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O’Neill Names Ireland Squad For Upcoming Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 36 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming games against Scotland and USA.

Starting away, Scotland host Ireland in a EURO 2016 qualifier on Friday, November 14 at 7.45pm, before Ireland take on the USA in Aviva Stadium in a Three International Friendly on November 18.

The squad will be shortened ahead of meeting up on November 10. Continue reading

Premier League: Costa Powers Chelsea Past Everton As City Slip Up

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An eventful last weekend before the transfer deadline as Premier League champions stumble at Stoke, Newcastle and Crystal Palace play out a thriller and hapless Manchester United only manage a point at Turf Moor.

The Premier League finished its third week with only Chelsea and Swansea holding 100% records at this early stage. Swansea stormed to a 3-0 win over West Brom with Nathan Dyer scoring one either side of Wayne Routledge’s impressive volley at the Liberty Stadium. The win gives Garry Monk the perfect start to the season. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United career continues without a win, as a rather uneventful goalless draw was played out against Burnley. Record signing Angel Di Maria made his United debut, but his introduction wasn’t enough to spark the lacklustre side back to life. The reigning league champions Man City were blue in more than name as well, with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stoke. Ex-United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal in a surprising victory for Mark Hughes’ Potters. Charlie Austin found the net as QPR recorded their first win of the campaign beating Sunderland in the only other 1-0 over the weekend. Continue reading

Villa Confirm Tribute For Kildare Native Jody O’Reilly

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Aston Villa have confirmed that a minute’s applause will be held for Kildare native Jody O’Reilly during the St Stephen’s Day clash with Crystal Palace.  .

The news comes following a large social media campaign after Leixlip man O’Reilly was the victim of a hit and run in Birmingham hours before Villa lost to Manchester United on December 15th.

The 22-year-old student moved to the West Midlands in 2010 just to be close to the club he loved and was killed just hours before the match he was due to attend.

And while strict rules meant a silence would not be possible before Thursday’s match, Villa officials proposed a minute’s applause which was granted by the FA in tribute of Jody.

The large social media campaign initiated by his friends has received extraordinary backing from Villa heroes such as Stilian Petrov and Stan Collymore while fans of Villa’s arch rivals Birmingham City have also offered their support.

An official club statement released today reads

“The Club extends its sincerest condolences to the O’Reilly family and to Jody’s many friends following this tragic loss of life in the hours leading up to our game against Manchester United”.

Jody had tickets for the game and in the three years since he first came over from Ireland – having selected his university course in 2010 so he could be as close as possible to Villa Park – he had become a regular attender at Villa games.

“We will be holding a minute’s applause prior to kick-off against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day in respect of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

 

Poyet Chosen To Steady Sunderland Ship

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Sunderland have today announced Gustavo Poyet as their new manager with the former Brighton supremo tasked with keeping the Black Cats from relegation following the acrimonious departure of Paulo Di Canio.

The 45 year-old has agreed a two year contract at the Stadium of Light and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.

The Uruguayan began his coaching career in England in 2006 at Swindon Town, before joining Leeds United as assistant manager. After a year at Elland Road, Poyet returned to his former club Tottenham Hotspur as First Team Coach, before becoming Assistant Manager to Juande Ramos. Continue reading

Premier League Preview: Jose’s Blues Are The Boys To Beat

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, it’s hard to look beyond an old foe of many managers and fans alike from stealing the limelight once the season gets underway.

This summer’s transfer window and indeed all of the summer’s talk has been shaped around three men, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Arsenal’s pursuit of the Uruguayan, Wayne Rooney and his transfer request and Spur’s Gareth Bale who is being courted by Real Madrid.

One team, with the exception of a handful of Rooney rumours, has slipped under the radar as they plan to wrestle back a title that they won back to back in 2005 and 2006, and they have Jose Mourinho back to steer them there. Continue reading

Fan Ownership The Way Forward As Waterford Back From The Brink

wufcWaterford United have today seen a winding up order against them striked out after the club’s owners and former manager Stephen Henderson agreed a deal in the High Court.

After weeks of negotiating both parties reached an amicable agreement at the eleventh hour. Continue reading

Premier League Fixtures Released

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With just 59 days to go until first kick-off, the fixture list for the 2013/14 season of the Barclays Premier League has been released, and whatever computer the League uses to draw the fixtures clearly hasn’t lost its mischievous side. Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes looks to have his work cut out for him; his side will face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their first five games. The clash with Chelsea will be the Scotsman’s first game in charge at Old Trafford and is a mouth-watering prospect considering it will be José Mourinho’s first return to Manchester as a Premier League manager, and Moyes’ first real test at United’s helm.

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A League Of Its Own – A Tribute to English Football’s Second Tier…

bdLet’s face it, the Premier League title race is over. There will be no Manchester United collapse. There will be no squeaky bum time. There will be no Agueroooooooooo. The crown sits squarely on Sir Alex’s crusty head, and we’re yet to breach the vernal equinox.

But fear not, there is still entertainment to be had watching Sky Sports desperately trying to inject excitement into the proceedings. Flailing like a wounded goliath, they insist that Chelsea and Spurs are locked in a death battle for 3rd place. Hmm. That would be a battle to avoid a couple of extra games in the Champions League next August then. Tense stuff. Continue reading

Baraclough Thrilled With Glentoran Demolition

ventrebaracloughIan Baraclough  was in jovial mood following Sligo Rovers win against Glentoran in the Setanta Cup quarter-final first leg last night.
After the game, the title winning manager spoke at length about the game and Rovers new signings.
 
On the start Rovers made : “It wasn’t a bad first half was it. I think we were held bent on flying out of the traps. I think Glentoran are just over halfway through their season. Perhaps they would have thought they would have a superior fitness level. We wanted to set down the marker in the first 20 minutes at least and a goal after three minutes was perfect. It was a great introduction for someone like Anthony (Elding) to see the run of Lee Lynch and be able to direct the header and a great finish. Three of the four goals were from crosses which is something we pinpointed that we can be very, very dangerous from them this year. It came to fruition and it is not too often that happens.”

On seven shots on target, five goals: “We were clinical. We’ve got some finishers in the team for sure. It’s all about putting the ball in the right areas to allow us to all us and go do that. I thought our build-up play was good, we defended very competently, we didn’t give them a chance and we were patient in the build-up. As far as 45 minutes goes, you will not see too much better on an opening day of the season.

Anthony Elding’s debut of goal and assist: “After an hour he said he was tired, it was only his second run out since he came back over and I think the quality is there for everyone to see. It gives us a different type of outlet to what we had and looking forward to how it progresses.”

Game slowing down at the end: “We spoke about coming out of the blocks in the second half and really killing the game and making it uncomfortable for Glentoran. It was natural that things died down and we’re still looking for that peak physical fitness. The last half an hour got a little bit bogged down but I was pleased with the hour and everyone that did contribute.”

Signing of ex Crystal Palace star Kieran Djilali: “I’m pleased to get the business done. That’s me right and happy now. Those that were at Castlebar would have seen someone who is comfortable in possession, strength is going at players, he has a good turn of foot when fully fit and he reads the game very well as well. He knows when to come in off the line, he knows when to stay wide. He joins in at the right times and he is an exciting players. The people who thought we were lacking something with Romauld Boco went to England, I think we’ve brought someone in who is potentially better. He is a team player and knows what the squad is all about how it is very close knit and there are no superstars. I look at it now and I’m excited that we’re a more rounded squad. I’m looking forward to the season. The lads know what he is all about, he needs to get to full fitness, we’ll get him up there and will not throw him in straight away for 90 minutes. He needs to get that fitness and when he does, you’ll see a good player that will fit into a good squad.”

Challenge in every game for Rovers this season: “From the outset every game has to be competed for, there is no way anyone is going to allow us to dictate play and games. People know what the majority of our players are all about, the young ones are not surprise packages and we have to really work hard. The physical side of the game as well, I was pleased tonight with that side of it. If we get embroiled in a battle, we can do that first and foremost but we can play our way out. Tonight I’m pleased we’ve got a five goal start going to Northern Ireland next week and it’s a competition we’ll take very seriously .”  

Five League of Ireland Stars Who Could Make It Abroad

The League of Ireland has become a haven for talent in recent years with stars such as James McClean, Seamus Coleman, Keith Fahey, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle becoming mainstays of the Irish national team.

Other potential talents such as Daniel Kearns, Ben McLaughlin and Eoin Doyle have also been plucked from the League, with the former duo earmarked as Irish stars of the future.

There has been something of a rapid transformation in recent years as the talent emerging from the League is greater than ever before.

Here Irish News Review details five potential stars that soon could be making waves abroad.  

Chris Forrester

Pats star Forrester is widely considered the most talented player in the League of Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. The Dublin native has been linked to numerous clubs in England and Scotland, with Sunderland, Hibernian and others believed to be among potential suitors. Forrester is something of a football genius and at such a young age he is yet to reach his full potential. His dribbling skills, command of the ball and overall eye for goal are something to be witnessed. Few can say they have faced the tricky Forrester and won the battle. Forrester may well be off to pastures new this off season and he will be more than ready for anything foreign soil has to offer. There is no doubt the ex Bohemians star is a future Ireland international.

 Ronan Finn

Shamrock Rovers PFAI player of the year nominee is one of the most gifted and well rounded individuals in the League of Ireland and has been for some time. The ex UCD star was linked to Hibs this week, along with Forrester but Pat Fenlon has revealed his January priorities lie in tying down three current players he has on loan. Some reports have suggested Finn recently turned down a move to Crystal Palace, the reasons remain unknown but it is a very questionable decision given the current form of Ian Holloway’s Eagles. A January move to England looks extremely likely for Finn but his destination remains a mystery. Many would argue Finn is on a different level to Paul Corry, another ex UCD star who recently moved to Sheffield Wednesday and has impressed thus far. Expect Finn to light up the Championship in the next year at least.

 Stephen McLaughlin

Few could have dreamed that Derry City would have an automatic replacement for the immaculate James McClean when the star departed the Brandywell for Sunderland. But Stephen McLaughlin stepped up to the plate following McClean’s departure and the Derry star is one of the most gifted wingers the League of Ireland has ever seen. Declan Devine will do extremely well to hang onto him and it’s widely expected he will be the subject of much interest come the transfer window. McLaughlin certainly possesses a bright future and the cup final winner is another star with the potential to represent a national side, be it Ireland or Northern Ireland, in the not too distant future.

Ryan Brennan

Drogheda United have defied expectations this season and managed to finish in a staggering second place position, thanks in large part to the Brennan brothers, of which Ryan has the most potential. 2012 was a defining season for Ryan who shone as the Drogs mounted a surprisingly serious title tilt, emerging from the shadows of his brother Killian, who endured a less than spectacular season at Shamrock Rovers. Ryan possesses everything a manager looks for in a winger. His rise from Monaghan United and the First Division to the lofty heights of the Premier Division under the guidance of Mick Cooke has been something special. But his rise to stardom is far from over. Ryan Brennan is definitely another player who will no doubt be at the forefront of some manager’s thoughts and his rise to prominence will develop further with a move abroad.

Kevin Feely

Bohemians starlet Kevin Feely has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks with Everton been known admirers of the Kildare natives talents. Charlton Athletic have also shown an interest, inviting the former Kildare GAA minor player over for a second trial in the coming weeks. The 19 year old enjoyed a solid season in the League of Ireland and has earned high praise from Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan.