SPORTING IRELAND SUSPENDS FUNDS TO FAI

The fallout of the former Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney continues as Sport Ireland reveled this week that they had suspended funding to the association. The FAI receives annual funding of €2.7million from the body and this comes as a result of a breach in the rules of Sport Ireland by the football body.

It is understood that the €100,000 loan provided by Delaney to the FAI is the major subject of interest and this has led to widespread protests in different circles. Irish fans threw tennis balls unto the field in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia as they protested against Delaney.  Delaney, as well as FAI president Donal Conway, are expected to appear before a parliamentary committee hearing this week. Continue reading SPORTING IRELAND SUSPENDS FUNDS TO FAI

Coleman is an important player

New Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy said that Seamus Coleman is an important player for him and that his place is guaranteed in the team irrespective of his form with Everton. Indeed the player has been struggling this season to get a sustained run in the Everton team and that has cause doubts that he might lose his place in the national team.

Mick McCarthy said that Seamus Coleman is his captain and that he is an important player not only on the pitch but also off the pitch. He said that he will be counting on him to lead the other players.
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Ireland manager without key players

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill might be without some key players next month in what might be an important match for his career at the head of the national team. Indeed players such as Seamus Coleman, Harry Arter, and Rice might be missing the games scheduled for next month.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is currently suffering from a fracture and will be missing the two games scheduled for next month. Harry Arter, on the other hand, is out of the team following a clash with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Rice who has become an important player has yet to decide whether he wants to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at international level.
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Ireland beats the USA in friendly

The Republic of Ireland managed to beat the United States by 2-1 thanks to a goal in the closing stage of the game from Alan Judge. The substitute scored the goal only seconds after entering on the field and gave a much-needed win to the Ireland team.

It was the Republic of Ireland that started the match the better and created some opportunities earlier on in the game. However, they will struggle to make their possession count and will miss some great occasions in front of goal.

This will allow the United States to grow in confidence and wrestle possession from them and the visitors began to create some opportunities of their own. They will naturally open the score in the closing stage of the game thanks to a great header from Matt Miazga on a Will Trapp free-kick. The powerful header will give the Republic of Ireland keeper no chance. The first half ended with the visitors leading 1-0.

In the second half, the Republic of Ireland showed more urgency on the ball and kept the ball better but unfortunately, they will fail to create any clear-cut opportunities. However, they will manage to come back into the game thanks to a goal from Burke.

The equalizer gave the Republic of Ireland some belief and they become more dangerous. However, they will be let down by some poor decision making and some great saves by the United States goalkeeper.

They will continue to create some opportunities until Alan Judge managed to equalize after coming in as a substitute. The Republic of Ireland manager said that it was a difficult game and that his players showed their character and determination in order to not only get back into the game but also score some important goals.

DEVON BASED FC NEW MANAGER LIVES IN IRELAND

Devon-based Football Club have appointed a manager based in Ireland even as they are desperate to get the two promotion slots available at the end of the term. Buckland Athletic want to reach the Southern League but they would have to finish in the top two of the Western League Premier Division to qualify.

After a poor run under former coach Ellis Laight, they dismissed him. While they seek a substantive coach to take over, the club reached out to their former coach Adam Castle to manage the team from away. The 42-year old former boss left in 2016 and moved with his family to County Cork.
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MCCAULEY HELP COLERAINE REMAIN LEADERS IN IRELAND

In Ireland, Darren McCauley’s double after Josh Carson’s opener helped the Premiership side defeat Ards 3-0.


The victory means they have won six times in six matches, starting the new term on a brilliant note.

Though Coleraine ran away heavy winners, it wasn’t heavy at first. They played a goalless draw in the first half as Ards held them. Carson broke through though with his close range effort before McCauley grabbed his brace.

In another fixture, Lindfielddefeated Glentoran 1-0 to continue their top form. Aaron Burns’ early goal was enoughas David Healy’s side claimed all three points. Burns headed the ball in, in the fifth minuteas the champions cruised to a narrow victory over their cross city opponents. Their 100 percent record continues but they remain three points behind Coleraine. They have a match in hand though as they battle Crusaders on Tuesday.

Windsor Park would be excited with the result as they are yet to conceded in the league after five matches.Glentoran would be disappointed with their first loss of the term, Linfield have the last 13 fixtures between both sides, playing a draw in six matches aside a loss. Continue reading MCCAULEY HELP COLERAINE REMAIN LEADERS IN IRELAND

O’Neill in FIFA probe

Martin O’Neill may face sanctions from FIFA after the comments that he made after the match against Austria.


The match ended 1-1 with the referee denying a late Ireland goal and not giving several penalty appeals.

The Republic of Ireland manager said that the Spanish referee was very poor on the night and that he was the main reason why his team did not manage to win the game.

Martin O’Neill was not the only person to have blamed the referee that night. His player James McClean was another person that criticizes the referee, and he even went to the extent of labeling the referee as Austria’s 12th men.

A FIFA representative said that the authority was making an inquiry on what happen and that both the referee and player will have to respond to the charges.

Martin O’ Neill said at that time that the goal scored by Duffy should have stand and that it should have counted. He stated that the manager was wrong and that was an example of his performance the whole night. Continue reading O’Neill in FIFA probe

Ireland’s Martin O’Neil has given an update on Seamus Coleman

On March 24 of 2017, Republic of Ireland faced off with Wales for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification encounter that concluded in a goal-less draw as neither team managed to score a single goal.


This draw means that each side was able to secure 1 point from this match which can help them in their journey of qualifying for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup.

However, this 1 point arrived at a very hefty cost for Republic of Ireland as Seamus Coleman was hit with a very tough tackle which forced the 28 year old defender on having to be removed from the pitch at the 72nd minute.

This injury will be leaving Seamus Coleman out of action for the remainder of the Premier League season which is a huge blow for Everton as Coleman plays a huge role for the English club and he will not be able to represent Ireland for their upcoming qualification matches against: Austria, Georgia, Serbia, Moldova and Wales. Continue reading Ireland’s Martin O’Neil has given an update on Seamus Coleman

WALES FORCE IRELAND TO A DRAW

Republic of Ireland played a goalless draw with Wales on Friday March 24 and the results further points to the fact that the Euro 2016 finalists might not play in Russia next year.


The hosts did a decent job of forcing the Welsh side to a draw – that they seemed content with. The defence was solid and the deep-lying play wearied the visitors.

Real Madrid talisman Gareth Bale could not inspire the set-up to victory though he came close twice. They could have sustained the attack but a poor attack on Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman forced the referee to send off Neil Taylor in the 69th minute. Continue reading WALES FORCE IRELAND TO A DRAW