October 2009 News Archive

Senior Women defeat Kazakhstan in qualifier...28/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Senior Women recovered from conceding an early goal to their hosts Kazakhstan in Taldykorgan this morning to score a well merited two one World Cup qualifying victory. Stephanie Roche, who was instrumental in much of Ireland's positive response, equalised on sixty four minutes and from her corner kick six minutes later, Yvonne Treacy scored the winner.

Death of Frank Brady announced...27/10/2009
The death has occurred today, following a long battle with illness, of former Stella Maris, Home Farm and Shamrock Rovers footballer Frank Brady, the brother of our Honorary President Liam Brady. We extend our sympathy to Liam and all of the Brady family on this sad event. Go ndeana Dia trocaire air.

Sporting Fingal cruise to FAI Cup Final this afternoon...25/10/2009
Sporting Fingal are through to the FAI Ford Cup final after a comfortable four two defeat of Premier Division basement side Bray Wanderers in Santry Stadium this afternoon. An early brace from Eamon Zayed and a third from Alan Kirby inside the first twenty minutes sealed the tie and while Bray showed greater cohesion and spirit in the second half, they were never really in contention. Bray did score through Gary McCabe, an exquisite free-kick, and John Mulroy while 'Man of the Match' Robert Bayly scored an excellent fourth for the victors in only their second season of existence.

Senior Women lose to Russia in World Cup qualifier...25/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Senior Women were in World Cup qualifying action this afternoon when they faced top seeds Russia in Krasnoarmeysk. Despite a brave performance, the powerful hosts were much too strong for Noel King's charges and scored a comfortable three nil success. Ireland must now compose themselves as they travel on to face Kazakhstan, whom they defeated 2-1 at home, in Taldykorgan on Thursday afternoon.

Sligo Rovers win through to FAI Cup Final tonight...23/10/2009
The first of the FAI Ford Cup semi-finals, between Sligo Rovers of the Premier Division and First Division promotion challengers Waterford United resulted in a one nil victory for the 'Bit o'Red' in the Showgrounds this evening. In front of the live RTE 2 cameras, the hosts were disappointing in the first half but manager Paul Cook's half time 'chat' had an impact and the hosts dominated the second period with 'Man of the Match' Matthew Blinkhorn powering home a header from an Owen Morrison cross on seventy six minutes to send them into the final in Tallaght on Sunday 22 November 2009.

Excitement mounts as SA2010 play-off approaches...21/10/2009
The growing level of anticipation is visibly mounting as the impending 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off against France draws ever closer. There has been a huge ticket request from members for the first leg in Dublin on Saturday 14 November 2009 with a soaring demand also for the second leg in Paris four days later. The kick-off time in Croke Park has been confirmed as 20.00 hours, with the second leg still to be formally advised, but likely to be a similiar time.

Ireland to face France in World Cup play-off ...19/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland has been paired with France following the draw for the European qualification play-off section of the 2010 FIFA World Cup which took place in Zurich this afternoon. The first leg will take place in Dublin on Saturday 14 November 2009 with the second leg set for Paris on Wednesday 18 November 2009. The remainder of the draw is Greece v Ukraine, Portugal v Bosnia Herzagovina and Russia v Slovenia.

U17 Women complete UEFA campaign with victory...15/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 Women completed their UEFA First Qualifying Round adventure with a deserved one nil victory over a much fancied Denmark this afternoon. A goal on 61 minutes from Stacey Donnelly gave Ireland maximum points and sent them through to the next four nation stage which will define the Championship finalists.

'Tepid' end of term affair in Croke Park tonight...14/10/2009
More than 52,000 of the faithful took in the final verse of the qualifiying group sermon in the temple of Croke Park tonight with three hip hip hooray cheers going to the on screen image of Paul McGrath, the Giovanni header and an insipid Mexican wave. The match, by the way, ended scoreless blessed only by some noteworthy Damian Duff forays and a class in power heading from the redoubtable Sean St Ledger. The draw for the real thing, against one of France, Greece, Portugal and Russia takes place around mid-day on Monday.

Under 21 side earn last gasp draw with Switzerland ...13/10/2009
Skipper Owen Garvan struck a deserved added time equaliser for the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side against Group leaders Switzerland in the RSC, Waterford this evening. Ireland dominated play in the first half but the seemingly ever present failing in front of goal was again in evidence. The visitors re-organised after the break and took the lead through substitute Frei after 57 minutes.The introduction of Keith Treacy on the hour mark brought greater emphasis to the Irish attack and it was he who provided the cross for the last gasp equaliser.

U17 Women score another UEFA campaign victory...12/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 Women continued their UEFA Qualifying Round campaign with a fine three nil victory over Turkey on Monday afternoon. Wilton United striker Denise O'Sullivan was again on target with goals in each half while substitute Aileen Gilroy of Killala FC added the third in the final minute. Ireland complete this group phase when they face Denmark, who have also won their two opening fixtures, at 2.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

Late equaliser thwarts Ireland against Italy...10/10/2009
A last minute equaliser for Italy in Croke Park tonight was heartbreaking for an Ireland side that gave its finest performance under the stewardship of Giovanni Trapattoni. A packed stadium provided the backdrop that echoed of previous vibrant times and the team responded. Glenn Whelan struck a superb shot to the roof of the net following a slide rule free kick from man of the match Liam Lawrence after eight minutes. Slack marking at a corner enabled the diminutive Camoranesi to head an equaliser for Italy on twenty six minutes but Ireland stayed calm and continued to perform with great purpose and resolution. When Sean St Ledger, advancing from his defensive duties for the first occasion of the night, sent his diving header to the net with just three minutes remaining, Ireland were on the cusp of a notable victory, however, it was not to be and naive ambition cost the team dear as the visitors equalised through Gilardino, who was under no pressure, in the dying moments.

U17 Women open UEFA campaign with victory...10/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 Women opened their UEFA Qualifying Round campaign with a comfortable five nil victory over group hosts Slovenia on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Denise O'Sullivan, Jessica Gleeson, a couple from Rianna Jarrett together with an own goal put Ireland in total command. The team face Turkey, who lost their opening fixture to Denmark, at 2.00pm this Monday afternoon.

Under 21s suffer last minute disappointment...09/10/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 side suffered huge UEFA Championship disappointment when they conceded an 89th minute equaliser to a technically accomplished Georgia in the new Tallaght Stadium tonight. Alan Judge gave Ireland the lead on 28 minutes when he was on hand to finish off a break by Keith Treacy who was prominent throughout. Midfielder Stephen Gleeson gave an industrious performance but the continued failure to convert goalscoring opportunities continues to haunt this Irish side

RISSC (London) 25th Anniversary Celebration
We were delighted to host a very special event at the Crown Moran Hotel on Saturday 3 October 2009, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London). The Club was further honoured at half-time in the World Cup qualifier against Italy when FAI President David Blood made a special presentation in recognition of our support over the past twenty five years.

More Premier Division action on Friday evening...02/10/2009
The League of Ireland Premier Division featured two potential relegation battles on Friday evening when local rivals Drogheda United and Dundalk shared the points in two all draw in United Park while Galway United defeated visitors Bray Wanderers three one over in Terryland Park.

Top two meet in League of Ireland First Division...02/10/2009
Second place Shelbourne, who have a game in hand, and league leaders UCD shared four goals in Tolka Park on Friday evening in what was an enthralling League of Ireland First Division meeting, with the 'Students' twice coming from behind to secure the draw.