FA Cup fifth round action on Sunday afternoon...18/02/2018
Struggling League One side Rochdale caused something of an FA Cup fifth round shock on Sunday afternoon when they scored an added time equaliser at the Crown Oil Arena to earn a Wembley Stadium replay with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. The minnows had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time but the visitors recovered to lead as the contest entered the final stages. Ireland U21 defender Ryan Delaney, who made his debut in round four, was again in the thick of the action for the hosts.
Championship contests played on Sunday afternoon...18/02/2018
The East Anglian Championship meeting of Norwich City and Ipswich Town ended in a one all draw at Carrow Road early on Sunday afternoon. Mick McCarthys 'Tractor Boys' had Stephen Gleeson in their starting eleven with David McGoldrick a sixty second minute substitute. Leeds United included Eunan O'Kane in their starting eleven for the visit of Bristol City who were still without the injured Callum O'Dowda. The visitors took an early two goal lead but reminiscent of losing a three goal advantage at home to Sunderland last week, they conceded two second half goals for another draw.
2018 Airtricity League contest on Saturday evening...17/02/2018
A crowd of 3,056 attended the Showgrounds on Saturday evening where visitors Limerick scored the only goal to defeat hosts Sligo Rovers in the one remaining contest in Series One of the 2018 Airtricity League season.
FA Cup fifth round continues on Saturday afternoon...17/02/2018
The fifth round of the FA Cup continued on Saturday afternoon with Shane Duffy rested as Brighton & Hove Albion defeated League Two side Coventry City by three goals to one at the Amex Stadium. The visiting 'Sky Blues' included Ireland U19 striker Josh Barrett, currently on loan from Reading, in their starting eleven. The clash of Premier Leagues sides West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at the Hawthorns saw James McClean start for the hosts but Shane Long failed a late fitness test and was ruled out, but his club secured a two one away victory.
The Championship on Saturday afternoon...17/02/2018
Fulham, for whom recent transfer window signing Cyrus Christie has yet to make his debut, welcomed the Aston Villa trio of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan to Craven Cottage in the Championship on Saturday afternoon and duly defeated them by two goals to nil. Preston North End were without the suspended Greg Cunningham for the visit of current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and Matt Doherty but Alan Browne scored the goal which earned them a point in aone all draw. Daryl Horgan was introduced from the bench on seventy minutes. Sunderland duo John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady were in the side which went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Brentford for whom John Egan started while Alan Judge was a late substitute.
2018 Airtricity League season kicks-off this evening...16/02/2018
The 2018 Airtricity Leagues season commenced this Friday evening with defending champions Cork City getting off to a flying start with a three two victory at St Patrick's Athletic, while Dundalk were held to a scoreless draw by Bray Wanderers in Oriel Park. The RTE 2 cameras brought live action from Dalymount Park where bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers went head to head with the hosts coming from behind to secure a three one victory. Promoted First Division champions Waterford welcomed Derry City to the RSC for their opening Premier Division challenge and emerged victorious by two goals to one.
FA Cup fifth round action on Friday evening...16/02/2018
There were two Premier League versus Championship FA Cup fifth round ties played on Friday evening. Leicester City scored the only goal to defeat Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens and Samir Carriuhers in their starting eleven while Chelsea crushed visitors Hull City, for whom David Meyler started at right back, by four goals to nil.
Ireland commence Centenary Shield with victory...15/02/2018
Our Ireland Schools side commenced their 2018 Centenary Shield campaign with a two one victory over Wales at Cefn Druids FC this Thursday evening. Goals from captain Cian Murphy and Daryl Walsh secured the deserved success. Certain of our Club members might consider a trip to Kenilworth Stadium, the home of Luton Town FC when Ireland will next be in action against England on Friday the 16th March 2018 at 7pm.
U19s secure second victory over Romania in La Manga ...15/02/2018
Under 19 Head Coach Tom Mohan saw his side secure a two one victory over Romania in their second friendly international played in La Manga, Spain this Thursday afternoon. Both second half goals were scored by Wexford FC striker Aaron Dobbs.
U17s draw again with Turkey in Galway today...15/02/2018
Our Under 17 side, under the guidance of Head Coach Colin O'Brien, played out a scoreless friendly international draw with visitors Turkey at Mervue FC in Galway early this Thursday afternoon.
Championship action on Tuesday evening...13/02/2018
Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, failed to regain second place on the Championship table when they went down to a two nil defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this Tuesday evening. Also in action were Cardiff City who secured a two nil victory over visitors Bolton Wanderers with Anthony Pilkington seeing action for the final nine minutes.
U19s defeat Romania in La Manga on Tuesday afternoon...13/02/2018
With the European Championship Elite Stage on the March horizon, Under 19 Head Coach Tom Mohan has taken a twenty man squad to La Manga in Spain where they defeated Romania by one goal to nil in a friendly international this afternoon. The goal was scored by centre back and captain Dara O'Shea currently on loan at Hereford United from West Bromwich Albion. The second contest between the two sides is set for Thursday morning at 11am.
U17s draw with Turkey in Galway on Tuesday evening...13/02/2018
Our Under 17 squad, with Head Coach Colin O'Brien at the helm, continued preparation for next month's European Championship Elite Stage when they scored an added time equaliser through Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrot to earn a one all draw with Turkey in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway this evening. Weather permitting, the sides are set to meet again in the same venue at 1pm on Thursday afternoon.
Sunday in the Premier League and Championship...11/02/2018
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Shane Long a late substitute for Southampton who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Liverpool. In the Championship, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both started for Aston Villa in their two nil Derby victory over visitors Birmingham City. Hogan led the line in fine style while Hourihane was inconspicuous until the eighty first minute when he hit a scorching second goal for the victors. Glenn Whelan saw substitute action for the final few minutes.
President's Cup kicks-off Irish domestic season...11/02/2018
The first competitive contest of the 2018 season saw Cork City lift the President's Cup for the third year in succession. The 2017 treble winners recovered from a two goal half-time deficit to score four second half goals for a deserved victory over Dundalk in Oriel Park.
Premier League on Saturday afternoon...10/02/2018
Seamus Coleman returned to the Everton starting eleven for the Premier League visit of Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon but was substituted at half-time as the 'Toffees' secured a three one victory. Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues travelled to Stoke City and earned a point with a one all draw. while Burnley duo, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long started with the fit again Stephen Ward on the bench in their one nil defeat at Swansea City. Ireland U21 duo Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the West Ham United bench for the two nil victory over visitors Watford. Rice saw some brief action in the closing minutes.
Saturday action in the Championship...10/02/2018
Brentford had John Egan back in the starting eleven with Alan Judge a late substitute in the one all draw with visitors Preston North End who included Greg Cunningham, who was dismissed on seventy four minutes, and Alan Browne in their starting eleven with Daryl Horgan a very late substitute. The injury sustained by Callum O'Dowda at Hull City on the 25th November last continues to rule him out of the Bristol City squad as his side today squandered a three nil half-time lead as visitors Sunderland earned a point with three second half goals. John O'Shea started for the 'Makems' with Aiden McGeady a seventy first minute substitute and goal scorer ten minutes later. Enda Stevens retained his starting position for Sheffield United who defeated Leeds United and Eunan O'Kane by two goals to one at Bramall Lane in the early kick-off. Runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers had Matt Doherty in their starting eleven for the two one victory over visitors Queens Park Rangers.
FAI announce June friendly against the USA...09/02/2018
The FAI this afternoon announced that the USA will visit the Aviva Stadium for a friendly international on Saturday the 2nd June 2018.
Wes Hoolihan announces international retirement...08/02/2018
Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolihan has announced his anticipated retirement from international football. The Dubliner earned forty three caps and scored three goals for Ireland. With his club in a parlous state, one wonders if international retirement may also be on the mind of John O'Shea.
League One Rochdale progress in FA Cup...06/02/2018
Struggling League One side Rochdale scored the only goal to eliminate Millwall from the FA Cup in this evening's fourth round replay at the Crown Oil Arena. Prominent in central defence for the victors was Ireland U21 defender and transfer window signing Ryan Delaney who spent last season on loan at double winning Cork City.
FAI announce Poland and NI friendlies...05/02/2018
The FAI today confirmed that Northern Ireland will visit the Aviva Stadium for a friendly international on Thursday the 15th November 2018. Ireland will also travel to face Poland in another friendly contest on Tuesday the 11th September 2018. A further home friendly is set for June 2018 with the opposition to be confirmed later this week.
Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...04/02/2018
The spectre of Premier League relegation hangs over a whole plethora of clubs and two of them, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, met at Selhurst Park this Sunday afternoon, where they played out a one all draw . The visiting 'Magpies' had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven and it was he who stupidly conceded the penalty with which the hosts scored their equalising goal. Meanwhile doubts surround the future of fit again goalkeeper Rob Elliot following the transfer window loan acquisition of giant Slovakia netminder Martin Dubravka by Newcastle United.
Premier League on Saturday afternoon...03/02/2018
Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long were in Premier League action early on Saturday afternoon when runaway leaders Manchester City were held to a one all draw at Turf Moor. Harry Arter has been confined to the AFC Bournemouth bench in recent matches remained there for the two one defeat of visitors Stoke City. Shane Duffy and Brighton & Hove Albion were three one victors over West Ham United at the Amex Stadium where Declan Rice started with our U21 captain Josh Cullen an unused substitute for the visitors. James McClean was a late substitute for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three two home defeat by Southampton for whom Shane Long was also a late substitute.
Saturday action in the Championship...03/02/2018
In form Aston Villa had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan, who opened the scoring in their starting eleven for the three two Championship victory over visitors Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. Second place Derby County had skipper Richard Keogh in defence for their three nil defeat of visitors Brentford for whom Alan Judge was a late substitute while Norwich City scored the only goal to defeat Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) at Carrow Road. Preston North End came from behind, with Greg Cunningham scoring the equaliser and Alan Browne converting a penalty in their two one victory over visitors Hull City for whom David Meyler started with Will Keane a late substitute at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O'Shea and late substitute, Aiden McGeady) went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson) at the Stadium of Light. The late kick-off saw clear leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) overcome Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) by three goals to nil at Molineaux.
January 2018 - Transfer Window
The current UK transfer window opened on the 1st January and concluded at 11.00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The Irish players detailed in the linked schedule have been involved in some form of transfer during the relevant period. One interesting final minutes move was the switch of Middlesbrough full back Cyrus Christie to Fulham for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half year contract with a further one year option.
Wednesday evening in the Premier League...31/01/2018
The inclusion of Seamus Coleman in the Everton starting eleven and his completion of the full ninety minutes in the two one Premier League victory over visitors Leicester City this Wednesday evening gives a filip to Irish football. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven for the visit of Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their starting eleven as the sides played out a one all draw at St James Park. Shane Long and Shane Duffy were in direct opposition when Southampton and South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion played out a one all draw at St Marys Stadium. Also back in first team action was James McClean whose West Bromwich Albion went down to a three nil defeat at Manchester City.
Premier League on Tuesday evening...30/01/2018
The Premier League resumed on Tuesday evening with London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in action at the London Stadium. Declan Rice has been in the news in recent hours with positive vibes now emanating in relation to his international commitment to Ireland. He completed the full ninety minutes this evening with our U21 captain Josh Cullen unused on the substitute bench as the sides played out a one all draw.
Tuesday night in the Championship...30/01/2018
Aiden McGeady was a late substitute for Sunderland who went down to a three one Championship defeat at Birmingham City. Will Keane was a late substitute for Hull City in their scoreless draw with visitors Leeds United who lost Conor Shaughnessy to injury after just six minutes. Middlesbrough had Darren Randolph in their starting eleven with Cyrus Christie unused on the bench for the scoreless draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday. Richard Keogh started and Alex Pearce was unused on the bench for Derby County who were held to a scoreless draw by Millwall at the Den. Nottingham Forest welcomed Preston North End to the City Ground where Alan Browne started with Daryl Horgan a very late substitute in their three nil victory. Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa who had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan in their starting eleven with Glenn Whelan unused on the bench at Bramall Lane.
Charity Quiz Event - another resounding success...28/01/2018
We hosted our Annual Charity Quiz night, the thirteenth, at the Clayton Crown Hotel on Friday evening last and thanks to the efforts of the organising officers, our excellent sponsors, attending club members and their friends and of course those members unable to be present but who nevertheless contributed by donation and the purchase of raffle tickets, we were able to present our nominated charity for this club year - 'MS Society of Ireland' with a cheque for €5,000.
FA Cup fourth round action on Sunday afternoon...28/01/2018
The FA Cup continued on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea comfortably defeated Newcastle United by three goals to nil at Stamford Bridge. Ciaran Clark started for the 'Magpies' but there was no squad place for Rob Elliot. The late kick-off saw Manchester City ease past their hosts Cardiff City by two goals to nil. Anthony Pilkington was a late substitute for the 'Bluebirds'.
Daryl Murphy announces international tretirement...27/01/2018
Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy has announced his retirement from international football. The Waterford man earned thirty three caps and scored three goals, most notably the late equaliser against Serbia during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign. With ill health having already forced the retirement of Kevin Doyle, one wonders if another Waterford man John O'Shea may also be thinking along those lines while very limited match time for Wes Hoolihan at Norwich City may also trigger retirement thoughts.
FA Cup fourth round continues on Saturday afternoon...27/01/2018
The FA Cup fourth round continued on Saturday afternoon with Championship side Hull City (Will Keane) defeating Nottingham Forest (Stephen Henderson) by two goals to one at the KCOM Stadium. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) lost to the only goal for Brighton & Hove Albion while Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Ben Heneghan, Samir Carruthers) also scored the only goal to defeat fellow Championship side Preston North End (Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan). Southampton (Shane Long) entertained fellow Premier League side Watford and yes, scored the only goal for victory. League One leaders Wigan Athletic defeated West Ham United (Josh Cullen) by two goals to nil at the DW Stadium. League Two side Newport County took a first half lead against Tottenham Hotspur through Padraig Amond but the Premier League side secured a draw with a late equaliser. The late kick-off saw West Bromwich Albion (James McClean) stun hosts Liverpool with three first half goals at Anfield where they held on for a three two victory.
Championship action set for Saturday afternoon...27/01/2018
Cup exitees Brentford (John Egan) and Norwich City were in Championship action at Griffin Park with the 'Canaries' scoring the only goal for victory while Queens Park Rangers (Ryan Manning) went down to a two nil defeat at Bristol City. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Stephen Gleeson) lost to the only goal, scored by Matt Doherty, for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road.
FA Cup fourth round action on Friday evening...26/01/2018
FA Cup shock romantics who looked towards Huish Park on Friday evening when struggling League Two side Yeovil Town met the wealth of Manchester United in front of a 9,565 crowd in the Fourth Round of this year's competition were denied as the Premier League side ran out comfortable four nil winners. The hosts had Connor Smith (substitute 83') and Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan (unused) in their matchday squad.
UEFA Nations League fixture dates confirmed...24/01/2018
The dates for the four League B, Group Four UEFA Nations League fixtures have been confirmed. Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales on Thursday the 6th September 2018 before hosting a double header at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 13th October 2018 against Denmark and three days later against Wales on Tuesday the 16th October 2018. The final Group Four contest agaisnt Denmark in Copenhagen is set for Monday the 19th November 2018. All four matches are set to kick-off at 7.45pm.
UEFA Nations League draw - Lausanne on Wednesday...24/01/2018
The draw for the UEFA Nations League was made at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne this Wednesday morning and provided a sense of 'deja vu' as our last two opponents Denmark and Wales were drawn alongside us in our Group. The new competition has sparked much confused debate relating to structure with an underwhelming sense of anticipation surrounding the event. In the draw structure for the three team group, Ireland fell into the League B section covering the countries ranked from 13 to 24 in the UEFA standings. Ireland (ranked 19) were in Pot B and set to face one side from Pot A (Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia) and one from Group C (N Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey) on a home and away basis. So now we know, Cardiff and Copenhagen, here we come again.
Catalogue of serious injury continues to grow...21/01/2018
The double leg break injury sustained by Everton midfielder James McCarthy yesterday will rule him out for the remainder of the season and very likely beyond. Robbie Brady is of course already ruled out indefinitely while fellow Burnley player Jon Walters underwent surgey this week which is likely to rule him out for about two months. Sean Maguire of Preston North End is of course another ruled out indefinitely through injury. On a more positive slant, Seamus Coleman has returned to full training with Everton while Alan Judge is back in action, tentatively at present, with Brentford.
Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...21/01/2018
Misfiring Southampton were without Shane Long for the Premier League visit of in-form Tottenham Hotspur to St Marys Stadium this Sunday afternoon, but seventeen year old striker Michael Obafemi made his Premier League debut with a substitute entry for the final fifteen minutes, as the sides played out a one all draw. Dublin born Obafemi is a member of Tom Mohan's U19 Republic of Ireland squad. Obafemi has scored twelve goals at Youth Level for Southampton this season where his attack partner Jonathan Afolabi is another member of our U19 squad.
Senior Women gain revenge for opening defeat...21/01/2018
Our Senior Women provided a much improved performance against hosts Portugal in the Azores this afternoon to secure a three one success. Goals from captain Katie McCabe, Leanne Kiernan and Loise Quinn put Ireland in total command with the hosts scoring a late consolation goal.
U19 Women lose to England in Portugal tournament...21/01/2018
Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women met England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon. Despite a much improved performance, against stronger opposition, our side went down to a three one defeat with Saoirse Noonan scoring our goal. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...20/01/2018
Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a four nil Premier League defeat by visitors Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in the early kick-off this Saturday afternoon. Jeff Hendrick started with Kevin Long on the bench for Burnley who lost to the only goal from Manchester United to Turf Moor. James McCarthy started but was substituted on sixty minutes while James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy nine minutes as Everton were held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the substitute bench for West Ham United who were held to a one all draw by AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium. The late kick-off saw Manchester City overcome visitors Newcastle United by three goals to one. Ciaran Clark started for the visitors with Rob Elliot on the substitute bench.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...20/01/2018
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan) defeating Barnsley by three goals to one at Villa Park, Hogan scored twice in the opening seven minutes with Hourihane adding the third on nineteen minutes. Bolton Wanderers held Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson, David McGoldrick, Aaron Drinan) to a one all draw while Leeds United (Conor Shaughnessy) went down to a four three defeat by Millwall at Elland Road with Aiden O'Brien scoring the opener. Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan) went down by two goals to one against Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) at Carrow Road. Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan) drerw one each with Birmingham City at Deepdale while QPR went down to a three nil home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie). Reading (Liam Kelly) suffered a one nil home defeat by Brentford with Martin O'Neill rumoured to be a possible attendee. Sunderland (John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady) scored the only goal for victory over Hull City (David Meyler, Will Keane) at the Stadium of Light while leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) suffered a shock two nil home defeat by Nottingham Forest.
Championship action on Friday evening...19/01/2018
High flying Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, did not manage to exact revenge for the four one defeat they suffered at Ashton Gate in the first half of this season when Bristol City held them to a scoreless draw at Pride Park in the Championship this Friday evening.
U19 Women compete in Portugal mini-Tournament...19/01/2018
Following their opening defeat by hosts Portugal our U19 Women next meet England at the Santo Antonio venue on Friday afternoon at 5pm. A further contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Women lose opening double header in Portugal...18/01/2018
Head Coach Colin Bell was disappointed by the performance of his Ireland Senior Women's side in their one nil defeat by hosts Portugal in the Azores on Thursday evening. The winning goal came from the penalty spot on sixty minutes. The sides will meet again on Monday afternoon.
More FA Cup third round action on Wednesday evening...17/01/2018
Runaway Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Matt Doherty in action went down to a three one FA Cup third round replay defeat at Swansea City this evening. AFC Bournemouth also suffered defeat, by three goals to nil, at League One leaders Wigan Athletic with uncertainty surrounding the future of Harry Arter whom it is reported is the subject of interest from West Ham United.
U19 Women compete in Portugal mini-Tournament...17/01/2018
Our U19 Women guided by Head Coach Dave Connell travelled to Portugal where they will compete in a mini-Tournament with hosts Portugal and England. Ireland went down to an opening three one defeat by the hosts in Santo Antonio on Wednesday afternoon and willo next meet England at the same venue on Thursday afternoon at 5pm. A third contest, against hosts Portugal, is also scheduled for Santo Antonio at 2pm Irish time on Sunday afternoon.
FA Cup third round replays on Tuesday evening...16/01/2018
Ireland U21 captain Josh Cullen was in FA Cup third round replay action this Tuesday evening with West Ham United who eventually defeated League One side Shrewsbury Town with the only goal in extra-time at the London Stadium. Also in cup replay action was Reading midfielder Liam Kelly whose side secured a comfortable three nil victory over visitors Stevenage of League Two. Also in action and on the scoresheet was Anthony Pilkington for Cardiff City who secured a four one victory at Mansfield Town to set up a home fourth round clash with Manchester City.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...13/01/2018
Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley in their one nil Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon with Kevin Long and Jon Walters unused on the bench. Irish U21 duo, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both on the bench for West Ham United who won by four goals to one at Huddersfield Town with Rice introduced for the final stages. Newcastle United netminder Rob Elliot returned on the bench following injury while Ciaran Clark was in the starting eleven for the visit of Swansea City. Shane Long starts for Southampton who have travelled to Watford while Derry men James McClean, a substitute, and Shane Duffy who starts, are in opposition for the meeting of West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion. James McCarthy started for Everton who suffered a crushing four nil defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the 5.30pm kick-off at Wembley Stadium.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...13/01/2018
The Championship continued 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Cardiff City (Anthony Pilkington - late substitute and goalscorer) crushing visitors Sunderland (Johm O'Shea, Marc Wilson) with four second half goals. The Den hosted the one all draw between Millwall (Aiden O'Brien - who scored) and Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgane). Everton loanee Harry Charsley started for Bolton Wanderers in their one nil defeat at Brentford while the 5.30pm kick-off featured Nottingham Forest who lost to the only goal, scored by Scott Hogan, at home to Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan also started for Villa with the veteren Dubliner withdrawn through injury at half-time.
Steel City Championship 'Derby' on Friday evening...12/01/2018
Bramall Lane hosted the steel city 'Derby' clash of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday which ended in a scoreless draw this Friday evening. The 'Blades' included Enda Stevens in their starting eleven while the visiting 'Owls' were still without goalkeeper Keiren Westwood following his hip injury of four weeks ago.
Irish interest in Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening...19/12/2017
Irish interest in the Checkatrade Trophy for Leagues One and Two sides together with selected Premier and Championship U21 sides continued this evening with U19 defender Canice Carroll in the Oxford United side which progressed to the quarter-final stage with a three nil penalty shoot-out success over Charlton Athletic following a one all draw at the Valley. Goalkeeper Conor O'Malley was an unused substitute for Peterborough United who prevailed over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road with a seven six penalty shoot-out success following a scoreless draw. Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan started alongside Connor Smith for Yeovil Town who defeated visitors Forest Green Rovers by two goals to nil. The quarter-final draw takes place live on Sky Sports EFL Matters programme at 7pm on Thursday.
More FA Cup action on Sunday afternoon...07/01/2018
Ireland U21 stars Josh Cullen and Declan Rice were both in FA Cup action for West Ham United who were held to a scoreless draw at League One side Shrewsbury Town this afternoon. Another of our U21 players Conor Shaughnessy was in action for Leeds United who suffered a shock two one defeat at Newport County who had Padraig Amond in their starting eleven while Mark O'Brien was an added time substitute.
FA Cup third round action on Saturday afternoon...06/01/2018
North East rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland locked horns in the third round of the FA Cup at the Riverside Stadium early this afternoon, with the hosts emerging victorious by two goals to nil. Darren Randolph started with Cyrus Christie playing just the four minutes of added time while John O'Shea and Marc Wilson completed ninety minutes for the 'Makems'. Aston Villa included Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven with Jake Doyle-Hayes on the substitute bench for their shock three one defeat by visitors Peterborough United who had Chris Forrester in their starting eleven with Conor O'Malley on the bench. Ipswich Town included new signing Aaron Drinan on the bench with David McGoldrick starting for their one nil home defeat by Sheffield United who had Samir Carruthers in their starting eleven with Enda Stevens on the bench. Manchester City defeated Burnley, who had Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their starting eleven, by four goals to one, with Jon Walters a late substitute for the 'Clarets'. Preston North End included Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven with Andy Boyle a late introduction from the bench as they crushed their hosts Wycombe Wanderers by five goals to one. Browne with two and Horgan were among the scorers.
FA Cup third round action this Friday evening...05/01/2018
James McCarthy completed eighty six minutes for Everton who went down to a two one defeat against local rivals Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield this Friday evening. Also in cup action were Derby County duo Richard Keogh and Alex Pearce whose side went down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Premier League contest on Thursday evening...04/01/2018
Having both been in action on Tuesday evening, it is likely that Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United were less than delighted to have to face each other in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium this Thursday evening. Young Declan Rice, who saw less than twenty minutes of substitute action against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, was in the starting eleven as the sides played out a one all draw.
Premier League action on Tuesday evening...02/01/2018
Shane Long scored his first Southampton goal in eleven months at St Marys Stadium this evening but it was not enough as visitors Crystal Palace scored twice late on for victory. Young Declan Rice was introduced from the West Ham United bench on seventy six minutes as his side recovered from a thirtieth minute goal from James McClean for visitors West Bromwich Albion to secure a two one victory.
Championship contests on Tuesday evening...02/01/2018
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with Matt Doherty in fine form, defeated Brentford by three goals to nil at Molineaux this Tuesday evening to extend their lead at the summit. Reading captain Paul McShane started with Liam Kelly a seventy fourth minute substitute as their side went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Birmingham City.
New Years' Day Monday in the Premier League...01/01/2018
South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth kick-started the New Year in the Premier League with a 12.30pm meeing at the Amex Stadium. Chris Hughtons' hosts had Shane Duffy in central defence while the visiting 'Cherries' had Harry Arter back in their starting eleven as the sides played out a two all draw. Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley with Kevin Long and Jonathan Walters unused on the bench for the two one defeat by visitors Liverpool at Turf Moor while Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven but Rob Elliot remained an injury absentee for the one nil victory at struggliong Stoke City. In the late kick-off, James McCarthy was introduced from the Everton bench on sixty two minutes and made a significant impact despite their two nil defeat by Manchester United.
Championship contests on New Years' Day Monday...01/01/2018
The Championship continued in the New Year with promotion challengers Aston Villa crushing visitors Bristol City by five goals to nil in the late Villa Park kick-off this afternoon. Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both started and scored for the victors. Second place Derby County (Richard Keogh) were held to a one all draw by visitors Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) while Preston North End (Daryl Horgan) went down to a three two home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O'Shea, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady) also went down to a one nil home defeat by Barnsley at the Stadium of Light.
The Premier League on Sunday afternoon...31/12/2017
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with West Bromwich Albion scoring a hotly contested penalty in added time to earn a one all draw with visitors Arsenal at the Hawthorns. James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy two minutes and the Arsenal goal has been credited to him following a significant deflection of a Sanchez free kick.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...30/12/2017
In the Premier League, Harry Arter passed a late fitness test and was introduced as a late substitute for AFC Bournemouth who defeated visitors Everton by two goals to one this Saturday afternoon. Fit again James McCarthy started for the first time this season but was withdrawn at half-time. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark back in defence but injury ruled out Rob Elliot for the scoreless draw with visitors Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues at St James Park while Burnley duo, Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick started while Jonathan Walters was an unused substitute in the scoreless draw at Huddersfield Town. Shane Long and his struggling Southampton colleagues travelled to face Manchester United in the late kick-off and earned a point with a scoreless draw.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...30/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Barnsley scoring a late equaliser against Reading (Paul McShane) at Oakwell while Leeds United ( Conor Shaughnessy) lost to the only goals at Birmingham City. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Adam McDonnell) went down to a two one defeat by Derby County (Richard Keogh) at Portman Road while Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) also lost at home to the only goal from visitors Aston Villa (Jake Doyle-Hayes, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan). Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy) play lost one nil to Sunderland (John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson) with McGeady the goalscorer. Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) were also defeated by one goal to nil by visitors Bolton Wanderers (Josh Cullen). The late kick-off saw Bristol City suffer an added time two one defeat by leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) at Ashton Gate.
Friday evening action in the Championship...29/12/2017
The Championship continued on Friday evening with Cardiff City going down to a very late one nil defeat by visitors Preston North End. Forgotten man Anthony Pilkington was an unused substitute for the 'Bluebirds' while fellow injury victim Greg Cunningham returned to the 'Lilywhites' starting eleven where he was joined by Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan with Kevin O'Connor unused on the substitute bench. The Den hosted the 'London Derby' meeting of Millwall, for whom Aiden O'Brien started, and visitors Queens Park Rangers for whom U21 midfielder Ryan Manning was an unused substitute as his side went down to a one nil defeat.
Premier League action on Wednesday evening...27/12/2017
Newcastle United duo, Rob Elliot, who started, and Ciaran Clark named on the substitute bench, went down to a one nil defeat by star laden Premier League leaders Manchester City at St James Park this Wednesday evening.
St Stephen's Day Tuesday in the Premier League...26/12/2017
A calf injury ruled Harry Arter out of the AFC Bournemouth side which played out a three all draw with visitors West Ham United for whom Declan Rice was a seventy ninth minute substitute this Tuesday afternoon. Shane Duffy returned to the Brighton & Hove Albion starting eleven, following his suspension, for the two nil defeat at Chelsea. Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long both completed ninety minutes in the two all draw at Manchester United, while Jonathan Walters was an eighty first minute substitute. James McClean was a very late substitute for West Bromwich Albion who were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Everton at the Hawthorns. Shane Long completed ninety minutes for Southanpton who were crushed five two by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.
Championship contests on St Stephen's Day Tuesday...26/12/2017
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) drew two each with Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) at The Den on Tuesday afternoon while Brentford defeated visitors Aston Villa (Glenn Whelan, Scott Hogan) by two goals to one. Long term injury absentee Alan Judge was on the substitute bench for the 'Bees'. Kevin O'Connor and Daryl Horgan started for Preston North End who played out a scoreless draw at Barnsley with Alan Browne introduced as a late substitute. Greg Cunningham was on the 'Lilywhites' bench after his lengthy injury abaence. Reading (Paul McShane) went down to a two nil defeat at Bristol City. Richard Keogh captained Derby County in their scoreless draw at Hull City while Middlesbrough duo Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie were in the side that defeated visitors Bolton Wanderers by two goals to nil. Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) crushed visitors Sunderland (John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady) by three goals to nil at Bramall Lane.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...23/12/2017
Declan Rice remained on the substitute bench for West Ham United who went down to a three two defeat by Newcastle United, who included Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark in their side at the London Arena in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon. James McClean started but was substituted at half-time by West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three one defeat at Stoke City. The late kick-off between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor saw Kevin Long return to central defence alongside midfielder Jeff Hendrick with Jonathan Walters unused on the substitute bench as the visitors secured a comfortable three nil victory.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...23/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan) playing out a two all draw with visitors Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) in the 5.30pm kick-off. Derby County (Richard Keogh) defeated visitors Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) by three goals to nil while Leeds United (Eunan O'Kane, Conor Shaughnessy) overcame Hull City with the only goal at Elland Road. Preston North End (Alan Browne, Kevin O'Connor, Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle) played out a one all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy). Reading (Paul McShane, Liam Kelly) went down to a two one defeat by Burton Albion at the Madejski Stadium while Sheffield Wednesday lost by two goals to one against Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) at Hillsborough. Leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) scored the only goal to defeat visitors Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Adam McDonnell) at Molineaux while Sunderland (John O'Shea, Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson) played out a one all draw with Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light.
Two EFL Cup quarter-finals this Wednesday night...20/12/2017
Harry Arter and his AFC Bournemouth colleagues went down to a late two one defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup this Wednesday night. Injury ruled Callum O'Dowda out of the fourth quarter-final between his Bristol City and Manchester United at Ashton Gate which saw the hosts score an added time winner to earn their place in the semi-final where they will face Manchester City over two legs. The second semi-final will feature London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
EFL Cup quarter-final this Tuesday evening...19/12/2017
Declan Rice was in action for West Ham United who made the short journey to face Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at the Emirates Stadium this Tuesday evening but suffered disappointment in a one nil defeat.
FA Cup replay with Irish involvement tonight...19/12/2017
'Where are they Now?' aficionado's may have cast a glance towards Brunton Park where League Two Carlisle United defeated League One Gillingham in a second round FA Cup replay by three goals to one this evening. Three players in both squads were former Irish underage internationals. Brentford loanee Jack Bonham started in goal for the hosts who also included midfielders Jamie Devitt and John O'Sullivan in their squad while the visitors included Bradley Garmston, Conor Wilkinson and Mark Byrne in their ranks.
Airtricity League 2018 - Fixtures Release...19/12/2017
The fixtures for the 2018 Airtricity League season were released today. The new season is set to kick-off with the President's Cup meeting of double winners Cork City and dual runners-up Dundalk in Oriel Park at 3pm on Sunday the 11th February 2018. The Premier Division kicks-off on Friday the 16th February 2018 with defending champions Cork City travelling to meet St Patrick's Athletic while runners-up Dundalk play host to Bray Wanderers. Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers clash in Dalymount Park with promoted Waterford welcoming Derry City to the RSC. Sligo Rovers and Limerick will lock horns on Saturday evening in the Showgrounds.
Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...17/12/2017
James McClean, last night named RTE 'Sportsperson of the Year', started for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a two one defeat by Manchester United at the Hawthorns in the Premier League this afternoon. In the late kick-off, Harry Arter was an unused substitiute for AFC Bournemouth who were crushed four nil by visitors Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium.
Senior International schedule beginning to take shape...16/12/2017
Rumour and speculation coupled with some truth is currently abound in relation to our Senior International side. A visit to Paris to face France on Monday the 28th May 2018 seems assured while a trip to face Turkey in Antalya on the weekend of Sunday the 25th March 2018 is also being reported in the media. It is also anticipated that the FAI will arrange a home friendly for that International weekend in March.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...16/12/2017
Newcastle United netminder Rob Elliot returned to first team action but Ciaran Clark again found himself consigned to bench duty for the one nil Premier League defeat at Arsenal this Saturday afternoon. Chris Hughtons' Brighton & Hove Albion, with Shane Duffy in central defence, played out a scoreless draw with visitors Burnley at the Amex Stadium. The 'Clarets' werer without midweek injury victim Stephen Ward but Jeff Hendrick started while Kevin Long was an unused substitute. Young Declan Rice was introduced from the West Ham United bench for injured captain Mark Noble after thirty five minutes of their three nil victory at Stoke City.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...16/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Derby County skipper Richard Keogh facing Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane with visitors Aston Villa, while Scott Hogan was introduced from the bench on sixty five minutes as their side went down toi a two nil defeat. Paul McShane startrd with Liam Kelly a late substitute for Reading who went down to a two nil defeat at Ipswich Town. Aiden O'Brien was in the Millwall starting eleven for the two one victory over visitors Middlesbrough and their duo of Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie. Preston North End introduced Alan Browne and Kevin O'Connor from the bench as they secured a one nil victory over visitors Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens and Samir Carruthers in their starting eleven.The Sunderland trio of John O'Shea, Marc Wilson and Darron Gibson started their one nil victory over visitors Fulham.