Soccer

  • Galway United has confirmed that Marc Ludden has signed a new contract with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The experienced 28-year old full-back made 27 appearances for United last year, scoring twice for the Tribesmen.

    His new deal takes him into his 6th season at Eamonn Deacy Park.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Galway United have announced the signing of Joe Collins.

    The 25-year old central midfielder from Ennis joins the club from Galway District League Premier Division side West United.

    Galway United manager Alan Murphy, who played alongside the midfielder at West United, feels Collins can add to United's squad for the forthcoming season.

     

     

  • Galway’s Aaron Connolly and Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams have been called into Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad for the EURO 2020 games against Georgia and Switzerland.

    The former Mervue United man scored twice for Brighton in their 3-0 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur and is promoted from Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 squad after a hamstring injury ruled out Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis.

    Williams gets his first call up from McCarthy after his Blackburn team-mates Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan suffered knee injuries in the defeat at QPR.

    The Ireland squad meet up at the team hotel on Sunday with training commencing at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday ahead of Thursday’s departure to Tbilisi.

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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.

     

  • John Russell, manager of the Westport United Super League team, has been appointed the Assistant Manager of Sligo Rovers for the forthcoming season.

    John will be taking up his new post in January as number two to Liam Buckley.

    Chairman of Westport United Myles Staunton has thanked Mr Russell for his commitment to the club, and wished him well in his new role with Sligo Rovers.

     

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    The Mayo Football League has announced the monthly award winners for March / April.

    Team of the Month award goes to Killala, while Danny O'Leary of Manulla was named Manager of the Month.

    Footballer of the Month awards went to Darren Browne of Westport Utd in the Super League,

    Daniel Gorman of Ballina Town B in the Premier League,

    the League One award goes to Danny Gallagher, Killala

    and the League Two footballer of the month was Luke Ruane of Moy Villa.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Team of The Month Sponsored by Hastings

    The award for Team of the Month for September /October goes to double winners Ballina Town. Ballina completed their Super League season by winning all three league games in September and then went on to win the Connacht Gold Super Cup on the last weekend of October with a 4-0 win over Castlebar Celtic.

    Manager Of the Month

    The manager of the Month Award for September/October is Ballyhaunis Town manager Tommy Page. Tommy has led his team to promotion to the Super League with a brilliant end to the season where they picked up 10 points from 12 in their final four league games including a 5-0 win over Premier League winners Snugboro United. He also led his side to another cup success as they won the Connacht Gold Premier Cup for the second time in four years as they again got the better of Snugboro with a penalty shoot-out win in Solar 21 Park.

    Players of the month sponsored by The Sheepwalk Bar in Swinford

    The Elverys Sports Super League player of the month for September/October is David Cameron from Westport United. David has once again been key to Westport’s form at the end of the season where they secured the all important second place spot in the Super League and made it through to Round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup.

    The player of the Month in the CastleCourt Hotel Premier League goes to Jason Farrell from Conn Rangers. The youngster was in fine goalscoring form as his side are on a seven game unbeaten run. He has scored 10 goals in that period as Conn Rangers moved away from the relegation zone and progressed through two rounds in both the Connacht Cup and FAI Junior Cup .

    Young Player of the Month Sponsored by Oliver Kelleher

    Our Young Player of The Month for September/October is Oliver Feeney from Ballina Town. Oliver broke into the side during the season and was a key player in the past two months as his side completed the Super League and Connacht Gold Super Cup double.

  • 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

  • This Friday will see 68 of the top players in Irish schools line out for the FAI Schools Under-15 Girls' Interprovincial Tournament.

    A number of Mayo players are involved for Connacht, including Amy Mahon of St Joseph's Community College, Charlestown,

    Alison Long & Sarah Costello of St Patrick's College, Lacken Cross,

    and Sorcha McCarney of the Sacred Heart school in Westport.

    The matches will be played over the course of this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    The interprovincial series will be the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools International Development Squad of 18 players who will compete in the Bob Docherty Cup.

     

     

     

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    Galway United has confirmed the double signing of Jeff McGowan and Andrew Peters.

    The duo are the latest additions to Alan Murphy's squad for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division season.

    20-year old Jeff McGowan signs from Limerick, having previously played for Barnsley.

    Andrew Peters from Ballindine joins Galway Utd from Mayo Super League side Claremorris AFC.

     

     

     

  • The Republic of Ireland Under-15 team  have won the UEFA Development Tournament in Mayo, after an emphatic 8-0 victory over Luxembourg in Ballina today.

    Ireland won the competition with a 100% record, scoring 15 goals in the process and conceding just once.

    Caden McLoughlin scored a hat-trick, with Adam Murphy, Kevin Zefi, Gideon Tetteh, Adam Nugent and Sam Curtis all netting for Ireland.

    The Republic of Ireland side had already defeated Latvia by 3-1 in Castlebar last Thursday, and won 4-0 against the Faroe Islands in Westport on Saturday.

    The Under-15 team return to action in November with a double-header against Poland in Galway.

     

     

     

  • 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)


  • Striker Ronan Murray has left Dundalk to join Sligo Rovers.

    Murray has signed a two-year deal at the Showgrounds.

    Meanwhile, Regan Donelon and Kyle Callan-McFadden are the latest players to commit to Sligo for the coming season.

     

     

  • Results from Round 3 of the Elvery Sports Super League on Saturday evening -

    Ballyhaunis Town      3                  Straide & Foxford Utd                   2

    Westport Utd           4                  Ballyheane                        1

    Castlebar Celtic       3                  Ballina Town                     1