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Monday, September 7, 2015

Ireland Men's National Soccer Team News

September 7, 2015 - Jon Walters scores winner over Georgia
"Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia. Jon Walters' scrambled goal kept Ireland in touch with the top-two and ended Georgia's slender hopes of taking third spot.... Walters may not have been the most obvious scorer, but Ireland were always the likely winners. It is they who first threatened through captain Robbie Keane, seeking goal No68 for his country, as he peeled away from his marker to meet a Wes Hoolahan delivery. His shot flew over the crossbar." - UEFA

September 4, 2015 - Robbie Keane scores brace in win over Gibraltar
"Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland. Robbie Keane took his EURO qualifying tally to 23 with a second-half double as Ireland moved above Scotland into third place in Group D.... Two quick-fire strikes early in the second half from Keane, however, ended the match as a contest, his first coming after Gibraltar's Erin Barnett diverted Walters' low ball against the upright. Two minutes later, after Walker tripped Hoolahan, the LA Galaxy forward nonchalantly converted a penalty for his record extending 23rd EURO qualifying goal. Keane's replacement, Shane Long, rounded things off 11 minutes from time, rising to meet Hendrick's lofted cross from the byline." - UEFA

August 30, 2015 - roster named for Gibraltar & Georgia matches
  • Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Stoke City), David Forde (Millwall), Darren Randolph (West Ham)
  • Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading) Stephen Ward (Burnley)
  • Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)
  • Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Shane Long (Southampton), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)
March 29, 2015 - Shane Long scores late equalizer in draw with Poland
"Substitute Shane Long scored a 91st-minute equaliser to give the Republic of Ireland a potentially crucial point against UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group D leaders Poland. Desperate to make the most of home advantage – especially after losing their last qualifier away to Scotland in November – Martin O'Neill's team set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation that looked to be attack-minded. A bright start from the hosts saw Wesley Hoolahan drill a low effort narrowly wide, but Poland hit back when Grzegorz Krychowiak headed wide. Poland then took the lead with their first shot on target, Peszko reacting quickly to hesitation by Marc Wilson to steal possession and fire past goalkeeper Shay Given.... Finally, in stoppage time, Long converted a Brady corner that had been knocked down by Hoolahan." - UEFA

November 18, 2014 - Robbie Brady scores brace in win over USA
"Robbie Brady helped himself to a superb double as the Republic of Ireland bounced back from their Euro 2016 disappointment to put the United States to the sword. Brady produced a deft 55th-minute finish and then dispatched a late free-kick to cement a 4-1 victory on a night when he shared the headlines with debutant David McGoldrick. Goals from Anthony Pilkington and Brady either side of half-time eclipsed Mix Diskerud's equaliser, but McGoldrick's contribution on his first appearance for his country captured the imagination as the Republic brought their 2014 fixtures to a positive conclusion. He was involved in the first two goals in a team performance which went some of the way towards easing the disappointment of Friday's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat in Scotland." - RTE

November 11, 2014 - Robbie Keane
"Robbie Keane will get his first chance to face the USA since he joined MLS's LA Galaxy when Ireland hosts the Americans on Nov. 18 in Dublin. He was included in the Ireland roster for its Euro 2014 qualifier at Scotland on Friday and the USA match at the Aviva Stadium four days later. Keane started for Ireland the last time it played the USA: a 2-1 win in Dublin in April 2002. The only other Irish from that game still in the squad is keeper Shay Given, now a backup to U.S. No. 1 keeper Brad Guzan at Aston Villa." - SoccerAmerica

October 11, 2014 - Robbie Keane hat-trick, James McClean brace in win over Gibraltar
"Robbie Keane's hat-trick helped the Republic of Ireland crush Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin. Keane completed his hat-trick with an 18th-minute penalty after Wes Hoolahan had set up his first two strikes. After the break, two James McClean goals came either side of an own goal from Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez.... The result was Gibraltar's second successive 7-0 hammering in Group D after last month's defeat by Poland in their adopted home venue of Faro, in what was the first competitive fixture in their history. Keane's hat-trick brought his international goals tally to 65 in 136 matches and also means he becomes the top scorer in European Championship qualifying history. The LA Galaxy striker has now notched 21 goals in European qualifiers which moved him one ahead of former Turkey striker Hakan Sukur." - BBC

October 7, 2014 - Brian Lenihan called up
"Uncapped Hull City full-back Brian Lenihan has been handed a surprise call-up for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany. Lenihan, 20, only signed for Hull at the end of August and has yet to play a first-team game for the club. However, with Seamus Coleman set to miss both games because of injury, Martin O'Neill has called up Lenihan.... Lenihan has been playing for Hull's Under-21 team since his move from Cork City." - BBC

September 7, 2014 - Aiden McGeady scores brace in win over Georgia
"Aiden McGeady's double gave Republic of Ireland the points as they began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win in Georgia. The Everton midfielder left it late to snatch victory for his side in Tbilisi, turning on the edge of the area before firing home his second goal of the game in the last minute to get the Irish up and running in Group D. He had put the visitors ahead in Sunday's encounter with a well-taken 24th-minute goal before a wonder-strike from Tornike Okriashvili looked to have guaranteed Georgia a share of the spoils when he let fly from distance shortly before half-time." - Goal

September 3, 2014 -  Kevin Doyle & Alex Pearce score in win over Oman
Ireland beat Oman 2-0 with goals from Kevin Doyle and Alex Pearce... It was left to Wes Hoolahan to change the course of the night. Clever in his movement in between the lines of attack and midfield and equally as sharp with his passing, Hoolahan’s growing influence coincided with Ireland having the period of dominance which resulted in their opening goal. Doyle got it, connecting with Robbie Brady’s 20th-minute corner to direct his header past Ali al-Habsi and register his 14th international goal....  Pearce, however, may be ruled in. His commanding performance in defence was helped by a second international goal, scored from another Brady corner, when he showed tidy footwork before firing in a low shot that nestled in the corner of Al-Habsi’s net." - The Guardian

August 30, 2014 - roster updates
"Shay Given has made a shock return to the international scene after Martin O'Neill named the 38-year-old goalkeeper in his final 27-man squad for the Republic of Ireland's upcoming matches against Oman and  Georgia. The Donegal man retired from Ireland duty after the 2012 European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine, having amassed 125 caps since his Ireland debut in 1996. O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have seemingly turned to the Aston Villa reserve keeper as first choice over David Forde and Kieren Westwood for next Wednesday's friendly against Oman in Dublin and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Tbilisi four days later. Skipper Robbie Keane is being monitored as he attempts to shake off a minor problem, although O'Neill is hopeful he will be fit for the Georgia game." - RTE

July 31, 2014 - Richard Dunne retires
"Defender Richard Dunne announced his retirement from international football on Thursday after a 14-year career which yielded 80 caps. The 34-year-old Queens Park Rangers player made his debut for his country in 2000 and his last appearance was against Kazakhstan in October 2013. 'Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make,' Dunne told the QPR website. 'I have represented Ireland since I was 15 years of age, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the highs and lows that have come with playing for my country. I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O'Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016 (the host of the next European championships)." - FIFA

November 15, 2013 - Keane, McGeady and Long score in win over Latvia
"The Martin O'Neill era got off to a winning start at the Aviva Stadium when the Republic of Ireland beat Latvia 3-0 with goals from Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long.... But the breakthrough came ten minutes later from another set-piece when McGeady's corner was headed on at the near post but McClean and Keane finished from close range for his 62nd international goal from 131 appearances.... However, McGeady made no mistake in the 68th minute when he latched on to a poor pass out of defence by Juris Laizan and drilled low shot past Vanins from 25 yards.... And Walters had an immediate impact after 80 minutes when he fed the overlapping Seamus Coleman and his pull back across the face of goal was turned home at the far post by Shane Long for what was Ireland 700th international goal." - FAI

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