and Domestic News Round-up
Group Five of the 2019 European U21 Championship campaign continued with a home double header in Tallaght Stadium against Norway on Thursday the 5th October 2017 which ended in a scoreless draw followed four days later with a four nil victory over Israel on Monday the 9th October 2017 with the goals coming from Harry Charsley and a Reece Grego-Cox hat-trick. Our side then travelled to face Norway on Tuesday the 14th November 2017 where they went down to a two one defeat with the hosts scoring the winner in added time. Jake Mulraney was the scorer of the Irish goal. The next contest is set for the 27th March 2018 when Azerbaijan will be the visitors to Tallaght Stadium.
Our U19 side, guided by Head Coach Tom Mohan, await the draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship which is set to take place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on the morning of Wednesday the 6th December 2017.
Like their U19 colleagues, our U17 side, guided by Head Coach Colin O'Brien, await the draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship which is set to take place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on the morning of Wednesday the 6th December 2017.
Our fledgling U15 side, under the guidance of Head Coach Jason Donohue, commenced their international careers with a double header against visitors Poland played on Tuesday the 14th and Thursday the 16th November 2017 at Home Farm FC. The opening contest ended in a two nil defeat with our side earning a one all draw in the second encounter.
Having opened their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign with two fine away victories over Northern Ireland and Slovakia, our senior women under the guidance of Head Coach Colin Bell, faced the daunting task of European Champions Holland in a third consecutive away encounter in Nijmegen on Tuesday the 28th November 2017.
Injury and a personal situation ruled out six front line players, Megan Campbell, Ruesha Littlejohn, Aine O'Gorman, Claire O'Riordan, Stephanie Roche and Claire Walsh, making an already formidable challenge even more arduous in front of a 12,000 sell-out crowd in the De Goffert Stadium. The team however provided A magnificent defensive display which earned them a goal less draw.
The team will travel to face Portugal in a friendly double header set for the 18th and 21st January 2018 before Slovakia and Holland provide the opposition in two home World Cup qualifiers set for the 6th and 10th April 2018 in Tallaght Stadium.
The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship sees Ireland drawn in Group Four alongside Austria, Spain and Turkey. We will host the mini-tournament from the 2nd to the 8th April 2018.
The draw for the preliminary stage of the 2019 Championship has also been made and we will contest Group Eight with the Faroe Island, Ukraione and mini-tournament hosts Lithuania from the 2nd to the 8th October 2018.
The draw for the Elite Stage of the 2018 European Championship sees Ireland drawn in Group Seven alongside Azerbaijan, Iceland and Germany, who will host the mini-tournament from the 22nd to the 28th March 2018.
The draw for the preliminary stage of the 2019 Championship has also been made and we will contest Group Seven with Albania, Wales and mini-tournament hosts Serbia from the 22nd to the 28th October 2018.
The 2017 FAI Challenge Cup Final, a repeat of last year, saw Cork City complete 'the double' with a five three penalty shoot-out success over Dundalk, following a one all draw after extra-time in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday the 5th November 2017.
Women's Cup Final
The Final of the 2017 FAI Womens Cup took place in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday the 5th November 2017 with Cork City WFC scoring the only goal to defeat Shelbourne Ladies.