his football journey through a chequered club career with both wonderful highlights and the occasional low point. His voyage through his magnificent Ireland career offered some amusing but always compelling insights into life with his team mates and of course the indomitable 'Big Jack'. The evening was rounded off with a splendid 'BETDAQ' presentation, providing real insight into the upcoming World Cup Finals in Russia, from Trevor and Tony, both of whom tipped Spain as their choice to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy.

FIFA World Cup kicks-off on Thursday afternoon...14/06/2018
The opening Group A contest in the 2018 FIFA World Cup featuring tournament hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia kicked off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 4.00pm (Irish time) this Thursday afternoon and saw the hosts secure a comprehensive five nil victory.

Senior Women in seminal World Cup Qualifier...12/06/2018
Following their two nil defeat in Tallaght Stadium last Friday our senior women again faced top seeds Norway on Tuesday afternoon in Stavanger where, despite a much improved performance, they lost to the only goal, a twenty fifth minute penalty. The result ends our hopes of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup Finals. 'Player of the Year' Harriet Scott again missed out with a knee ligament injury while fellow defender Diane Caldwell was unavailable through suspension. Centre back Louise Quinn, who was forced off with a broken nose after just twenty eight minutes of Friday's defeat, was not risked while experienced defender Niamh Fahey was another late casualty, joining the long term injury victims Megan Campbell, Ruesha Littlejohn, Roma McLaughlin and Stephanie Roche.

Airtricity League Premier Division on Saturday evening...09/06/2018
Shamrock Rovers crushed visitors Bray Wanderers by five goals to nil in Tallaght Stadium this Saturday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division while Cork City returned to the summit when they secured a two nil success over Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds.

Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...08/06/2018
There were three Airtricity League Premier Division matches played this Friday evening with Dundalk regaining top spot with a comfortable four nil victory over visitors Limerick in Oriel Park. Bohemian went down to a two one defeat by visitors Derry City at Dalymount Park while third place Waterford secured a two nil success over visitors St Patrick's Athletic.

Senior Women lose in crucial World Cup Qualifier...08/06/2018
Our senior women went down to a two nil defeat in this afternoon's 2019 World Cup qualifying contest played in Tallaght Stadium against top seeds Norway. The sides meet again on Tuesday afternoon in Stavanger at 5pm with victory essential if Ireland are to retain any realistic hope of qualifying for the World Cup Finals.

Monday afternoon in the Airtricity Premier Division...04/06/2018
Cork City returned to the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division when they defeated fourth place Derry City by four goals to two in Turner's Cross this Bank Holiday Monday afternoon in the re-arranged fixture postponed earlier this season in March. A sixth minute goal from Karl Sheppard set the 'Leesiders' on their way and when the same player extended the lead in the first minute of the second half all seemed done and dusted but the 'Candystripes' responded and scored two goals in quick succession to level matters. Their hopes were quickly shattered as Kieran Sadlier restored the hosts lead and Graham Cummins consolidated the situation with the fourth goal on eighty two minutes.

Ireland score added time winner to defeat USA...02/06/2018
Eighty ninth minute substitute Alan Judge secured a two one victory for Ireland over the USA with the winning goal in just a little over a minute of his arrival on the Aviva Stadium pitch this Saturday evening. The match marked the final chapter in the international career of the retiring John O'Shea who captained Ireland on his 118th appearance. The Waterford man played the opening thirty four minutes of the contest before his withdrawal to a hugely merited standing ovation. Despite dominating much of the opening half, Ireland conceded the opening goal seconds before the half-time break, with another sloppy piece of defending of a corner kick. Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke equalised on fifty six minutes, adding a finishing touch to debutant substitute Daragh Lenihan's seemingly goal bound shot. There was also an international debut for Enda Stevens who was introduced to the fray on seventy eight minutes.

Ireland starting eleven against USA this evening...02/06/2018
Manager Martin O'Neill has named his starting eleven for this evening's friendly international against the USA which is set to kick-off at 20.08 hours in the Aviva Stadium. Team:- C Doyle; S Duffy, J O'Shea (C), K Long; S Coleman, D Rice, J Hendrick, C O'Dowda, J McClean; J Walters, G Burke

Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...01/06/2018
All ten Airtricity League Premier Division sides were again in action on Friday evening with the Turner's Cross meeting of second place Cork City and third place Waterford, which the hosts won by three goals to nil, topping the bill. Current leaders Dundalk travelled to face Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium and secured an emphatic five two victory. Fourth place Derry City went down to a two nil home defeat by visitors Sligo Rovers in the Brandywell. Limerick and Bohemian played out a one all draw at the Markets Field while bottom side Bray Wanderers defeated St Patrick's Athletic by three goals to one in the Carlisle Grounds.

Squad complete training prior to USA encounter...01/06/2018
The Ireland squad this morning held their final training session prior to Saturday evening's friendly international against the USA. A knee injury kept Shane Long sidelined and he is not expected to be available tomorrow evening, increasing the liklihood of Graham Burke being handed a starting role.

Squad update ahead of USA match on Saturday...31/05/2018
Jeff Hendrick returned to training with the Ireland squad this morning where he was joined by Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke who will miss the 'Hoops' Airtricity League contest with Dundalk on Friday evening. Harry Arter and Derrick Williams sat out this morning's session with thigh and groin injuries respectively. John O'Shea is expected to captain Ireland against the USA as he retires from international football having earned 118 caps.

France ease past Ireland in Paris friendly...28/05/2018
World Cup Finals bound France eased to a comfortable two nil victory over Ireland in Paris this Monday evening. The match possession statistics of 76% to 24% and the shot ratio of 18-5 tell their own story with Ireland's only shot on target coming in added time from late substitute debutant Shaun Williams. Defender Derrick Williams made his senior debut from the start while striker Graham Burke was the third debutant when introduced on seventy minutes. Ireland were on the back foot from the outset but held firm untill the fortieth minute when Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud stabbed home. A blunder from goalkeeper Colin Doyle saw Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, who is linked with Liverpool. score the second three minutes later to effectively end the contest. Teenage midfielder Kylian Mbappe, on loan at Paris St Germain from Monaco, was another to really catch the eye.

Ireland starting eleven in France this evening...28/05/2018
Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams makes his Ireland senior debut against France in Paris this evening:- Team:- C Doyle; S Coleman (C), K Long, S Duffy, D Williams; C O'Dowda, A Browne, D Rice, J McClean; J Walters, S Long

League Two play-off final on Monday afternoon...28/05/2018
Coventry City won the League Two play-off final against Exeter City at Wembley Stadium this Monday afternoon by three goals to one. Captained by Michael Doyle, the 'Sky Blues' were worthy winners while there was disappointment for Pierce Sweeney who was in defence for the 'Grecians'.

Injury forces Jeff Hendrick out of France match...27/05/2018
Jeff Hendrick did not travel with the Ireland squad for the friendly international against France tomorrow evening but it is hoped that he may recover from his injury in time for the USA match next Saturday.

League One play-off final on Sunday afternoon...27/05/2018
Irish involvement in the League One play-off final was centered on Rotherham United who included Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Richie Towell in their team which defeated Shrewsbury Town by two goals to one after extra-time at Wembley Stadium this Sunday afternoon. Fellow midfielder Anthony Forde was introduced from the substitute bench for the final fifteen minutes of the contest.

Championship play-off final on Saturday afternoon...26/05/2018
Fulham will play in the Premier League next season following their deserved one nil Championship play-off final victory over Aston Villa in Wembley Stadium this Saturday afternoon. Conor Hourihane started for Villa but picked an injury eight minutes from time and was replaced by Scott Hogan while Glenn Whelan and one time Ireland touted goalkeeper Mark Bunn were unused on the substitute bench while Cyrus Christie was introduced from the Fulham bench for the final twelve minutes.

Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...25/05/2018
All ten Airtricity League Premier Division sides were in action on Friday evening with the Dalymount Park clash of old rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers catching the eye of Martin O'Neill and several Ireland squad members. The contest was however a disappointing one with the sides finishing level on one goal apiece. Current leaders Dundalk maintained their position with a five nil drubbing of bottom side Bray Wanderers in Oriel Park while second place Cork City travelled to face St Patrick's Athletic in Richmond Park where they secured a three one victory. Third met fourth as Waterford comprehensively defeated visitors Derry City by four goals to nil at the RSC while struggling sides, Sligo Rovers and Limerick played out a scoreless draw in the Showgrounds.

Injury forces further senior squad revision...25/05/2018
A shoulder injury has forced the withdrawal of Eunan O'Kane from the Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly internationals against France and the USA with Alan Judge, omitted yesterday, returning to the squad.

Further senior squad withdrawals and exclusions...24/05/2018
Injury has again impacted upon the Ireland squad for the upcoming contests against France and the USA with goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara and striker Sean Maguire forced to withdraw. Manager Martin O'Neill will lead a twenty six man squad to Paris with Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Alan Judge and Aiden O'Brien not named in the travelling party.

League Two play-off final on Monday afternoon...28/05/2018
The League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Monday afternoon is set to feature Coventry City, who are captained by Michael Doyle and include Reading loanee Josh Barrett in their squad, and Exeter City who include Pierce Sweeney and Liam McAlinden in their ranks.

Tuesday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...22/05/2018
Dublin rivals, St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers, whose form entering the contest were on opposite trajectories, met in the Airtricity League Premier Division at Tallaght Stadium this Tuesday evening where the 'Hoops' regained some equilibrium with a three nil success.

U16s at UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden...22/05/2018
Our Ireland U16 squad completed their involvement in the UEFA Development Tournament being hosted by Sweden early on Tuesday morning with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out success following a one all draw against Turkey in Munkedal.

Senior squad withdrawals and availability update...21/05/2018
Manager Martin O'Neill has summoned Bohemian goalkeeper Shane Supple to the squad for the official internationals against France and the USA. Injury has forced the withdrawal of goalkeepers Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood together with defender Ciaran Clark while striker Callum Robinson is not formally eligible. Aston Villa trio, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan together with Fulham defender Cyrus Christie are not available for the match in Paris with their respective teams contesting the Championship play-off final at Wemblet on Saturday. John O'Shea, who is set to retire from international football, will not travel to France but is expected to skipper the side in his final appearance against the USA in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 2nd June.

Monday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...21/05/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division slog continued on Monday evening with current leaders Dundalk securing a two nil success over third place Waterford in Oriel Park while second place Cork City also emerged victorious by two goals to nil from their visit to face Limerick in the Market's Field. Derry City and Bray Wanderers, both struggling for form, faced each other in the Brandywell with the 'Candystripes' emerging as two nil victors.

Sides level in Glasgow testimonial this afternoon...20/05/2018
The Ireland starting eleven to face Glasgow Celtic in the Scott Brown Testimonial match at Celtic Park this Sunday afternoon has been named:- Colin Doyle; Seamus Coleman, John Egan, Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams; Callum O'Dowda, Alan Browne, Shaun Williams, James McClean; Sean Maguire, Jonathan Walters. The sides were level at half-time with Alan Browne having put Ireland in front after just two minutes with Leigh Griffiths scoring the equaliser on forty two minutes. Callum O'Dowda put Ireland back in front on fifty eight minutes but Patrick Roberts equalised two minutes later to end the scoring. Substitutes, Conor O'Malley (C Doyle), Greg Cunningham (D Williams), Matt Doherty (J Egan), Enda Stevens (D Lenihan), Graham Burke (S Williams) and Callum Robinson (J Walters) were all introduced around the hour mark.

U16s at UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden...20/05/2018
There was disappointment for Head Coach Paul Osam and his Ireland U16 squad in Stenungsund this afternoon as they suffered a three nil defeat by Austria in their second contest at the Quadangular Tournament being hosted by Sweden.Ireland will complete their involvement at 10am on Tuesday morning against Turkey in Munkedal.

Eighteen man squad confirmed for Glasgow testimonial...19/05/2018
Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed the eighteen man squad which will face Glasgow Celtic in the Scott Brown Testimonial match at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon. Squad:- Colin Doyle, Conor O'Malley; Seamus Coleman, Matt Doherty, John Egan, Darragh Lenihan, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams; Alan Browne, James McClean, David Meyler, Callum O'Dowda, Eunan O'Kane, Shaun Williams; Graham Burke, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Jonathan Walters.

Saturday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...19/05/2018
Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke started this evening's scoreless draw with Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds in the Airtricity League Premier Division before travelling to Glasgow on Sunday morning where he will link up with the Republic of Ireland Select Squad which will face Glasgow Celtic in the Scott Brown Testimonial in Celtic Park at 2pm that afternoon.

Former U21 internationals in Scottish Cup Final...19/05/2018
Former Republic of Ireland U21 internationals Charles Dunne and club captain Carl McHugh were in the Motherwell starting eleven which faced Glasgow Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final in Hampden Park this Saturday afternoon. There was no joy for the duo however as the favourites secured a comfortable two nil victory to complete the domestic treble.

Airtricity League Premier Division action on Friday night...18/05/2018
There were four matches with twenty two goals in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Friday evening. Current leaders Dundalk made the short journey to Dalymount Park and secured a two nil victory over hosts Bohemian while second place Cork City defeated basement outfit Bray Wanderers by four goals to nil in Turner's Cross. Third place Waterford went down to a shock six three home defeat by Limerick in the Regional Sports Centre. Improving St Patrick's Athletic continued their rise with a five two demolition of Derry City in Richmond Park.

U16s at UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden...18/05/2018
Led by Head Coach Paul Osam, an Ireland U16 squad of twenty has travelled to Sweden to compete in a Quadangular Tournament. In their opening contest the side went down to a two nil defeat by the hosts in Lysekill at 5.30pm on Friday afternoon. They next take on Austria at 2pm on Sunday in Stenungsund before completing their involvement at 10am on Tuesday morning against Turkey in Munkedal.

Tuesday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...15/05/2018
The re-scheduled Airtricity League Premier Division fixture between St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers took place in Richmond Park this Tuesday evening with the hosts securing a two nil victory.

Championship play-off second leg on Tuesday evening...15/05/2018
The second leg of the second Championship semi-final play-off took place at Villa Park this Tuesday evening with Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan), holding a one nil first leg advantage over visitors Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph), going through to the play-off final against Fulham following a scoreless draw.

Ireland lose to Holland in UEFA U17 quarter-final...14/05/2018
Ireland exited the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Finals in controversial circumstances at the quarter-final stage this evening in Chesterfield. Favourites Holland went through on a 5-4 penalty shoot-out scoreline following a one all draw. Ireland delivered a disciplined defensive performance breached only by a sixty second minute header following a 'Dutch' corner. The response was immediate with Troy Parrott equalising two minutes later with a finely crafted goal. Adam Idah had his disappointing opening penalty in the shoot-out saved comfortably and thereafter both sides converted their four penalties leaving the drama to unfold with the 'Dutch' captain seeing his spot kick saved by goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran. However the Cherry Orchard man, who is bound for Preston North End, did move off his line and the kick was required to be retaken. The referee then chose to issue a yellow card to Corcoran which given he had been cautioned in normal time resulted in his dismissal. Newcastle United defender Oisin McEntee donned the goalkeeper shirt but was unable to save the re-taken penalty which ended our interest in the competition. Corcoran's caution and dismissal seemed disproportionate to the movement offence and Head Coach Colin O'Brien was joined on the pitch at the end by senior manager Martin O'Neill with both clearly furious with the referee.

Monday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...14/05/2018
There were two re-scheduled Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played this Monday evening with bottom side Bray Wanderers holding third place Waterford to a two all draw in the Carlisle Grounds while fourth place Derry City, despite taking an early lead at the Brandywell, went down to a four one defeat by visitors Dundalk who return to the summit of the table.

Championship play-off second leg on Monday evening...14/05/2018
The second leg of the first Championship semi-final play-off took place at Craven Cottage this Monday evening with Fulham (Cyrus Christie) succeeding in overturning the one nil first leg deficit from Pride Park with a two nil victory over Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce).

Premier League finale on Sunday afternoon...13/05/2018
The 2018 Premier League concluded on Sunday afternoon with the final champions League and relegation spot defined. Liverpool crushed visitors Brighton & Hove Albion (Shane Duffy) to secure the champions league spot while a one nil defeat for Southampton (Shane Long) at home to Manchester City did not matter as Swansea City went down to a two one defeat at home to already relegated Stoke City to join them in the Championship next season. Burnley (Stephen Ward, Kevin Long, Jeff Hendrick) went down to a two one defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth while West Ham United (Declan Rice) defeated Everton (Seamus Coleman) by three goals to one.

Second Championship semi-final first leg on Saturday...12/05/2018
The first leg of the second Championship semi-final play-off was played at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon with fifth place Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) going down to the only goal for fourth place Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan).

Friday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...11/05/2018
Current Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Cork City made the lengthy journey to face fourth place Derry City in the Brandywell on Friday evening and secured a point with a scoreless draw. Second place Dundalk narrowed the gap to one point with a two one victory over Sligo Rovers in Oriel Park. Third place Waterford played out a one all draw with hosts Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium with the Carlisle Grounds meeting of Bray Wanderers and Bohemian going the way of the visitors by three goals to one. St Patrick's Athletic scored the only goal to defeat hosts Limerick in the Markets Field.

Championship play-off first leg on Friday evening...11/05/2018
The first leg of the first Championship semi-final play-off took place at Pride Park on Friday evening with Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce) scoring the only goal to defeat visitors Fulham (Cyrus Christie). The second leg is set for Craven Cottage on Monday evening.

Ireland win crucial UEFA U17 Group C contest...11/05/2018
Ireland completed their 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Group C contests with a two nil victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina in St Georges Park on Friday afternoon to go through to the knock-out quarter-final stage where Holland await on Monday evening. Troy Parrott was again the hero, scoring the opening settler from a free kick on sixty nine minutes and then providing the added time assist to get Adam Idah off the mark at these finals.

Premier League action on Thursday evening...10/05/2018
The Premier League continued on Thursday evening with young West Ham United defender Declan Rice continuing his role on the right side of a back three as his side played out a scoreless draw with visitors Manchester United in the London Stadium.

Martin O'Neill announces 40 man provisional squad...10/05/2018
Manager Martin O'Neill has announced an extended forty man Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly contests against Glasgow Celtic, France and the USA. With Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan and Darren Randolph attached to clubs involved in the Championship play-offs, it was expected that some new names would appear in the preliminary squad and so it is with goalkeepers Ian Lawlor and Conor O'Malley together with U21 netminder Kieran O'Hara joined by midfielder Shaun Williams and strikers Graham Burke and Callum Robinson. The official paperwork relating to Robinson is not yet completed so he can only be available for the Scott Brown Testimonial against Glasgow Celtic. John O'Shea yesterday confirmed his retirement from international football and he will skipper the side in his final appearance against the USA in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 2nd June.

EA Sports Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening...08/05/2018
The three remaining 2018 EA Sports Cup quarter-finals were completed this Tuesday evening with Dundalk defeating Bohemian by three goals to nil at Oriel Park while Sligo Rovers scored the only goal to eliminate Waterford in the Showgrounds. The all First Division clash of Cobh Ramblers and Longford Town ended in a two nil victory for the hosts in St Colman's Park.

Crucial Premier League contest on Tuesday evening...08/05/2018
Survival in the Premier League was on the line when Swansea City took on Southampton and Shane Long at the Liberty Stadium this Tuesday evening. A late second half goal from substitute Gabbiadiani secured victory for the visiting 'Saints' with fellow substitute Long a major influence in the positive outcome for his side.

Ireland maintain UEFA U17 Finals challenge...08/05/2018
Following the disappointment of their opening defeat by Belgium, our U17 side faced a seminal challenge where victory was essential and achieved with a one nil success over Denmark at St George's Park on Tuesday afternoon in their second Group C contest of the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship finals. A fifth minute strike from Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott settled early nerves as Ireland dominated the first half. The second period proved more fraught with the Danes pressing for the equaliser, however Ireland should have eased their tension with two excellent chances squandered. Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell, introduced today at left back, caught the eye with an impressive display in front of the watching senior management duo of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane. First round victors Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina met this evening with Belgium scoring a four nil success which means that Ireland just need a draw when thay face Bosnia & Herzegovina at St Georges Park on Friday afternoon at 1pm to qualify for the knock-out quarter-final stage.

EA Sports Cup quarter-final on Monday evening...07/052018
The first quarter-final in the 2018 EA Sports Cup took place in the Brandywell on Monday evening with Premier Division Derry City crushing First Division Shelbourne by seven goals to three.

Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...06/05/2018
The results of Saturday afternoon ensured that Burnley would finish seventh in the Premier League and participate in next season's UEFA Europa League. Their visit to the Emirates Stadium for the home swansong of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sunday afternoon provided a rude awakening as they were thrashed five goals to nil by their hosts. The Irish trio of Kevin Long, Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick all completed ninety forgetable minutes for the 'Clarets'.

Championship Finale on Sunday afternoon...06/05/2018
The final series of league fixtures in the 2018 Championship regular season took place early on Sunday afternoon with Cardiff City (Anthony Pilkington) securing second place and promotion in a scoreless draw with visitors Reading (Liam Kelly, Paul McShane). The play-offs for the third promotion place will be contested by third place Fulham (Cyrus Christie) who went down to a three one defeat at Birmingham City, fourth place Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan), who lost to the only goal, a Shaun Williams penalty, at Millwall (Aiden O'Brien, Shaun Williams), fifth place Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) who drew two all at Ipswich Town and sixth place Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce), four one victors over Barnsley who have been relegated alongside Burton Albion who went down to a two one defeat at Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson) with new Ireland declaree Robinson scoring the opening goal.

Ireland commence UEFA U17 Finals with defeat...05/05/2018
Ireland commenced their 2018 UEFA U17 Championship challenge when they went down to a two nil defeat by Belgium in their opening Group C encounter on Saturday evening in the Loughborough University Stadium. Ireland entered the finals as top qualifying seeds but a very poor performance belied that status. Fellow Group C rivals, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Denmark met at the same venue earlier in the afternoon with Bosnia coming from behind to secure a three two victory.

Saturday action in the Airtricity Premier Division...05/05/2018
Cork City returned to the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division with a two one victory over Limerick in Turner's Cross on Saturday afternoon while Sligo Rovers went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Bohemian in the Showgrounds later that evening.

Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday afternoon...05/05/2018
The 2018 Women's FA Cup Final took place on Saturday afternoon in Wembley Stadium and resulted in disappointment for Irish internationals Louise Quinn and Katie McCabe as their Arsenal Women went down to a three one defeat by Chelsea Ladies.

Premier League action on Saturday afternoon...05/05/2018
The pressure of possible relegation from the Premier League was in evidence on Saturday afternoon when West Ham United (Declan Rice, Josh Cullen) eased their concerns with a two nil victory at Leicester City and Southampton (Shane Long) kept up ,their survival battle with a one all draw at Everton (Seamus Coleman). West Bromwich Albion (James McClean) maintained their recent surge in form with a one nil defeat of visitors Tottenham Hotspur to keep alive their still slim hopes of survival.

Friday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...04/05/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with current leaders Dundalk going down to a two one defeat at third place Waterford in the Regional Sports Centre. Bottom side Bray Wanderers defeated visitors Derry City by two goals to one in the Carlisle Grounds while Dublin rivals, St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers locked horns in Richmond Park with the hosts prevailing by two goals to nil.

Premier League action on Friday evening...04/05/2018
The Premier League continued on Friday evening with Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues earning a deserved one nil victory over Manchester United in the Amex Stadium to guarantee their survival in the Premier League for next season.

UEFA U17 Finals commence at 1pm on Friday afternoon...04/05/2018
The opening contests in the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Finals took place early on Friday afternoon with Italy defeating Switzerland by two goals to nil in Group A at St George's Park and Portugal playing out a scoreless draw with Norway in Group B at Walsall FC. The second Group B contest saw Sweden defeat Slovenia by two goals to nil in St George's Park this evening while hosts England opened their campaign with a two one victory over Israel in front of the live ITV 4 cameras at Chesterfield FC.

Under 17 - 2018 European Championship Finals...04/05/2018
Head Coach Colin O'Brien has confirmed his Ireland U17 squad for the European Championship Finals, hosted by England, which commenced this Friday afternoon. The official twenty man squad shows one change from the Elite Qualifying stage with in form Watford striker Ryan Cassidy replacing Shamrock Rovers midfielder James Furlong. Bohemian goalkeeper Sean Bohan is also in attendance with the squad.

Irish teacher duo set to officiate at UEFA U17 Finals
Two of Ireland's young FIFA registered referees, Robert Harvey and Robert Hennessy have been named in the team of match officials for the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Finals which commence in England on Friday. Twenty nine year old Dubliner Harvey, a schoolteacher at Castleknock College, is named on the main panel of match referees while twenty seven year old Hennessy from Limerick, also a schoolteacher at Ardscoil Ris, is named in the Fourth Official panel.

Under 17 - 2018 European Championship Finals
Head Coach Colin O'Brien is set to announce his Ireland U17 squad for the European Championship Finals which are being hosted by England from the 4th to the 20th May 2018. Ireland have been drawn in Group C alongside Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark and Belgium whom they will face in their opening contest at 5.45pm on Saturday the 5th May at Loughborough University Stadium. The second match is set for Tuesday the 8th May against Denmark at 1pm in St George's Park, the England national training centre. The third Group C contest against Bosnia & Herzegovina is scheduled for Friday the 11th May, again at 1pm in St George's Park.

RISSC (London) May Meeting - Special Guest - Tony Ward
Tony Ward was regarded as one of the world's finest Rugby Union Fly-Half's during the 1970s and 1980s. Capped nineteen times by Ireland, the Dubliner was also a member of the 'Lions' squad which toured South Africa in 1980 where he set a then 'Lions Test' record scoring eighteen points against the 'Springboks'. Tony was also a star of the fabled Munster side which in October 1978 defeated New Zealand by twelve points to nil in Thomond Park with Tony scoring two drop goals and a conversion. Tony was also the first ever recipient of a European Rugby Player of the Year award for his performances in the 1979 Five Nations Championship.
Tony Ward was also an accomplished soccer player with Shamrock Rovers from 1973 -1975 and later on played for the Limerick side which won the FAI Cup in 1982. Following his sporting retirement, Tony entered the world of Journalism and is to this day a much respected Rugby correspondent with the Irish Independent. He also lends his services to St Gerard's School in Bray as coach to their Senior Rugby team.


Monday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...30/04/2018
The hectic Airtricity League Premier Division programme continued on Monday evening with Cork City going down to a three nil defeat by Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium. Dundalk regained their position at the summit with a five nil victory over St Patrick's Athletic in Oriel Park while third place Waterford scored the only goal to defeat hosts Bohemian in Dalymount Park. Limerick went down to a three nil home defeat by Derry City in the Market's Field while Sligo Rovers defeated visitors Bray Wanderers by two goals to one in the Showgrounds.

More Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...30/04/2018
There was more Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when champions Manchester City secured a comfortable four one success over West Ham United at the London Stadium. Declan Rice was again included in the 'Hammers' back three and was unfortunate to concede an own goal in an otherwise reasonable performance. Our U21 captain Josh Cullen was an unused substitute for the hosts.

Premier League contests on Saturday afternoon...28/04/2018
The Premier League programme enters the final straight this weekend with just three or four matches remaining for all clubs. The Burnley duo of Stephen Ward and Kevin Long started while Jeff Hendrick was a late substitute in their scoreless draw with visitors Shane Duffy and Brighton & Hove Albion while Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues secured a two nil success at Huddersfield Town. Ciaran Clark was again an unused substitute for Newcastle United who lost to the only goal for West Bromwich Albion and James McClean at St James Park while Shane Long was a sixtieth minute substitute for Southampton who defeated South Coast rivals AFC Bournemouth by two goals to one at St Mary's Stadium.

More Championship action on Saturday...28/04/2018
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with champions Wolves (Matt Doherty) playing out a goal less draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Molineaux. Cardiff City (Anthony Pilkington) secured a two nil victory at Hull City (David Meyler) while Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan) were held to a one all draw by visitors Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce). Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne. Sean Maguire) maintained their play-off hopes with a Browne goal securing victory at Sheffield United (Enda Stevens). Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) also retained their play-off hopes with a two nil victory over Millwall (Shaun Williams, Aiden O'Brien) at the Riverside Stadium in the late kick-off.

Friday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...27/04/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with RTE 2 bringing live coverage of the top of the table meeting of Cork City and Dundalk from Turner's Cross which saw the hosts score the only goal to supercede their opponents at the summit. Third place Waterford were held to a one all draw by Sligo Rovers in the RSC while the Brandywell hosted a scoreless draw between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers. Richmond Park witnessed a two all draw between St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemian while the bottom two, Bray Wanderers and Limerick, went head to head in the Carlisle Grounds with the visiting 'Blues' scoring the only goal.

More Championship action on Friday evening...27/04/2018
Fulham, battling with Cardiff City and Aston Villa for the second automatic promotion place in the Championship, welcomed already relegated Sunderland to Craven Cottage on Friday evening and maintained their promotion challenge with a hard fought and a little fortunate two one victory . Transfer window signing Cyrus Christie continued his substitute role for the 'Cottagers' while the visiting duo of John O'Shea and Marc Wilson may have their thoughts focussed on pastures new.

The Championship on Tuesday evening...24/04/2018
Derby County, who had lost their last three matches to drop out of the top six Championship promotion places, returned to the play-off race when they came from benind to defeat second place Cardiff City by three goals to one at Pride Park on Tuesday evening. 'Rams' captain Richard Keogh retained his starting role while Alex Pearce was a very late substitiute and Anthony Pilkington was a seventy fourth minute substitute for the visiting 'Bluebirds'.

League One action on Tuesday evening...24/04/2018
Blackburn Rovers duo Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams, called up to the Ireland squad for last month's friendly international against Turkey, were in celebratory mood this evening as their one nil League One victory at Doncaster Rovers secured their immediate return to the Championship. At the other end of the League One table, a goal from Ireland U21 defender Ryan Delaney helped secure a point for Rochdale against Plymouth Argyle to move them out of the relegation zone.

EA Sports Cup contests on Tuesday evening...24/04/2018
The two remaining EA Sports Cup second round fixtures took place this Tuesday evening with Shamrock Rovers going down to a late goal from First Division side Longford Town in Tallaght Stadium while Shelbourne crushed Drogheda United by seven goals to two in Tolka Park.

Premier League action on Monday evening...23/04/2018
Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues secured a one nil Premier League victoty over visitors Newcastle United in Goodison Park on Monday evening. Ciaran Clark was again an unused substitute for the 'Magpies'.

EA Sports Cup contest on Monday evening...23/04/2018
The EA Sports Cup second round fixture between Waterford and Cork City took place at the RSC on Monday evening and was a less fractious affair than their very testy league encounter seventeen days ago. The contest remained scoreless in normal time with both sides scoring once in extra-time to generate a penalty shoot-out which went the way of the hosts by five goals to three. The 'Blues' will travel to face Sligo Rovers in the quarter-final.

Irish in Sunday afternoon football action...22/04/2018
There was disappointment for Shane Long and his Southampton colleagues as they went down to a two nil defeat by Chelsea in the second semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium this Sunday afternoon. There was also Premier League disappointment for Declan Rice and his West Ham United colleagues as they suffered a four one defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium where Josh Cullen was an unused substitute. The Burnley duo of Stephen Ward and Kevin Long started with Jeff Hendrick a late substitute and lohg time injury absentee Jon Walters unused on the substitute bench as they played out a one all draw at Stoke City which, barring a huge collapse, should guarantree them European football next season.

Premier League contest on Saturday afternoon...21/04/2018
The FA Cup semi-finals impacted upon the Premier League programme this weekend with James McClean, for seemingly relegation doomed West Bromwich Albion, the only Irish player involved on Saturday afternoon when he started the two all draw with visitors Liverpool at the Hawthorns.

More Championship action on Saturday...21/04/2018
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with already promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) crushing hosts Bolton Wanderers by four goials to nil while play-off hopefuls, Derby County (Richard Keogh) went down to a two one defeat by visitors Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) at Pride Park. Brentford (John Egan) defeated West London rivals Queens Park Rangers (Ryan Manning) by two goals to one while Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire) were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan). Ipswich Town lost by four goals to nil against play-off challengers Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan) at Portman Road while Leeds United (Paudie O'Connor) overcame Barnsley by two goals to one at Elland Road.

Friday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...20/04/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with the Eir Sport cameras bringing live coverage of the Dalymount Park contest between Bohemian and Cork City which ended in a two nil victory for the visiting 'Leesiders'. Current leaders Dundalk were held to a two all draw by visitors Derry City in Oriel Park while Waterford defeated their visitors Bray Wanderers by three goals to nil in the RSC. Shamrock Rovers were held to a one all draw by struggling Limerick in Tallaght Stadium.

More Championship action on Friday evening...20/04/2018
London rivals and Championship promotion challengers Millwall and Fulham went head to head at the Den this Friday evening with the visiting 'Cottagers' scoring three unanswered second half goals for a merited victory which keeps their challenge for automatic promotion on track. The 'Lions' included Shaun Williams, who had a fine game, in their starting eleven while Aiden O'Brien for the hosts and Cyrus Christie for the visitors received just a few minutes of game time as very late substitutes.

More football action on Thursday evening...19/04/2018
The Premier League continued on Thursday evening with Kevin Long and Stephen Ward starting for Burnley while Jeff Hendrick was an unused substitute in their two one defeat by visitors Chelsea. Southampton included Shane Long, who has taken quite a battering in their last two Premier League contests, in their starting eleven for their scoreless draw at Leicester City. League One promotion challengers Blackburn Rovers had Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams in their starting eleven for their three one defeat of visitors Peterborough United for whom goalkeeper Conor O'Malley started while Chris Forrester was an unused substitute.

Ireland U16s defeat Bulgaria on Wednesday evening...18/04/2018
Head Coach Paul Osam saw his Ireland U16 side defeat visitors Bulgaria by two goals to nil in a friendly international played at the RSC Waterord this Wednesday evening. Goals in either half from Sean Kennedy and Luke Turner secured the well deserved victory.

Tuesday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...17/04/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Tuesday evening with current leaders Dundalk maintaining their position at the summit with a three nil success over hosts Limerick in the Markets Field while second place Cork City also continued their challenge with a one nil defeat of visitors Sligo Rovers in Turner's Cross.

More Premier League action on Tuesday evening...17/04/2018
The Premier League continued on Tuesday evening when Chris Hughton's Brighton & Hove Albion, with Shane Duffy in central defence, came from behind to secure a point in a one all draw with visitors Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium.

Monday night in the Airtricity League Premier Division...16/04/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Monday evening with Bray Wanderers providing a huge shock with their first win of the season, a one nil defeat of Shamrock Rovers in the Carlisle Grounds. Meanwhile Derry City moved up to third place with a three one victory over visitors Bohemian in the Brandywell. Also in action were St Patrick's Athleic who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Waterford in Richmond Park.

More Premier League action on Monday evening...16/04/2018
The Premier League continued on Monday evening with West Ham United scoring an added time equaliser to earn a one all draw with visitors Stoke City. Declan Rice was again included on the right side of their back three and had another fine match while Josh Cullen was an unused substitute.

Irish in Sunday afternoon football action...15/04/2018
Ciaran Clark was an unused Newcastle United substitute when they came from behind to defeat Arsenal by two goals to one in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. James McClean completed another ninety minutes for relegation bound West Bromwich Albion who shocked Manchester United with a one nil victory at Old Trafford. Wolverhampton Wanderers, who will replace their fellow Midlanders in the top division following confirmation of their promotion from the Championship, had Matt Doherty in their side for their noon rendevous with Midlands rivals Birmingham City at Molineaux and he contributed to the opening goal in a two nil victory. Irish womens's centre back Louise Quinn scored the added time winner for Arsenal Ladies which secured a two one victory over Everton Ladies and sends them to the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 5th May 2018.

Saturday action in the Premier League...14/04/2018
Shane Long, who scored in a fine performance against Arsenal on Sunday last, was an injury doubt for Southampton but completed another ninety minutes and took quite a battering as his side squandered a two goal lead and lost by three goals to two against visitors Chelsea in the Premier League in this afternoon's early kick-off. The Burnley duo of Stephen Ward and Kevin Long started with Long scoring in their two one victory over visitors Leicester City while Jeff Hendrick was a late substitute for the Turf Moor hosts. Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a three two defeat at Crystal Palace while Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues played out a one all draw at Swansea City.

The Championship continues on Saturday afternoon...14/04/2018
Surprise packet Millwall, with Aiden O'Brien and Shaun Williams in their ranks, have played their way into the Championship play-off positions with an incredible run over the past three months and collected another point with a one all draw at Sheffield United who had Enda Stevens in their starting eleven for this afternoon's early kick-off. Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph defeated visitors Bristol City and late substitute Callum O'Dowda by two goals to one while Ryan Manning and his QPR colleagues went down to a two one defeat by visitors Preston North End who had Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne in their starting eleven. Reading and Liam Kelly, who converted an early penalty, are just above the relegation zone and they were held to a two all draw by the seemingly doomed Sunderland who included Aiden McGeady and Marc Wilson in their starting eleven.

This weekend in the Airtricity League Premier Division...14/04/2018
Match Series Eleven in the Airtricity League Premier Division commenced this Friday evening with current leaders Dundalk earning a two nil success at basement side Bray Wanderers while Cork City moved into second place with their one nil defeat of St Patrick's Athleic in Turner's Cross. Waterford made the lengthy journey to take on Derry City in the Brandywell where they went down to a onenil defeat. Eir Sport brought live action from Tallaght Stadium where old Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian went head to head, with the visiting 'Gypsies' emerging victorious by two goals to one, with the winner coming in the ninth minute of added time. The remaining contest between struggling sides Limerick and Sligo Rovers took place in the Markets Field on Saturday evening and saw the visitors prevail by two goals to one.

More Championship action on Friday evening...13/04/2018
The Championship run-in continued on Friday evening with Aston Villa ensuring at least a play-off place following their one nil home victory over Leeds United. Glenn Whelan started with Scott Hogan a late substitute for the victors while young centre back Paudie O'Connor started his third successive first team match for the visitors.

Centenary Shield finale against Scotland...12/04/2018
Our U18 Schools International side lifted the 2018 Centenary Shield with a three one victory over Scotland at Home Farm FC this Thursday afternoon. First half goals from Ali Regbha, Liam Kerrigan and Regbha again set the seal on a well deserved victory.

More Championship action on Wednesday evening...11/04/2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their journey to the Championship Title when they comfortably defeated fifth place Derby County by two goals to nil at Molineaux on Wednesday evening. Matt Doherty, who made his Ireland debut in Turkey last month, was in his usual wing back position for the hosts while Alex Pearce, who has recently superceded club captain Richard Keogh in the 'Rams' central defence, remained in situ.

Senior Women lose to Holland in World Cup qualifier...10/04/2018
Our Senior Women, guided by Head Coach Colin Bell, faced an enormous challenge when European Champions Holland entered Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening for a 2019 World Cup qualifier. Ireland had produced a magnificent defensive performance in Nijmegen when they held their Dutch hosts to a scoreless draw in the away contest but tonight with an injury and illness depleted squad, Bell's charges found the challenge a bridge too far as they went down to a two nil defeat.

More Championship action on Tuesday evening...10/04/2018
The Championship marathon continued on Tuesday evening with Cardiff City dropping to third following their one nil defeat at fourth place Aston Villa who included Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan in their starting eleven while Scott Hogan was an unused substitute. Our Preston North End trio of Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire started, with Browne and Maguire finding the net in their three one victory over visitors Leeds United for whom Paudie O'Connor was again in action while Daryl Horgan for the victors, was a late substitute. Bristol City, another side to drop off the pace, introduced Callum O'Dowda from the bench on sixty nine minutes of their three one defeat of visitors Birmingham City at Ashton Gate. Another side on the play-off fringes, Brentford, had John Egan in their side for their one nil success at Nottingham Forest. Former Limerick defender Barry Cotter made his Ipswich Town debut in their one nil victory over visitors Barnsley. David Meyler scored again from the penalty spot as his Hull City crushed their hosts Burton Albion by five goals to nil.

EA Sports Cup contests played this evening...09/04/2018
Drogheda United defeated non-league St Mochta's FC by three goals to two in the one remaining EA Sports Cup first round contest this evening. There were second round victories for Cobh Ramblers who scored the only goal to defeat their hosts Limerick in the Markets Field while the Richmond Park meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and Dundalk provided an abundance of entertainment with the sides finishing two each in normal time, four each after extra-time with the visitors Dundalk emerging victorious by eight goals to seven in the penalty shoot-out.

More Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...08/04/2018
Shane Long and his Southampton colleagues went down to an undeserved three two defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in a crucial Premier League contest this Sunday afternoon. Long, starting for the first time in quite a while, took a heavy knock early on but battled on, scoring the opening goal on seventeen minutes and continued to contribute to his sides efforts until injury forced him off on eighty minutes. Declan Rice started and Josh Cullen was introduced as a late substitute for West Ham United who came from behind to earn a one all draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge late this afternoon. Rice, playing on the right hand side of a back three similar to his Ireland debut in Turkey last month, gave another accomplished performance while the introduction of Cullen for the final eleven minutes to help shore things up was another vote of confidence from his manager.

U19 Women complete Elite Stage today...08/04/2018
Our U19 Women completed their involvement at the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship when they went down to a two nil defeat by Turkey in Turner's Cross this Sunday afternoon.

Premier League action on Saturday afternoon...07/04/2018
The Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool ended scoreless early on Saturday afternoon in Goodison Park with Seamus Coleman in action for the hosts, while teenager Conor Masterson was on the visiting bench. Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues played out a one all draw with visitors Huddersfield Town while the Burnley duo Stephen Ward and Kevin Long started with Jeff Hendrick a late substitute in their two one success at Watford. James McClean started for West Bromwich Albion in their one all draw at home to Swansea City.

The Championship continues on Saturday...07/04/2018
International retiree Wes Hoolihan, a late substitute, and his Norwich City colleagues put a spanner in the promotion hopes of visitors Aston Villa and their starting duo of Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan with a three one victory in their 12.30pm Championship engagement at Carrow Road. Brentford duo John Egan and Alan Judge were both in the starting eleven for their one nil victory over visitors Ipswich Town. Former Ireland U21 coach Paul Clement, now in charge at Reading, included Liam Kelly in his starting eleven for the one nil victory over visitors Preston North End who had Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne in their starting eleven while Sean Maguire was a second half substitute. Callum O'Dowda returned to the Bristol City starting eleven following his lengthy injury absence while their hosts Millwall included Shaun Williams in midfield as the 'Lions' secured a two nil victory. Alex Pearce again started ahead of Richard Keogh for Derby County and he opened the scoring against visitors Bolton Wanderers after six minutes as the 'Rams' ran nout three nil victors. Former Limerick defender Paudie O'Connor made his Leeds United debut in their one all draw at home to Sunderland who included John O'Shea, Marc Wilson and Aiden McGeady in their starting eleven.

Senior Women defeat Slovakia in World Cup qualifier...06/04/2018
Our Senior Women, guided by Head Coach Colin Bell, defeated Slovakia by two goals to one in their first home contest of the 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign early this Friday afternoon in Tallaght Stadium. Ireland, without several regular starters, took the lead on sixty nine minutes through Leanne Kiernan but were jolted four minutes later when goalkeeper Marie Hourihan conceded an own goal. With just three minutes remaining, substitute Amber Barrett, introduced nine minutes earlier, grabbed the crucial winner. We have now collected ten points from our opening four fixtures, three of them away from home. Next up, on Tuesday evening next at 7.30pm in Tallaght Stadium, will be group favourites Holland.

More Championship action on Friday Evening...06/04/2018
Second place Cardiff City went down to a one nil defeat by visiting leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in a seminal Championship contest this Friday evening. The hosts introduced Anthony Pilkington in the final stages on the contest while Matt Doherty returned to the starting eleven for the victors following his one match suspension.

Airtricity League action this Friday evening...06/04/2018
Match Series Ten in the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Friday evening with pre-match leaders Cork City going down to a two one defeat at Waterford in an encounter which saw two players from each side dismissed in added time at the RSC. Dundalk moved into top spot with a two one victory over fourth place Shamrock Rovers in front of the RTE 2 cameras in Oriel Park. Bohemian and Limerick played out a scoreless draw in Dalymount Park while St Patrick's Athletic crushed Bray Wanderers by five goals to nil in Richmond Park.

U17 European Championship Finals...05/04/2018
The draw for the 2018 European Championship Finals took place this afternoon and sees Ireland drawn in Group C alongside Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark and Belgium. We commence our challenge against Belgium at 5.45pm on Saturday the 5th May at Loughborough University. Our second contest against Denmark is set for 7pm on Tuesday the 8th May at St George's Park, the England National Training Centre and the third Group C encounter with Bosnia & Herzegovina is scheduled for 1pm on Friday the 11th May again at St George's Park. The top two sides in each of the four Groups progress to the knockout Quarter-Final Stage.

U17 European Championship Finals draw today...05/04/2018
Our U17 management team and squad are eagerly awaiting the draw for the 2018 European Championship Finals which is scheduled to take place at 5.30pm on Thursday afternoon in St George's Park the English National Training Centre.

U19 Women go down to Elite Stage defeat in Cork...05/04/2018
Our U19 Women, guided by Head Coach Dave Connell, went down to a three nil defeat by Group winners Spain at the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship in Turner's Cross this Thursday evening.

U15s defeat the Czech Republic in second contest...05/04/2018
Following their two all draw on Tuesday evening, our U15 side secured a two one victory over the Czech Republic early on Thursday afternoon at Shanowen Road, the home of St Kevin's FC. Goals from Oisin Hand and Oran Crowe underpinned the victory.

More Championship action on Tuesday evening...03/04/2018
The Championship marathon is entering the final stages with the two automatic promotion places beginning to look the property of Wolves and Cardiff City who are fourteen and eight points clear of the chasing pack. Wolves, without the suspended Matt Doherty, were surprisingly held to a two all draw at home to Hull City this evening with David Meyler starting, earning and scoring a penalty for the 'Tigers'. Play-off hopefuls Aston Villa, with Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both starting and scoring and late substitute Glenn Whelan lending his presence, gained a three nil victory over visitors Reading while third place Fulham continued their excellent form with a two nil victory over visitors Leeds United who lost Eunan O'Kane to injury after just twenty three minutes.

U15s take on the Czech Republic at the NTC...03/04/2018
Head Coach Jason Donohue saw our U15 fledglings secure a two all draw with the Czech Republic in a friendly contest at the National Training Centre in Abbotstown early this Tuesday evening. The Irish goals came courtesy of Sami Clarke and Oran Crowe. The two sides are set to meet again at 1pm on Thursday afternoon at Shanowen Road, the home of St Kevin's FC.

Championship action on Easter Monday...02/04/2018
The hectic Championship programme continued early on Easter Monday afternoon when Preston North End with skipper Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire in their starting eleven, went down to a disappointing one nil home defeat by Derby County for whom Alex Pearce replaced Richard Keogh in their starting eleven. Bristol City, without injury victim Callum O'Dowda, went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Brentford who had John Egan and Alan Judge in their starting eleven while Queens Park Rangers recovered from conceding a Ryan Manning own goal to defeat Norwich City and Wes Hoolihan by four goals to one at Loftus Road with Manning scoring the fourth. Sheffield United and Enda Stevens suffered heartbreak when visitors Cardiff City scored an added time equaliser through late substitute Anthony Pilkington at Bramall Lane this evening.

U19 Women commence Elite Stage challenge in Cork...02/04/2018
Our U19 Women, guided by Head Coach Dave Connell, commenced their Elite Stage challenge in the 2018 European Championship when they came from behind to earn a one all draw with Austria in Turner's Cross on Easter Monday afternoon. The equaliser was scored three minutes into the second half by Cork City WFC striker Saorise Noonan. The second Group 4 contest saw Spain crush Turkey by five goals to nil in the Mardyke.

EA Sports Cup Second Round contests...02/04/2018
Waterlogged pitches have put paid to four of the scheduled EA Sports Cup second round contests with just three survivors set for completion on this Easter Monday afternoon. Finn Harps went down to a two one defeat by Derry City in Finn Park while Eamonn Deacy Park was the venue for the clash of Galway United and Sligo Rovers which the visitors won with the only goal. Bohemian and UCD finished level after extra-time in Dalymount Park where the hosts recovered from a two goal deficit to level matters in ninety minutes and then progressed with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out success.

Saturday afternoon action in the Premier League...31/03/2018
Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Leicester City in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon. St James Park witnessed a one nil victory for Newcastle United over Huddersfield Town with Ciaran Clark an unused substitute. James McClean was also an unused substitute as his West Bromwich Albion succumbed to a two one defeat by visitors Burnley who included Stephen Ward in their starting eleven with Jeff Hendrick a sixty ninth minute substitute while Kevin Long was unused on the bench. Declan Rice started and Josh Cullen was a late substitute for West Ham United who defeated visitors Southampton and second half substitute Shane Long by three goals to nil. Seamus Coleman was in the Everton side which went down to a three one defeat to Manchester City in the late kick-off at Goodison Park.

More Championship action on Saturday afternoon...31/03/2018
The Championship continued late on Saturday afternoon with a scoreless draw between Hull City for whom David Meyler was an unused substitute and visitors Aston Villa for whom Scott Hogan made a very late substitute entry while Conor Hourihane remained on their bench.

Airtricity League action this Friday evening...30/03/2018
Match Series Nine in the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Friday evening with current leaders Cork City defeating basement side Bray Wanderers by four goals to nil in the Carlisle Grounds. Second place Dundalk overcame Bohemian by three goals to nil in Oriel Park while third place Waterford journied west and secured a two nil success in Limerick. Fourth place Shamrock Rovers defeated Sligo Rovers with the only goal in Tallaght while the RTE 2 cameras brought live action from the Brandywell where Derry City defeated St Patrick's Athletic by two goals to one.

The Championship on Friday afternoon...30/03/2018
Brentford duo, John Egan and late substitute Alan Judge, who saw some action in Antalya last Friday, played out a one all draw with visitors Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens, unused in Antalya, in their side at Griffin Park in the Championship this Good Friday afternoon. The Preston North End duo of Alan Browne and Sean Maguire saw action in Antalya and they journied to Sheffield Wednesday where thay went down to a four one defeat. Darren Randolph did not journey to Turkey but was in action for Middlesbrough who went down by two goals to one against visiting leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom international debutant Matt Doherty was dismissed on seventy one minutes. Promotion hopefuls Derby County skippered by Richard Keogh suffered a shock four one home defeat by relegation threatened Sunderland for whom skipper John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady found the net while Marc Wilson was a late substitute.

Ireland squad members in League One action...29/03/2018
Blackburn Rovers duo Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams, fresh from their first time involvement with the Ireland senior team in Turkey last week, were in League One action on Thursday evening when Bradford City and Colin Doyle, who played in the Turkey friendly, visited Ewood Park. The hosts secured a two nil victory, but at a cost with a back injury curtailing Lenihan's involvement after just thirty minutes.

Centenary Shield contest against Northern Ireland...29/03/2018
Having accrued four points from their two opening Centenary Shield away contests in England and Wales, our U18 Schools International side were held to a scoreless draw on home soil by their their Northern Irish counterparts at Monaghan United FC on Thursday afternoon.

Last gasp victory for U21s in European qualifier...27/03/2018
A goal from Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan, nine minutes into added time and the final action of the match, secured a one nil victory for our Ireland U21 side in their European Championship qualifying contest with Azerbaijan in Tallaght Stadium this evening. Despite dominating for much of the match, Ireland simply could not find the net until that dramatic finale. Ireland now move into second place in Group Five, three points behind leaders Germany, who were held to a scoreless draw in Kosova today, but with a match in hand. There is now a lengthy wait before Ireland travel to face Kosova on Friday the 7th September before taking on Germany in Tallaght Stadium four days later on Tuesday the 11th September.

U21s face Azerbaijan in European qualifier...27/03/2018
Head Coach Noel King sends our Ireland U21 side into European Championship qualifying action this evening against Azerbaijan in Tallaght Stadium at 7.30pm. Team: - K O'Hara; C Whelan, S Donnellan, R Sweeney, D Kane; D Rice, J Cullen, R Grego-Cox; J Mulraney, R Manning, R Curtis.

U17s defeat Poland in Group Three decider today...27/03/2018
With their place at the Championship Finals in England already secured, our U17 side topped the table with maximum points following their one nil victory over hosts Poland in their final Group Three Elite qoalifying contest in Legnica this Tuesday afternoon. The winner came courtesy of a Troy Parrott penalty on forty eight minutes. The squad now await the draw for the Championship Finals in England which is scheduled for Thursday the 5th April.

U19s go down to defeat on Tuesday afternoon...27/03/2018
Our U19 side went down to a four nil defeat by hosts Portugal in their final contest at the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship on Tuesday afternoon which spelled their exit from the competition.

U18s lose to Romania in second friendly contest...27/03/2018
Following their two one friendly international victory over Romania on Sunday afternoon, our U18 side returned to Whitehall for an 11.30am kick-off this Tuesday morning when the visitors gained revenge with a one nil success.

Republic of Ireland XI to play Scott Brown Testimonial...26/03/2018
It has been announced this afternoon that the Testimonial Match in respect of Glasgow Celtic captain Scott Brown will see a Republic of Ireland XI face Glasgow Celtic at 2pm on Sunday the 20th May 2018 in Celtic Park.

U18s defeat Romania on Sunday afternoon...25/03/2018
Head Coach Jim Crawford saw his Ireland U18 side defeat visitors Romania by two goals to one in this afternoon's friendly international played at Whitehall, home of Home Farm FC. First half goals from Conor Tee of Leicester City and Cieran Dunne of Falkirk earned the victory. The two sides will meet again at Whitehall on Tuesday morning at 11.30am.

U19s win crucial contest on Saturday afternoon...24/03/2018
Following their diaappointing opening draw with Slovakia at the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship, our U19 side defeated Kosova by three goals to nil on match day two in Vila do Conde this Saturday afternoon. The victory maintains their hopes of qualification for the July finals but that still remains a very tough ask as they must defeat hosts Portugal, who have won both their opening contests, in the group decider on Tuesday afternoon. This afternoon's goal scorers were Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Lee O'Connor (Manchester United) and Rowan Roache (Blackpool).

U17s earn UEFA Finals qualification this afternoon...24/03/2018
Having commenced their challenge with an excellent three nil success over FYR Macedonia on Wednesday last, our Ireland U17 side secured their place at the Championship Finals to be hosted by England during May 2018 with a two nil victory over Georgia in Poland this afternoon. Goals from Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur) and Sean Brennan (Southampton) secured this afternoon's success and removes pressure from their final Group Three contest against hosts Poland on Tuesday next.

Airtricity League action on Friday evening...23/03/2018
Match Series Eight in the Airtricity League Premier Division saw just three contests this Friday evening with the RSC meeting of Waterford and Shamrock Rovers topping the bill on RTE 2. The hosts secured a two one victory in a vibrant encounter which saw the visitors reduced to ten men with the tenth minute dismissal of Ally Gilchrist for two bookable offences in a matter of minutes. Bottom sides, Bohemian and Bray Wanderers met in Dalymount Park with the hosts scoring a two one success while St Patrick's Athletic scored the only goal to defeat Limerick in Richmond Park.

Ireland lose tepid affair in Antalya...23/03/2018
Nineteen year old debutant Declan Rice was Ireland's 'man of the match' as they went down to a one nil defeat by hosts Turkey in Antalya this evening. Manager Martin O'Neill experimented with a three five two formation, the merits of which remain in question. Rice, starting in the back three, before switching to midfield for the final quarter of the match, was calmness personified throughout and in essence the only real positive to emerge from proceedings. Fellow debutant Scott Hogan did have an early half chance for glory but was unable to convert while Matt Doherty became the third debutant when he replaced skipper Seamus Coleman on sixty two minutes. The winning goal came courtesy of home skipper Mehmet Topal on fifty three minutes, following a poorly defended corner kick. Rice and unused goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara will link up with our U21 squad for their European qualifier against Azerbaijan when they return to Dublin tomorrow morning.

Debut starts for Rice and Hogan this afternoon...23/03/2018
Declan Rice and Scott Hogan make their Republic of Ireland international debuts against Turkey in Antalya at 5.30pm this afternoon. They will be joined in the starting eleven by Alan Browne and Seamus Maguire, both of whom have made just one substitute appearance. Starting eleven:- C Doyle; D Rice, S Duffy, K Long; S Coleman (c), J Hendrick, C Hourihane, A Browne, J McClean; S Maguire, S Hogan.

Ireland complete preparations for Turkey clash...23/03/2018
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is expected to hand first caps to a number of players in the friendly international against Turkey in Antalya this Friday afternoon. The match is set to kick-off at 8.30pm local time, 5.30pm Irish time with RTE 2 bringing live coverage from 5pm.

Airtricity League action on Friday evening...23/03/2018
Match Series Eight in the Airtricity League Premier Division sees just three contests scheduled for this Friday evening with the Regional Sports Centre meeting of Waterford and Shamrock Rovers set for live coverage on RTE 2 from 7.30pm. Bottom sides, Bohemian and Bray Wanderers clash in Dalymount Park while St Patrick's Athletic face Limerick in Richmond Park.

U21s defeat Iceland in friendly international...22/03/2018
Our U21 side, under the guidance of Noel King, defeated Iceland by three goals to one in a friendly international played at Tallaght Stadium this Thursday evening. The contest, preparation for their 2019 European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan next Tuesday evening at the Tallaght Stadium saw Derry City debutant Rory Hale open the scoring after just fourteen seconds with QPR midfielder Ryan Manning adding the second, four minutes before the half-time break. Iceland pulled one back on sixty three minutes before late substitute Ronan Hale, brother of Rory and another debutant, scored the third in the final minute.

U19s commence Elite Stage on Wednesday afternoon...21/03/2018
Our U19 side, guided by Head Coach Tom Mohan, commenced their UEFA Elite Stage challenge with a disappointing one all draw against Slovakia in Complexo Desportivo, Fao on Wednesday afternoon. Mini-Tournament hosts Portugal crushed Kosova by five goals to nil two hours later in the second Group Five contest. In a fractious encounter, which saw seven Irish players cautioned, we went behind on sixty minutes but earned a point with a seventy sixth minute equaliser through an Adan Connolly penalty.

U17s commence Elite Stage on Wednesday afternoon...21/03/2018
Head Coach Colin O'Brien saw his Ireland U17 side commence their UEFA Elite Stage campaign on Wednesday afternoon when they defeated FYR Macedonia by three goals to nil in their opening Group Three encounter at the Stadion Chrobrego, Glogow in Poland, while at the same time, the hosts played out a two all draw with Georgia. Ireland took the lead on fifty seven minutes through a penalty converted by Adam Idah and consolidated their position with further strikes on sixty two and sixty nine minutes from Sean Brennan and Tyriek Wright. Ireland next face Georgia at 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon at the same venue in Glogow.

Airtricity League and EA Cup action on Monday...19/03/2018
While the East Coast fixtures fell foul of the weather, regions further West and South were able to provide Airtricity League action today. Premier Division leaders Cork City defeated Bohemian by three goals to nil in Turner's Cross to extend their lead to four points while Limerick went down to the only goal for Shamrock Rovers in the Markets Field.. The First Division meeting of Athlone Town and Cabinteely ended in a two one victory for the visitors. The EA Sports Cup tie between Galway United and Cockhill Celtic FC ended in a one nil success for the hosts in Eamonn Deacy Park.

Monday evening contest in English League One...19/03/2018
Colin Doyle with one cap, the senior goalkeeper in the Irish squad this week, was in League One action for his club Bradford City who went down to a two nil defeat at Doncaster Rovers this Monday evening. Fellow goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has recently lost the number one spot at Doncaster while Preston North End loanee Andy Boyle also seems to be out of favour at the moment. Eighteen year old defender Shane Blaney, signed from Finn Harps in January, is also on the Doncaster books.

FAI International Award winners announced...18/03/2018
Shane Duffy was named Senior International Player of the Year at the 2017 'Three' FAI International Awards ceremony hosted by RTE at their Studios in Donnybrook this Sunday evening. The event was broadcast live on RTE 2 and also saw Reading defender Harriet Scott named Senior Women's International Player of the Year. James McClean's winning goal against Wales in Cardiff was named International Goal of the Year. Damien Duff was elected to the Hall of Fame while Marco Tardelli received the International Personality award. The Special Merit award, announced earlier this week, went to iconic broadcaster, the late Jimmy Magee.

O'Neill announces reduced twenty five man squad...18/03/2018
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has announced his revised twenty five man squad for the friendly international against Turkey in Antalya on Friday the 23rd March 2018. The five players, Kieran O'Hara, Declan Rice, Enda Stevens, Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams named in his preliminary squad for the first time remain as do the uncapped duo of Matt Doherty and Scott Hogan with goalkeeper Aaron McCarey a late addition following the injury withdrawal of Rob Elliot and Keiren Westwood. Injury also rules out Greg Cunningham. The other omissions from the initial thirty man squad are Harry Arter, John Egan and Liam Kelly.

More Cup action on Sunday afternoon...18/03/2018
Former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook saw his League One side Wigan Athletic exit the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage this afternoon with a two nil defeat by Southampton at the DW Stadium. Shane Long received a ten minute cameo appearance at the end of the contest.

FA Cup quarter-finals set for this weekend...17/03/2018
Shane Duffy was in FA Cup quarter-final action on Saturday evening when his Brighton & Hove Albion, managed by Chris Hughton, went down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...17/03/2018
Harry Arter was not in the AFC Bournemouth squad for the two one Premier League victory over relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion for whom James McClean was an unused substitute. Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was in the Everton side which secured a two one victory at Stoke City.

The Championship on Saturday afternoon...17/03/2018
Aston Villa, stunned by their midweek home defeat by QPR, journey to Bolton Wanderers for the 5.30pm kick-off in the Championship on Saturday afternoon with Conor Hourihane starting and Scott Hogan on the substitute bench. Brentford had John Egan in their startting eleven with Alan Judge a very late substitute as they played out a one all draw with visitors Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph. Midweek goalscorer Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Nottingham Forest. John O'Shea started for Sunderland who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Preston North End, for whom Sean Maguire opened the scoring. Alan Brown also started but Daryl Horgan did not feature in the matchday squad while injury ruled out Greg Cunningham. Another midweek goalscorer, Matt Doherty was in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated Burton Albion by three goals to one at Molineaux. Liam Kelly scored one and created a second for Reading who went down to a three two defeat at Norwich City.

Centenary Shield contest with England on Friday...16/03/2018
Following their opening two one victory over Wales at Cefn Druids FC on the 15th February, our U18 Schools International side played out a scoreless draw in their second match in the 2018 Centenary Shield when they travelled to face England at Kenilworth Road, Luton this Friday evening. Ali Regbha of Chanel College, Coolock was named 'man of the match'.

Airtricity League action on Friday evening...16/03/2018
Match Series Seven in the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Friday evening with current leaders Cork City journeying to face Munster rivals Limerick in the Markets Field in a contest which ended in a one all draw. Waterford travelled to Oriel Park where Dundalk scored a very late winner to supercede them in second place. Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic went head to head in Tallaght Stadium with the hosts prevailing with the only goal. Derry City played their second match at the refurbished Brandywell and crushed struggling Bray Wanderers by five goals to one. Dalymount Park hosted the meeting of Bohemian and Sligo Rovers which ended in a two all draw.

Championship action on Tuesday evening...13/03/2018
The Championship slog continued on Tuesday evening with the recent good form shown by Aston Villa coming to a crashing halt as visitors Queens Park Rangers secured a three one victory at Villa Park. Conor Hourihane started for the hosts with Scott Hogan introduced from the bench on sixty seven minutes while injury ruled out Glenn Whelan. U21 midfielder Ryan Manning started and scored after twelve minutes for the visitors. John Egan started for Brentford with Alan Judge a seventy sixth minute substitute as second place Cardiff City came from behind to secure a three one success at Griffin Park. Sheffield United wing back Enda Stevens started and scored on twenty nine minutes as his side defeated Burton Albion by two goals to nil at Bramall Lane while fellow wing back Matt Doherty found the net on forty minutes and again on seventy three minutes for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated visitors Reading by three goals to nil.

Airtricity League continues on Monday evening...12/03/2018
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued this Monday evening with current leaders Cork City scoring the only goal to defeat Shamrock Rovers in Turner's Cross while second place Waterford also scored a one nil success over Bohemian in the Regional Sports Centre. St Patrick's Athletic held Dundalk to a scoreless draw in Richmond Park while Derry City celebrated their return to the refurbished Brandywell with a five nil victory over Limerick with Ronan Hale scoring a hat-trick. The Carlisle Ground meeting of Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers ended in a two one victory for the visitors.

Irish in Sunday afternoon football action...11/03/2018
Harry Arter, recently out of favour at his club AFC Bournemouth for tactical reasons according to manager Eddie Howe, was recalled to the bench for the four one defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this Sunday afternoon. The City Ground hosted a scoreless draw in the Championship meeting of East Midland rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County, which saw retired international striker Daryl Murphy offered just a few substitute minutes in direct opposition to visiting captain Richard Keogh who was not selected in the preliminary international squad announced by Martin O'Neill on Thursday. Somewhat surprisingly his club colleague Alex Pearce, who has only played three senior club matches all season, was named in that initial squad.

Premier League on Saturday afternoon...10/03/2018
Ireland defenders Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy were in opposition when their clubs, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion, met at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, where the hosts prevailed by two goals to nil. Another Ireland duo, Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot have seen little recent action for their club Newcastle United and that continued this afternoon as their club defeated Southampton by three goals to nil at St James Park, where Shane Long was a second half substitute for the visitors. Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were unused substitutes for West Ham United who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven at the London Stadium while Kevin Kong was an unused substitute.

The Championship on Saturday afternoon...10/03/2018
Much interest focussed on the late Saturday afternoon Championship kick-off between Midland rivals Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, which saw the hosts emerge victorious by four goals to one. Conor Hourihane started for Villa with Scott Hogan introduced for the final nine minutes while Glenn Whelan missed out through injury. Matt Doherty was in his regular wing back position for Wolves. Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire started for Preston North End while Daryl Horgan was an unused substitute in their two one defeat by high flying visitors Fulham for whom Cyrus Christie was a sixty seventh minute substitute. Maguire was again on the scoresheet with the Preston goal. Enda Stevens was in action for Sheffield United who played out a scoreless draw at Ipswich Town. The two all draw at the Madejski Stadium between Reading and Leeds United saw midfielders Liam Kelly and Eunan O'Kane in direct opposition.

Airtricity League resumes on Friday evening...09/03/2018
Following last weekend's weather enforced break, the Airtricity League Premier Division resumed this Friday evening with the Oriel Park meeting of Dundalk and Cork City topping the bill. The match was shown live on EIR Sport and in a fraught affair, the hosts prevailed by one goal to nil to close the gap to just one point behind the leaders. Bohemian went down to a one nil defeat to Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic in Dalymount Park while further south, Tallaght Stadium saw Shamrock Rovers crush Derry City by six goals to one with Graham Burke scoring a quartet. The Markets Field witnessed Limerick score the only goal to defeat visitors Bray Wanderers while Sligo Rovers, playing their fourth straight home match, suffered a two one defeat by second place Waterford in the Showgrounds.

FAI International Award Nominees announced...09/03/2018
The nominees for the 2017 'Three' FAI International Awards have been revealed ahead of the presentation event which is set for the RTE Studios, Donnybrook on Sunday the 18th March 2018. The event will be broadcast live on RTE 2 that evening.

O'Neill announces thirty man squad for Turkey...08/03/2018
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has announced his provisional thirty man squad for the friendly international against Turkey in Antalya on Friday the 23rd March 2018. There are five players, Kieran O'Hara, Declan Rice, Enda Stevens, Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams named for the first time while the uncapped trio of Matt Doherty, Scott Hogan and Liam Kelly are also included. Injury ruled out Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, David McGoldrick, Aiden O'Brien, Callum O'Dowda and Jon Walters. Injury doubts also surround Keiren Westwood who has been named in the squad. Senior players Darren Randolph, Richard Keogh, John O'Shea, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady and Glenn Whelan have not been named in the squad.

U15s defeat Cyprus in second double header contest...08/03/2018
Head Coach Jason Donohue gave match time to those squad members who missed out on Tuesday evening, when our U15 international side took on Cyprus in the AUL Complex early this Thursday afternoon. Goals in the final four minutes from Louie Barry and Calum Kavanagh, son of former senior international Graham Kavanagh, secured another merited victory.

More Championship action on Wednesday evening...07/03/2018
The Championship continued on Wednesday evening with the Elland Road meeting of Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The visitors ran out comfortable three nil victors to restore their six point lead at the summit of the league table. Matt Doherty was in his season long wing back position for the victors while Eunan O'Kane was an unused substitiute for the hosts.

Championship action on Tuesday evening...06/03/2018
The Championship continued on Tuesday evening with international hopeful John Egan in the Brentford side which secured a two nil success at Burton Albion but Alan Judge was not in the matchday squad. Cyrus Christie was on the Fulham bench for their three nil defeat of visitors Sheffield United whose Enda Stevens is another hopeful of an international call. Preston North End duo Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne started with Brown opening the scoring for the hosts while Sean Maguire was introduced from the bench to score the winner in their two one victory over visitors Bristol City for whom Callum O'Dowda remains on the injury list. Reading midfielder Liam Kelly is another candidate for the senior squad and his club played out a one all draw with visitors Bolton Wanderers. International veterans John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady started for Sunderland who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa for whom Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan all started. O'Shea on forty five minutes and Whelan on sixty minutes were forced off through injury.

U15s defeat Cyprus in first double header contest...06/03/2018
Our U15 side, with Head Coach Jason Donohue at the helm, secured a two nil victory over Cyprus in the first of two friendly contests, played this Tuesday evening in Oriel Park. Second half goals from Anselmo Garcia McNulty of Real Betis and Oran Crowe of Cork City proved decisive on the night. The second encounter is set for the AUL Complex on Thursday afternoon at 1pm.

O'Neill set to unveil extended squad for Turkey friendly...05/03/2018
Manager Martin O'Neill is set to unveil his extended Ireland squad, for the upcoming friendly international in Turkey, on Thursday afternoon. It is anticipated that there will be some new names following the retirement of Wes Hoolihan and Daryl Murphy coupled with the injury absence of Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jon Walters and David McGoldrick. Injury doubts also surround Keiren Westwood and Callum O'Dowda. Certain Irish media sources suggest that U21 stars Declan Rice and Josh Cullen will be included in the squad which, while welcome in normal circumstance, could prove a blow to U21 Head Coach Noel King whose side have a competitive UEFA Qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday the 27th March in Tallaght Stadium. The three day interval between the fixtures does provide hope that the pair, should they travel to Ankara, could link up with the U21 squad thereafter.

Irish in Sunday afternoon football action...04/03/2018
Shane Duffy was in his regular centre back position for Chris Hughton's Brighton & Hove Albion when they defeated visitors Arsenal by two goals to one in the Premier League this afternoon. Also in action were former U21 defenders Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams who both started for current League One leaders Blackburn Rovers who were held to a two all draw by third place Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park. In charge of the 'Latics' of course is former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook and while trailing the leaders by six points, his side do have four matches in hand. The fixture backlog arises from their FA Cup exploits including the fifth round defeat of Manchester City and they will host Southampton in the quarter-finals in two weeks time.

Premier League on Saturday afternoon...03/03/2018
Burnley had Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Kevin Long, on the bench for the early Premier League contest with Everton, who had Seamus Coleman in their starting eleven at Turf Moor. The 'Clarets' recovered from a half time deficit to secure a deserved two one victory.Declan Rice started for West Ham United with Josh Cullen on the bench as they crashed to a four one defeat at Swansea City while James McClean was a late substitute for West Bromwich Albion in their one nil defeat at Watford. Shane Long was also a late substitute for Southampton who played out a scoreless draw with visitors Stoke City. Ciaran Clark was on the Newcastle United bench for the two nil defeat at Liverpool.

The Championship on Saturday afternoon...03/03/2018
Sean Maguire, having returned to training with Preston North End after a four month absence, was introduced from the bench on sixty five minutes and scored twice to secure a three one victory for his side at Bolton Wanderers. Both Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne also started for the 'Lilywhites'. Cyrus Christie was on the Fulham bench for their two one success at Derby County who were skippered by Richard Keogh. The Den hosted the one allo draw between Millwall and Sunderland, who included John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady in their starting eleven.

More Championship action on Friday evening...02/03/2018
Goalkeeper Darren Randolph was in Championship action on Friday evening when his Middlesbrough defeated visitors Leeds United by three goals to nil at the Riverside Stadium. Midfielder Eunan O'Kane started for the visitors but was replaced on sixty eight minutes while one time Ireland target, and still eligible, Patrick Bamford scored his first senior hat-trick for the victors.

U16s lose second Hungary encounter in Budapest...01/03/2018
Our Under 16 international side went down to an emphatic four nil defeat by hosts Hungary in Budapest on Thursday morning. This disappointing result follows their three two defeat at the same venue on Tuesday afternoon.

FA Cup fifth round replay this Wednesday evening...28/02/2018
Rochdale, who currently sit bottom of League One, were in FA Cup fifth round replay action when they went down to a crushing six one defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium this Wednesday evening. Ireland U21 defender Ryan Delaney was in the starting eleven for the 'Dale'.

All Airtricity League fixtures postponed this weekend...28/02/2018
All ten fixtures scheduled in the Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions for this weekend have been postponed due to the severe weather conditions sweeping across the country.

More Airtricity League action on Tuesday evening...27/02/2018
The two remaining contests in Series Three of the Airtricity League Premier Division took place on Tuesday evening. Bohemian went down to a one nil defeat by Derry City in Dalymount Park while Dundalk crushed visitors Limerick by eight goals to nil in Oriel Park.

Championship action on Tuesday evening...27/02/2018
Hull City, for whom Will Keane was introduced seconds before half-time, played out a one all draw with visitors Barnsley in the Championship on Tuesday evening while Reading included Liam Kelly in their starting eleven for the three one defeat by visitors Sheffield United for whom Enda Stevens was also a starter.

U16s face Hungary in Budapest double header...27/02/2018
Head Coach Paul Osam has selected an eighteen player squad for a brace of Under 16 friendly internationals against Hungary in Budapest this week. The sides met in Teliki early on Tuesday afternoon where the hosts prevailed by three goals to two with Matt Everitt and Brandon Holt finding the net for Ireland. The sides meet again at 10am (Irish time) on Thursday morning.

Airtricity League contests on Monday evening...26/02/2018
There were three Airtricity League Premier Division contests played on Monday evening. Shamrock Rovers crushed visitors Bray Wanderers by six goals to nil in Tallaght Stadium while the RSC saw hosts Waterford defeat St Patricks Athletic by two goals to nil. Sligo Rovers were defeated by four goals to one in the Showgrounds by defending champions Cork City, the only side with maximum points after the first two sets of league fixtures.

Premier League on Saturday afternoon...24/02/2018
Shane Duffy was in central defence for Chris Hughtons Brighton & Hove Albion as they secured a four one Premier League success over visitors Swansea City this Saturday afternoon. Burnley included Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their side for the one all draw with Southanpton at Turf Moor. Declan Rice was a very late West Ham United substitute in their four one defeat at Liverpool while James McClean was substituted on fifty seven minutes as his West Bromwich Albion slipped further into the relegation mire with a two one home defeat by Huddersfield Town.

The Championship on Saturday afternoon...24/02/2018
Fulham continued their Championship promotion challenge with a two nil victory over current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage this afternoon. Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute for the victors while Matt Doherty was in his customery wing back position for the visitors. Eunan O'Kane was in midfield action for Leeds United who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Brentford at Elland Road where John Egan started with Alan Judge again a late substitute. Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham started and Daryl Horgan was a late substitute for Preston North End who surprisingly lost at home to the only goal from visitors Ipswich Town. Liam Kelly scored an early goal for Reading as did Richard Keogh for their visitors Derby County as the sides played out a three all draw at the Madejski Stadium. The Stadium of Light also hosted a three all draw between hosts Sunderland for whom John O'Shea started with Aiden McGeady a late substitute and Middlesbrough who had Darren Randolph on goalkeepng duty. The Aston Villa trio of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan all started at Sheffield Wednesday with Hourihane and Whelan both scoring as their side ran out four two victors.

2018 Airtricity League continues this weekend...24/02/2018
Fixture Series Two in the 2018 Airtricity League Premier Division commenced on Friday evening with Bray Wanderers losing by two goals to one against St Patrick's Athletic in the Carlisle Grounds while down on the South coast, defending champions Cork City secured a two nil victory over newly promoted Waterford in Turners Cross. In the North West, Sligo Rovers defeated visitors Derry City by two goals to one in the Showgrounds while Tallaght Stadium hosted a scoreless draw between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. The Markets Field hosted the one all draw between Limerick and Bohemian on Saturday evening. The First Division also commenced on Friday evening with Cabinteely losing to the only goal from Wexford at Stradbrook. Galway United commenced their campaign with a four one defeat of Athlone Town in Eamonn Deacy Park while The Bowl hosted the two one seccess of UCD over visitors Shelbourne. The Saturday evening contest between Longford Town and Cobh Ramblers ended in a two all draw.

U18s lose to Wales in Memorial Cup decider on Thursday...22/02/2018
Following their scoreless draw on Tuesday evening, Head Coach Jim Crawford saw his home based Ireland U18 side go down to a two nil defeat by Wales in the John Coughlan Memorial Cup second leg on Thursday afternoon.

More Championship action on Wednesday evening...21/02/2018
The endurance test which is the Championship continued on Wednesday evening with several promotion hopefuls in action in the four scheduled contests. Bristol City, for whom Callum O'Dowda remains on the injured list, secured a one all draw with in form visitors Fulham, for whom Cyrus Christie made his debut. Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, squandered a two goal lead as visitors Leeds United recovered to earn a two all draw. Leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers had Matt Doherty in their starting eleven for the two all draw with visitors Norwich City.

Championship action completed on Tuesday evening...20/02/2018
The Championship continued on Tuesday evening with Aston Villa and Preston North End playing out a one all draw at Villa Park. Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan started for the hosts with Glenn Whelan an unused substitute while Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham started for the visitors with Daryl Horgan a late substitute. Bolton Wanderers heaped further misery on beleaguered Sunderland with a one nil victory at the Macron Stadium where John O'Shea started and Aiden McGeady was a sixty third minute substitute for the visitors. John Egan started and Alan Judge was a seventieth minute substitute for Brentford who crushed visitors Birmingham City by five goals to nil at Griffin Park. Darren Randolph was in action for Middlesbrough who defeated visitors Hull City and Will Keane by three goals to one while Nottingham Forest and Reading played out a one all draw at the City Ground with Liam Kelly included in the travelling 'Royals' starting eleven. Sheffield United had Enda Stevens in their side for the two one Bramall Lane victory over Queens Park Rangers.

U18s held by Wales in Waterford opener...20/02/2018
Head Coach Jim Crawford saw his home based U18 side held to a scoreless draw by Wales in the first leg of the John Coughlan Memorial Cup played at Tramore FC, Waterford this evening. The destination of the trophy will be decided at 3pm on Thursday afternoon in the second leg at Tramore FC.

FA Cup fifth round action on Sunday afternoon...18/02/2018
Struggling League One side Rochdale caused something of an FA Cup fifth round shock on Sunday afternoon when they scored an added time equaliser at the Crown Oil Arena to earn a Wembley Stadium replay with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. The minnows had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time but the visitors recovered to lead as the contest entered the final stages. Ireland U21 defender Ryan Delaney, who made his debut in round four, was again in the thick of the action for the hosts.

Championship contests played on Sunday afternoon...18/02/2018
The East Anglian Championship meeting of Norwich City and Ipswich Town ended in a one all draw at Carrow Road early on Sunday afternoon. Mick McCarthys 'Tractor Boys' had Stephen Gleeson in their starting eleven with David McGoldrick a sixty second minute substitute. Leeds United included Eunan O'Kane in their starting eleven for the visit of Bristol City who were still without the injured Callum O'Dowda. The visitors took an early two goal lead but reminiscent of losing a three goal advantage at home to Sunderland last week, they conceded two second half goals for another draw.

2018 Airtricity League contest on Saturday evening...17/02/2018
A crowd of 3,056 attended the Showgrounds on Saturday evening where visitors Limerick scored the only goal to defeat hosts Sligo Rovers in the one remaining contest in Series One of the 2018 Airtricity League season.

FA Cup fifth round continues on Saturday afternoon...17/02/2018
The fifth round of the FA Cup continued on Saturday afternoon with Shane Duffy rested as Brighton & Hove Albion defeated League Two side Coventry City by three goals to one at the Amex Stadium. The visiting 'Sky Blues' included Ireland U19 striker Josh Barrett, currently on loan from Reading, in their starting eleven. The clash of Premier Leagues sides West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at the Hawthorns saw James McClean start for the hosts but Shane Long failed a late fitness test and was ruled out, but his club secured a two one away victory.

The Championship on Saturday afternoon...17/02/2018
Fulham, for whom recent transfer window signing Cyrus Christie has yet to make his debut, welcomed the Aston Villa trio of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan to Craven Cottage in the Championship on Saturday afternoon and duly defeated them by two goals to nil. Preston North End were without the suspended Greg Cunningham for the visit of current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and Matt Doherty but Alan Browne scored the goal which earned them a point in aone all draw. Daryl Horgan was introduced from the bench on seventy minutes. Sunderland duo John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady were in the side which went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Brentford for whom John Egan started while Alan Judge was a late substitute.

2018 Airtricity League season kicks-off this evening...16/02/2018
The 2018 Airtricity Leagues season commenced this Friday evening with defending champions Cork City getting off to a flying start with a three two victory at St Patrick's Athletic, while Dundalk were held to a scoreless draw by Bray Wanderers in Oriel Park. The RTE 2 cameras brought live action from Dalymount Park where bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers went head to head with the hosts coming from behind to secure a three one victory. Promoted First Division champions Waterford welcomed Derry City to the RSC for their opening Premier Division challenge and emerged victorious by two goals to one.

FA Cup fifth round action on Friday evening...16/02/2018
There were two Premier League versus Championship FA Cup fifth round ties played on Friday evening. Leicester City scored the only goal to defeat Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens and Samir Carriuhers in their starting eleven while Chelsea crushed visitors Hull City, for whom David Meyler started at right back, by four goals to nil.

Ireland commence Centenary Shield with victory...15/02/2018
Our Ireland Schools side commenced their 2018 Centenary Shield campaign with a two one victory over Wales at Cefn Druids FC this Thursday evening. Goals from captain Cian Murphy and Daryl Walsh secured the deserved success. Certain of our Club members might consider a trip to Kenilworth Stadium, the home of Luton Town FC when Ireland will next be in action against England on Friday the 16th March 2018 at 7pm.

U19s secure second victory over Romania in La Manga ...15/02/2018
Under 19 Head Coach Tom Mohan saw his side secure a two one victory over Romania in their second friendly international played in La Manga, Spain this Thursday afternoon. Both second half goals were scored by Wexford FC striker Aaron Dobbs.

U17s draw again with Turkey in Galway today...15/02/2018
Our Under 17 side, under the guidance of Head Coach Colin O'Brien, played out a scoreless friendly international draw with visitors Turkey at Mervue FC in Galway early this Thursday afternoon.

Championship action on Tuesday evening...13/02/2018
Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, failed to regain second place on the Championship table when they went down to a two nil defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this Tuesday evening. Also in action were Cardiff City who secured a two nil victory over visitors Bolton Wanderers with Anthony Pilkington seeing action for the final nine minutes.

U19s defeat Romania in La Manga on Tuesday afternoon...13/02/2018
With the European Championship Elite Stage on the March horizon, Under 19 Head Coach Tom Mohan has taken a twenty man squad to La Manga in Spain where they defeated Romania by one goal to nil in a friendly international this afternoon. The goal was scored by centre back and captain Dara O'Shea currently on loan at Hereford United from West Bromwich Albion. The second contest between the two sides is set for Thursday morning at 11am.

U17s draw with Turkey in Galway on Tuesday evening...13/02/2018
Our Under 17 squad, with Head Coach Colin O'Brien at the helm, continued preparation for next month's European Championship Elite Stage when they scored an added time equaliser through Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrot to earn a one all draw with Turkey in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway this evening. Weather permitting, the sides are set to meet again in the same venue at 1pm on Thursday afternoon.

Sunday in the Premier League and Championship...11/02/2018
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Shane Long a late substitute for Southampton who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Liverpool. In the Championship, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both started for Aston Villa in their two nil Derby victory over visitors Birmingham City. Hogan led the line in fine style while Hourihane was inconspicuous until the eighty first minute when he hit a scorching second goal for the victors. Glenn Whelan saw substitute action for the final few minutes.

President's Cup kicks-off Irish domestic season...11/02/2018
The first competitive contest of the 2018 season saw Cork City lift the President's Cup for the third year in succession. The 2017 treble winners recovered from a two goal half-time deficit to score four second half goals for a deserved victory over Dundalk in Oriel Park.

Premier League on Saturday afternoon...10/02/2018
Seamus Coleman returned to the Everton starting eleven for the Premier League visit of Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon but was substituted at half-time as the 'Toffees' secured a three one victory. Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues travelled to Stoke City and earned a point with a one all draw. while Burnley duo, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long started with the fit again Stephen Ward on the bench in their one nil defeat at Swansea City. Ireland U21 duo Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the West Ham United bench for the two nil victory over visitors Watford. Rice saw some brief action in the closing minutes.

Saturday action in the Championship...10/02/2018
Brentford had John Egan back in the starting eleven with Alan Judge a late substitute in the one all draw with visitors Preston North End who included Greg Cunningham, who was dismissed on seventy four minutes, and Alan Browne in their starting eleven with Daryl Horgan a very late substitute. The injury sustained by Callum O'Dowda at Hull City on the 25th November last continues to rule him out of the Bristol City squad as his side today squandered a three nil half-time lead as visitors Sunderland earned a point with three second half goals. John O'Shea started for the 'Makems' with Aiden McGeady a seventy first minute substitute and goal scorer ten minutes later. Enda Stevens retained his starting position for Sheffield United who defeated Leeds United and Eunan O'Kane by two goals to one at Bramall Lane in the early kick-off. Runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers had Matt Doherty in their starting eleven for the two one victory over visitors Queens Park Rangers.

FAI announce June friendly against the USA...09/02/2018
The FAI this afternoon announced that the USA will visit the Aviva Stadium for a friendly international on Saturday the 2nd June 2018.

Wes Hoolihan announces international retirement...08/02/2018
Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolihan has announced his anticipated retirement from international football. The Dubliner earned forty three caps and scored three goals for Ireland. With his club in a parlous state, one wonders if international retirement may also be on the mind of John O'Shea.

League One Rochdale progress in FA Cup...06/02/2018
Struggling League One side Rochdale scored the only goal to eliminate Millwall from the FA Cup in this evening's fourth round replay at the Crown Oil Arena. Prominent in central defence for the victors was Ireland U21 defender and transfer window signing Ryan Delaney who spent last season on loan at double winning Cork City.

FAI announce Poland and NI friendlies...05/02/2018
The FAI today confirmed that Northern Ireland will visit the Aviva Stadium for a friendly international on Thursday the 15th November 2018. Ireland will also travel to face Poland in another friendly contest on Tuesday the 11th September 2018. A further home friendly is set for June 2018 with the opposition to be confirmed later this week.

Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...04/02/2018
The spectre of Premier League relegation hangs over a whole plethora of clubs and two of them, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, met at Selhurst Park this Sunday afternoon, where they played out a one all draw . The visiting 'Magpies' had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven and it was he who stupidly conceded the penalty with which the hosts scored their equalising goal. Meanwhile doubts surround the future of fit again goalkeeper Rob Elliot following the transfer window loan acquisition of giant Slovakia netminder Martin Dubravka by Newcastle United.

Premier League on Saturday afternoon...03/02/2018
Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long were in Premier League action early on Saturday afternoon when runaway leaders Manchester City were held to a one all draw at Turf Moor. Harry Arter has been confined to the AFC Bournemouth bench in recent matches remained there for the two one defeat of visitors Stoke City. Shane Duffy and Brighton & Hove Albion were three one victors over West Ham United at the Amex Stadium where Declan Rice started with our U21 captain Josh Cullen an unused substitute for the visitors. James McClean was a late substitute for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three two home defeat by Southampton for whom Shane Long was also a late substitute.

Saturday action in the Championship...03/02/2018
In form Aston Villa had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan, who opened the scoring in their starting eleven for the three two Championship victory over visitors Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. Second place Derby County had skipper Richard Keogh in defence for their three nil defeat of visitors Brentford for whom Alan Judge was a late substitute while Norwich City scored the only goal to defeat Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) at Carrow Road. Preston North End came from behind, with Greg Cunningham scoring the equaliser and Alan Browne converting a penalty in their two one victory over visitors Hull City for whom David Meyler started with Will Keane a late substitute at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O'Shea and late substitute, Aiden McGeady) went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson) at the Stadium of Light. The late kick-off saw clear leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) overcome Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) by three goals to nil at Molineaux.

January 2018 - Transfer Window
The current UK transfer window opened on the 1st January and concluded at 11.00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The Irish players detailed in the linked schedule have been involved in some form of transfer during the relevant period. One interesting final minutes move was the switch of Middlesbrough full back Cyrus Christie to Fulham for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half year contract with a further one year option.  
Wednesday evening in the Premier League...31/01/2018
The inclusion of Seamus Coleman in the Everton starting eleven and his completion of the full ninety minutes in the two one Premier League victory over visitors Leicester City this Wednesday evening gives a filip to Irish football. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven for the visit of Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their starting eleven as the sides played out a one all draw at St James Park. Shane Long and Shane Duffy were in direct opposition when Southampton and South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion played out a one all draw at St Marys Stadium. Also back in first team action was James McClean whose West Bromwich Albion went down to a three nil defeat at Manchester City.

Premier League on Tuesday evening...30/01/2018
The Premier League resumed on Tuesday evening with London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in action at the London Stadium. Declan Rice has been in the news in recent hours with positive vibes now emanating in relation to his international commitment to Ireland. He completed the full ninety minutes this evening with our U21 captain Josh Cullen unused on the substitute bench as the sides played out a one all draw.

Tuesday night in the Championship...30/01/2018
Aiden McGeady was a late substitute for Sunderland who went down to a three one Championship defeat at Birmingham City. Will Keane was a late substitute for Hull City in their scoreless draw with visitors Leeds United who lost Conor Shaughnessy to injury after just six minutes. Middlesbrough had Darren Randolph in their starting eleven with Cyrus Christie unused on the bench for the scoreless draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday. Richard Keogh started and Alex Pearce was unused on the bench for Derby County who were held to a scoreless draw by Millwall at the Den. Nottingham Forest welcomed Preston North End to the City Ground where Alan Browne started with Daryl Horgan a very late substitute in their three nil victory. Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa who had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan in their starting eleven with Glenn Whelan unused on the bench at Bramall Lane.

Charity Quiz Event - another resounding success...28/01/2018
We hosted our Annual Charity Quiz night, the thirteenth, at the Clayton Crown Hotel on Friday evening last and thanks to the efforts of the organising officers, our excellent sponsors, attending club members and their friends and of course those members unable to be present but who nevertheless contributed by donation and the purchase of raffle tickets, we were able to present our nominated charity for this club year - 'MS Society of Ireland' with a cheque for €5,000.

FA Cup fourth round action on Sunday afternoon...28/01/2018
The FA Cup continued on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea comfortably defeated Newcastle United by three goals to nil at Stamford Bridge. Ciaran Clark started for the 'Magpies' but there was no squad place for Rob Elliot. The late kick-off saw Manchester City ease past their hosts Cardiff City by two goals to nil. Anthony Pilkington was a late substitute for the 'Bluebirds'.

Daryl Murphy announces international tretirement...27/01/2018
Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy has announced his retirement from international football. The Waterford man earned thirty three caps and scored three goals, most notably the late equaliser against Serbia during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign. With ill health having already forced the retirement of Kevin Doyle, one wonders if another Waterford man John O'Shea may also be thinking along those lines while very limited match time for Wes Hoolihan at Norwich City may also trigger retirement thoughts.

FA Cup fourth round continues on Saturday afternoon...27/01/2018
The FA Cup fourth round continued on Saturday afternoon with Championship side Hull City (Will Keane) defeating Nottingham Forest (Stephen Henderson) by two goals to one at the KCOM Stadium. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) lost to the only goal for Brighton & Hove Albion while Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Ben Heneghan, Samir Carruthers) also scored the only goal to defeat fellow Championship side Preston North End (Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan). Southampton (Shane Long) entertained fellow Premier League side Watford and yes, scored the only goal for victory. League One leaders Wigan Athletic defeated West Ham United (Josh Cullen) by two goals to nil at the DW Stadium. League Two side Newport County took a first half lead against Tottenham Hotspur through Padraig Amond but the Premier League side secured a draw with a late equaliser. The late kick-off saw West Bromwich Albion (James McClean) stun hosts Liverpool with three first half goals at Anfield where they held on for a three two victory.

Championship action set for Saturday afternoon...27/01/2018
Cup exitees Brentford (John Egan) and Norwich City were in Championship action at Griffin Park with the 'Canaries' scoring the only goal for victory while Queens Park Rangers (Ryan Manning) went down to a two nil defeat at Bristol City. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Stephen Gleeson) lost to the only goal, scored by Matt Doherty, for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road.

FA Cup fourth round action on Friday evening...26/01/2018
FA Cup shock romantics who looked towards Huish Park on Friday evening when struggling League Two side Yeovil Town met the wealth of Manchester United in front of a 9,565 crowd in the Fourth Round of this year's competition were denied as the Premier League side ran out comfortable four nil winners. The hosts had Connor Smith (substitute 83') and Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan (unused) in their matchday squad.

UEFA Nations League fixture dates confirmed...24/01/2018
The dates for the four League B, Group Four UEFA Nations League fixtures have been confirmed. Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales on Thursday the 6th September 2018 before hosting a double header at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 13th October 2018 against Denmark and three days later against Wales on Tuesday the 16th October 2018. The final Group Four contest agaisnt Denmark in Copenhagen is set for Monday the 19th November 2018. All four matches are set to kick-off at 7.45pm.

UEFA Nations League draw - Lausanne on Wednesday...24/01/2018
The draw for the UEFA Nations League was made at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne this Wednesday morning and provided a sense of 'deja vu' as our last two opponents Denmark and Wales were drawn alongside us in our Group. The new competition has sparked much confused debate relating to structure with an underwhelming sense of anticipation surrounding the event. In the draw structure for the three team group, Ireland fell into the League B section covering the countries ranked from 13 to 24 in the UEFA standings. Ireland (ranked 19) were in Pot B and set to face one side from Pot A (Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia) and one from Group C (N Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey) on a home and away basis. So now we know, Cardiff and Copenhagen, here we come again.

Catalogue of serious injury continues to grow...21/01/2018
The double leg break injury sustained by Everton midfielder James McCarthy yesterday will rule him out for the remainder of the season and very likely beyond. Robbie Brady is of course already ruled out indefinitely while fellow Burnley player Jon Walters underwent surgey this week which is likely to rule him out for about two months. Sean Maguire of Preston North End is of course another ruled out indefinitely through injury. On a more positive slant, Seamus Coleman has returned to full training with Everton while Alan Judge is back in action, tentatively at present, with Brentford.

Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...21/01/2018
Misfiring Southampton were without Shane Long for the Premier League visit of in-form Tottenham Hotspur to St Marys Stadium this Sunday afternoon, but seventeen year old striker Michael Obafemi made his Premier League debut with a substitute entry for the final fifteen minutes, as the sides played out a one all draw. Dublin born Obafemi is a member of Tom Mohan's U19 Republic of Ireland squad. Obafemi has scored twelve goals at Youth Level for Southampton this season where his attack partner Jonathan Afolabi is another member of our U19 squad.

Senior Women gain revenge for opening defeat...21/01/2018
Our Senior Women provided a much improved performance against hosts Portugal in the Azores this afternoon to secure a three one success. Goals from captain Katie McCabe, Leanne Kiernan and Loise Quinn put Ireland in total command with the hosts scoring a late consolation goal.

U19 Women lose to England in Portugal tournament...21/01/2018
Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women met England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon. Despite a much improved performance, against stronger opposition, our side went down to a three one defeat with Saoirse Noonan scoring our goal. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...20/01/2018
Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a four nil Premier League defeat by visitors Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in the early kick-off this Saturday afternoon. Jeff Hendrick started with Kevin Long on the bench for Burnley who lost to the only goal from Manchester United to Turf Moor. James McCarthy started but was substituted on sixty minutes while James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy nine minutes as Everton were held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the substitute bench for West Ham United who were held to a one all draw by AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium. The late kick-off saw Manchester City overcome visitors Newcastle United by three goals to one. Ciaran Clark started for the visitors with Rob Elliot on the substitute bench.

Championship action on Saturday afternoon...20/01/2018
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan) defeating Barnsley by three goals to one at Villa Park, Hogan scored twice in the opening seven minutes with Hourihane adding the third on nineteen minutes. Bolton Wanderers held Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson, David McGoldrick, Aaron Drinan) to a one all draw while Leeds United (Conor Shaughnessy) went down to a four three defeat by Millwall at Elland Road with Aiden O'Brien scoring the opener. Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan) went down by two goals to one against Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) at Carrow Road. Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan) drerw one each with Birmingham City at Deepdale while QPR went down to a three nil home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie). Reading (Liam Kelly) suffered a one nil home defeat by Brentford with Martin O'Neill rumoured to be a possible attendee. Sunderland (John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady) scored the only goal for victory over Hull City (David Meyler, Will Keane) at the Stadium of Light while leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) suffered a shock two nil home defeat by Nottingham Forest.

Championship action on Friday evening...19/01/2018
High flying Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, did not manage to exact revenge for the four one defeat they suffered at Ashton Gate in the first half of this season when Bristol City held them to a scoreless draw at Pride Park in the Championship this Friday evening.

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 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.

More FA Cup third round action on Wednesday evening...17/01/2018
Runaway Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Matt Doherty in action went down to a three one FA Cup third round replay defeat at Swansea City this evening. AFC Bournemouth also suffered defeat, by three goals to nil, at League One leaders Wigan Athletic with uncertainty surrounding the future of Harry Arter whom it is reported is the subject of interest from West Ham United.

U19 Women compete in Portugal mini-Tournament...17/01/2018
Our U19 Women guided by Head Coach Dave Connell travelled to Portugal where they will compete in a mini-Tournament with hosts Portugal and England. Ireland went down to an opening three one defeat by the hosts in Santo Antonio on Wednesday afternoon and willo next 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.

FA Cup third round replays on Tuesday evening...16/01/2018
Ireland U21 captain Josh Cullen was in FA Cup third round replay action this Tuesday evening with West Ham United who eventually defeated League One side Shrewsbury Town with the only goal in extra-time at the London Stadium. Also in cup replay action was Reading midfielder Liam Kelly whose side secured a comfortable three nil victory over visitors Stevenage of League Two. Also in action and on the scoresheet was Anthony Pilkington for Cardiff City who secured a four one victory at Mansfield Town to set up a home fourth round clash with Manchester City.

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.

Steel City Championship 'Derby' on Friday evening...12/01/2018
Bramall Lane hosted the steel city 'Derby' clash of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday which ended in a scoreless draw this Friday evening. The 'Blades' included Enda Stevens in their starting eleven while the visiting 'Owls' were still without goalkeeper Keiren Westwood following his hip injury of four weeks ago.

Irish interest in Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening...19/12/2017
Irish interest in the Checkatrade Trophy for Leagues One and Two sides together with selected Premier and Championship U21 sides continued this evening with U19 defender Canice Carroll in the Oxford United side which progressed to the quarter-final stage with a three nil penalty shoot-out success over Charlton Athletic following a one all draw at the Valley. Goalkeeper Conor O'Malley was an unused substitute for Peterborough United who prevailed over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road with a seven six penalty shoot-out success following a scoreless draw. Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan started alongside Connor Smith for Yeovil Town who defeated visitors Forest Green Rovers by two goals to nil. The quarter-final draw takes place live on Sky Sports EFL Matters programme at 7pm on Thursday.

More FA Cup action on Sunday afternoon...07/01/2018
Ireland U21 stars Josh Cullen and Declan Rice were both in FA Cup action for West Ham United who were held to a scoreless draw at League One side Shrewsbury Town this afternoon. Another of our U21 players Conor Shaughnessy was in action for Leeds United who suffered a shock two one defeat at Newport County who had Padraig Amond in their starting eleven while Mark O'Brien was an added time substitute.

FA Cup third round action on Saturday afternoon...06/01/2018
North East rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland locked horns in the third round of the FA Cup at the Riverside Stadium early this afternoon, with the hosts emerging victorious by two goals to nil. Darren Randolph started with Cyrus Christie playing just the four minutes of added time while John O'Shea and Marc Wilson completed ninety minutes for the 'Makems'. Aston Villa included Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven with Jake Doyle-Hayes on the substitute bench for their shock three one defeat by visitors Peterborough United who had Chris Forrester in their starting eleven with Conor O'Malley on the bench. Ipswich Town included new signing Aaron Drinan on the bench with David McGoldrick starting for their one nil home defeat by Sheffield United who had Samir Carruthers in their starting eleven with Enda Stevens on the bench. Manchester City defeated Burnley, who had Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their starting eleven, by four goals to one, with Jon Walters a late substitute for the 'Clarets'. Preston North End included Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven with Andy Boyle a late introduction from the bench as they crushed their hosts Wycombe Wanderers by five goals to one. Browne with two and Horgan were among the scorers.

FA Cup third round action this Friday evening...05/01/2018
James McCarthy completed eighty six minutes for Everton who went down to a two one defeat against local rivals Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield this Friday evening. Also in cup action were Derby County duo Richard Keogh and Alex Pearce whose side went down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Premier League contest on Thursday evening...04/01/2018
Having both been in action on Tuesday evening, it is likely that Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United were less than delighted to have to face each other in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium this Thursday evening. Young Declan Rice, who saw less than twenty minutes of substitute action against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, was in the starting eleven as the sides played out a one all draw.

Premier League action on Tuesday evening...02/01/2018
Shane Long scored his first Southampton goal in eleven months at St Marys Stadium this evening but it was not enough as visitors Crystal Palace scored twice late on for victory. Young Declan Rice was introduced from the West Ham United bench on seventy six minutes as his side recovered from a thirtieth minute goal from James McClean for visitors West Bromwich Albion to secure a two one victory.

Championship contests on Tuesday evening...02/01/2018
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with Matt Doherty in fine form, defeated Brentford by three goals to nil at Molineaux this Tuesday evening to extend their lead at the summit. Reading captain Paul McShane started with Liam Kelly a seventy fourth minute substitute as their side went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Birmingham City.

New Years' Day Monday in the Premier League...01/01/2018
South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth kick-started the New Year in the Premier League with a 12.30pm meeing at the Amex Stadium. Chris Hughtons' hosts had Shane Duffy in central defence while the visiting 'Cherries' had Harry Arter back in their starting eleven as the sides played out a two all draw. Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley with Kevin Long and Jonathan Walters unused on the bench for the two one defeat by visitors Liverpool at Turf Moor while Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven but Rob Elliot remained an injury absentee for the one nil victory at struggliong Stoke City. In the late kick-off, James McCarthy was introduced from the Everton bench on sixty two minutes and made a significant impact despite their two nil defeat by Manchester United.

Championship contests on New Years' Day Monday...01/01/2018
The Championship continued in the New Year with promotion challengers Aston Villa crushing visitors Bristol City by five goals to nil in the late Villa Park kick-off this afternoon. Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both started and scored for the victors. Second place Derby County (Richard Keogh) were held to a one all draw by visitors Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) while Preston North End (Daryl Horgan) went down to a three two home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O'Shea, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady) also went down to a one nil home defeat by Barnsley at the Stadium of Light.

The Premier League on Sunday afternoon...31/12/2017
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with West Bromwich Albion scoring a hotly contested penalty in added time to earn a one all draw with visitors Arsenal at the Hawthorns. James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy two minutes and the Arsenal goal has been credited to him following a significant deflection of a Sanchez free kick.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...30/12/2017
In the Premier League, Harry Arter passed a late fitness test and was introduced as a late substitute for AFC Bournemouth who defeated visitors Everton by two goals to one this Saturday afternoon. Fit again James McCarthy started for the first time this season but was withdrawn at half-time. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark back in defence but injury ruled out Rob Elliot for the scoreless draw with visitors Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues at St James Park while Burnley duo, Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick started while Jonathan Walters was an unused substitute in the scoreless draw at Huddersfield Town. Shane Long and his struggling Southampton colleagues travelled to face Manchester United in the late kick-off and earned a point with a scoreless draw.

Championship action on Saturday afternoon...30/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Barnsley scoring a late equaliser against Reading (Paul McShane) at Oakwell while Leeds United ( Conor Shaughnessy) lost to the only goals at Birmingham City. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Adam McDonnell) went down to a two one defeat by Derby County (Richard Keogh) at Portman Road while Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) also lost at home to the only goal from visitors Aston Villa (Jake Doyle-Hayes, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan). Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy) play lost one nil to Sunderland (John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson) with McGeady the goalscorer. Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) were also defeated by one goal to nil by visitors Bolton Wanderers (Josh Cullen). The late kick-off saw Bristol City suffer an added time two one defeat by leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) at Ashton Gate.

Friday evening action in the Championship...29/12/2017
The Championship continued on Friday evening with Cardiff City going down to a very late one nil defeat by visitors Preston North End. Forgotten man Anthony Pilkington was an unused substitute for the 'Bluebirds' while fellow injury victim Greg Cunningham returned to the 'Lilywhites' starting eleven where he was joined by Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan with Kevin O'Connor unused on the substitute bench. The Den hosted the 'London Derby' meeting of Millwall, for whom Aiden O'Brien started, and visitors Queens Park Rangers for whom U21 midfielder Ryan Manning was an unused substitute as his side went down to a one nil defeat.

Premier League action on Wednesday evening...27/12/2017
Newcastle United duo, Rob Elliot, who started, and Ciaran Clark named on the substitute bench, went down to a one nil defeat by star laden Premier League leaders Manchester City at St James Park this Wednesday evening.

St Stephen's Day Tuesday in the Premier League...26/12/2017
A calf injury ruled Harry Arter out of the AFC Bournemouth side which played out a three all draw with visitors West Ham United for whom Declan Rice was a seventy ninth minute substitute this Tuesday afternoon. Shane Duffy returned to the Brighton & Hove Albion starting eleven, following his suspension, for the two nil defeat at Chelsea. Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long both completed ninety minutes in the two all draw at Manchester United, while Jonathan Walters was an eighty first minute substitute. James McClean was a very late substitute for West Bromwich Albion who were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Everton at the Hawthorns. Shane Long completed ninety minutes for Southanpton who were crushed five two by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

Championship contests on St Stephen's Day Tuesday...26/12/2017
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) drew two each with Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) at The Den on Tuesday afternoon while Brentford defeated visitors Aston Villa (Glenn Whelan, Scott Hogan) by two goals to one. Long term injury absentee Alan Judge was on the substitute bench for the 'Bees'. Kevin O'Connor and Daryl Horgan started for Preston North End who played out a scoreless draw at Barnsley with Alan Browne introduced as a late substitute. Greg Cunningham was on the 'Lilywhites' bench after his lengthy injury abaence. Reading (Paul McShane) went down to a two nil defeat at Bristol City. Richard Keogh captained Derby County in their scoreless draw at Hull City while Middlesbrough duo Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie were in the side that defeated visitors Bolton Wanderers by two goals to nil. Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) crushed visitors Sunderland (John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady) by three goals to nil at Bramall Lane.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...23/12/2017
Declan Rice remained on the substitute bench for West Ham United who went down to a three two defeat by Newcastle United, who included Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark in their side at the London Arena in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon. James McClean started but was substituted at half-time by West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three one defeat at Stoke City. The late kick-off between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor saw Kevin Long return to central defence alongside midfielder Jeff Hendrick with Jonathan Walters unused on the substitute bench as the visitors secured a comfortable three nil victory.

Championship action on Saturday afternoon...23/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan) playing out a two all draw with visitors Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) in the 5.30pm kick-off. Derby County (Richard Keogh) defeated visitors Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) by three goals to nil while Leeds United (Eunan O'Kane, Conor Shaughnessy) overcame Hull City with the only goal at Elland Road. Preston North End (Alan Browne, Kevin O'Connor, Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle) played out a one all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy). Reading (Paul McShane, Liam Kelly) went down to a two one defeat by Burton Albion at the Madejski Stadium while Sheffield Wednesday lost by two goals to one against Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) at Hillsborough. Leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) scored the only goal to defeat visitors Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Adam McDonnell) at Molineaux while Sunderland (John O'Shea, Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson) played out a one all draw with Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light.

Two EFL Cup quarter-finals this Wednesday night...20/12/2017
Harry Arter and his AFC Bournemouth colleagues went down to a late two one defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup this Wednesday night. Injury ruled Callum O'Dowda out of the fourth quarter-final between his Bristol City and Manchester United at Ashton Gate which saw the hosts score an added time winner to earn their place in the semi-final where they will face Manchester City over two legs. The second semi-final will feature London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

EFL Cup quarter-final this Tuesday evening...19/12/2017
Declan Rice was in action for West Ham United who made the short journey to face Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at the Emirates Stadium this Tuesday evening but suffered disappointment in a one nil defeat.

FA Cup replay with Irish involvement tonight...19/12/2017
'Where are they Now?' aficionado's may have cast a glance towards Brunton Park where League Two Carlisle United defeated League One Gillingham in a second round FA Cup replay by three goals to one this evening. Three players in both squads were former Irish underage internationals. Brentford loanee Jack Bonham started in goal for the hosts who also included midfielders Jamie Devitt and John O'Sullivan in their squad while the visitors included Bradley Garmston, Conor Wilkinson and Mark Byrne in their ranks.

Airtricity League 2018 - Fixtures Release...19/12/2017
The fixtures for the 2018 Airtricity League season were released today. The new season is set to kick-off with the President's Cup meeting of double winners Cork City and dual runners-up Dundalk in Oriel Park at 3pm on Sunday the 11th February 2018. The Premier Division kicks-off on Friday the 16th February 2018 with defending champions Cork City travelling to meet St Patrick's Athletic while runners-up Dundalk play host to Bray Wanderers. Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers clash in Dalymount Park with promoted Waterford welcoming Derry City to the RSC. Sligo Rovers and Limerick will lock horns on Saturday evening in the Showgrounds.

Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...17/12/2017
James McClean, last night named RTE 'Sportsperson of the Year', started for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a two one defeat by Manchester United at the Hawthorns in the Premier League this afternoon. In the late kick-off, Harry Arter was an unused substitiute for AFC Bournemouth who were crushed four nil by visitors Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium.

Senior International schedule beginning to take shape...16/12/2017
Rumour and speculation coupled with some truth is currently abound in relation to our Senior International side. A visit to Paris to face France on Monday the 28th May 2018 seems assured while a trip to face Turkey in Antalya on the weekend of Sunday the 25th March 2018 is also being reported in the media. It is also anticipated that the FAI will arrange a home friendly for that International weekend in March.

Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...16/12/2017
Newcastle United netminder Rob Elliot returned to first team action but Ciaran Clark again found himself consigned to bench duty for the one nil Premier League defeat at Arsenal this Saturday afternoon. Chris Hughtons' Brighton & Hove Albion, with Shane Duffy in central defence, played out a scoreless draw with visitors Burnley at the Amex Stadium. The 'Clarets' werer without midweek injury victim Stephen Ward but Jeff Hendrick started while Kevin Long was an unused substitute. Young Declan Rice was introduced from the West Ham United bench for injured captain Mark Noble after thirty five minutes of their three nil victory at Stoke City.

Championship action on Saturday afternoon...16/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Derby County skipper Richard Keogh facing Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane with visitors Aston Villa, while Scott Hogan was introduced from the bench on sixty five minutes as their side went down toi a two nil defeat. Paul McShane startrd with Liam Kelly a late substitute for Reading who went down to a two nil defeat at Ipswich Town. Aiden O'Brien was in the Millwall starting eleven for the two one victory over visitors Middlesbrough and their duo of Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie. Preston North End introduced Alan Browne and Kevin O'Connor from the bench as they secured a one nil victory over visitors Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens and Samir Carruthers in their starting eleven.The Sunderland trio of John O'Shea, Marc Wilson and Darron Gibson started their one nil victory over visitors Fulham.

welcome


Next Meeting/Event

Friday
3 August 2018

AGM
followed by General Meeting featuring special guest
Tony Ward

The Claddagh Ring - Hendon
(Upstairs Function Room)
7.30pm Sharp


Copenhagen Communique
Cathal Chu

Georgia Review
Our Roving Reporter
Cathal Chu


2018 Charity Nomination
MS Society Ireland


Underage and Domestic
Round-up - March/April


Underage and Domestic
Round-up - January/February


Underage and Domestic
Round-up - December


Underage and Domestic
Round-up - November

Underage and Domestic
Round-up - October

Club Membership
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Future Event Dates

Friday 3 August 2018 [AGM]
[Special Guest - Tony Ward]

Saturday 6 October 2018
[Special Supper Function]

Thursday 1 November 2018
Friday 25 January 2019

 

Club Merchandise

2018 Charity Quiz Night
raises €5,000 for
MS Ireland


2017 Charity Quiz Night
raises £5,527
for Beating Bowel Cancer

 


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Fixtures


UEFA Nations League
League B - Group 4

Thursday 6 September 2018
Wales v Republic of Ireland
19.45 Cardiff

Saturday 13 October 2018
Republic of Ireland v Denmark
19.45 Aviva Stadium

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Republic of Ireland v Wales
19.45 Aviva Stadium

Monday 19 November 2018
Denmark v Republic of Ireland
19.45 Aarhus



Friendy Internationals


Monday 28 May 2018
France v Republic of Ireland
21.00 (20.00) Stade de France

Saturday 2 June 2018
Republic of Ireland v USA
20.08 Aviva Stadium


Tuesday 11 September 2018
Poland v Republic of Ireland
19.45 Wroclaw

Thursday 15 November 2018
Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland
19.45 Aviva Stadium


2019 European U21 Championship
Qualifying Group 5


Friday 7 September 2018
Kosova v Republic of Ireland
00.00 tbc

Tuesday 11 September 2018
Republic of Ireland v Germany
19.30 Tallaght Stadium

Thursday 11 October 2018
Israel v Republic of Ireland
00.00 tbc

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Germany v Republic of Ireland
00.00 tbc

FIFA Women's World Cup
2019 Qualifiers - Group Three

Friday 8 June 2018
Republic of Ireland v Norway
17.30 Tallaght Stadium

Tuesday 12 June 2018
Norway v Republic of Ireland
17.00 Stavanger

Friday 31 August 2018
Republic of Ireland v N Ireland
19.30 Tallaght Stadium