March 2009 News Archive

Disappointment for Under 21s in UEFA opener...31/03/2009
Ireland got off to a hugely disappointing start to their UEFA Under 21 Championship challenge, when they were defeated three nil by top seeds Turkey in Turner's Cross, this evening.

Under 19s earn worthy draw in Slovakia...31/03/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side continued their preparations for the UEFA Championship Elite Stage in June, when they played out a one all draw with hosts Slovakia in Senec this afternoon. Ireland went behind early on but equalised on thirty minutes through a penalty converted by Aaron Doran

Croke Park disappointment for Trapattoni's Ireland...28/03/2009
The europhia of a Richard Dunne goal in the opening seconds of this evening's World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Croke Park was swiftly dulled in a very disappointing display. The visitors dominated much of the play without really threatening to score until the seventy third minute when Kevin Kilbane deflected the ball past a helpless Shay Given. Ireland sought to restore the lead in the latter stages and good opportunities were wasted by Aiden McGeady, Robbie Keane and a weary Kevin Doyle, who otherwise gave another selfless, sterling performance.

Superb success for U21s in Spanish test...27/03/2009
A capacity crowd in the RSC, Waterford, saw a resolute Ireland Under 21 side defeat Spain by two goals to one tonight. Founded on the defensive rock of skipper Eddie Nolan, who was named 'Man of the Match' and the midfield prompting of Owen Garvan, victory was well merited. Ireland took a 37th minute lead through Jay O'Shea, who bundled home a Garvan free kick. On 58 minutes, Ireland scored an exquisite second goal, created by an O'Shea pass and a surging Cillian Sheridan run down the left. His low cross was beautifully dummied by Garvan and crashed to the net by Alan Judge.

FAI Schools defeat NI Schools in crucial meeting...20/03/2009
The FAI Schools (FAIS) travelled to the Riada Stadium, Ballymoney on Friday evening and scored an excellent two nil victory over the hosts, Northern Ireland Schools in a crucial Carnegie Centenary Shield encounter. Goals from Paul Corry of Belvedere College and Robert Benson from the Marist College, Athlone set the seal on an excellent success and also means that the FAIS retain the Celtic Cup.

RISSC defeated in 'Last Chance Saloon' fixture ...15/03/2009
The RISSC (London) football team took on Middlesbrough SC this afternoon in what realistically was their last opportunity to stay in the APFSCIL League First Division title race. The run of disappointing defeats continued with a four nil reversal which effectively ends this season's quest for honours.

U17 Women crash to USA in triple header opener...10/03/2009
The Republic of Ireland Women's Under 17 side, managed by Harry Kenny, went down to a comprehensive four nil defeat to the USA in the first of a series of three fixtures set to be played in Portugal this week. The games form part of the preparations for the first qualifying phase of the UEFA 2010 Championships which will take place in Slovenia during October 2009.

U16s go down to France at Oscar Traynor Centre today...10/03/2009
Manager Vincent Butler saw his Republic of Ireland U16 side go down to a three nil defeat in today's first of two friendly internationals against visitors France in the Oscar Traynor Centre. The two sides will meet again on Thursday 12 March 2009.

Crushing defeat all but ends RISSC title dreams...08/03/2009
A weakened RISSC football team this afternoon suffered a crushing six nil home defeat to APFSCIL First Division league leaders Exeter City SC. The 'Grecians' have proven something of a nemesis this season, having knocked the Club out of the Cup and also inflicted a heavy away league defeat. As the season enters the closing stages, realistic hopes of lifting the League Championship continue to fade and while not yet out of contention, reality suggests the cause may now be a lost one.

Australia to be Thomond Park visitors in August...02/03/2009
The FAI today confirmed that Australia will provide the opposition for Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland in a friendly international to be played in the new Thomond Park, Limerick on Wednesday 12 August 2009.