May 2009 News Archive

Senior Squad return to London for Bulgaria preparation...31/05/2009
The Republic of Ireland squad return to the Arsenal FC Training Ground in London Colney as they prepare for Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia. The squad should be boosted by the return of John O'Shea, Darron Gibson and Caleb Folan who all missed the friendly with Nigeria on Friday last.

Some stylish debuts in Craven Cottage sunshine...29/05/2009
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni must have been delighted with the contribution of all six of his newly capped players in tonight's one all draw with Nigeria at Craven Cottage. The composure of centre back Sean St Ledger will have provided much food for thought while Leon Best was a willing target man throughout the game and very unlucky not to make a scoring debut. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who entered the fray in the second half was also conspicuous in a positve manner and offers reassurance for the future. The other debutants, Kevin Foley, Eddie Nolan and Liam Lawrence each had quiet but wortwhile introductions. Ireland conceded a sloppy goal against the run of play after thirty minutes but, once again, skipper Robbie Keane came to the rescue with the equaliser eight minutes later following a delightful through ball from 'Man of the Match' Keith Andrews.

Five debutants in Ireland starting eleven...28/05/2009
In a startling departure from his stance hitherto, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named five new caps in his starting eleven for tomorrow evening's friendly encounter with Nigeria. A sixth, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, will also debut in the second half. The starting debutants are Kevin Foley, Sean St Ledger and Eddie Nolan in defence, Liam Lawrence in midfield while Leon Best will join skipper Robbie Keane up front. Team:- S Given; K Foley, S St Ledger
, R Dunne, E Nolan; L Lawrence, L Miller, K Andrews, D Duff; L Best, R Keane.

Disappointed Dean Kiely departs Ireland squad...28/05/2009
With manager Giovanni Trapattoni finally clarifying his stance on the goalkeeper position by confirming that he wished to give Keiren Westwood his international debut, a note of angst has permeated the squad with the departure of Dean Kiely. The WBA goalkeeper expressed disappointment at his omission and has left the training camp to return to his family. There is no confirmation as yet about who his squad replacement will be

Goalkeeper 'Googlies' keep the masses guessing...28/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his Assistant Marco Tardelli appear to have have fallen captive to the wicket like texture provided by the mainicured lawns at the Arsenal training ground in London Colney. Over the past few days they have delivered a seriers of 'Googlies' in relation to Ireland's Wicketkeeper, sorry Goalkeeper, for the fixture against Nigeria on Friday night. At various points, each of Shay Given (injury permitting), Dean Kiely and Keiren Westwood have been touted as filling the gloves
. We await the final declaration with interest.

Lawrence, St Ledger and Westwood to debut on Friday...26/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni gave a strong indication this afternoon that both Liam Lawrence and Sean St Ledger are likely to make their Republic of Ireland debuts against Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Friday. He had earlier confirmed that Keiren Westwood would make his debut as goalkeeper. Missing from training this afternoon were Shay Given, who has been carrying a back injury for some weeks, and Caleb Folan who is expected to join the squad on Monday next. The Folan absence may open the door for Leon Best to also make his senior international debut

Senior squad training session this afternoon...26/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni meets up on Tuesday afternoon with the bulk of his Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Friday 29 May 2009 and the crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday 6 June 2009. John O'Shea and Darron Gibson will not be considered for the opening fixture as they remain with their club Manchester United who contest the UEFA Champions League final on Wednesday evening. The injury to Kevin Doyle has, as expected, forced his withdrawal from the squad for both fixtures.

Premiership ratio increase for Ireland aspirants...26/05/2009
With promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership now resolved, we reflect the possible impact on our senior international squad. Goalkeeper Dean Kiely and long serving winger Damian Duff have fallen foul of relegation while squad regulars Kevin Foley, Andy Keogh and Stephen Kelly are Premiership bound. Keith Fahey, Chris McCann and Stephen Ward will have the opportunity to impress at Premiership level and while veterens Lee Carsley and Stephen Carr return to the Premiership, indications are that they do not figure in the plans of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Trapattoni includes Leon Best in squad this afternoon...18/05/2009
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni this afternoon, announced his Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Friday 29 May 2009 and the crucial World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday 6 June 2009. The inclusion of Liam Lawrence and Sean St Ledger
had been anticipated but the addition of Coventry City striker Leon Best, for the injured Noel Hunt, came out of the blue.

Under 15 Tri-Nations Tournament finale this afternoon...16/05/2009
The Celtic Nations U15 Tournament at both 'A' and 'B' level concluded at the University of Glamorgan this afternoon. The Ireland 'A' side under the guidance of John Morling drew one each with the hosts while the 'B' side scored a one nil victory over Wales 'B'.

Under 15 Tri-Nations Tournament in Wales...15/05/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 15 sides commenced action in the Celtic Nations Tournament at both 'A' and 'B' level this afternoon. The Tournament is taking place at the University of Glamorgan, Trefforest near Pontypridd and Ireland went down 2-3 to their rivals from the North in the 'A' fixture with debutants Kenneth McAvoy and Kieron Sadlier scoring the goals. The 'B' match ended in a one all draw with Darragh Lenihan grabbing a late equaliser for Ireland.