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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

Quartet Return To First Post Trapattoni Ireland Squad

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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

The Irish Goalkeeping Dilemma

westwoodWe’ve always been known as a nation that produces top goalkeepers, from Packie Bonner to Shay Given and to the more than capable deputies who filled their void upon their absence, not that the performance of one Paddy Kenny in Larnaca falls into this bracket. Continue reading

Hibs 2-3 Motherwell

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Hibs let a two goal lead slip at Easter Road today, as Motherwell fought back to score three times in the closing stages to secure all three points in a hard fought encounter. Pat Fenlon’s men looked to be cruising to victory when Eoin Doyle scored his second of the afternoon, but a Jamie Murphy double and a Bob McHugh goal was enough for the Steelmen to claim victory.

Rod Petrie’s AGM plea to the lapsed fans to return in their numbers seemed to have fallen on deaf ears, as only 8413 home fans turned up to witness the fixture. Those who did so however were delighted to see club captain James McPake return to the side after injury, resulting in Ryan McGivern moving to left back and Lewis Stevenson taking a seat on the bench. Another long term injury victim, Gary Deegan was also listed as a substitute.

Hibs started well, and could have been two goals up in the first minute. Eoin Doyle slipped the ball to David Wotherspoon on the right wing, but the youngster had to delay his cross as there was no-one in the box. He eventually returned the ball to Doyle who beat a defender before his shot was blocked. Moments later Jorge Claros found Doyle who turned the Motherwell defender before shooting inches past the post with Darren Randolph well beaten.

‘Well fought back and Paul Hanlon misjudged Tom Hateley’s punt  forward allowing Michael Higdon a clear shot at goal, but the big striker ballooned the ball well over the bar.

Alan Maybury found Leigh Griffiths unmarked, and the on-loan striker’s shot was well saved by Irish international Randolph.

Hibs almost took the lead when Griffiths’ free kick found the unmarked McPake in the box, but the skipper headed the ball just over the bar.

On 31 minutes, McPake was harshly booked for holding back Henrik Ojamaa, and this would prove costly later on.

With half time approaching, Hibs took a deserved lead when the ball fell to Tom Taiwo twenty five yards out. The former Chelsea midfielder looked as if he was about to shoot, but instead slipped the ball through to Griffiths who was unable to control it, but managed to find David Wotherspoon. The Scotland under 21 star did well to beat the defender on the outside before his perfectly weighted cross was met by Doyle who headed the ball past his fellow countryman Randolph into the bottom left corner of the net.

Hibs almost got a second just before the break with a long range Griffiths’ shot which Randolph was unable to hold but Adam Cummins managed to boot the ball clear before Doyle could get to the rebound.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hibs doubled their lead when Paul Cairney’s long ball over the top saw the former Sligo Rovers striker race clear of the Motherwell defence. With only the keeper to beat, Doyle took his time before smashing a powerful shot beyond Randolph from the edge of the box.

Hibs appeared to take their foot off the pedal, and it was no surprise when Motherwell pulled one back when Chris Humphrey finally got the better of Ryan McGivern on the right wing to drill a low ball across the six yard line where Jamie Murphy was waiting to knock it home.

With Motherwell dominating possession, Pat Fenlon replaced Griffiths with Deegan in an effort to solidify the midfield, and later brought on Ross Caldwell for Doyle.

Motherwell won a succession of corners, but the Hibs defence held firm, until the 80th minute, when Hateley’s cross found Higdon who beat McPake in the air at the back post to nod the ball across to Murphy who headed the ball home.

With minutes to play, Stuart McCall’s men found a winner when substitute Bob McHugh was on hand to slide home Henrik Ojamaa’s cross, however there was anger in the Hibs stands as the linesman should have awarded Hibs a corner just before the goal.

As the fourth official indicated four minutes of added time, McPake clattered into Murphy in the centre circle and was shown a second yellow card which means that he will miss the away fixture at Kilmarnock next week.

After the game, Pat Fenlon said: “We stopped playing after we scored the second goal to be honest. The second goal seemed to give the players the thought that maybe we could see the game out. We dropped too deep instead of trying to retain the ball.”

When asked whether the game changed when Griffiths was taken off, he replied: “We were under the cosh before we took Leigh off. I didn’t think he did well today to be honest. The idea was to try and get an extra man in midfield.”

Eoin Doyle said: “It’s very disappointing to be two nil up the going on to lose the game, especially at home. We’ve done very well at home this season and it’s not something we want to see creep into our game. I think we switched off after we scored the second goal and we didn’t see it out. We weren’t ugly enough. We should have been a bit uglier in the sense of trying to run down the play. I was disappointed in myself. I scored two goals bit I didn’t think I played well in the second half.”

The result will put a dampener on the team’s Christmas night out in Newcastle tonight, and the players will be desperate to get back on the winning trail at Rugby Park next Saturday.

Hibs: Williams, Maybury, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Taiwo, Claros, Cairney (Handling 87), Griffiths (Deegan 70), Doyle (Caldwell 77). Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Stevenson, Stanton, Kuqi.

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchison, Cummins (McHugh 73), Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Higdon, Ojamaa (Frances-Angol 90). Substitutes not used: Hollis, Ramsden, Daley, Kerr, Hetherington.

Referee: Steven McLean.

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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.

Photograph of Alan Maybury by http://www.jcmackintosh.co.uk

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.