U21s open 2019 European Qualifying against Kosova...25/03/2017
Ireland open their qualifying campaign in the 2019 European Championship against newcomers Kosova in Tallaght Stadium at 1pm this Saturday afternoon. The visitors, playing their first ever competitive fixture, are something of an unknown quantity.
U19s continue Elite Stage challenge against Sweden...25/03/2017
Following their opening victory over Italy, our U19 side continue their Elite Stage challenge in the 2017 European Championships against Sweden in Beveren, Belgium at 1pm (Irish time) on Saturday afternoon.
Airtricity League programme set for Saturday...25/03/2017
The RTE 2 cameras will bring live Airtricity League Premier Division action from Turner's Cross at 3pm on Saturday afternoon when current leaders Cork City play host to defending champions Dundalk. Also set for action are Bray Wanderers and Limerick who meet in the Carlisle Grounds at 7.30pm while Drogheda United play host to Bohemian in United Park at 5.30pm. In the North West, Finn Harps entertain Sligo rovers in Finn Park at 7.45pm and Richmond Park will host the meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers at 5pm.
Ireland garner valuable point in frightened display...24/03/2017
Ireland emerged with a valuable World Cup qualifying point from a frightened performance against Wales in the Aviva Stadium this Friday evening. The evening was marred however, by the serious injury suffered by Seamus Coleman on seventy two minutes which resulted in Welsh defender Taylor being dismissed. Having been outclassed during the first seventy minutes by their superior footballing opponents, Ireland, with the extra man, did launch a more robust finale but were unable to find the finishing touch and the match ended scoreless. While the point is hugely valuable and the defensive display admirable, the paucity of any quality football is deeply disappointing. As ever, the players can not be faulted for physical effort with James McClean giving a hugely committed performance, but the football attempted by Ireland was more agricultural than adroit.
Starting eleven for tonight's World Cup qualifier...24/03/2017
Manager Martin O'Neill has selected tihe following starting eleven for this evening's World Cup qualifier against Wales in the Avivva Stadium:- D Randolph;S Coleman (C), J O'Shea, R Keogh, S Ward; J Hendrick, J McCarthy, G Whelan, J McClean; J Walters, S Long. Seconds before the teams entered the arena, James McCarthy pulled up with a rercurrence of his hamstring injury and was replaced by David Meyler.
Group D set for 2018 World Cup Qualifying action...24/03/2017
The opening series five contest in World Cup qualifying Group D kicked-off at 5pm (Irish time) in Tbilisi when hosts Georgia went down to a three one defeat by Serbia. We kick-off at 7.45pm against Wales in the Aviva Stadium while at the same time Austria entertain Moldova in Vienna.
U19s open Elite Stage challenge with victory...23/03/2017
Our U19 side opened their Elite Stage challenge at the 2017 European Championships in Hamme, Belgium this Thursday afternoon with a sparkling two nil victory over Italy. Goals from Conor Levingston on thirty four minutes and Ronan Hale after seventy one minutes set the seal on a merited victory. Hosts Belgium came from behind to defeat Sweden by two goals to one in Beveren earlier this afternoon. Ireland next face Sweden in Beveren at 1pm on Saturday afternoon.
Full compliment in Thursday morning training...23/03/2017
The full suviving compliment of twenty six players took part in training at Abbotstown this Thursday morning. While second guessing Martin O'Neill is a thankless task, it begins to look as if James McCarthy may well be in line to start tomorrow evening's crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales.
U19s face daunting European Elite Stage challenge...23/03/2017
Our U19 side, with Head Coach Tom Mohan at the helm, contest the Elite Stage of the 2017 European Championships in Belgium this week. Ireland commence their challenge against Italy at 6pm (Irish time) on Thursday evening in the FC VW Hamme Stadium. Hosts Belgium face Sweden in Beveren earlier that afternoon. Note the irony that this Group Seven composition replicates that of our senior side at last year's European Championship Finals in France.
All surviving twenty five train this morning...22/03/2017
All twenty five players eligible to face Wales on Friday, together with the suspended Robbie Brady, took part in training at Abbotstown this morning. While a smiling James McCarthy participated, it would still seem quite a gamble to include the hamstring victim in the starting eleven.
Daryl Murphy is latest senior squad casualty...21/03/2017
Daryl Murphy has become the eight player ruled out of contention through injury for Friday night's crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales. Serious doubts still surround hamstring victim James McCarthy while Seamus Coleman and Jonny Hayes both missed training again this morning with ankle knocks and were joined on the sidelines by Shane Long.
Death of Ryan McBride - matches postponed...20/03/2017
Following the shock death of twenty seven year old Derry City captain Ryan McBride, the FAI has announced that all of the EA Sports Cup matches scheduled for Tuesday night have been postponed. The Premier Division contest between Derry City and Limerick also set for tomorrow evening has of course been postponed as has Derry City's match scheduled for next Saturday afternoon at Galway United.
Ireland U17s complete Elite Stage campaign...20/03/2017
Having already qualified for the Championship finals in Croatia, our Under 17 side completed their Group Eight campaign at the Elite Stage of the 2017 European Championship with a two nil victory over mini-tournament hosts Cyprus in Paphos early this Monday afternoon. Goals in added time at the end of each half from Brighton & Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly secured the deserved victory. Head Coach Colin O'Brien, his support staff and players now look forward to the European Championship Finals to be hosted by Croatia between the 3rd and the 19th May 2017.
Senior squad reduced to twenty seven...20/03/2017
With seven players ruled out through injury (Rob Elliot, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Harry Arter, Wes Hoolihan, Liam Kelly, David McGoldrick), manager Martin O'Neill has cut five further players (Matt Doherty, Darron Gibson, Stephen Gleeson, Anthony Pilkington, Adam Rooney) from his provisional international squad, reducing the numbers to twenty seven. Injury doubts still surround James McCarthy (hamstring) and Daryl Murphy (calf) while Robbie Brady is of course suspended for the Wales match. Seamus Coleman and Jonny Hayes both missed training this morning with ankle knocks wnich are not considered to be too serious.
Triple International Awards success for Robbie Brady ...19/03/2017
Robbie Brady was tonight named, Senior International Player of the Year, Young International Player of the Year and scorer of the International Goal of the Year (Italy EURO 2016) at the awards ceremony hosted by RTE. Brady, ruled out of Friday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales through suspension, becomes the first ever triple award winner. The U21 award went to Callum O'Dowda with Daryl Horgan receiving the Airtricity League award. Karen Duggan was named Senior Women's Player of the Year and Robbie Keane was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
U17 Women qualify for European Championship Finals...18/03/2017
Heather Payne scored an early goal to give our Under 17 Women victory over Hungary in the deciding Group Four contest at the Elite Stage of the 2017 European Championship in the Gradski Zemum Stadium, Belgrade early this Saturday afternoon. The victory sends Ireland through to the European Championship Finals, to be hosted by the Czech Republic between the 2nd and 14th May 2017.
Ireland U17s qualify for European Championship Finals...17/03/2017
Our Under 17 side continued their Group Eight challenge at the Elite Stage of the 2017 European Championship when Glen McAuley scored the only goal to defeat fellow opening day victors, Slovakia, in Paphos this Friday afternoon. The other Group Eight contest between hosts Cyprus and the Faroe Islands ended scoreless which means that after just two matches, Ireland qualify for the Finals to be hosted by Croatia between the 3rd and 19th May 2017. We will complete our Elite Phase commitments against hosts Cyprus in Paphos at noon (Irish time) on Monday.