April 2009 News Archive

Ireland Under 18s defeat Cyprus in opener...07/04/2009
A Republic of Ireland Under 18 side, comprised wholly of home based players, scored a two one success over Cyprus this afternoon in the first of two fixtures being played in Larnaca. Goals from FC Carlow striker Darragh Walshe and Carrigaline United midfielder Carl McPherson set the seal on victory.The sides meet again on Thursday morning at 11.00am with manager Sean McCaffrey continuing his search for candidates for the next UEFA U19 qualifying campaign which will commence in the Autumn.

RISSC complete double over Glasgow Rangers SC ...05/04/2009
RISSC (London) scored their second league success over old rivals Glasgow Rangers SC at Sudbury Hill this afternoon.The side, with Karl McGee returning from the wilderness like the prodigal son, took the lead mid-way through the first half through leading goalscorer Mick Dunford. As the interval approached, Gary Scully again found the net, to double the score. The visitors did manage to pull a goal back with twenty minutes remaining, but the RISSC defence held firm to garner all three points.

McCaffrey and U19s pass Slovakia test...02/04/2009
Manager Sean McCaffrey used this morning's friendly with hosts Slovakia to have a final look at some of the potential candidates for selection for the Republic of Ireland Under 19 side which will compete at the UEFA Championship Elite Stage to be hosted by Belgium in June. Ireland took a 30th minute lead through Ronan Murray but the hosts equalised early in the second half. Ireland continued to dominate possession and were rewarded with four minutes remaining, when Damian McCrory scored a deserved winner.

Ireland earn deserved draw in Bari this evening...01/04/2009
A Robbie Keane goal three minutes from the end of normal time earned Ireland a deserved draw against world champions Italy in Bari tonight. Following the early dismissal of Italian striker Pazzini for an elbow on John O'Shea, the hosts took an eleventh minute lead through Iaquinta. Thereafter Ireland dominated possession but were unable to create any clear chances. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni surprised many with the early substitution of Andy Keogh by the more physical Caleb Folan. Ireland again dominated second half possession but rarely threatened until the late equaliser from Keane. Indeed they could, probably should, have won the game with substitute Noel Hunt and Keane missing good chances in added time.