Republic of Ireland

  • Rep of Ireland 2 Northern Ireland 1


    The hosts came from behind to record an impressive victory in a friendly Amateur International match which also marked the official opening of the John Sherlock stand in the Roscommon & District League's Grounds in Lecarrow.


    The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes with a fine strike from Nathaniel Ferris that found the top corner of the net giving Gary Cunningham no chance in the home goal.


    Gerry Davis's side rallied and were level within ten minutes when Garvan Grant equalised from the penalty spot to leave the scores level at the break.


    As the second half progressed both managers made a number of substitutions and it was a local lad, Michael Heneghan from Glenamaddy who grabbed the headlines, already making life difficult for the Northern Ireland Defenders. He had the confidence to shoot from outside the box on 65 minutes and his shot decieved the goalkeeper and ended up in the net to give the hosts a 2 1 lead that they would not relinquish. Indeed he could have had a second minutes later but for a last ditch block by Adam Wright in the visitors box.


    Following the match the Republic of Ireland players were presented with their Amateur International caps by FAI Junior council president, Ted O Mahoney, International manager Gerry Davis and Connacht FA chairman Padraig McHale.

  • The Republic of Ireland are set to hold matches behind closed doors if and when they are staged at Lansdowne Road this year.

    Stephen Kenny's first competitive game in charge is set to be against Bulgaria on September 3rd.

    It's believed FIFA and UEFA could end up freeing up the fixture calendar for clubs in September and October, which would mean the Boys in Green would have a run of at least 7 games, including the Euro 2020 play off, in November and December.

    The FAI will be expected to have a road map ready for League of Ireland clubs by next week over a potential return to action.

  • THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND travel to Belfast to take on joint table toppers Northern Ireland in their penultimate outing of the season in the SAFIB Centenary Shield which takes place in Queens University tomorrow evening (April 18 at 6pm).

    O’Connor’s side have earned one point in their two outings to date with a share of the spoils away to Scotland which ended one apiece and then a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to England last Friday evening in Dalymount Park.

    However, the Republic of Ireland could take a share of the Shield if they are to win both their remaining games which will see them entertain Wales next Thursday evening (April 25 at 7pm) in Home Farm FC in the final game of the 2019 Shield schedule.

    The only change to the Republic of Ireland side will see Jack O’Connor of St. Louis CS, Kiltimagh in for Oatlands College grad Jake Ellis. Jack was capped against Scotland last month and will look forward to re-joining his team-mates for the penultimate test.

    Frankie Wilson’s side will enjoy their final game of the campaign at home with a win or a draw enough to seal the prestigious title. One which they last landed two season’s previous as they shared it with England. Northern Ireland were outright winners back in 2013 so they will look to replicate such successes tomorrow night in Queens.

    Northern Ireland are level with England in the group table at the moment as they have secured seven points in three games. The Northern outfit had slender 1-0 victories over Scotland and Wales and a goalless draw with England early this month.

    There are some notable changes to the Northern Ireland side which will see Josh Largo-Ellis (St. Michael’s Enniskillen), Malachy Smith (Breda Academy), Jack Bradley (St Joseph’s Boys’ Derry) and Trai Hume (NIFL Academy) returning to the squad following their absence against England.

    Sean Og Gallagher (Trinity College Belfast) the versatile midfielder has retained his position in the team following his involvement against England.

    The likes of Callum McVeigh (Down High School) and Ethan Wynne (Bangor Academy), who scored the goal in the 1-0 win away to Wales will miss out for the Republic of Ireland clash.

    As this is a must win for the visitors, it should ensure a testing environment for Wilson’s charges in Belfast.


    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | David Odumosu (O’Fiaich College, Dundalk), Keith Carter (Colaiste Choilm Swords), Josh Honohan (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Daragh Ellison(St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Corey McBride (Carndonagh Community School), Niall O’Keeffe (De La Salle College, Waterford), Matthew O’Reilly (Midleton CBS), Colin Kelly (St. Joseph’s College, Galway), Brandon Bermingham (St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda), Jack Doherty (Carndonagh Community School), Adam Lynch (Summerhill College), Ross Tierney (St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall), Jamie Cleary (Drimnagh Castle CBS), James Clarke (Boyne Community School, Trim), Lee McLaughlin (Carndonagh Community School), Reece Murphy (Wexford CBS), Dónal Higgins (Yeats College, Galway), Jack O’Connor(St. Louis Community School)

    MANAGEMENT | William O’CONNOR, Head Coach (Balbriggan Community College),  John McSHANE, Assistant Coach (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray), Ollie HORGAN, Performance Analyst (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Conor FOLEY, GK Coach (Athlone Community College), Derek O’BRIEN, Equipment Manager (Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore), Michael McGLYNN(Physio), Dr. Aidan O’COLMAIN (Team Doctor).


    NORTHERN IRELAND | Ruadhan McKenna (Rathmore Grammar), Paul McLaughlin (Christian Brothers Belfast), Jamie Glover (Ashfield Boys’ High), Josh Largo-Ellis (St Michael’s Enniskillen), Malachy Smith (Breda Academy), Ruari O’Hare (St. Patrick’s Downpatrick), Patrick Burns CAPT. (St Malachy’s Belfast), Lewis McGarvey (St. Malachy’s Belfast), Andrew Whiteside (Coleraine GS), Jack Bradley (St. Joseph’s Boys’ Derry), Trai Hume (NIFL Academy), Sean Og Gallagher (Trinity College Belfast), Jake Corbett (SERC Lisburn), Liam Hassin (Larne High), Sam Robb (Fivemiletown College),  Ryan Carmichael (St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon), Calvin McCurry (De La Salle Belfast), Callum Ferris (NIFL Academy).

    MANAGEMENT| Frankie Wilson (Manager), Simon Nicks (Coach), Linda Fettus (Physio)



    MD1 | Thursday, March 7 | Northern Ireland 1-0 Scotland | Crusaders FC | Kick Off 3pm

    MD2 | Friday, March 8 | England 0-1 Wales | Slough Town FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD3 | Thursday, March 14 | Wales 0-1Northern Ireland | Aberystwyth Town FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD4 | Friday, March 22 | Scotland 0-2 England | Inveririe Loco FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD5 | Thursday, March 28 | Scotland 1-1 Republic of Ireland | Ayr United FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD6 | Friday, April 5 | England 0-0 Northern Ireland | Redditch United FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD7 | Thursday, April 11 | Wales 1-2 Scotland | Cefn Druids FC | Kick Off 7pm

    MD8 | Friday, April 12 | Republic of Ireland 0-2 England | Dalymount Park | Kick Off 7pm


  • Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has launched the application process for the next Player Development Course, jointly hosted by the Football Association of Ireland and several Education & Training Boards countrywide.

    As a manager who worked with six graduates of the FAI-ETB course during his time with Dundalk, the national team boss happily acknowledges the benefits of the programme which runs in ten centres across Ireland.

    With integral support from the Education Training Board, the FAI-ETB Course offers young male and female players an opportunity to combine their education and football development in a manner that will benefit their career choices in professional football and in the sports industry.

    Graduates of the course include Ireland internationals Katie McCabe, Enda Stevens, Matt Doherty, Kevin Long, Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.

    Dundalk stars Sean Gannon, Darren Meenan, John Mountney, and Chris Shields also credit the FAI-ETB course as a major factor in their successful careers.

    Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said: “The FAI-ETB programme is hugely valuable for young Irish players in their player development pathway as they work towards a career in professional football.

    “The experience of the FAI coaches and the support of the Education Training Board offers the players on the course an invaluable insight into our game as they continue their education.”

    The FAI-ETB programme was established in 2004 and now operates in Castlebar, Dundalk, Limerick, Waterford, Blarney, Carrigaline, Clondalkin, Cabra, Irishtown and Tallaght with UEFA-Qualified FAI coaches guiding the players on their pathway to professional football.  

    Trainees also complete the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sport & Recreation Studies along with an ITEC Gym Instructors Diploma, Pool Lifeguard and FAI Coaching Certificates up to National D level.

    The course is suitable for young players returning from the professional game in England with limited education and graduates can earn CAO points to progress to Third Level courses.

    The 2020-21 FAI-ETB programme is scheduled to commence in late September and trainees may be eligible for a generous training allowance. Applications are now being accepted at and at Applications will close in August.

  • Mayo SL Under 15 players Daniel Kelly, Conor Walsh and Adam Nugent have been selected in the Republic of Ireland Under 15 squad for an upcoming tournament to be held in Mayo.

    The three former Westport United players will be action for their country in fixtures against Latvia, the Faroe Islands, and Luxembourg.

    The games will be hosted in Castlebar, Westport and Ballina next month.