• St. ATTRACTA’S CS, TUBBERCURRY, SLIGO (Girls) & ST. LOUIS CS, KILTIMAGH, MAYO (Boys) secured top spot at the FAI Post Primary School First Year Connacht Futsal Finals in IT Sligo yesterday. 

    The Tubbercurry outfit were defending Champions in the girls division so there was plenty of pressure on the host team to deliver on the provincial stage as they faced Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill in their opening clash. The new look side were inspiring and enjoyed a comfortable 5-2 victory over their talented opponents. Little did they realise that this would be the crucial game to decide the winner.

    St. Attracta’s dispensed of Manorhamilton crew St. Clare’s 3-0 while they dropped points in their penultimate game against St. Joseph’s SS, Foxford when they finished 3 apiece. The Sligo Champions refocused and came out 5-1 winners against Roscommon’s Mercy Convent with 10 points bagged.

    Dominican College were equally as impressive with three wins under their belts, the crucial defeat right at the start of proceedings ensured runners up spot on the day as they finished on nine points. Not a bad outing for the Galway girls.

    St. Attacta’s Community School will now look forward to the National qualifiers which saw them grab a silver medal last season in Waterford. Can they go one better on December 4? Carndonagh Community School who also qualified last season will be joining them as they came through the provincial ranks on Tuesday in Letterkenny. The Munster and Leinster deciders will take place next week to determine their opposition.

    St. Attracta’s had the unique opportunity of securing double Cup success as the boys lined out this afternoon. They were up against some solid competitors with defending Champions St. Joseph’s College, Galway also in contention. It was these two teams that kick started the event which finished scoreless. A rare result given the amount of goal scoring chances created by both teams. 

    Out of the ten group games, five ended in draws which left things interesting.

    The next game saw St. Louis CS finish all square with CBS Roscommon on a 2-2 scoreline but it was St. Attracta’s CS who got off the mark when they finish 4-1 winners against Mohill CC to take a slight lead in proceedings.

    The Bish drew two all then with CBS Roscommon while St. Louis pulled off a narrow 3-2 win over St. Attacta’s to claim a little momentum in the table.

    The Leitrim lads surprised the title holders when they came out 3-2 winners while St. Louis gained some confidence and took another value three points, this time as the expense of Mohill defeating them 4-1.

    Another two draws followed with St. Attracta’s and CBS Roscommon level with two each while St. Louis and the Bish shared the spoils in a six goal thriller. CBS Roscommon rounded off the day with a slender 2-1 victory over Mohill to take their tally to 6 points.

    With plenty of challengers dropping points to each other, it was St. Louis Community School who edged it on eight points with two wins and two draws. Runners up CBS Roscommon saw them pick up silver following one win and three draws in the drama filled outing.

    St. Joseph’s College finished with five points secured, and thus relinquished their provincial crown as well as ambitions at National level which saw them finish fourth last season. No doubt, the Kiltimagh squad will relish the opportunity afforded to them to progress to the next stage. Ulster Champions, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar booked their place in the showcase when they came through their qualifier on Tuesday. The duo will now await the winners of the Munster and Leinster competitions next week when they take to the courts.  




    Girls | Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill

    Boys | St. Joseph’s College (the Bish)



    Girls | St. Attracta’s Community School, Tubbercurry

    Boys | St. Attracta’s Community School, Tubbercurry



    Girls | Mercy Convent

    Boys | CBS Roscommon



    Girls | St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton 

    Boys | Mohill Community College



    Girls | St. Joseph’s SS, Foxford

    Boys | St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh




    Provincial Finals:


    Ulster                                   November 13                      AURA Leisure Centre, Letterkenny

    Connacht                            November 14                      IT Sligo

    Munster                             November 20                     Waterford IT Sports Arena

    Leinster                               November 21                      National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown (Girls)

    Leinster                               November 22                     National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown (Boys)


    National Final:                   December 4                      Waterford IT Sports Arena

  • Scotland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

    A goal either side of the half time interval ensured a stalemate for the Scottish outfit over new recruits, the Republic of Ireland in the visitors first run out of the season in Ayr United FC.

    Scotland on the other hand secured their first point out of a possible nine which will now see them heading into their final game of the Shield campaign in a fortnight’s time away to Wales.

    William O’Connor’s side will regroup now following the one point gained as England come to town on April 12 for the second fixture of their 2019 schedule.

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | David ODUMOSU(O’Fiaich College, Dundalk), Lee McLAUGHLIN (Carndonagh Community School), Josh HONOHAN (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Keith CARTER (Colaiste Choilm Swords), Daragh ELLISON (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Niall O’KEEFFE (Captain) (De La Salle College, Waterford), Matthew O’REILLY (Midleton CBS, Cork),  Corey McBRIDE (Carndonagh Community School), Colin KELLY (St. Joseph’s College, Galway), Brandon BERMINGHAM(St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda) Jake ELLIS(Oaklands College, Dublin).

    SUBS USED | Ross TIERNEY (St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall) for Corey McBride (74), Jack O’CONNOR (St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh) for Colin Kelly (82), Adam LYNCH (Summerhill College, Sligo) for Jack Ellis (86)

    SUBS NOT USED | Jack DOHERTY (Carndonagh Community School), Jamie CLEARY (Drimnagh Castle CBS), James CLARKE (Boyne Community School, Trim), Reece MURPHY (Wexford CBS)

    MANAGEMENT | William O’CONNOR, Head Coach (Balbriggan Community College),  John McSHANE, Assistant Coach (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray), Ollie HORGAN, Performance Analyst (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Conor FOLEY, GK Coach (Athlone Community College), Derek O’BRIEN, Equipment Manager (Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore), Michael McGLYNN(Physio), Dr. Aidan O’COLMAIN (Team Doctor)



  • St. Josephs Secondary School Foxford produced a stellar comeback today to book their place in to the FAI Schools John Murphy Senior B National Cup final.

    The Foxford boys were trailing Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair 2-0 at half time.

    Conor Flynn got the Foxford wheels in motion on 55 minutes with an absolute rocket to the top corner.

    Mikey Lowther managed to level matters five minutes from normal time with a fine strike.

    Two minutes later St. Josephs completed the comeback with a close range header from Liam Durkan.

  • There was success for the two Mayo teams on the opening day of the FAI Gaynor Cup in Limerick. 

    In the U14 Group C Mayo defeated Longford 2-0 in their opening game and drew 0-0 with Carlow in their second game. 

    In the U16 Group D Mayo defeated Longford 4-1 in their opening game. 

    The action continues today.

  • There was great success for two Mayo schools yesterday in the FAI Mayo Post Primary Schools Tournament.

    St. Louis School Kiltimagh Boys and St Josephs Girls Secondary School Castlebar qualified for the Connacht FAI Futsal Finals in IT Sligo on November 14th.


  • 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.


    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


    Two Mayo squads are heading for University of Limerick today to take part in the Fota Island Resort FAI Gaynor Cup. 

    Mayo U14s are in Group 3 along with Inishowen, Longford and Carlow. They have two games on Thursday.

    Mayo U16s are in group 4 along with Cork, Longford and South Tipperary. They have one match on Thursday. 


  • History was made in Dublin's AUL Complex last week as an FAI National Academy side played against international opposition for the first time.

    The 2005 National Academy played against the Netherlands in back-to-back friendlies in a first for the Emerging Talent Programme.

    James McManus scored in the opening 3-1 defeat to the Dutch, before a consolation Adam Murphy penalty saw the side lose 2-1 in the second game

    Despite the two defeats, ETP National Co-Ordinator Niall Harrison believes that the games were massively beneficial to the players and their development.

    24 players were used across both games, with three goalkeepers and 21 outfield players selected for the matches.

    "We played against one of the top teams in Europe. The Dutch showed us the level we need to be at. Games like these will be helpful to our players going forward," said Harrison.

    Despite the results, Harrison is already planning a return trip to the Netherlands next year.

    "There is an agreement for us to travel next year. The Dutch hope to run a three-team tournament, involving both sides and one other nation at Under-14 level. That will be for players born in 2006, and we hope to play it in May 2020."

    Harrison sees the games as a new era for the Emerging Talent Programme and hopes it can expand in the coming years.

    "It's another step up for the ETP. Before now we played training games in-house, or against domestic opposition. Now we can provide these players international football," he said.

    "My hope is that we continue to develop the programme. We have a pathway now from under-13s up to senior level."

    FAI 2005 National Academy Squad
    Shay O'Leary (Wexford Albion), Conor Walsh (Westport United), Fintan Doherty (Finn Harps), Alex Malone (Shamrock Rovers) Ryan Boyle (Ballyhaise Celtic), James Byrne (Belvedere FC), Luke O’Brien (Bray Wanderers), Daniel Kelly (Westport United), Sam Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Roy Vitkevicius (Fermoy FC), Cain Byrne Dunne (Cherry Orchard), Joe O’Brien Whitmarsh (Cork City), Cian Barrett (Shamrock Rovers), Eanna Fitzgerald (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Murray (College Corinthians), Adam Murphy (Belvedere FC), Mark Tansey (Bray Wanderers), James McManus (St Kevin’s Boys), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Thomas Morgan (Shamrock Rovers), Jack Murray (Cherry Orchard), Darren Darcy (Salthill Devon), Giddeon Tetteh (Shamrock Rovers)


  • FAI Junior Cup Round 6
    Westport Utd 1-0 Usher Celtic