October 2013 News Archive

Mounting speculation surrounds managerial denouement
Last week's speculation hinting at the return of Mick McCarthy to the Ireland managerial role has died a death, to be replaced by the current seemingly definitive suggestion that Martin O'Neill is set to be unveiled as the new manager, perhaps on Monday. Rumours also spiralling into the athmosphere that Roy Keane may be the assistant on the O'Neill ticket!. Well what next?. It is also intimated that last month's interim manager Noel King has compiled an extended senior squad list of some forty players for the upcoming friendlies, in order to comply with FIFA timing regulations.

Ticket Application Process for Poland friendly
Members wishing to purchase match tickets for the upcoming friendly international against Poland in Poznan on Tuesday 19th November 2013 should do so by completing the linked Application Form(s) to the right of this notification. As time is very tight, applications must be completed no later than Thursday 31st October 2013. It is also possible that the physical tickets may not be available in time for distribution at our November meeting and therefore applicants should ensure that their correct postal address is included on the application form.
Ireland complete 2014 WCQ campaign with victory..15/10/2013
Ireland, under interim manager Noel King, completed their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a three one victory over Kazakhstan in the Aviva Stadium this evening. A sparse attendance saw Ireland succeed with relative comfort despite the shock of conceding the opening goal on thirteen minutes. Four minutes later, a Robbie Keane penalty squared matters and a rare goal from John O'Shea put Ireland in control some ten minutes later. Midfielder Darron Gibson suffered a first half knee injury and was stretchered off to be replaced by Glenn Whelan. The second half was fairly uneventful with little real excitement and Ireland's third goal came somewhat fortuitously as the ball seemed to be out of play when back heeled by Anthony Stokes and the subsequent cross was diverted into his own net by the earlier goalscorer Shomko. The sponsors named James McCarthy as 'man of the match' but many may feel that the returning Andy Reid might have been equally deserving
Childish twitter petulence from Shane Long?...15/10/2013
The somewhat cryptic message posted on twitter a short while ago by Shane Long ' Cowboy!! Nuff said ' appears to be a childish act of petulance from a young family man who should know better. It is generally assumed that the message is purely personal, however while still unacceptable, it just might also be a reference to the exclusion of his friend Sean St Ledger from the entire twenty three man matchday squad.
Under 21s lose to Romania in the Sligo Showgrounds..15/10/2013
Following their scoreless draw on Friday last, the Ireland Under 21 side suffered acute disapppointment when they lost to the only goal from Romania in the reverse fixture played this afternoon in the Sligo Showgrounds. This second home defeat means in essence that qualification for the UEFA Championship Finals in the Czech Republic, coupled with the Brazil 2016 Olympic dream, has withered and crumbled to dust.

Ireland complete UEFA Under 19 Qualifying campaign..15/10/2013
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side completed the first phase of their 2014 UEFA U19 Championship qualifying campaign with a one all draw against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Trelleborg this afternoon. Victories over Azerbaijan and hosts Sweden had already assured Ireland of qualification for the Elite Phase and today's point enabled them to top the group. Head Coach Paul Doolin made four changes to the starting eleven and late squad addition Dan Cleary was introduced as a second half substitute, thus ensuring that every squad member saw action. Ireland fell behind on twenty minutes but UCD midfielder Colm Crowe, making his competitive debut, equalised on the stroke of half-time.

St Patrick's Athletic - Airtricity Premier Champions...13/10/2013
St Patrick's Athletic are Airtricity League Premier Division Champions following their two nil victory over defending champions Sligo Rovers in Richmond Park this afternoon. First half goals from Greg Bolger and Anthony Flood were just reward for the Inchicore side who were in command throughout against a surprisingly lack lustre visiting side.

Light training session in Malahide this afternoon..13/10/2013
Following their return from defeat by Germany in Cologne, the Ireland squad undertook a light training session in Gannon Park, Malahide this afternoon. Richard Dunne and John O'Shea, both suspended for the Germany match, have linked up with the squad, while Anthony Pilkington has been forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury. The doubts surrounding Robbie Keane appear to have receded somewhat, as he took part in the full, albeit light, training session this afternoon.

Airtricity Premier Division contests played tonight...12/10/2013
The three Airtricity League Premier Division contests played this evening each had it's own significance. An added time goal eased the pressure for Bohemian who earned a one all draw against second place Dundalk, who still harbour slim hopes of claiming the Championship. With qualification for Europe the possible reward for the victors, the scoreless draw between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers in the Brandywell will have pleased neither side. The one each Hunky Dorys Park draw between Drogheda United and UCD was just a little edgy, with the hosts having the FAI Ford Cup Final on their minds, while the visitors may feel they are still not entirely safe from the threat of relegation.

Tension surrounds Airtricity League First Division climax..12/10/2013
The battle to secure the two promotion play-off places went to the wire in the final series of Airtricity First Division contests played this evening. Longford Town retained second place when they came from behind to defeat the Champions Athlone Town by two goals to one. Waterford United however, suffered bitter disappointment as they were defeated by two goals to one at Cobh Ramblers, while Mervue United leapfrogged them into the play-off position with a four one victory at Wexford Youths.

Ireland defeat Sweden in UEFA Under 19 Qualifier..12/10/2013
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side have qualified for the Elite Stage of the 2014 UEFA U19 Championship following their one nil victory over mini-tournament hosts Sweden, in Angelholms IP Stadium this afternoon. While the hosts dominated much of the proceedings, they could not penetrate a resilient Irish defence and substitute Liam Kelly of Reading, garnered all three points for Ireland when he scored on eighty three minutes, our first shot of the contest. Head Coach Paul Doolin may elect to give some of the remaining squad members an outing in the final group contest against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Tuesday afternoon.

Ireland go down three nil in Cologne this evening..11/10/2013
Germany have defeated Ireland by three goals to nil in Cologne tonight to win Group C and qualify for the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil. The hosts dominated the first half and took the lead through a Khedira goal after twelve minutes. Ireland were under pressure throughout the remainder of the half, with the hosts winning eight corner kicks and having a dozen or so attempts at goal. Two fine David Forde saves and stubborn defence kept the deficit to one goal and indeed on the stroke of half time, Ireland almost conjured an equaliser when Darron Gibson's free kick was headed against the crossbar by Ciaran Clark. Ireland started the second half brightly and had three efforts on goal before they were caught with another sucker punch as Schurrle scored the second for Germany on fifty eight minutes. Ireland continued to battle and had more possession, but the hosts did seem to relax a little. There were a further couple of efforts on target from Ireland but the breakthrough never really looked like coming. The hosts capped their successful evening with a third goal in added time from Ozil. Leading light for Ireland tonight was undoubtedly David Forde, who made a series of fine saves which helped keep the scoreline at a respectable level.

Noel King confirms starting eleven for Cologne challenge..11/10/2013
Interim Ireland manager Noel King has confirmed his starting eleven for this evening's WCQ against Germany in Cologne. lnjury rules out Robbie Keane and the side will be captained by Seamus Coleman. Team:- D Forde; S Kelly, D Delaney. C Clark; S Coleman (C), D Gibson, J McCarthy, G Whelan, M Wilson; A Stokes, K Doyle.

Under 21s play out scoreless draw in Romania today..11/10/2013
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 side continued their UEFA Championship campaign with a scoreless draw against Romania in Piatra Neamt this afternoon. The two sides will meet again at 3.00pm on Tuesday afternoon in the Sligo Showgrounds.

Cologne press conference before final training session...10/10/2013
Interim manager Noel King held a brief press conference before his squad embarks on a training session in the match stadium this evening. King, who was accompanied by Damien Delaney who may start tomorrow, confirmed that Robbie Keane would not train tonight because of the ankle injury sustained yesterday, but that he still had a chance of being fit to start tomorrow evening. In his time honoured fashion, King did not disclose any further information relating to his team selection, and if, as seems likely, he maintains his Under 21 selection stance, the players themselves may not be advised of the starting eleven until tomorrow, matchday.
Under 21 squad preparing for Romanian contests..10/10/2013
Acting Head Coach Harry McCue will send the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side into UEFA U21 Championship action, with the first contest of a double header against Romania in Piatra Neamt at 5.30pm (Irish time) on Friday afternoon. Injury has forced the withdrawal of Jack Grealish (ankle) and Michael Harriman (calf) who have been replaced by Carl McHugh (Bradford City) and Will Hayhurst (Preston North End). Midfielder Samir Carruthers is suspended for the first contest in Romania but will be eligible for the return meeting in Sligo at 3.00pm on Tuesday next.

Ireland open UEFA Under 19 Qualifying campaign..10/10/2013
The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side opened their 2014 UEFA U19 Championship qualifying campaign with a two nil victory over Azerbaijan in Angelholms IP Stadium, Sweden early this afternoon. Goals in either half from Alan O'Sullivan and Alex O'Hanlon set the seal on a merited victory. Ireland next face hosts Sweden at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon.

Morning session in Malahide before Cologne departure...09/10/2013
Interim manager Noel King oversaw his third training session with the Ireland senior squad in Gannon Park, Malahide this morning, with the full complement of twenty three players starting the routine. Robbie Keane picked up an ankle injury during the early stages of the session and took no further part. Indications are that the injury is not serious and Keane is expected to be available for selection on Friday. The party departed Dublin Airport this afternoon en route for Cologne and Friday evening's World Cup 2014 Qualifier against Germany in the Rhein Energie Stadion.

Noel King incorporates LoI players in training today...08/10/2013
I do not know where Sinatra and 'My Way' rates in the King musical pantheon but our interim manager is certainly doing things his way during his short soujourn in charge of our senior international side. This afternoon, King included five of our younger Airtricity League players in his training exercise. Dundalk quartet Andrew Boyle, Kurtis Byrne, John Sullivan and Richie Towell together with David Elebert of Shamrock Rovers all participated in a full scale match scenario in Gannon Park.

King oversees first training session in Gannon Park...07/10/2013
Interim manager Noel King, together with Ruud Dokter and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly supervised their first training session with the Ireland senior squad in Gannon Park this afternoon. Fourteen players took part in a lively session, with five, Ciaran Clark, Damian Delaney, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Henderson and Aiden McGeady sitting out the session. Four absentees, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Anthony Pilkington and Marc Wilson are set to link up with the group later this evening.

Introductions and re-introductions in Malahide today..07/10/2013
Several members of our senior international squad will meet acting manager Noel King for the first time today and goalkeeper Rob Elliott will also be in the 'hello and welcome' queue. While the absence of Kevin Doyle and Darren Gibson has been relatively short, there may also be some re-introductions required for prodigal sons Andy Reed and Anthony Stokes.