February 2012 News Archive

Ireland draw with Czech Republic this evening...29/02/2012
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni saw his Republic of Ireland side come from behind to secure a draw in a mostly mundane encounter with the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium tonight. As the match kicked off, the reaction of manager Trapattoni, as he scanned the plethora of empty seats, echoed surprise and dismay. A Shane Long header, saved by visiting captain Petr Cech, within the first minute seemed to augur well, however it was really not to be. There were further first half opportunities for Robbie Keane and John O'Shea, but the crowd introduction of the 'mexican wave' after some thirty minutes, tells it's own tale. The second half was enlivened by the opening goal from the visitors on fifty minutes, a disaster for the absent O'Shea, who completely lost goalscorer Milan Baros, and Stephen Ward who played him onside from no man's land. The goal did however provoke a more aggressive response from Ireland. Three poor crosses from Aiden McGeady disappointed, but Ireland continued to press. Shots from Damian Duff and Keith Andrews together with a Darren O'Dea header echoed intent but never really threatened a goal. The introduction of debutant James McClean on seventy eight minutes generated positive crowd reaction and, with the little time afforded him, he helped raise spirits. With four minutes remaining, Keith Andrews fought for and won the ball before passing to another substitute, Simon Cox, who showed excellent technique and movement along the endline to score from an acute angle.

Richard Dunne wins International Player of the Year Award
Aston Villa centre back Richard Dunne was this evening named the deserved winner of the 2011 International Player of the Year award at the Football Association of Ireland /'3' ceremony hosted by RTE at their Montrose Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Conclusion of January 2012 Transfer Window
Both the English and Scottish transfer windows closed tonight. The temporary transfer of Robbie Keane from LA Galaxy to Aston Villa and the Darron Gibson move from Manchester United to Everton top the list of Irish transfers. Other senior internationals, Paul McShane a loan switch from Hull City to Crystal Palace and Andrew Keogh, a permanent move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Millwall and Keith Andrews from Blackburn Rovers to West Bromwich Albion were the most prominent Irish moves.

Seventh Annual Charity Quiz Night - Another Superb Success
We present a brief review of our Seventh Annual Charity Quiz Night which took place in the Sala Room at the Crown Moran Hotel on Friday the third of February with the proceeds going to our nominated charity for this year - Aisling - Return to Ireland Project.