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Disappointment For Ireland U21s In Norway

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THE Republic of Ireland U21 side suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss to Norway in a friendly international in Drammen tonight.

Norway scored twice either side of half-time to seal the victory with Alan Browne replying from the penalty spot for the Irish in the 76th minute.

Both sides had come close before the Norwegians broke the deadlock in the 27th minute. Less than a minute earlier Jack Byrne had a decent effort from outside the box that curled narrowly over.

Norway’s opener came after a break down the left and the ball came to Mohamed Elyounoussi, who cut inside before he firing the ball into the far corner.

The second goal came in the 33rd minute with Bard Finne sending the ball in from the left, Irish keeper Ian Lawlor made a brave block but the rebound fell to Veton Berisha and he turned it home.

Norway changed almost their entire side at the break and the fresh legs told. They made it 3-0 on 53 minutes through a close range finish from Petter Strand.

Three minutes later it was 4-0 with Kristoffer Normann Hansen scoring from the edge of the box.

Preston North End midfielder Browne gave the Irish some sort of consolation when he converted from the spot but overall it was a disappointing night defensively for the Irish.

King said: “We’re here to learn and we certainly did that. The purpose of games like this is to try out things, experiment and look at players. We’ve certainly plenty of room for improvement.

“We gave six people new caps at this level. I know we can do better. It’s obviously disappointing to lose but the positive was that we worked hard right to the end and there were some good individual performances.

“We didn’t adapt to the artificial surface as well as Norway did but that was worth experiencing too as more and more countries are using that type of surface.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Ian Lawlor (Danny Rogers 60), Shane Griffin (Dylan Connolly 60), Jack Connors (Kenny McEvoy 46) , Tommy Hoban, Darragh Lenihan (Mason Watkins-Clark 46), Kieron Sadlier (Alan Browne 46), Pierce Sweeney (Sean Kavanagh 46), Sam Byrne (Philip Roberts 60), Jack Byrne, Sean Long, Eoghan O’Connell.

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King’s U21s Ready For Norwegian Challenge

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King is looking for his young side to build on their recent impressive performances when they meet Norway in a friendly in Drammen tomorrow (6.00pm Irish).

King’s side drew with Qatar’s Olympic side in May then produced a disciplined display against Germany last month.

With a view towards next year’s qualifying campaign, the Irish boss is getting to know this new crop of U21 players and believes this fixture will be very beneficial in that process.

“We had a long day travelling to Norway and naturally everybody was tired after that but we trained last night to loosen ourselves out and now everybody is fresher and ready for the game,” said King. Continue reading

LOI: Clubs Seek To Avoid European Hangover

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Bohemians –v- Cork City    7:45

Bohemians host title chasing Cork City at Dalymount Park.

Having not played since the 1-1 with St Patrick’s Athletic on July 13, Bohemians will be looking to get one over on their in-form opponents. Currently in seventh position, the Dublin side will be relatively pleased with their current form but will look to move up the table to as high as sixth by the weekend’s close.

Goals from Billy Dennehy and Mark O’Sullivan gave Cork City a 2-1 win against UCD last week. That win wasn’t enough to put them top as they sit second in the league on goal difference. The leesiders will be out for another three points in order to put pressure on league leaders Dundalk, anything but a win and significant momentum could be lost.

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Boko Haram’s Reign Of Terror Forces 800 People To Flee Per Day

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Abduction of schoolgirls and unrelenting attacks on civilians may be the tip of the iceberg, highlights a new briefing paper released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), raising concerns of the geopolitical threat Nigeria’s Boko Haram poses to the region.

A new briefing paper by IDMC highlights violence and abuses perpetrated by Nigeria’s most notorious Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram, and the scale of internal displacement provoked by its campaign of terror. According to government authorities,* a total of 3.3 million people have been internally displaced in the country due to violence, including by that caused by Boko Haram.

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Star Wars Episode VII Set For 2015 Release

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Disney and Lucasfilm have today announced that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studi

It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time. Continue reading

Sochi 2014: 10 Facts About The Most Expensive Winter Olympics Ever

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The Winter Olympic Games are set to unfold in the Russian beach resort town of Sochi , which has been plagued by controversy right from the start.

When organizers struck down a request by NGO Pride House to set up shop in Sochi, Russia’s policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights came under close scrutiny. Then there were widespread allegations over corruption in the provisions of services and facilities. Critics accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of cronyism in awarding contracts and mismanagement of funds. Continue reading

Keano Praises Injured Hibs’ Youngster Cody Mulhall

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Hibs’ youngster Cody Mulhall received an unexpected boost yesterday when newly appointed Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane took time out from his busy schedule to telephone the seventeen year old striker and wish him well as he recovers from ligament damage sustained after landing awkwardly during an under 20s win over Dundee United in Arbroath last month.

The Irish born striker from Athy, Co Kildare who has been in sparkling form this season received immediate treatment from senior physio Kitty MacKinnon after the incident, but the club later confirmed that he was likely to be out for several months.

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