2013 News Archive
speculation surrounds managerial denouement
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.
Application Process for Poland friendly
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
complete 2014 WCQ campaign with victory..15/10/2013
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
twitter petulence from Shane Long?...15/10/2013
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.
21s lose to Romania in the Sligo Showgrounds..15/10/2013
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.
complete UEFA Under 19 Qualifying campaign..15/10/2013
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.
Patrick's Athletic - Airtricity Premier Champions...13/10/2013
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.
training session in Malahide this afternoon..13/10/2013
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.
Premier Division contests played tonight...12/10/2013
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
surrounds Airtricity League First Division climax..12/10/2013
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.
defeat Sweden in UEFA Under 19 Qualifier..12/10/2013
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.
go down three nil in Cologne this evening..11/10/2013
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.
King confirms starting eleven for Cologne challenge..11/10/2013
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.
21s play out scoreless draw in Romania today..11/10/2013
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.
press conference before final training session...10/10/2013
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.
21 squad preparing for Romanian contests..10/10/2013
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
open UEFA Under 19 Qualifying campaign..10/10/2013
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.
session in Malahide before Cologne departure...09/10/2013
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.
King incorporates LoI players in training today...08/10/2013
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.
oversees first training session in Gannon Park...07/10/2013
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.
and re-introductions in Malahide today..07/10/2013
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.