FAI

  • The FAI will officially launch their Club Mark awards at lunchtime today.

    Mayo’s Achill Rovers is one of three clubs that have already completed the first stage of the Club Mark, and club representatives will be on hand at today’s launch at the National Sports Campus in Dublin to speak about how the award will help their club.

    Achill Rovers, Gweedore Celtic from Donegal and Waterford’s Park Rangers will be presented with their awards at the official launch.

  • Westport native Conor O'Malley has been called into the Republic of Ireland provisional squad for the friendly games against Celtic (May 20), France (May 28) and United States (June 2) by manager Martin O'Neill/

    The 23 year old Peterborough United goalkeeper O'Malley has started nine games this season for "Posh" and is one of four players to receive their first call ups alongside Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers, Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams, and Preston North End forward Callum Robinson. 

    Previously with St Patrick's Athletic, Conor was a part of a talented and successful Maynooth University team before making the move across the water. 

    According to the FAI website some players "will drop out of the squad after the Celtic game on Sunday, May 20 in Celtic Park, while others will only report into camp ahead of the trip to Paris to take on France on Monday, May 28 in Stade de France and the home game against the United States on June 2."

    Republic of Ireland Men's National Team - Provisional Squad
    Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)
    Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
    Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), 
    Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)

  • The EA SPORTS Cup First Round ties that were due to take place on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6 have now been rescheduled until later in the month due to severe weather conditions.

    The rescheduled ties will take place across Monday, March 12, Tuesday, March 13, Monday, March 19, Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27 and are listed below:

    EA SPORTS Cup - First Round
    Monday, March 12: Finn Harps v Mayo League, Finn Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 2)
    Tuesday, March 13: Wexford v Cobh Ramblers, Ferrycarrig Park, KO 20:00 (Pool 1)
    Monday, March 19: Galway United v Cockhill Celtic, Eamonn Deacy Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 2)
    Monday, March 19: St Mochta's v Drogheda United, Porterstown Road, KO 19:45 (Pool 3)
    Monday, March 26: Bohemians v Cabinteely, Dalymount Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 4)
    Monday, March 26: Bray Wanderers v Shelbourne, Carlisle Grounds, KO 19:45 (Pool 3)
    Monday, March 26: Waterford v UCC, RSC, KO 19:45 (Pool 1)
    Tuesday, March 27: Athlone Town v UCD, Athlone Town Stadium, KO 19:45 (Pool 4)

  • The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that all games scheduled to take place in the SSE Airtricity League this weekend have been postponed.

    Following a detailed monitoring process, where the FAI worked closely with all clubs, it was decided to postpone all games in the Premier and First Divisions due to current severe weather conditions and future forecasts from Met Eireann.

    Below is a list of rescheduled fixtures with kick-off times to be confirmed:

    SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
    Bray Wanderers v Waterford - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cork City v Bohemians - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Derry City v Dundalk - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Shamrock Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Cork City - Changed from Saturday, March 17 to Friday, March 16
    Limerick v Waterford - Changed from Saturday, March 31 to Friday, March 30

    SSE Airtricity League First Division
    Athlone Town v Cabinteely - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Wexford v UCD - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cobh Ramblers v Galway United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Finn Harps v Longford Town - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Shelbourne v Drogheda United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date

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    This Sunday at 2.30pm in Solar 21 Park Milebush, the Mayo under 18 footballers go in search of a historic victory in the FAI New Balance Youth Inter League Cup Final. 
    Since the competition began in 1965, Mayo have reached the final on only one previous occasion in 1989, when they were defeated by a Dublin selection.

    This year already they have overcome the Donegal Youth League, the Inishowen Youth & Schoolboys League, and the Monaghan Cavan Junior League in the group stages before seeing off Waterford & District Association Football League in the quarter finals and the Clare District League in the semi-final. 

    On Sunday, they face off against another Munster side in the shape of the formidable Cork Youth League, but with home advantage and a big home support, hopes are high that the lads can bring triumph on this huge occasion for Mayo football. 

    Ahead of the big day we sat down with the management team of Mark Togher, Joe Faughnan and Kevin Burke who told us how the team has progressed over the course of the season and we had a chat with Brendan Keegan, a member of the 1989 vintage who hopes to see this year's crop go one better this time around. Listen below now. 

  • FAI Youth Interleague Cup Final

    Cork 2-1 Mayo

  • It's yet another huge weekend across a variety of sporting codes in the region this Saturday and Sunday, and looking ahead to the major events, including a preview of the Mayo Junior championship, Michael D McAndrew and Cormac O'Malley give their take on what's ahead for the weekend. Watch the video preview here or check out the audio version below!

    Stay tuned to Midwest Radio this weekend and every weekend for the best sports coverage in the region!

     

  • 232 students from 27 schools in Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo competed in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Connacht Finals which were held in Solar21 Park, Castlebar this afternoon (May 3)

    The event saw 31,728 children participate this year. The competition has been running since the mid 1990’s, the event is more popular than ever with an impressive 1,528 schools involved in 2018.

    The competition is run across six divisions, ensuring that schools of all sizes are catered for. Boys and girls are encouraged to play together but there is a separate competition for boys and girls dependent on school enrolment numbers.

    This year saw 2 schools from both Mayo and Galway make the cut as well as qualifiers from Sligo and Roscommon. Flying the flag for Mayo in the Aviva will be the girls of Belcarra NS and St. John’s NS, Breaffy. Bawnmore NS and Oranmore NS will be the proud representatives of Galway. Alongside them representing Connacht will be our Sligo Champions, Ardkeeran NS and Roscommon Champions, Corrigeenroe NS.

    SPAR ‘A’ Cup (Small Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    Led by the impressive Owen Elding, Ardkeeran NS, Sligobattled past all challenges to book their place in the National Finals with victories against Gortletteragh NS, defending Champions Doorus NS and Lisaniskey NS. They could not defeat Straide NS however, who were not beaten on the day but drew three of their games to finish third. With victories over Gotletteragh and Lisaniskey NS, Doorus NS would ultimately claim the runners-up honours.

    Ardkeeran NS

    1

    0

    Gortletteragh

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Doorus NS

    Ardkeeran NS

    4

    0

    Lisaniskey NS

    Gortletteragh

    1

    5

    Doorus NS

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Ardkeeran NS

    Gortletteragh

    8

    1

    Lisaniskey NS

    Lisaniskey NS

    2

    4

    Straide NS

    Ardkeeran NS

    2

    1

    Doorus NS

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Gortletteragh

    Doorus NS

    3

    1

    Lisaniskey NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Ardkeeran NS

    4

    3

    1

    0

    9

    3

    6

    10

    2

    Straide NS

    4

    1

    3

    0

    10

    8

    2

    6

    3

    Doorus NS

    4

    2

    1

    1

    11

    6

    5

    7

    4

    Gortletteragh

    4

    1

    1

    2

    11

    9

    2

    4

    5

    Lisaniskey NS

    4

    0

    0

    4

    4

    19

    -15

    0

     

    SPAR ‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    The tribal roar of Bawnmore NSwill be heard at the National Finals after the Galway school qualified in an efficient manner. After a clear 4-0 victory over St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle, the now-Connacht champions would then defeat all other opposition by a single goal. Their final victory against Ballyvary Central would leave their opposition in second place, as the Mayo school defeated Gaelscoil Liatroma 6-2 and St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle 3-1 to secure the placing.

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    1

    3

    Scoil Ursula

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    2

    6

    Ballyvary Central

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    0

    4

    Bawnmore NS

    Scoil Ursula

    0

    0

    Ballyvary Central

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    9

    0

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    Scoil Ursula

    1

    2

    Bawnmore NS

    Bawnmore NS

    2

    1

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    1

    3

    Ballyvary Central

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    6

    2

    Scoil Ursula

    Ballyvary Central

    0

    1

    Bawnmore NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Bawnmore NS

    4

    4

    0

    0

    9

    2

    7

    12

    2

    Ballyvary Central

    4

    2

    1

    1

    9

    4

    5

    7

    3

    Scoil Ursula

    4

    1

    1

    2

    6

    9

    -3

    4

    4

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    4

    2

    0

    2

    18

    10

    8

    6

    5

    St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle

    4

    0

    0

    4

    2

    19

    -17

    0

     

    SPAR ‘C’ Cup (Large Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    The boys of Oranmore NS will raise the Galway banner as they enter the Aviva Stadium as Connacht Champions. Three games resulted in maximum points for the winners, with victories against their own ‘B’ team and the talented sides of Claremorris BNS and St. Patrick’s, Castlebar. Claremorris BNS would fill the place as runners-up as their 3-1 victory over St. Patrick’s and exciting 4-3 success against Oranmore NS ‘B’ left them clear on points.

    Oranmore A

    3

    0

    Oranmore B

    Claremorris BNS

    3

    1

    St. Pats Castlebar

    St. Pats Castlebar

    6

    5

    Oranmore B

    Claremorris BNS

    0

    2

    Oranmore A

    Claremorris BNS

    4

    3

    Oranmore B

    Oranmore A

    5

    1

    St. Pats Castlebar

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Oranmore A

    3

    3

    0

    0

    10

    1

    9

    9

    2

    Claremorris BNS

    3

    2

    0

    1

    7

    6

    1

    6

    3

    St. Pat’s, Castlebar

    3

    1

    0

    2

    8

    13

    -5

    3

    4

    Oranmore B

    3

    0

    0

    3

    8

    13

    -5

    0

     

    SPAR Girls ‘A’ Cup (Small Schools, girls only)

    There will be flags of yellow and blue flying in the Aviva Stadium as Corrigeenroe NSof Roscommon blitzed their group to claim Provincial honours. Their toughest challenge presented itself at the first obstacle as Scoil Realt Na Mara were reluctant to give them an easy three points and a single goal would separate them at the final whistle. Following the opener, the Roscommon side found proceedings much easier with a 3-1 victory over Meelickmore before heavy victories over Killinmumery NS and Woodford NS. Scoil Realt Na Mara took second place with an important victory over Woodford NS before victory over Killinmumery NS sealed their faith.

    Meelickmore

    0

    2

    Woodford NS

    Corrigeenroe NS

    1

    0

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Meelickmore

    0

    0

    Killinmumery NS

    Woodford NS

    1

    2

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Corrigeenroe NS

    3

    1

    Meelickmore

    Woodford NS

    0

    0

    Killinmumery NS

    Killinmumery NS

    0

    5

    Corrigeenroe NS

    Meelickmore

    1

    1

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Corrigeenroe NS

    6

    0

    Woodford NS

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    2

    1

    Killinmumery NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Corrigeenroe NS

    4

    4

    0

    0

    15

    1

    14

    12

    2

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    4

    2

    1

    1

    5

    4

    1

    7

    3

    Woodford NS

    4

    1

    1

    2

    3

    8

    -5

    4

    4

    Meelickmore

    4

    0

    2

    2

    2

    6

    -4

    2

    5

    Killinmumery NS

    4

    0

    2

    2

    1

    7

    -6

    2

     

    SPAR Girls ‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools, girls only)

    They were so keen to play that Belcarra NSof Mayo arrived in Solar21 Park on Wednesday morning for Thursday’s event. Their eagerness still remained when they returned on the actual day and were undefeated in their four games. The day began with a 2-1 victory against Carrigallen NS before following up 3-1 against Cornafulla NS. Their biggest test came against Rathcormac NS but they successfully navigated through with a 2-0 result to win the Cup. Rathcormac NS would finish as runners-up as they defeated all but the Champions.

    Carrigallen NS

    1

    2

    Belcarra

    Carnmore

    2

    0

    Cornafulla NS

    Carrigallen NS

    3

    4

    Rathcormac NS

    Belcarra

    3

    1

    Cornafulla NS

    Carnmore

    2

    2

    Carrigallen NS

    Belcarra

    2

    0

    Rathcormac NS

    Rathcormac NS

    1

    0

    Carnmore

    Carrigallen NS

    2

    2

    Cornafulla NS

    Carnmore

    0

    0

    Belcarra

    Cornafulla NS

    0

    2

    Rathcormac NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Belcarra

    4

    3

    1

    0

    7

    2

    5

    10

    2

    Rathcormac NS

    4

    3

    0

    1

    7

    5

    2

    9

    3

    Carnmore

    4

    1

    2

    1

    4

    3

    1

    5

    4

    Carrigallen NS

    4

    0

    2

    2

    8

    10

    -2

    2

    5

    Cornafulla NS

    4

    0

    1

    3

    3

    9

    -6

    1

     

    SPAR Girls ‘C’ Cup (Large Schools, girls only)

    There was excitement, there was nerves and the teachers had their maths put to the test as Scoil Íde, defending Champions Scoil Róis and St. John’s NS, Breaffyall finished on nine points with the Mayo goals having the goals in their favour as they were declared Champions based solely on goal difference. With +10 on their record, they leapt above Scoil Íde on +8 and Scoil Rois on +7. It did not seem a likely result at the start of the day as the Galway girls of Scoil Róis defeated the eventual winners 3-1. St. John’s NS would pick their performance up from there on in and pick up points against Scoil íde and Scoil Ursula of Sligo before a tournament-winning performance against St. Angela’s as they won 8-1 and gave a huge boost to their goal difference.

    Scoil Róis

    3

    1

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    St. Angela’s

    0

    6

    Scoil Ide

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    4

    1

    Scoil Ursula

    Scoil Ide

    1

    0

    Scoil Róis

    Scoil Ursula

    2

    0

    St. Angela’s

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    3

    1

    Scoil Ide

    Scoil Ursula

    0

    4

    Scoil Róis

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    8

    1

    St. Angela’s

    Scoil Ide

    4

    1

    Scoil Ursula

    Scoil Róis

    2

    0

    St. Angela’s

     

     

     

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    W

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    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    4

    3

    0

    1

    16

    6

    10

    9

    2

    Scoil Ide

    4

    3

    0

    1

    12

    4

    8

    9

    3

    Scoil Róis

    4

    3

    0

    1

    9

    2

    7

    9

    4

    Scoil Ursula

    4

    1

    0

    3

    4

    12

    -8

    3

    5

    St. Angela’s

    4

    0

    0

    4

    1

    18

    -17

    0

     

    The six Provincial finalists will now travel to Dublin for the National Finals which will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 30 (KO 11.30am). We would urge all participating schools to take the day off and travel to the Dublin finale to support their school in what should prove to be a phenomenal day for all involved, players and spectators alike. 

     

    It promises to be a fantastic fun filled family day with a “Player of the Tournament” accolade for each section, goodie bags and medals for ALL 192 participants as they’re all winners on the day!

     

    Spectators will be entertained with a super day of action as well as face painting, samba drummers, a well-known DJ to play some great tunes to gear us up for the games and a chance for one special supporter to win an epic prize in the Young Sports Journalist competition. You’ll have to stay tuned on the day to see who will be crowned 2018 Champions.

     

    Cheer on the schools from your classroom or office chair if you can’t make the trip to Dublin and follow the progress on the FAI Schools Facebook and Twitter pages (@faischools)

     

    Summary of our winners and runners up

     

    Group                                                                   Winner                                                 Runner Up

    SPAR ‘A’ Cup (small schools)                  Ardkeeran NS, Sligo                             Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Doorus, Galway

    SPAR ‘B’ Cup (medium schools)            Bawnmore NS, Galway                      Ballyvary Central, Mayo

    SPAR ‘C’ Cup (large schools)                  Oranmore NS, Galway                         Claremorris BNS, Mayo

    SPAR Girls ‘A’ Cup (small schools)        Corrigeenroe NS, Roscommon        Scoil Realt na Mara, Sligo

    SPAR Girls ‘B’ Cup (medium schools)   Belcarra NS, Mayo                                Rathcormac NS, Sligo

    SPAR Girls ‘C’ Cup (large schools)         St. John’s NS, Breaffy, Mayo            Scoil Ide, Galway

     

    Follow the action on social media via #SPAR5sor at www.faischools.ie and www.spar.ie

    SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme

    PROVINCIAL

    Ulster Final:                        May 2                    John Sherlock Park, Cootehill Harps FC, Co. Cavan
    Connacht Final:                 May 3                    Solar21 Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
    Munster Final:                   May 8+9               Mounthawk Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
    Leinster Final:                    May 10                  MDL Grounds, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath

    NATIONAL
    National Final:                    May 30                 Aviva Stadium, Dublin

  • The first-year girls at Sacred Heart Schools Westport are national champions, after winning the Bank of Ireland FAI Girls 1st year cup yesterday, defeating Loreto College of Kilkenny by 4-3 following a dramtic penalty shootout.

    16 of the Sacred Heart School’s squad of 17 are members of Westport United.

    A warm welcome home was extended to the champions on their arrival back in Westport last night, including the traditional lap around the town.

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    The 2018 SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a dramatic National Finals in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

    2018’s competition saw 31,728 children take part, with 1,528 schools competing from all around the country. The competition, which is being sponsored for the fourth year by SPAR, saw 13 counties represented in the National Finals on Wednesday.

    There has been a 65% increase in participation since 2015, and this year’s competition saw 3,965 teams whittled down through the final 24.

    Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said; “This has been our fourth year involved in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme and we’re delighted to see the programme has gone from strength to strength and cumulated in a fantastic festival of football in the Aviva Stadium. 

    “SPAR are very proud supporters and this is evident by the number of SPAR local retailers who have attended and supported schools at all stages of the programme from county blitzes all the way to the National Finals. 

    “Encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle is very important to SPAR and having over 30,000 children enjoying the fitness and social benefits of exercise is very satisfying for us. Finally, huge congratulations to all the schools who competed in the National Finals and thank you to all the family, friends and supporters for making the day so special.”

    Seán Carr, FAI Schools Chairman added; “The competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years thanks to the assistance of our sponsors, SPAR. There was an additional 3,000 participants involved this season, taking our total to nearly 32,000 boys and girls. 

    The nationwide spread of schools who are choosing to take part, and the increase in female participation, which now stands at over 40% is particularly pleasing. The finals day is a memory that the these players will cherish forever.”

    Latnamard NS were victorious in the ‘A’ Cup. The Monaghan school finished unbeaten. They defeated Trafrask NS and Clonlisk NS before drawing their final match against Ardkeeran NS.

    It was a double for Ulster schools in the “A’ competitions, as Donegal’s St. Brigid’s NS won the girls section. On four points after two games, the Inishowen school defeated Corrigeenroe’s St. Teresa’s NS in their final game to pip the Roscommon school by a point.

    The ‘B’ Cup was the closest competition that took place on the day. Three of the four teams ended on six points, with Dublin’s Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain winning the title on goal difference ahead of Cork’s Scoil Iosagain and Donegal’s St. Oran’s NS.

    Cork’s Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS were the only school to win three games from three on the day without conceding any goals, as the were victorious in the Girls ‘B’ Competition. The Munster champions defeated Belcarra NS, Scoil Chroine and Rathoe NS.

    Raheny’s Scoil Assaim won the ‘C’ Competition, winning all three of their games. The Dublin school defeated Scoil Iosagain, Scoil Iosaif Naofa and Glasheen BNS to win their competition.

    Buncrana’s Scoil Iosagain were victorious in the Girls ‘C’ Competition. The only school that had two teams competing the in the National Finals won three from three to claim the title.

    Every player that competed were presented with their medals by SPAR Ambassadors Keith Andrews and Megan Campbell.

    SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme National Finals Results
    ‘A’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Latnamard NS, Monaghan              
    Runner Up: Trafrask NS, Beara, Cork
    Third: Clonisk NS, Offaly          
    Fourth:  Ardkeeran NS, Riverstown, Sligo            
    Player of the Tournament: Thomas Brady (Latnamard NS)

    Girls ‘A’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: St. Brigid’s NS, Glenmakee, Inishowen, Donegal         
    Runner Up:  St. Teresa’s NS, Corrigeenroe, Roscommon     
    Third: Crusheen NS, Clare
    Fourth: St. Fintan’s NS, Mayglass, Wexford
    Player of the Tournament: Ellie Long (St. Brigid’s NS)

    ‘B’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain, Baile Atha Cliath
    Runner Up: Scoil Iosagain, Aghada, Cork
    Third: St. Oran’s NS, Cockhill, Inishowen, Donegal
    Fourth: Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire, Bawnmore, Galway
    Player of the Tournament: Tomas O Muireagain (Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain)

    Girls ‘B’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS, Cork          
    Runner Up: Belcarra NS, Mayo
    Third: Scoil Chroine, Dungloe, Donegal  
    Fourth: Rathoe NS, Carlow
    Player of the Tournament: Ellie O’Brien (Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS)

    ‘C’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Scoil Assaim, Raheny, Dublin
    Runner Up: Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Oranmore, Galway   
    Third: Glasheen BNS, Cork   
    Fourth: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal           
    Player of the Tournament: James Byrne (Scoil Assaim)

    Girls ‘C’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal
    Runner Up: Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS, Johnstown, Dublin
    Third: St. John’s NS, Breaffy, Mayo
    Fourth: St. John the Baptist GNS, Cashel, Tipperary
    Player of the Tournament: Jodie Loughrey (Scoil Iosagain)

  • The Republic of Ireland u15 girls Schools select retained the John Read Trophy following a comprehensive display against hosts England in Stafford Town FC at the weekend.

     

    Its two wins on the bounce for Berkeley’s side as they overcame Northern Ireland 2-1 last month in his debut as Head Coach of the U15 Girls’ Republic of Ireland select taking over from Lorraine Counihan.

     

    The Irish were impressive from the outset and produced several clear cut chances early on but it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Presentation SS, Kilkenny scholar Ellen Molloy headed home to break the deadlock.

     

    Molloy added a second on the hour mark to give the visitors some breathing space in a physically demanding encounter.

     

    The icing on the cake came two minutes from time when substitute Erin McLaughlin of Carndonagh CS came off the bench to convert the Republic of Ireland’s third of the day.

     

    The Irish side have plenty of local interest with Kate O’Dowd from St. Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen and Emer O’Neill from St. Louis Community School both featuring.

     

    Claregalway College had Shauna Brennan and Kate Slevin both involved.

     

    Therese Kinnevey from Oughterard also started in the defence for the Republic.

  • HEAD COACH Richard BERKELEY has named his final squad for this season’s International series which will see the U15 Girls’ face Northern Ireland and England in two friendly games before heading to Belfast to compete in the prestigious Bob Docherty Cup.

    The final selection stems from months of assessment days and monitoring of players since the conclusion of the annual Interprovincial Tournament last November. The three day event saw 68 of the best player’s line out for their Province. This was the first step in a comprehensive review period for the management team which saw in effect of over 40 players screened.

    As well as the on the pitch activity, Berkeley has concentrated his efforts on performance analysis, team building, communications and team dynamic. The Republic of Ireland’s extended panel featured in a friendly last weekend against the U17 Western Region Development squad and performed exceptionally well. A hat-trick of goals were created in this lively affair which will definitely instill a new found confidence when they take on their opposition in a fortnight’s time | All three goals can be viewed on https://www.facebook.com/faischools/  |

    Berkeley who teaches in Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh has a wealth of talent at his disposal this season with FOUR players returning to the fore in 2018.  The experienced St. Paul’s Secondary School scholar Anna FAHEY of Oughterard will be an immeasurable addition to this squad and has the striking boots on all season for the Schools select. She has footballing credentials as she follows in her Aunt Niamh’s footsteps. Fahey will be joined by Connacht colleague Muireann DEVANEY who hails from Manorhamilton. The youngster attends St. Clare’s Comprehensive School in the town and will be another hot-shot going forward. The classy and modest Aoibheann CLANCY helped her School, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles into this year’s Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final and her ability on the ball is immense.  The quartet of returnees will also include Kate O’DOWD. The St. Nathy’s College student was given the honour of leading her team out last week in Castlebar and the Ballaghaderreen native relished the occasion with a starring role. The quartet will play a pivotal role in the success of this venture having shown enormous resolve and composure last season for such youngster. The experienced gained over the past twelve months should stand them in good stead.      

    Although Carndonagh Community College pupil Erin McLAUGHLINnarrowly missed out on selection last year, her hard work has finally been rewarded with a place in the squad in 2018. The Ulster gem has been exceptional for her School this season with appearances in the Junior & Senior Ulster Cup campaign in recent times. However Moville Community College starlet Kerry BROWN has had the bragging rights with some of those local derbies. The Donegal duo are certain to impress with their recent run of form which was phenomenal last Saturday in Castlebar.

    Indeed Brown who makes the cut, is a cousin of former Schools’ International Roma McLaughlin so she should have a certain degree of pedigree in her armour. Interestingly, Kerry will come face to face with Aoibheann Clancy when the two schools meet in this year’s Senior Cup decider in Home Farm later this month! Roma who also attended the Moville educational institute in her academic career has appeared in two such heavy weight contests. McLaughlin lost out to Christ the King Girls’ SS, Cork in the 2012 Cup outing but secured the title the following year against the same opponents. Can Brown & Co. replicate such a success story on February 21 or will Thurles turn on the style and claim their second Senior title in three years? For now, both Brown and Clancy are content on concentrating on their International stardom.

    Galway native’s Theresa KINNEVEY also of St. Paul’s SS, Oughterard will be joined by Claregalway College (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) gruesome twosome Kate SLEVIN and Shauna BRENNAN.The Galway girls are named alongside Kiltimagh’s Emer O’NEILL who is flying the flag for St. Louis Community School, Mayo. These four dynamos were instrumental in Connacht securing the Interprovincial title last November following a 25 year hiatus.

    Goalkeeper Rugile ASKAINTYE has had limited playing time since picking up a knock at Christmas but the St. Mary’s Holy Faith, Glasnevin powerhouse will be returning from injury to get some much needed game time under her belt before the International clash in Belfast. Kilkenny’s Ellen MOLLOY will be one to note for future. The Presentation Secondary School teenager is savouring her International experience at the moment as is Donnybrook’s Abbie CLARKE who hails from Muckross Park College. Her Leinster sidekicks Jessica STAPLETON (Palmerstown Community School) and Della DOHERTY (Coláiste Íosagain, Portarlington) were cleaning up on the POTM accolades at the Interpro series last year. The pair will be hoping to continue this formidable partnership in the Bob Docherty Cup campaign.  

    Munster’s mighty trio will see Leah HAYES COEN in the mix. The netminder is at school in Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West while Aoife HORGAN resides in Ballybunion and attends St. Joseph’s Secondary School. Emma O’DONOGHUE of Coláiste Muire, Ennis will be delighted with her efforts this season. All three had an exceptional display for their Province in the AUL over the three day contest and they’ll delight in the opportunity of another big performance in the same venue when they host a Northern Ireland select.  In fact Horgan picked up a POTM accolade herself in the final day of Interpro proceedings.

    MANAGEMENT STAFF

    With the departure of long-serving Head Coach Lorraine Counihan (Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant) and associate Maureen O’Donnell (Deele College, Raphoe), Berkeley has drafted in the services of the experienced trouper Karen DEANS of St. Ultan’s Navan and Mulroy College stalwart Karen HENRY. Dave ROONEY will maintain his position as Goalkeeping Coach while Football Facilitator in IT Sligo Emma MULLIN will assume the role of Performance Analysis.

    The Republic of Ireland will welcome Alfie Wylie’s side to the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh on Saturday, February 17. The two teams met twelve months previous with the Republic coming through that test with slight ease.

    Although Erin McLaughlin didn’t make the cut last season, the young Carndonagh Community School scholar was in the extended squad that afternoon. The Donegal livewire didn’t let the big stage faze her as she netted a superb goal on her debut. Also on the score-sheet that afternoon was Oughterard’s Anna Fahey who secured a brace as well as Thurles tornado Aoibheann Clancy assisting Jessica Ziu to slot home. An obviously bigger test will await the Schools select in a fortnight’s time and one that Berkeley will hope will be more beneficial as he studies the capabilities of his players.

    Following this, the U15 Girls will be invited to take on Sharon Boyle’s U16 contingency in a closed session in early March before departing a week later for Stafford as they take on England in the annual John Read Cup. Lorraine Counihan’s charges defeated the English in a surprise tale in 2017 to claim the title for the first time in the competition’s short history. In fact, Aoibheann Clancy picked up the POTM award that afternoon following a dazzling performance. Can the travelling Irish retain the title or will England avenge last year’s surprise defeat. All to play for on March 10.

    With the final preparations then complete, the focus will shift to the International stage as Berkeley’s squad make the short trip to Belfast. The Welsh Dragons won the event in 2017 and were in remarkable form which has carried through to this season so they’re still the hot favourities. The strength and depth of that panel can’t be underestimated as the draw for the tournament has yet to be finalized. Berkeley will be hoping to avoid them in the group stages.   The three day tournament will commence on Saturday, March 24.

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | Theresa Kinnevey& Anna Fahey (St. Paul’s Secondary School, Ougherard), Kate Slevin& Shauna Brennan (Claregalway College/Coláiste Bhaile Chláir), Kate O’Dowd (St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen), Emer O’Neill (St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh), Muireann Devaney (St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton), Ellen Molloy (Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny), Abbie Clarke (Muckross Park College, Donnybrook), Della Doherty (Coláiste Iosagain, Portarlington), Leah Hayes Coen (Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastlewest), Aoife Horgan (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion), Emma O’Donoghue (Coláiste Muire, Ennis), Aoibheann Clancy (Presentation Secondary School, Thurles), Kerry Brown (Moville Community College), Erin McLaughlin (Carndonagh Community School), Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School), Rugile AskaInyte (St. Mary’s Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin)

    MANAGEMENT | Head CoachRichard Berkeley (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh) Coach Karen Byrne (St. Ultan’s, Navan) GK CoachDave Rooney, Performance AnalystEmma Mullin (IT Sligo),  Kit Person Karen Henry (Mulroy College, Milford), PhysioAoife Burke.

     

    U15 Girls’ International Schedule

     

    U15 Girl’s International Friendly

    Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland

    AUL Complex, Clonshaugh

    Saturday, February 17, KO 12 noon

    Training Camp

    U15 Schools v U16 FAI (closed session)

    Early March

     

    John Read Cup | U15 Girls’ International Friendly

    England vs Republic of Ireland

    Strafford Town FC

    Saturday, March 10, KO 3pm

     

    Bob Docherty Cup | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Saturday, March 24, to Monday, March 26