November 2012 News Archive

Emma Hansberry looking forward to UEFA qualifiers...30/11/2012
Goalscoring midfielder Emma Hansberry acknowledges that the draw for the second qualifying stage of the 2013 Women's U19 European Championship which grouped Ireland with hosts Holland, Italy and Sweden is extremely tough but the Sligo woman is looking forward to the challenge. The squad under Head Coach Dave Connell is set to assemble for some preparatory work early in the new year while a friendly contest is likely to take place during March 2013.

Alan Kelly casting his eyes on widening goalkeeper net...29/11/2012
Ireland goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly is expected to extend his viewing options over the coming weeks as the disappointing inactivity of Keiren Westwood at Sunderland looks set to continue. David Forde of Millwall played against Greece and the recent improved form of his Championship club will do him no harm. Understudy, Darren Randolph of Motherwell looks set for a two match suspension, which can sometimes be fatal in the goalkeeping position. Loanee Stephen Henderson has been performing well for Ipswich Town and injury to regular Norwich City netminder Ruddy, has offered opportunity to another possible Ireland option in twenty eight year old Mark Bunn.

Agonising wait as we 'Look to the Future'...25/11/2012
The defensive similiarities between Giovanni Trapattoni and Rugby Head Coach Declan Kidney have echoed throughout the Irish sporting scene for a number of years, but both have recently appeared to embrace change.

Random thoughts - well actually no - considered - yes...25/11/2012
Those of a certain vintage may recall the Procul Harem classic 'Whiter Shade of Pale' which contains the lyrics 'as I wandered through my playing cards'. Well, as I pondered and indeed wandered through our defensive playing cards, certain thoughts came to me.

Ireland Under 21 scouts on Tuesday night travels...20/11/2012
With qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, an additional prize for the 2015 UEFA U21 Championship finalists, management are keen to leave no stone unturned in the effort to achieve qualification. While the draw for the European qualifiers does not take place until the end of January 2013, Head Coach Noel King and his aides are on active duty in the search for quality playing candidates. Previously capped goalkeeper Aaron McCarey was instrumental in his loan side Walsall earning a scoreless draw at leaders Tranmere Rovers but their was heartache for defender John Egan who suffered a broken leg after eighteen minutes with his loan club Bradford City this evening. Another defensive hopeful, Anthony O'Connor (Burton Albion) was also in action for his loan club.

U19 Women learn UEFA Championship draw fate...20/11/2012
The draw for the second qualifying stage of the 2013 Women's U19 European Championship took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this morning and Ireland have been drawn in Group One with Holland, Italy and Sweden. The ties are set to be played between the 4th and 9th April 2013 and Holland will host the mini-tournament.

U17 Women also learn their Championship opponents...20/11/2012
The draw to determine the four finalists at the 2013 Women's U17 European Championship has been made and Ireland have been drawn in Group Two with Austria,who will host the mini-tournament, Norway and Poland. The ties are set to be played between the 26th and 31st March 2013.

Draw made for 2014 Women's U19 qualifying stage...20/11/2012
The draw for the first qualifying stage of the 2014 Women's U19 European Championship was also made in Nyon this morning and Ireland have been drawn in Group Two with Denmark, Greece and Kazakhstan. The ties are set to be played between then 21st and 26th September 2013 and Ireland will host the mini-tournament.

Draw for 2014 Women's U17 qualifiers also made...20/11/2012
The draw for the first qualifying stage of the 2014 Women's U17 European Championship was made in Nyon this morning and Ireland have been drawn in Group Four with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, who will host the mini-tournament and Turkey. The ties are scheduled to take place between the 6th and 11th August 2013.

Insipid Ireland offer few if any crumbs of comfort...14/11/2012
Defeat to a well taken goal by the visitors, just short of the half hour mark, is not in itself the be all and end all, however the absolute paucity, save for a few minutes here and there of this performance casts another darkening shadow over the future of this team under the present management. The start offered some promise, with the pace of the repeatedly overlooked Shane Long causing consternation in the visiting defence. The technical ability of Robbie Brady in tandem with the one truly shining light this evening, Seamus Coleman, down the right briefly raised hopes. The goal came as something of a shock, one from which Ireland never really recovered. The promised introduction of Wesley Hoolihan for the second half materialised, with Kevin Doyle joining him, sadly at the expense of Brady and Long. We then had the absurdity of James McClean switched to the right and Simon Cox moved to the left flank. Both are handcuffed in those positions and the introduction of Andrew Keogh for the injured Cox, again to the left flank, lent further to the chaos. One feels for the players, they have limitations, of course they have, but their effort and sincerity is unquestioned. Being repeatedly asked to fulfil tasks foreign to them and clearly outwith their ability at the expense of their normal, however limited club remit, beggers belief.

Guest speakers light up RISSC (London) meeting...10/11/2012
Attendees at the RISSC (London) meeting on Friday evening were provided with a meaningful and quite riveting set of presentations from Republic of Ireland U15 Head Coach Niall Harrison together with FAI Regional Manager Gerry Reardon. The oportunity to increase awareness and become more informed about the progressive developments in the area of social inclusion, underpinned by interaction through football, coupled with a detailed insight into developments and progress at the early underage level was warmly received by those members who made the effort to attend. The Club is hugely appreciative of the effort and time both Gerry and Niall took from their busy schedules to come and talk to and with us, on what was indeed a very rewarding evening.

Emma Hansberry - another shining light from Sligo...08/11/2012
For Emma Hansberry, goalscoring midfielder with the Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women's side and a native of Sligo, 2012 has certainly been a year to remember.

Loan moves to aid young Irish player's development...08/11/2012
This morning's loan move of David Meyler from Sunderland to Hull City, until the first of January 2013, coupled with that of Robbie Brady from Manchester United to the same club on Monday last should prove positive for both players who are in our squad to face Greece next week. Additionally, young defenders, John Egan (Sunderland to Bradford City for two months) and Sean McGinty (Manchester United to Carlisle United for one month) have made short term loan moves which should also aid their development.

Mick McCarthy returns to the fray with Ipswich Town...03/11/2012
Former Ireland captain and manager Mick McCarthy made a successful return to the managerial hot seat with Championship side Ipswich Town this afternoon as they travelled and defeated Birmingham City by one goal to nil. The 'Tractor Boys' have a significant resonance with Ireland, as their scouting network has seen a number of Irish youngsters take their first steps in professional football with the Portman Road Club. While the numbers have somewhat dwindled recently, with only U21 striker Ronan Murray and loanee goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in the current senior squad, one suspects that that trend may shortly be reversed.

Trapattoni scheduled to return to Norwich on Saturday...03/11/2012
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday confirmed that he will return to Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon to take in the Norwich City against Stoke City contest, involving the clubs he has watched on the previous two Saturdays. With Walters and Whelan already established in the squad, one must assume that the visit is intended to take another close look at Wesley Hoolihan in a match situation. Alternatively, that may be a smokescreen and the real pupose is to exchange recipes with Club Director Delia Smith!.

Amateur International against England in Whitehall...03/11/2012
The Republic of Ireland amateur international side scored a two one success over their counterparts from England at Whitehall, home of Home Farm FC, in a friendly international played on Saturday afternoon. All three goals came in the first half, with Ireland going two up through strikes from the perennial James Walsh and Michael Keogh, with the visitors reducing arrears on the stroke of half-time.