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King Forced To Replace Duo For German Clash

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King has been forced to make two changes to his squad for Monday’s UEFA U21 Championships qualifying round clash with Germany in Sligo.

QPR’s Frankie Sutherland and Bristol City defender Derrick Williams both suffered injuries on club duty in midweek and King has drafted in Derry City’s Barry McNamee and Aston Villa’s Graham Burke.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Frankie and Derrick but Barry and Graham have been in with us before and are very good players whose versatility is important,” said King.  Continue reading

Former Hibs Favourite Gerry Baker Dies Aged 75

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Hibernian FC have announced the sad news that former striker Gerry Baker has passed away aged 75 following a short illness.The news comes just over a month after the death of club legend Lawrie Reilly and Gerry took the time to travel to Edinburgh for the funeral although the two fans’ favourites never played in the same team. Continue reading

Fenlon Praises Players Character Following Killie Win

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Pat Fenlon praised the character of his players after watching Hibs come from behind to pick up their first win of the new campaign against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday. He also revealed that half time consisted of a ‘more of the same’ pep talk  despite the fact that the team were trailing at the break. Continue reading

Fenlon Delighted With Transfer Window

Pat-FenlonFor the past month, Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has insisted that his objective for the transfer window was to retain the services of three loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Ryan McGivern and Jorge Claros for the remainder of the season. That was achieved after considerable negotiations between the clubs, and in an added bonus, a further two midfielders have arrived. Scott Robertson has moved to Easter Road on a two and a half year deal from Blackpool and Hibs also completed a last minute swoop to sign Matt Done on loan from Barnsley. In addition, St Johnstone’s Liam Craig has signed a pre-contract and will join the club in the summer. Continue reading

Young Irish Abroad #1 Robbie Brady

 

In his new exclusive column, Irish News Review Sport writer Damien Byrne will cast his eye over the future of Irish football.The First player to feature on this new and exciting column will be Robbie Brady, the Hull City winger currently on loan from Manchester United.

Robbie joined the Manchester United academy in 2008, and signed professional terms in July 2010. He is regarded as a hot prospect and has represented Ireland at all levels bar senior level.  Altogether he has made 14 underage appearances, scoring 5 goals.

His prospects of a senior call up might not be long in waiting, with winger Damien Duff nearing the end of his international career, even though Giovanni Trapattoni is in the process of persuading his older gems into a few more years in the green of Ireland.

I’ve seen Brady play on a few occasions for Hull, namely against Blackpool in the Championship, and he seemed like a very lively winger, who looked equally adept on both his right and left foot. He would definitely, as any young player, have to see big improvements in his game to play for Manchester United, but I do feel an area of his game that would need attention to play in Traps style would be his defence side. Sounds strange to say that of a winger but even Damien Duff, the player I would liken Brady to, has had to do his fair share of defensive work to fit in Traps team. He seems strong on the ball, and has the ability to be an explosive player with his pace.

The move to Hull is just the tonic for 19 year old Brady to learn the hard graft of tracking back and becoming physically strong as the Championship is a difficult level for the best of stars to adapt to, just ask Sam Allardyce and some of his big names at West Ham.

The Dubliners Under 21 performances of late have been top quality, firing both goals in a 2-1 win over Austria and he is expected to start for Ireland Under 21s in the Showgrounds against Liechtenstein this evening in an Under 21 EURO 2013 qualifier. To date, the fiery winger has made 15 appearances for Hull, scoring once.

Should he continue his performances he may well see himself fast tracked into the senior set up as Trap prepares his troops for next summers Euro 2012. 

Reid Heads Blackpool Exodus

Exiled Ireland international Andy Reid is among 11 players released by Blackpool as they brace for their return to the second tier of English football.

 The former Sunderland and Spurs star who has not featured for Ireland since a bust up with manger Giovanni Trappattoni in 2007 made only five appearances as Ian Holloway`s men were relegated to the Championship. 

The 28 year old Dubliner had joined the Tangerines in January but found his chances at Bloomfield Road limited.

 Reports coming from the North West have indicated that Wigan Athletic, who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season may be willing to take a punt on the Dubliner.

The Tangerines have also released Richard Kingson, Marlon Harewood, Jason Euell, David Carney, Paul Rachubka, Danny Coid, Malaury Martin, Rob Edwards, Salaheddine Sbai and Ishmel Demontagnac.

“Blackpool Football Club would like to thank all of those players departing for their efforts and wishes them all the very best for the future,” read the club’s website. 

Elsewhere, Bolton Wanderers have released former Irish international Joey O`Brien.

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.

Coleman Rewarded With New Contract

Talented Irish winger Seamus Coleman has signed a new four year contract with Premier League side Everton.

Coleman, who joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 has been awarded for his outstanding form this year, which has earned him rave reviews. The E60`000 that the Toffees paid to Sligo for the Donegal native is definitely one of the best Premier League bargains in recent years.

The Killybegs native has found the net five times this year, and will take on a more significattn role at the club now that influential midfielder Stephen Pienaar has been sold to Spurs.

Coleman has been called into the Ireland squad on one occasion but has yet to be capped. Irish manager Giovanni Trappatoni  was dealt with criticism in some quarters for not fielding Coleman in the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Russia and Slovakia.

Coleman, who helped guide Blackpool to the Premier League while on loan there last season, is bound to receive more chances to wear the green shirt in the not too distant future. His form combined with Greg Cunningham`s leg break and Kevin Kilbane`s move to League One side Huddersfield Town should see the caps begin to pile up for the rising star of Irish football.

Premier League Results

Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Goals from Branoslav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka lifted Carlo Ancelotti`s side back into the Champions League places.

Man City 4-3 Wolves

Wolves battled valiantly at Eastlands but were undone by a Carlos Tevez strike. Nenad Milijas gave Wolves a shock lead early on when he prodded home from narrow range. A Kolo Toure goal and a Tevez strike either side of half time but Man City 2-1 up. Yaya Toure scored shortly after and Tevez added his second. Kevin Doyle kickstarted the fight back scoring from the penalty spot after he was brought down by former Wolves player Joleon Lescott. Mick McCarthy`s side further cranked up the pressure four minutes from time when Ronald Zubar scored but the equaliser was not forthcoming. This win was enough to lift City to the top of the table.   

Stoke 2-0 Bolton

A Danny Higginbotham goal and a penalty from Matthew Etherington ensured Bolton`s away day blues continued.

West Brom 3-2 Blackpool

An 87th minute goal by Peter Odemwingie ensured West Brom took the spoils in a pulsating match. A sublime chip from David Vaughan had given Blackpool an 11th minute lead before Odemwingie drew things level. James Morrison put the Baggies ahead in the second  half and when Gary Taylor Fletcher equalised for the Tangerines it seemed as if a draw would be the outcome. Odemwingie broke Tangerine hearts when he poked home his second strike of the day. 

West Ham 0-3 Arsenal

A double from Robin Van Persie, one of which was a penalty and a Theo Walcott strike ensured West Ham remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Wigan 1-1 Fulham

A late Andy Johnson goal secured a point for Mark Hughes` men ,cancelling out Hugo Rodallega`s goal.

Premier League Preview

This weekend`s fixture list throws up some exciting derby matches as the Premier League resumes following last week“s FA Cup third round matches.   

 

West Ham V Arsenal

 

With the backing of their tremendous fans, the Hammers may well pull off a result in what would appear to be Avram Grant`s last match in charge. However, Arsenal will be eager to avenge their recent results, with a 1-1 FA Cup Draw with Leeds and a 1-0 defeat to Ipswich in the League Cup semi final leaving Gunners fans aggrieved.

 

Verdict: Draw

 

Liverpool V Everton

 

This Merseyside derby always serves us a tense battle and Kenny Dalglish will be eager to get his first win as Liverpool manager over their arch enemies. He will have to do so without the services of the influential Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. Dalglish will be hoping his side can improve on their disastrous midweek performance, where Blackpool came from a goal behind to beat the Anfield side for the second time this season.

Everton manager David Moyes will be hoping like Blackpool, that his side can do the double over Liverpool this season. However Everton may well struggle for goals as top scorer Tim Cahill is away on international duty with Australia. Expect the home side to edge this one with Fernando Torres putting his critics to shame.  

 

Verdict: Liverpool

 

Spurs V Man Utd

 

Man United travel to Spurs on Sunday for what should be an intriguing tie. United will find it tough against Harry Redknapp`s men and their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season faces a real threat.

 

Spurs will definitely frustrate the Red Devils, with a draw the most likely outcome.

 

Verdict: Draw

 

Chelsea V Blackburn

 

Chelsea host Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge as they aim to put together a steady run of results following their desire form as of late. Roque Santa Cruz`s return to Lancashire will boost Steve Kean`s men and they will certainly be up for this match. However with their inconsistent form this season Rovers may just fall short.

 

Verdict: Chelsea   

 

Man City V Wolves

 

Roberto Mancini`s men will be aiming to crank up the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the table this weekend but they must not underestimate a Wolves side, who have beaten both Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.

Mick McCarthy`s men will travel to Eastlands in a confident mood but the relegation candidates may well fall fowl to Edin Dzeko, with City`s new 27 million striker the catalyst for a title tilt.

 

Verdict: Man City   

 

Stoke V Bolton

 

Bolton travel to the Britannia Stadium this weekend hoping to maintain their push for  Europe. While the Trotters have produced some outstanding displays this term they may well come unstuck against Tony Pulis` men. A draw is the most likely result.

 

Verdict:Draw  

 

West Brom V Blackpool

 

Ian Holloway`s side will roll into the Midlands this weekend in confident mood after putting Liverpool to the sword in midweek. Blackpool have every reason to be confident ahead of this match as West Brom are on an alarming slide down the table after their early season exploits.

 

Verdict: Blackpool

 

Wigan V Fulham

 

Wigan will be eager to start putting more points on the board as they currently sit second bottom. A win over Mark Hughes` men may well move them out of the relegation zone but they must rely on results elsewhere. Fulham will provide stiff competition for the Latics as they are in a similar position. Should Roberto Martinez`s side win they will jump above the Cottagers but this match has draw written all over it.

 

Verdict:Draw

 

Sunderland V Newcastle United

 

Sunderland host their fierce rivals in the second Tyne Wear derby of the season, with manager Steve Bruce still smarting after the Geordies thrashed the Wearsiders earlier this season.

 

Sunderland may well fall short again with key players missing through injury and suspension. Newcastle are no different with Andy Carroll set to miss out yet they still possess the quality to to the double over their neighbours.

 

Verdict: Newcastle  

 

Birmingham City V Aston Villa

 

These two sides meet at St Andrews with only a point separating them. This season has proved to be a frustrating one for both sides as they languish in the bottom half of the table. For Birmingham, its been a case of lacking goals while for Villa it has just been one long slide under Gerard Houllier. Birmingham look set to appease their goal drought with the signing of Spurs striker Robbie Keane while Villa are in the market for some new players, with Jean Makoun of Lyon undergoing a medical at Villa Park.

The incentive is their for both sides but Alex McLeish`s men may prove too strong for Villa.

 

Verdict: Birmingham City