Soccer

  • 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.

  • Galway United Football Club have  announced the appointment of Alan Murphy as first team manager.

    The Ballinrobe native has signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The 36-year-old has been in charge of United's under-17 team over the last two seasons and will remain in that role whilst carrying out his duties with the first team.

    Alan Murphy became Galway United’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season when he scored his 75th league goal for the club against Cobh Ramblers.

  • Women's FAI Intermediate Shield Last 16

    Castlebar Town 1-0 Bonagee Utd (Donegal)

  • 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)

  • FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2018—Round 2

    Partry Athletic

    11  v  0

    Ballyvary Blue Bombers

     

    Ballyglass

    0  v  1

    Kiltimagh Knock Utd

     

    Glenhest Rovers

    1  v  3

    Conn Rangers

     

    Ballyheane

    2  v  7

    Claremorris

     

    Snugboro Utd

    0  v  2

    Westport Utd

     

    Iorras Aontaithe

    1  v  0

    Swinford

     

    Achill Rovers

    2  v  5

    Straide & Foxford Utd

     

    Ballina Town

    4  v  5

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    Castlebar Celtic

     

    Manulla

    3  v  1

    Fahy Rovers

     

    Ballina Utd

    0  v  11

    Crossmolina

     

    Byes to Round 3-----Killala, Hollister

  • Former Westport Utd player Conor O’Malley has been included in the final Republic of Ireland Senior squad for the matches against France on Monday night in Saint-Denis and USA on Saturday 2nd June in the Aviva Stadium. Conor has just reported to the Republic of Ireland team base in Dublin where he will meet up with the rest of the squad prior to the two international matches.

    Westport United has congratulated Conor on making the final squad and wishes him the best of luck.

     

  • Galway United FC members have voted in favour of a motion to accept an offer from investors in Saudi Arabia to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    At present, Galway United is owned entirely by the Galway United Friends Co-Operative. 

    The takeover was approved by members who met last night to discuss the offer. 

    The meeting took place just hours after United parted company with manager Shane Keegan.

    The move is expected to see Galway receive a significant financial boost, with the club currently sixth in the First Division, 12 points behind leaders UCD.

    The proposed takeover has been discussed with the FAI.

     

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    Ger Lyttle has departed as Sligo Rovers manager.

    The club have opted not to renew his contract, and will install an interim boss for their final three games of the season.

    Sligo are 8th with three games remaining of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, but have avoided the relegation playoff.

     

     

  • Bank of Ireland FAI Schools National Senior B Cup Final 
    Grennan College, Thomastown 3-1 St Brendan's College Belmullet 

  • Former Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has emerged as a shock contender to take over at Galway United.

    McGuinness led Donegal to the 2012 All-Ireland title, and is looking for a manager's job in soccer having completed his Uefa A licence.

    He's now believed to be in the frame for a role at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway.

    Shane Keegan left Galway United by mutual consent during the mid-season break, after the club failed to mount a serious promotion challenge following relegation last year.

    The news comes on the back of a proposed takeover of the Galway club by two Saudi Arabian businessmen.

     

  • Due to the involvement of the Mayo U18's in the Inter League final against Cork on Sunday next 22nd April at 2.30pm in Solar 21 Park, the Mayo League has announced that they  have decided to change all matches on Sunday to 11.00am.

     This change will give everyone the opportunity to attend the final in the afternoon.

     

     

     

  • The Mayo League narrowly lost out to Finn Harps in the opening round of the EA Cup last night.

    It finished 4-3 to the home side but Mayo came very close to pushing the game to extra time.

    Finn Harps led 2-0 at half time, thanks to first half goals from Manulla native Jesse Devers and Michael O’Connor.

    They were 4-0 up after 56 minutes after early second half goals from Lee Toland and John O’Flynn, but Brendan Lavelle pulled one back for Mayo three minutes later.

    They added a second in the 71st minute from Sean Morrissey and Brendan Lavelle added another goal in the 82nd minute.

     However, despite great pressure play, the elusive fourth goal didn’t arrive.

     

  • FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2018 - Round 2

    Straide & Foxford Utd 5-2 Achill Rovers

     

    T.P. Brennan Connacht Cup - Preliminary Round

    Cois Fharraige 1-0 Fahy Rovers

    Ballina Town B 2-0 St. Patricks

    Cartron Utd 3-0 Ballyvary Blue Bombers

    Partry Athletic 7-4 Castlerea Celtic B

    Killala 6-1 Gurteen Celtic

    Conn Rangers 2-1 St. Cuan's Utd

    Maree/Oranmore B 4-2 Ballyglass B

    Snugboro 2-0 Hollister

    Knocknacarra 3-2 Crossmolina

     

    Castlecourt Hotel Premier League - Round 15 

    Bangor Hibs 3-0 Glenhest Rovers

  • REPUBLIC OF IRELAND enjoyed a strong test against their Northern Ireland scholars in the AUL Complex on February 17th in Berkeley’s first competitive fixture of the season.

    A lively exchange in the first period saw both sides hit the woodwork in the early stages.

    With just eight minutes registered, up pops Palmerstown Community School pupil Jessie STAPLETON to slot home a rebound from close range on her second attempt following a superbly struck free kick from Captain Della DOHERTY of Coláiste Iosagain, Portarlington that rocketed off the crossbar.

    The hosts lead was short lived as Lucy Andrews cancelled out Stapleton on 16 minutes with a fantastic goal which landed in the far corner following a solid run down the left flank.

    It was level pegging at the break which gave both Coaches time to ring in the changes. Ennis star Emma O’DONOGHUE was brought on for Oughterard’s Theresa KINNEVEY while Moville’s Kerry BROWN slotted in for St. Clare’s student Muireann DEVANEY.

    While the North may have enjoyed much of the possession in the first half, it was Berkeley’s side that grew into the game with some delightful passages of play.

    With only a quarter of an hour left in proceedings, the Republic made a trio of substitutions which saw goalkeeper Rugile ASKAINYTE make way for Leah HAYES COEN. This was accompanied by the introduction of the dynamic pairing of Erin McLAUGHLIN and Kate SLEVIN for the industrious Ellen MOLLOY and Anna FAHEY.

    The Republic will travel to Stafford Town in less than a month’s time to face England in the annual John Read Cup. With this in mind, Berkeley made the final change to his crew as Della DOHERTY and Abbie CLARKE were withdrawn for Emer O’NEILL and Kate O’DOWD to impress three minutes later.

    With the redeployment of players across the park, it was second half substitutes Kate O’DOWD (St. Nathy’s College) and Kate SLEVIN (Claregalway College) who combined for the match winner. SLEVIN was only on the park five minutes before she was left with plenty of time in the box to compose herself to dink past sub keeper McHenry.

    The hosts delivered a confident display to see out the game and claim a nice win to kick start their Bob Docherty Cup endeavours.

    Northern Ireland have yet to confirm their final selection ahead of the International tournament which they will host at the end of March. Ryan Mullen and his staff will have plenty to ponder given that all 18 players featured this afternoon and provided an excellent challenge.

    For Berkeley and his 18 strong panel, it’s back to the training pitch. The squad will play Sharon Boyle’s U16s select in a closed session on March 3 while a week later, the students will hope to retain the John Read Cup when they make the trip across to the UK.  This will be the final outing before the Republic of Ireland head to Belfast for this season’s International meet.

    Ambassador Leanne KIERNAN was on hand to select our Player of the Match for this game. Kiernan featured for Bailieborough Community School in her academic years and played for the Ulster Interprovincial select in 2013/14. Similarly to this crop of players Kiernan has come through the Schools International ranks to feature heavily for the Women’s International Senior team in recent months. 

    Leanne was impressed with a few key players this afternoon but the accolade was deservedly awarded to Palmerstown stalwart Jessie STAPLETON for her sterling performance throughout the hour mark.

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | Rugile AskaInyte (St. Mary’s Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin), Abbie Clarke (Muckross Park College, Donnybrook), Shauna Brennan (Claregalway College), Therese Kinnevey(St. Paul’s Secondary School, Ougherard), Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School), Aoibheann Clancy (Presentation Secondary School, Thurles), Aoife Horgan (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion), Della DohertyCAPTAIN (Coláiste Iosagain, Portarlington),

    Anna Fahey (St. Paul’s Secondary School, Ougherard), Muireann Devaney (St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton), Ellen Molloy (Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny)

     SUBS USED | Kerry Brown (Moville Community College) for Devaney (HT), Emma O’Donoghue (Coláiste Muire, Ennis) for Kinnevey (HT), Leah Hayes Coen (Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West) for Askalnyte (45), Erin McLaughlin (Carndonagh Community School) for Molloy (45), Kate Slevin(Claregalway College) for Fahey (45), Kate O’Dowd (St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen) for Clarke (48), Emer O’Neill (St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh) for Doherty (48)

    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.

    NORTHERN IRELAND |Jenna Corry, Amie Hill, Leah McCauley, Shona Davis, Erin McGreevy, Fi Morgan, Teegan Lynch (Captain), Cora Chambers, Cora Morgan, Lucy Andrews, Rosie Zubier

    SUBS USED | Anna Wilson for McGreevy (HT), Cara Mervyn for Zubier (HT), Abbie McHenry for Corry (45), Rosie Thompson for McCauley (45), Katie Dickson for Andrews (45),  Leah Heaney for Morgan (45), Kathern McConnell for Davis (45).

    MANAGEMENT| Ryan Mullen (Head Coach), Michael Cooke (Assistant Coach), Martin Holland (Physio)

    U15 Girls’ International Schedule

    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

  • Republic of Ireland Under-16 Head Coach Paul Osam has named a 20-man squad for the upcoming UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament in Sweden.

    Osam takes charge of his side for the final time this season, for games against Sweden, Austria and Turkey. They players will move on to Colin O'Brien's Under-17 side next season.

    With three games in five days, Osam says the Development Tournament will be a taster for what's to come at Under-17 level.

    "We're trying to replicate as close as possible to what the players will be dealing with next year at the Under-17 European Championships. They will be playing three games in five days in Sweden. It's as close as possible to what the players experience in tournament football.

    "This is a culmination of everything we have done this season. We want to hand the best players over to Under-17 Head Coach Colin O'Brien for next season."

    Osam's side begin their campaign on Sunday, May 18th against Sweden.

    Republic of Ireland U16 Squad
    Goalkeepers: Harry Halwax (Leixlip United), Dan Rose (Everton)
    Defenders: Thomas Considine (Bohemians), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Mazeed Ogbungo (Arsenal), Conrad Egan-Riley (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Shamrock Rovers)
    Midfielders: Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St. Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Ronan McKinley (Derry City)
    Forwards: Festy Ebosele (Bray Wanderers), Cillian Heaney (Sligo Rovers), Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos), Sean McGrath (Limerick), Ayodeji Sotana (Manchester United), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)


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    Sligo Rovers goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell has resigned 24-hours after being involved in an altercation with fans.

    The club describe his resignation as the admirable course of action.

    Dalzell was seen to confront travelling Sligo fans following yesterday's 2-1 loss to bottom side Bray Wanderers.

     

     

  • Sligo Rovers's players have given up a portion of their wages following their recent exit from the FAI Cup.

    The decision to return part of their wages to the club was made following a meeting between first team players, which took place after Saturday's surprise defeat to Longford Town in the first round, knocking them out of the competition at the first hurdle, for the second year running.

    Sligo's vice-captain Rhys McCabe says the squad feel they've let down their supporters and manager Gerard Lyttle.

     

     

     

  • Sligo Rovers have signed goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney on loan from Chelsea.

    Manager Ger Lyttle says they've signed the 22-year-old to offer competition to Micháel Schlingermann.

    Beeney is the son of former Leeds keeper Mark Beeney who came close to declaring for Ireland before USA 94.

  • Sligo Rovers are to honour one of their greatest servants as they host a testimonial for the legendary Raffaele Cretaro on Saturday 28th July with a 6pm kick-off in the Showgrounds. The opposition will be a Raffaele Cretaro XI made up of some of the best players that have played alongside the Tubbercurry native over the years. Confirmed so far are Ciaran Kelly, Richard Brush, Jason McGuinness, Romauld Boco, Danny Ventre, Joseph Ndo and Anthony Elding with more names to be announced in the next few weeks.

    The Tubber Tornado is second on the club’s all-time appearance list and is closing in on Tony Fagan’s of league appearances. He is also the second highest goal scorer in the club’s history and one of its most decorated players having won the First Division (2005), the FAI Cup twice (2011 & 2013), the Premier Division (2012) and the Setanta Sports Cup (2014). Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for students/oap/children. Further details on the game and when and where tickets will be on sale will be announced in due course.

  • Sligo Rovers are the latest League of Ireland club to come under financial pressure.

    They have been left without a home fixture for 11 weeks following the postponement of Sunday's S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division clash with table toppers Dundalk.

    The tie is being rearranged due to the Lilywhites' progress to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

    The Showgrounds won't host another League match until September and Sligo describe the lack of gate receipts as a clear financial strain.