Soccer

  • 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 With this in mind, Berkeley made the final change to his crew as Della DOHERTY and Abbie CLARKE were withdrawn for Emer O’NEILL and Kate O’DOWD to impress three minutes later.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

     

     

  • In the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division last night, Sligo Rovers and Bohemians drew 1-1 at the Showgrounds.

    Elsewhere, Bray Wanderers have recorded their first win since July.

    A John Sullivan goal five minutes into added time handed the Seagull's a 2-1 victory over Derry City at the Carlisle Grounds.

     

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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 will host holders Dundalk  in the semi finals of the FAI Cup, following the draw this morning.

    Shamrock Rovers are to take on Crumlin United or Bohemians, who conclude their quarter final next Monday.

    The last four ties will be played on the weekend of September 29th.

    Dundalk remain in the hunt for a domestic treble.

     

     

     

     

  • 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 say the 'behind closed doors' guidelines presented to clubs are cost prohibitive.

    A 40-page document was issued on Tuesday by the FAI, and outlined how clubs may conduct games when football is allowed resume in the country.

    But Sligo chairman Tommy Higgins has described the measures as impractical.

    He says there's a 40-page list of what to do and not to do,  and the resources required would be prohibitive and impractical.

    Tommy Higgins has also poured cold water on Niall Quinn's idea of streaming games as a means of generating revenue.

     

     

  • Sligo Rovers have signed American midfielder Will Seymore.

    The 27-year old was most recently with Reno 1868 in the US second tier.

    Prior to that, he was with FC Cincinnati where former Sligo midfielder Richie Ryan was a team-mate.

     

     

  • 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 have signed Lithuanian defender Sigitas Olberkis for the rest of the 2020 season.

    The 23-year old joins from Maltese club, Senglea Athletic.

    He's a former Under-21 international and has also played in belarus and Latvia.

    As Lithuania is currently on Ireland's green list, Olberkis does not have to quarantine for a fortnight upon his arrival.

    He's hoping to train with the team tomorrow.

     

  • Sligo Rovers have added more firepower to their squad on the eve of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.

    They've signed striker Ronan Coughlan from Cork City.

    The Coughlan signing comes as Sligo abandon plans to sign Nigerian striker Brendan Ogbu, as they have been unable to obtain international clearance.

    Sligo begin their season away to double winners Dundalk tomorrow night.

     

     

  • 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.

  • The SSE Airtricity League season will officially resume on July 31st with the meeting of Derry and Sligo at the Brandywell.

    The fixtures will be spread across a weekend for the first six rounds upon the league's return.

    The three FAI Cup first round ties drawn yesterday will be played on August 10th and 11th.

    While the final round of fixtures are set for Friday October 30th

    The FAI Cup final will come nearly a month later on November 29th.

     

     

  • IT Sligo FC first team has won the Rustlers CFAI Plate Final after beating GMIT Galway 3 – 1.

    Michael Guilfoyle from Foxford, Gary Higgins from Ballyhaunis, and Darren Murray from Balla, and the rest of squad were in high spirits after the match which took place yesterday on Tuesday, 06 March.

    The team will also play against Limerick IT in the Rustlers Division 1 Final next Monday, 12 March at the FAI headquarters in Abbottstown, Dublin.

    A win in the upcoming match will see IT Sligo FC return to the College & Universities Football Premier League.

    The team made the Division 1 final after beating Blanchardstown IT 5 – 4 on penalties after a 1 – 1 extra time draw in the semi-final playoff.

    Many of IT Sligo’s players in the squad, including Gary Higgins, are on the Institute’s Sports Scholarship Programme which helps talented student athletes reach their sporting potential.

    Up to 20 new scholarships and bursaries are awarded each year under the scheme and students who are rewarded scholarships receive mentoring support, training guidance and other value-added support.

    The overall aim of the scheme is to recruit, manage and develop players/athletes with exceptional ability to position IT Sligo as a premier centre of sporting performance.

  • Waterford defeated Sligo Rovers 2-0 in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at the Waterford RSC last night.

     It was Waterford's first win at home since May.

  • The sudden death has taken place of Adam Mulchrone, a talented young soccer player from Westport.

    21-year old Adam passed away suddenly at Mayo University Hospital after falling ill.

    He had trained with his team Westport United on Saturday - ahead of a big Connacht Cup game next Sunday.

    Westport United Club Chairman Myles Staunton said they're shocked and deeply saddened to hear news of Adam's death.

    He described him as a key member of the Super League team, and an exciting and skilful player whose talents were recognised recently when he was nominated as Young Player of the Year at the Mayo Football Awards.

    Westport United team manager Padraig Burns said there are no words to describe the devastation and heartbreak in the team.

    He described Adam as a genuine, decent and respectful young man who was loved dearly, and one of the most skilful and accomplished footballers he's had the pleasure of working with.

    Westport United has extended deepest sympathies to Adam's parents Paul and Mary, his brother, sister and extended family.

    Adam Mulchrone's remains will repose at McGings Funeral Home in Westport on Wednesday evening from 5-7 pm.

    Funeral Mass will take place in St Mary's Church, Westport n Thursday at 2pm followed by burial in Aughagower Cemetery.