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Hibs Suffer Narrow Defeat To Champions Celtic

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A brave performance by Hibs was not enough to secure a share of the points against champions Celtic at Parkhead today.

Manager Terry Butcher made two changes to the side from last weekend’s home draw against Partick Thistle with Michael Nelson returning from injury and Scott Robertson resuming his place in the middle of the park following suspension. Continue reading

Hibs 1-1 Celtic: Brave performance by Fenlon’s men


Hibs had to settle for a share of the points after champions Celtic came from behind to grab a late equaliser in a 100mph encounter at Easter Road today.

Pat Fenlon made two changes to the side that beat Partick Thistle a fortnight ago with Abdellah Zoubir and Owain Tudur Jones starting in place of Tom Taiwo and James Collins – who dropped to the bench. Continue reading

Stokes Celtic’s Dangerman warns Fenlon

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Pat Fenlon has singled out on form fellow Dubliner Anthony Stokes as the man his defenders will have to watch out for tomorrow when champions Celtic visit Easter Road, and he should know, having managed him as a youngster. Continue reading

Quartet Return To First Post Trapattoni Ireland Squad


Noel King today announced a provisional 26 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Germany on October 11 in Cologne, and Kazakhstan on October 15 in Aviva Stadium.

The squad will be shortened ahead of the fixtures in order to facilitate injuries with both Robbie Brady and Jon Walters struggling with injury. Continue reading

Fenlon Says Sorry To Fans As Stokes Sets Up All Green Final

Hibs fans went from despair to anger to hope then finally delirium during a pulsating 120 minutes of football in the ultimate ‘game of two halves’ at Hampden Park yesterday.

Twenty four years ago, at the same stage, Hibs lost three goals in the first 30 minutes against Celtic, with a teenage Stevie Fulton the architect of their downfall. This time it was his son Jay who caused the problems, but unlike Alex Miller’s team, Pat Fenlon’s men fought back in dramatic style to clinch a place in next month’s final. Continue reading

Hibs Fail To Make Top Six For Third Season In A Row

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Hibs’ hopes of a top six finish vanished at Parkhead today as Pat Fenlon’s team lost 3-0 to champions elect Celtic.

Pat Fenlon made three changes to the team who lost to Inverness last Saturday, with Paul Hanlon back in defence after recovering from a hip injury. Jorge Claros and David Wotherspoon also returned, with Lewis Stevenson and Eoin Doyle on the bench and Tom Taiwo out altogether. Continue reading

Exiled Ireland Star Attends Benefit Night For Murdered IRA Leader

Exiled Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has been pictured at a memorial party for a murdered Real IRA boss.

The 24 year-old Celtic player, who is currently out injured was snapped at the Dublin benefit night in honour of Alan Ryan, who was killed in a street execution in September.

The pair are said to have known each other for years through Ryan’s association with the Players Lounge Bar in Fairview, a bar owned by Stokes’ dad, John, who was also at the party at The Submarine Bar in Crumlin.

The photograph, which was first published in The Irish Sun, shows Celtic striker Stokes posing with his arm draped around a woman in a gold dress.

The Players Brigade, a republican band of which Stokes’ brother Michael is a former member played and sold a tribute CD featuring a song called The Ballad of Alan Ryan at the event.

The song includes the lyrics: “We vow to carry on his work/ we will follow in his lead/ we will find out where those gangsters lurk/ we will avenge their cowardly deed.”

Gardaì in Dublin said leading republican dissidents from both sides of the border were present, including a number suspected of involvement in the recent murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

Ryan, 32, was the leader of the Dublin brigade of the Real IRA and is believed to have been responsible for a number of murders in recent years.

He has strong links to John Stokes (54) whose bar has been at the centre of violence and controversy in the past with three men, including a doorman, gunned down outside the bar in July 2010.

John was ordered to remove a 40ft banner barring the Queen from his pub during her visit to Ireland last year.

In August last year, the pub was gutted in a fire allegedly started by robbers.

Gangland enforcer Ryan was gunned down outside his home in Dublin in September.

His killer fired six shots from a Glock handgun, hitting Ryan in the chest before blasting him twice in the head.

On the day of his funeral in Dublin, former Sunderland and Hibernian star Stokes tweeted “Thinking of you Alan…”

Stokes, his agent and Celtic have declined to comment on his attendance at the party.

Good weekend for Irish players in SPL

A total of 14 Irishmen started for their clubs in the SPL this weekend. A further three were injured and one not selected.

Nine were on the winning side and two drew.

Game of the day on Saturday featured six plus a substitute as Hibs beat St Mirren 2-1 in Paisley. Alan Maybury, Tim Clancy, Gary Deegan and Eoin Doyle starred for Pat Fenlon’s men, with Doyle instrumental in setting up Leigh Griffiths second goal.

Graham Carey and Jim Goodwin started for St Mirren, but both were taken off at half time. This was captain Goodwin’s first game of the new season, having been banned for the opening two fixtures. David van Zanten who was surprisingly dropped to the bench made a late appearance as substitute.

Johnny Hayes scored his first goal of the season for Aberdeen in their 2-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth, after a mix up in the Saints’ defence.

No Irishmen featured in the amazing 1-1 draw between Ross County and Celtic where the Parkhead men equalised with the last kick of the game.  Anthony Stokes and Daryl Murphy both sustained injuries during the friendly against Real Madrid in Philadelphia. Kurtis Byrne has still not made the bench for County.

Motherwell’s Darren Randolph conceded against Kilmarnock, but the Steelmen went on to record a 2-1 victory to go second in the table. Randolph will be hoping to catch the eye of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni now that Shay Given has retired. Killie’s Paul Heffernan remains on the injured list.

Aaron Doran and Richie Foran both started for Inverness against Hearts at Tynecastle, but Foran was send off in the first half. Despite this, Terry Butcher’s team fought back to secure a 2-2 draw.

Dundee United’s quartet of Irishmen Sean Dillon, Richie Ryan, Willo Flood and Jon Daly all featured in the 3-0 victory over neighbours Dundee in the first competitive derby for seven years. That win was enough to move The Arabs to the top of the SPL.

Mixed fortunes for Irish players in this week’s SPL

Last week we reported on Pat Fenlon signing Gary Deegan from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee, and the former Bohs boss and added another countryman to his squad by signing up Alan Maybury on a one year contract.

This brings the total number of Irish players in the SPL to seventeen, although only eight started this weekend.

As expected Deegan made his debut in the Edinburgh derby and won many plaudits for his tough tackling performance even though he received a first half booking for bringing down Hearts danger man David Templeton. Tim Clancy also played well at right back where his long throws caused Hearts problems throughout the game. Maybury also had a good debut although the former Leeds fullback was at fault for Hearts goal when he misjudged a header back to keeper Ben Williams. Despite this, he kept his composure and played well for the rest of the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Midfielder Johnny Hayes played well in Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw with SPL new boys Ross County. Once again, Kurtis Byrne failed to make the squad although he did play for the under 20s side against his former club Hibs in midweek.

David Van Zanten was booked in St Mirren’s away victory over Dundee which sees the Buddies go top of the league, despite still being without captain Jim Goodwin who is suspended. Graham Carey made his first start of the campaign and acquitted himself well.

Aaron Doran featured in Inverness Caledonian’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock which fellow Irishman Richie Foran missed due to an injury, as did Killie’s striker Paul Hefferman who is likely to be out until November with a dislocated shoulder.

Darren Randolph kept a clean sheet as Motherwell drew 0-0 against St Johnstone at Fir Park. The Steelmen had lost 3-0 to Greek side Panathginaikos in the midweek Champion’s League Qualifier.

Dundee United’s quartet of Irishmen Sean Dillon, Richie Ryan, Willo Flood and Jon Daly  did not play this weekend as their fixture against Champions Celtic was postponed to allow the Parkhead side to play a glamour fixture against Real Madrid in Philadelphia. United did however play in the Europa League on Thursday and lost 5-0 to Dynamo Moscow in Russia.

Anthony Stokes did not feature in the friendly which Celtic lost 2-0 having picked up an injury before the match; Daryl Murphy only lasted 33 minutes before being taken off with a hamstring injury.

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Twelve Irish players start SPL season

Another Irishman joined the SPL ranks this week when Hibs boss Pat Fenlon signed Gary Deegan from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee. 24 year old Deegan who was born in Dublin spent the early part of his career with Shelbourne, before being loaned to Kilkenny City. He then played for Longford Town and Galway United before joining Fenlon at Bohemians.

The tough tackling midfielder has been on Fenlon’s radar from the moment he walked into Easter Road and is likely to start against Hearts in this weekend’s derby. His registration papers were not through in time for him to play against Dundee United on Sunday.

Of the sixteen Irish players in the SPL, only twelve started, and seven of those played in Dundee United’s 3-0 over Hibs. Sean Dillon picked up an early injury and was substituted at half time. Willo Flood and Richie Ryan both played well, but player of the day has to be Jon Daly who caused the Hibs defence problems throughout the 90 minutes. Daly capped off a fine performance with a headed goal in the second half to secure the points. Gavin Gunning was also solid at the back for the Arabs.

Tim Clancy started at right back for Hibs and was caught out of position for United’s first goal, although the former Motherwell defender could claim to have been blocked by John Rankin. Eoin Doyle played in Hibs midfield and held the ball up well creating a couple of chances.

Fenlon still wants to sign Alan Maybury but he is still waiting to see if the board can come to an agreement with the player.

Jonny Hayes started in Aberdeen’s narrow defeat against Celtic at Parkhead and had an anonymous game in midfield. Anthony Stokes recovered from his badly sprained ankle sustained against Inter Milan last week to start the match although he was taken off after 77 minutes and replaced by fellow countryman Daryl Murphy.

Aaron Doran started for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their 2-2 draw with St Mirren, but striker Richie Foran missed the game through injury. David Van Zanten started for the ‘Buddies’ and had his usual reliable performance at right back. Club captain Jim Goodwin missed the game due to suspension and Graham Carey did not make the squad.

Kilmarnock striker Paul Heffernan is currently injured and missed the opening fixture against Dundee at Rugby Park, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Darren Randolph kept a clean sheet for Motherwell against Ross County in Dingwall as both clubs shared the points in a goalless draw. Kurtis Byrne did not feature in County’s squad.

There were no Irish players at Tynecastle where Hearts beat St Johnstone 2-0.