May 2012 News Archive

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Ireland show strands of sparkle in Aviva sunshine...26/05/2012
Ireland began their EURO 2012 Final journey with a fully merited victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina at a sun kissed Aviva Stadium this afternoon. Shane Long, who began the move by winning the ball in a deep position, was on the end of an excellent cross from fellow second half substitute Aiden McGeady to power home the winning header midway through the second half. While this was a very useful outing, with several fine Irish performances, we should exercise caution, as despite their technical ability the visitors did not exactly roll their sleeves up for battle, rather they eased their way through the contest which for them of course was just another end of season stroll. For manager Giovanni Trapattoni and Ireland however, the encounter provided a much needed outing, particularly for those players whose Club seasons had petered out somewhat.

An afternoon of mostly positive performances (1)...26/05/2012
This afternoon's contest served it's purpose in preparation for the upcoming EURO 2012 Finals in Poland. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood had really only one challenging save to make, and he was equal to the task. In defence, Richard Dunne was, well Richard Dunne and that will do. Alongside him, Darren O'Dea, a late change to the side originally announced, was equally solid. Full backs Paul McShane and Stephen Ward were under little pressure and performed competently, save for a late concentration lapse by the left back which might have proved costly on another day.

An afternoon of mostly positive performances (2)...26/05/2012
The opening midfield quartet of Damian Duff, Darron Gibson, Glenn Whelan and James McClean each contributed positively. Duff remains our best exponent of ball retention and earns an abundance of free kicks. Today he also offered a goal threat with two fine efforts. Glen Whelan was his usual diligent self in central midfield, while alongside him Darron Gibson, despite a couple of errors, offers a range of passing not inherent in his colleagues. Newcomer James McClean played the full ninety minutes and offered a number of promising attacking cameos in the first half. He was less prominent in the second half but his workrate, particularly in defence, is quite prodigous. Half time substitutes Keith Andrews (Whelan) and Aiden McGeady (Duff) had mixed fortunes. Andrews seemed just a little off the pace, but the Spartak Moscow winger sparkled.

An afternoon of mostly positive performances (3)...26/05/2012
Much positivity surrounds our five attacking options and today we saw snippets of class from the four who played to support that feeling. Skipper Robbie Keane and long time partner Kevin Doyle started and each performed their duty satisfactorily. Keane frequently looked threatening and while the Wexford man was less prominent, he still performed his target man function with gusto, much improved from his recent disappointing club form. The pace of Shane Long and the power of Jon Walters were introduced with thirty minutes remaining and provided the impetus which ultimately le

Under 21 squad announcement this morning...16/05/2012
Head Coach Noel King has announced an initial twenty man squad for the forthcoming UEFA U21 qualifier against Italy in the Sligo Showgrounds and the preceding friendly encounter with Denmark in Tallaght. There are four newcomers to the squad, defender John Egan (Sunderland) and the midfield trio of Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Sean Murray (Watford) and Coleraine native Eunan O'Kane (Torquay United). Carruthers and Murray will link up with the squad after they have completed the Under 19 Elite Qualifying Stage in Portugal on the 31st May 2012. It was suggested that regular captain Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) may yet link up with the squad should he recover from his injury problems, but by his own admission, this seems unlikely. Injury also ruled out midfielder Adam Barton (Preston North End) while Conor Henderson (Arsenal) has only recently recovered from serious injury. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) and Cardiff City striker Joe Mason have not found favour.

Selection quandries for Underage Head Coaches...14/05/2012
Underage Head Coaches Paul Doolin and Noel King will have had much food for thought as they prepared to select their respective squads for the upcoming fixtures at U19 and U21 level. Three of last year's successful Under 19 squad, Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Anthony Forde (Wolves) and Sean Murray (Watford), all midfielders, are again eligible and played in the preliminary stage of this year's competition. The trio, however, have made giant strides at club level and have all recently featured in first team action. Retention at U19 or promotion to U21 level is the quandry now facing Doolin and King.

Initial training squad set for Malahide assembley...08/05/2012
In addition to James McClean, the following nine players are scheduled to attend Malahide on Thursday 17th May in advance of the main assembly:- David Forde, Keiren Westwood, Kevin Foley, Darren O'Dea, Sean St Ledger, Keith Fahey, Darron Gibson, Stephen Hunt and Simon Cox. In the event that Birmingham City win through to the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley on Saturday 19th May, then Fahey is likely to join the secondary arrivals.

Giovanni Trapattoni sets out initial EURO agenda...09/05/2012
Giovanni Trapattoni has outlined his initial schedule of arrangements for the European Championship Finals. Nine players, who have seen limited game time, together with fledgling international James McClean will assemble at Malahide on Thursday the 17th May and will be joined by the remainder of the squad over the weekend. There will be a full week of preparation before the friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on the afternoon of Saturday 26th May. The party will depart for the Northern Italian training camp in Montecatini on Sunday 27th May, where they will be based in the lead up to the friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Monday 4th June. A training match against a local junior Italian club is provisionally set to take place during that week. Following the match with Hungary, the squad will transfer to their Championship training base in Gdynia, where an open training session is scheduled for Tuesday 5th June.

European Championship squad announced today...07/05/2012
Giovanni Trapattoni has this afternoon announced his much anticipated 2012 European Championship Finals Squad. The twenty three man squad is very much as anticipated, with only the withdrawal from selection consideration of James McCarthy for personal family illness reasons, thus confirming the inclusion of James McClean.

EURO standby list and some Manager comments...07/05/2012
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named the following standby list of five for the European Championship Finals - Darron Randolph (Motherwell), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Paul McShane (Hull City), Paul Green (Derby County) and Andrew Keogh (Millwall). The manager also confirmed that those players whose seasons have already ended and those who have had little game time, will attend training sessions at Malahide some four days before the remainder of the party. He also indicated his intention to use the full compliment of seven substitutes for a significant amount of time (he mentioned thirty minutes) in the friendly matches with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Hungary. While acknowledging his technical ability, the manager's reference to age appeared to close the door on the future involvement of Norwich City midfielder Wesley Hooolihan, while his references to Stephen Ireland could be interpreted in either negative or positive fashion.

Under 21 squad set to be announced this week...07/05/2012
Ireland underage Head Coaches Paul Doolin and Noel King may have had lengthy discussions at their most recent monthly meetings as both prepare to announce their respective squads for the upcoming UEFA Championship qualifying contests. With three of the younger group, Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Anthony Forde (Wolves) and Sean Murray (Watford) all being significantly involved at club senior level, thoughts may have turned towards their elevation to the more senior squad. In the event that James McCarthy is not selected for the EURO 2012 squad by Giovanni Trapattoni this afternoon, could?, should?, would? he return to the Under 21 squad which he captained to their opening UEFA Championship victory over Hungary in the Showgrounds last September. All of the above players are midfielders and with injury ruling out Adam Barton (Preston North End) and doubts surrounding the fitness of Aiden White (Leeds United), gaps may exist. The return of Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) and Conor Henderson (Arsenal) from lengthy injury absences may however go some way towards resolving the issue. Another possible midfield contender, Derry native Eunan O'Kane (Torquay United) who recently effected an international transfer to the Republic of Ireland, and has been watched by Noel King, may not be considered as his club is involved in the League 2 promotion play-off process.