Summer 2017 Irish Releases and Transfers
The UK transfer window will officially commence on Monday the 3rd July 2017 and is set to conclude at 11pm on Thursday the 31st August 2017. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. An interesting fact is the signing of five Irish players, Stephen Dawson, Joe Murphy, Eoghan O'Connell, Jay O'Shea and Callum Reilly by League One side Bury, who are managed by Lee Clark.
Irish set for Thursday evening Europa League action...28/06/2017
The first qualifying round first legs of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League take place on Thursday with Cork City first into action as they kick-off against Levadia Tallinn in Estonia at 3.30pm (Irish time). Derry City are set to kick-off at 6pm (Irish time) against Midtjylland in Denmark while 7.15pm (Irish time) is the scheduled kick-off time for the meeting of St Jarnan and Shamrock Rovers in Iceland.
Airtricity League continues on Friday evening...28/06/2017
With our representatives in Europa League action this week, there are just three Airtricity League Premier Division contests set for Friday evening. Top of the bill is the Carlisle Grounds meeting of third place Bray Wanderers and second place Dundalk while the contest between Drogheda United and Limerick and the meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and Galway United take an altogether different hue, with possible relegation the penalty of failure.
Airtricity League action on Monday evening...26/06/2017
Because of their UEFA Champions League involvement, Dundalk brought forward their Airtricity League Premier Division contest against Galway United to this Monday evening and secured three points with a comfortable two nil victory in Oriel Park, to consolidate their second place position, albeit fifteen points behind runaway leaders Cork City.
Airtricity League contests on Friday evening...23/06/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with runaway leaders Cork City making the lengthy journey to Maginn Park where they came from behind to defeat hosts Derry City by two goals to one. Second place Dundalk crushed Finn Harps by four goals to nil in Oriel Park while third place Bray Wanderers secured a two one success over Galway United in Eamonn Deacy Park. In the Capital, Bohemian defeated Sligo Rovers by two goals to nil in Dalymount Park while on the south side of the city, Shamrock Rovers overcame Drogheda United by four goals to one in Tallaght Stadium.
Europa League draws for Airtricity League sides...19/06/2017
The draws for the first and second qualifying rounds of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League were made in Nyon today and see Cork City, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers drawn to face Levadia Tallinn (Estonia), Midtjylland (Denmark) and Stjarnan (Iceland) in the first round. The first legs are set for 29 June 2017 with the second legs scheduled for 6 July 2017, with all three Irish sides drawn away in the first leg. In the event of their progress their second round opponents will be:- Cork City - AEK Larnaca (Cyprus)/ Lincoln FC (Gibraltar), Derry City - Ferencvaros (Hungary)/ FK Jelgava (Latvia), Shamrock Rovers - FK Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic).
Dundalk to face Rosenborg BK in Champions League...19/06/2017
Airtricity League champions Dundalk have been drawn to face Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK in the second qualifying round of the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League. The first leg is set for 11/12 July 2017 with the second leg scheduled for 18/19 July 2017. Northern Ireland champions Linfield will meet La Fiorita of San Marino in the first qualifying round with the winners facing Scottisn champions Glasgow Celtic in round two.
Airtricity League resumes on Friday evening...16/06/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division resumed following the mid-season break on Friday evening with eirsport bringing live coverage of the Munster Derby meeting of runaway leaders Cork City and Limerick from Turner's Cross where the hosts secured a four one victory. Second place Dundalk crushed Louth rivals Drogheda United by six goals to nil in United Park while Derry City went down to a three two defeat at Bray Wanderers. Richmond Park hosted the meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemian which saw the 'Gypsies' come from behind to secure a three one victory while Finn Harps went down to the only goal from visitors Shamrock Rovers.
Ireland garner valuable point in World cup qualifier...11/06/2017
Jonathan Walters secured a valuable World Cup qualifying point for Ireland with an eighty fifth minutes equaliser against Austria in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon. A lack lustre opening half from Ireland was compounded by a well taken goal from Hinteregger on thirty one minutes. Ireland appeared to be frozen by the occasion, launching long, frequently aimless, balls in the general direction of Jon Walters who was marshalled by three defenders. The second half brought some improvement with an effort to bring a more constructive shape to proceedings. Seventeen perceived attempts on goal, with just one on target - the goal - tells it's own tale with Austria not being any better, forcing Darren Randolph into just one save of note. That save proved crucial as just one minute later. 'man of the match' Walters battled his way to a long Brady punt and delivered a clinical finish. This was disappointing fare but the point could yet prove crucial in our campaign to reach the finals in Russia next year. Randolph made that crucial save, Cyrus Christie and newcomer Kevin Long performed reasonably well while Glenn Whelan was his studious midfield presence with James McClean offering occasional glimpses, together with the peerless Jonathan Walters.
Starting eleven for Austria qualifier this afternoon...11/06/2017
Manager Martin O'Neill has named his Republic of Ireland starting eleven for this afternoon's World Cup qualifier against Austria in the Aviva Stadium:- Darren Randolph; Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward; Glenn Whelan (c), Harry Arter; Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean; Jon Walters.
Ireland squad reduced to twenty four ...09/06/2017
The Ireland senior international squad has been reduced to twenty four, following the release of defenders Andy Boyle and John Egan together with midfielder Alan Browne. The injury concerns surrounding Jon Walters have abated with the Stoke City man taking a full part in training today.
Senior Women held by Iceland on Thursday evening...08/06/2017
Head Coach Colin Bell saw his Republic of Ireland senior women play out a scoreless draw with Iceland in this evening's friendly international played at Tallaght Stadium. The match was a preparatory step on the road to the 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign which kicks-off with a trip to face Northern Ireland on Tuesday 19th September 2017.
Ireland impress in victory over Uruguay...04/06/2017
Ireland provided quite an impressive performance in this evening's friendly international against Uruguay, securing a three one success in the Aviva Stadium. A fine opening goal from captain Jon Walters, who really should have had a second just before the break, a somewhat fortuitious second from Cyrus Christie, six minutes into the second half and a splendid third from substitute James McClean on seventy six minutes set the seal on victory. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph had a shaky first half being culpable for the visitors goal and was replaced by Keiren Westwood for the second half. The manager has an interesting decision to make for next Sunday's crucial World Cup Qualifier against Austria. The centre back pairing for next weekend also provides food for thought. John O'Shea was the sole senior player not to receive match time today while Colin Doyle and Andy Boyle, who travelled to the USA last week, did not see any match time in either contest. Harry Arter was named 'man of the match' and would seem to have secured a starting role next weekend.
Starting eleven for Uruguay contest this evening...04/06/2017
Manager Martin O'Neill has named his Republic of Ireland starting eleven for this evening's friendly international against Uruguay in the Aviva Stadium:- Darren Randolph; Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward; Jeff Hendrick, Glenn Whelan, Harry Arter; Jonny Hayes, Jon Walters (C), Robbie Brady.
Ten senior players added to squad...02/06/2017
Manager Martin O'Neill has added ten senior players to the squad for the upcoming contests with Uruguay and Austria. Keiren Westwood, John O'Shea, Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Glenn Whelan, Harry Arter, Aiden McGeady, Jonny Hayes and Jon Walters have reported in to Dublin to join eighteen of those who travelled to the USA with Stephen Gleeson not remaining. Seven players named in the initial squad have been excluded with injury ruling out Matt Doherty. Also excluded are Rob Elliot, Paul McShane, Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson, Kevin Doyle and Adam Rooney. Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn, who has missed much of the season through injury, is also set to link up with the squad in a training capacity.