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Grealish Rejects Call Up For Crucial Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 33 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Three International Friendly against England in Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 7, and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland in Aviva Stadium on Saturday, June 13.

Today’s provisional squad announcement sees the inclusion of Brentford’s Alan Judge and Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney however Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has opted to remain omitted from the squad until further notice. Continue reading

McGinn Double Adds To Hibs’ Misery

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Two wonder goals from Northern Ireland star Niall McGinn secured the three points for Aberdeen in a hard fought encounter at Easter Road this evening.

Hibs’ run of bad luck continued before kick-off when striker Paul Heffernan suffered an injury during the warm-up and his place in the starting XI was taken by James Collins.

A loud speaker appeal for Jason Cummings to report to the dressing rooms soon followed and the youngster took an unexpected seat on the bench alongside experienced midfielders Kevin Thomson and Owain Tudur Jones. Continue reading

Irish Stars Abroad

Welcome to our first edition of Irish stars abroad. In our weekly column we will review anything and everything that happened on a match day involving any player who has links to Ireland.

It was quite an extraordinary weekend across World football, with a record of 41 goals been scored in 8 Saturday Premier League matches alone. Four Irish stars got on the scoresheet as part of that record, with some big shocks taken place and some delightful footwork from a rising star making every Irish fan smile.

Kevin Doyle scored the winning goal as Wolves became the first side to beat Manchester United in the Premier League this season. Nani had given United a third minute lead and it did look like the result was just a formality from there, with the leagues top team looking most likely to put the bottom team to the sword. However a George Elokobi goal some minutes later and Doyle`s header moments before half time ensured that Mick McCarthy`s men were back in the game. United failed to create anything in the second half and the former Ireland manager got a famous win over Sir Alex Ferguson.  

Leon Best proved to Newcastle United fans that there is life after Andy Carroll. Best scored the second goal of Newcastle`s miraculous comeback against Arsenal, moments after having a legitimate goal chalked off. The Magpies found themselves four goals down after 26 minutes but never gave up. A cracking Cheick Tiote striker three minutes from time completed the turnaround. 

James McCarthy bagged a brace as Wigan Athletic recorded a 4-3 home win over Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.McCarthy showed great technical ability to fire home his second, when it seemed like the crowded defence would snare his opportunity.Keith Andrews was an unused sub for the away side.

Rory Delap played his part as Stoke City bagged to late goals to stun Sunderland.Irish international  Jon Walters came off the bench as two late Robert Huth goals sealed a 3-2 win at the Britannia.Delap`s throws wreaked havoc in the Sunderland defence,allowing John Carew to prod home the opening goal for the Potters. Both Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were unused subs for Tony Pulis` men.

Richard Dunne and Damien Duff were on opposite sides as Aston Villa and Fulham played out a 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

Seamus Coleman was impressive again as Everton grinded out a 5-3 home win over Blackpool. Louis Saha stole the show with four goals, with a fifth been rule out after the Donegal native had played him in. Andy Reid did not feature for the Tangerines despite his impressive mid week showing.  

Shay Given watched from the bench as a Carlos Tevez hat trick guided Man City to a resounding 3-0 win over West Brom. Ex Ireland star Stephen Reid picked up a late booking for the Baggies,while he also gave away the penalty which the Argentine duly converted.

Two Irish strikers who didn`t get on the scoresheet this weekend were  Robbie Keane and Shane Long. Keane`s West Ham went down 1-0 to Birmingham City, while Long`s Reading side suffered a similar fate against Championship leaders QPR. 

In the Championship,Cork Native Damien Delaney opened the scoring for Ipswich Town as they ran out 3-0 winners over relegation threatened Sheffield United. The Blades Irish contingent of Michael Doyle,Stephen Quinn and Mark Yeates could do nothing to aid their cause. Former Ireland stars Mark Kennedy and Colin Healy also featured for the Tractor boys.

Andy Keogh opened the scoring as Bristol City thumped Sean St Ledger`s Preston side 4-0.

Kevin Kilbane hit the fourth goal as Huddersfield Town beat Exeter City 4-1 in League One.

Elsewhere in League One , Clinton Morrison grabbed an equaliser to ensure Gary Megson`s debut as Sheffield Wednesday manager didn`t get off to a losing start. They came back from two goals down to draw against MK Dons.  

In Scotland, Jon Daly opened the scoring as last year`s cup winners Dundee United dumped Hamilton Academical out with a 3-1 victory.

Both Adam Rooney and Richie Foran recorded a brace as Inverness walloped a hapless Morton side 5-1.

No Irish stars featured in the Old Firm Derby. Both Anthony Stokes and Graham Carey were unused subs as Celtic earned a cup replay after a fiery 2-2 draw that saw both sides reduced to ten men.

Rooney Will Wait For Ireland Call

Giovanni Trappatoni`s refusal to select Adam Rooney will not hinder the strikers progress , although he admits his wish is to one day pull on the famous green shirt. 

Former Cherry Orchard protégé Rooney, who now plies his trade with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League, was overlooked by the Italian for the upcoming Carling Nations Cup opener against Wales.

 However despite this setback, Rooney insists his motives remain unchanged. “I’d love to play for my country, every footballer would” he says. 

“If Mr Trappatoni or one of his scouts have seen me, then I hope it was on a day I played well or got a goal” beamed Rooney who has so far bagged 14 goals this season for his club. 

“It would be brilliant to train and maybe even play with those lads. To wear the green shirt would be so special for me and my family” said Rooney, whose contract at Inverness is up this summer.

The race for his signature is hotting up with Hibernian, Young Boys of Berne and Russian side Kuban Krasnodar among his many suitors. However the Irishman remains fully focused on helping Caley up the table. 

“I was originally due for a loan spell here when Tony Pulis took over at Stoke. However I was invited on a pre season trip with Caley and done enough to convince them to sign me permanently”. 

“After one season of settling in I’ve been scoring goals regularly” said Rooney who moved across the Irish Sea at the tender age of 17, setting up home in the Potteries. 

Rooney’s goals were crucial as Terry Butcher’s men went through 2010 without losing a single game at home. 

Speaking of the run Rooney added “The run lasted for over 13 months before St Johnstone beat us at the start of this year. We went to Parkhead and Ibrox and managed to remain unbeaten, it was pretty impressive but it had to end somewhere along the line”. 

Rooney’s decision to join the Highlanders surprised many people. Here was a player who had bagged a hat trick as an 18 year old in only his second match for Stoke City, but opted for the football backwater that is the Scottish highlands.

 But flame haired Rooney doesn’t regret his decision to re-locate. “We have a gang of lads here who work hard and play hard together. The city itself is lovely, the people are very friendly and there’s always good fun to be found. I’ve a nice house here and things are going well all around” smiled Rooney.            

The 22 year old certainly seems like one for the future but there is no reason why Trappatoni should exclude a player who has played more and scored more than most of his strikers out of his squad. Irregardless of the standard of the SPL, Rooney deserves a chance to prove his worth on the international stage.

Irish Transfer Clockwatch

Birmingham City have had a 6 million pound bid accepted for Irish captain Robbie Keane. However West Ham manager Avram Grant has revealed his side are also in talks over a move for the hitman.

Glenn Whelan could be set for a move to Wolves.

Darren O`Dea is to remain on loan at Ipswich Town for the remainder of the season. After the dismissal of manager Roy Keane last week, O`Dea was unsure whether or not he would return to Celtic or stay at Portman Road.However New Tractor Boy`s manager Paul Jewell has revealed a deal was already in place prior to his appointment.

Hibernian are the latest club to have approached Adam Rooney. The in demand Irish striker is out of contract at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibs boss Colin Calderwood has made a move to secure his services. Caley assistant manager Maurice Malpas is hoping the club can convince the 22year old to remain in the Highlands until the summer, “we are hoping he will see out his contract and then he can make his decision-whatever that may be” . 

UCD hotshot Ciaran Kilduff has joined League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers. The talented Dubliner becomes Rovers fourth addition in the last week with Gary Mc Cabe(Sligo Rovers) and Galway United duo Karl Sheppard and Stephen O`Donnell making the switch to the Hoops.

Ryan Guy has called time on his career at St Patricks Athletic. The American spent four years at the Inchicore club and leaves in good spirits as he is to return Stateside. “As it does for most footballers, the time has come for me to say my goodbyes. In all honesty, this last four years at Richmond Park have been the best of my life. A return to good auld America is on the cards for me now, leaving one family to be closer to another”.