June 2013 News Archive

EA Sports Cup Quarter-finals played tonight...30/06/2013
Three of the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals took place this Monday evening, with Derry City defeating Bohemian by two goals to nil in Dalymount Park, while Cork City went down to a three nil defeat against holders Drogheda United in Hunky Dorys Park. The third tie saw Limerick go down to a four nil defeat by Sligo Rovers in Thomond Park.

Irish Summer Releases and transfers gather momentum
The current UK transfer window will conclude on Saturday 31st August 2013. The Irish players detailed below have all been involved in some form of transfer or release during the summer period. Currently top of the impact list is the release of Richard Dunne by Aston Villa, while the switch of goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Motherwell to Birmingham City currently tops the transfer list.

Airtricity League Premier Division resumption...29/06/2013
Competitive Airtricity League Premier Division action resumed on Friday evening with current leaders St Patrick's Athletic maintaining their position at the summit with a two nil victory over Bray Wanderers in Richmond Park. Defending champions Sligo Rovers also secured a two nil success just up the road where they faced a revitalised Shelbourne in Tolka Park. The Bowl hosted a third capital contest where UCD defeated struggling Cork City by three goals to nil. Second place Derry City secured a hard fought two one victory over Bohemian at the Brandywell, while Drogheda United went down by three goals to nil against
Shamrock Rovers in Hunky Dorys Park.

Sligo Rovers to face Molde FK from Norway...24/06/2013
Airtricity League Champions Sligo Rovers will meet Molde FK, champions of Norway for the last two seasons, in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League with the first leg in the Showgrounds on Wednesday 17 July 2013, and the second leg on Norway's Western coast, on Tuesday 23 July 2013.
Molde FK are managed by former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Gary Dempsey as coach.

Drogheda United and St Patrtick's Athletic in Europe...24/06/2013
The draw for the first round of the UEFA Europa League has pitted Drogheda United against Malmo FF of Sweden and St Patrick's Athletic against VMFD Zalgiris of Lithuania. Drogheda will be at home and St Pats away in the first leg on Thursday 4 July 2013 with the second legs on Thursday 11 July 2013. Our third representative, Derry City will travel to face Trapzonspor AS of Turkey in the first leg of the second round on Thursday, 18 July 2013 with the second leg on Thursday,
25 July 2013. If successful in the first round, Drogheda United will host Pat Fenlon's Hibernian in the first leg of the second round, while St Patrick's Athletic would be at home in the first leg to the winners of FK Teteks (Macedonia) and FC Pyunik (Armenia).

English Championship kick-off on 3 August 2013...19/06/2013
The English Championship will kick-off on Saturday 3 August 2013 and the opening fixtures are likely to feature several Irish candidates aiming for inclusion in the Under 21 squad set for action on Wednesday 14 August 2013. Head Coach Noel King will take his squad to the Faroe Islands for their opening fixture in the 2015 UEFA U21 Championship qualifying campaign and may have a keen eye on the meeting of Birmingham City and Watford, where Callum Reilly for the hosts, together with Sean Murray, Tommie Hoban and Connor Smith of the visitors, will be hoping to be in action. John O'Sullivan made his league debut for Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season and will be aiming to maintain his progress as his club visit Derby County on Sunday afternoon. Eyes will also focus on QPR, who host Sheffield Wednesday, where Michael Harriman and Frankie Sutherland will be targeting first team action this season.

International contenders set for Championship start...19/06/2013
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni could make an opening weekend pilgrimage to the English Championship on Saturday 3 August 2013. Derby County was a popular destination last season and the opportunity to cast an eye over Jeff Hendrick, Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon against Blackburn Rovers in the Sunday fixture may appeal. On the opening Saturday, a viewing of Simon Cox in a central striking role for Nottingham Forest, who host Huddersfield Town, may have merit. Indeed a look at, perhaps even a quiet chat with Andy Reid might also prove rewarding.

Senior Women draw with Austria on Tuesday night...18/06/2013
The Republic of Ireland Senior Women's side recovered from a two goal deficit to earn a draw with Austria in Tuesday night's friendly international played at Tallaght Stadium. The match represented the start of preparations for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign which commences with a home contest against Slovakia on 22 September 2013 followed by a visit to Croatia four days later.
SC Frieburg striker Fiona O'Sullivan, a second half substitute, scored both goals for Ireland.

Ireland go down to defeat by Spain in New York...12/06/2013
A much depleted Ireland went down to a two nil defeat by a full strength Spain in New York on Tuesday evening. The contest, at the end of a long and arduous season, had nothing save pride at stake, but the match fee will be welcome back in Abbotstown. The players, as ever, performed with great resolution and the experience should benefit the younger brigade. Ireland offered brave resistence until the seventieth minute and did not concede the second goal until three minutes from time.

Hat-trick hero Robbie Keane leads Ireland to victory...07/06/2013
Giovanni Trapattoni saw his captain Robbie Keane score a hat-trick in this evening's World Cup qualifiying contest against the Faroe Islands in the Aviva Stadium. The goals take the Tallaght man on to 59 in his international career on the night he became our record cap holder with 126 senior appearances. The opening goal came after five minutes when Keane turned home a low cross from Aiden McGeady and looked to be the forerunner to an evening of quality and joy. It was not to be however. On a gorgeous evening swathed in sparkling sunshine, Ireland failed to build on their fine start and did not excite. They created very little, save for a few exciting runs from McGeady, but even they had no end product. The second half mirrored the first with Keane again on the end of a low cross, this time from Seamus Coleman, to score the second, ten minutes after the break. Again, there was little by way of quality follow-up, indeed laboured most closely describes the activity. With some fifteen minutes remaining, Connor Sammon replaced the ineffective Jon Walters, while James McClean came on for a tiring McGeady. Ten minutes from time, Keane completed his hat-trick with another close in conversion of a low McClean cross which Sammon re-directed, to complete the 3-0 victory.

Ireland cruise to comfortable victory over Georgia...02/06/2013
Ireland scored a comfortable four nil success over Georgia in this afternoon's friendly at the Aviva Stadium. While victory and goals are always welcome, this encounter in essence told us little or nothing.