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Nick Menezes

Nick Menezes
Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

Ireland Underage International Jack Byrne Scores Yet Another Cracker For Oldham

UEFA Under 21 EURO 2017 Qualifier, RSC, Waterford 2/9/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Slovenia Ireland's Jack Byrne

Jack Byrne scored yet another cracking long range effort as Oldham defeated Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night in League One. The former Manchester City youth scored a debut goal from slightly closer in against Charlton Athletic two weeks ago, and it appears Byrne is enjoying somewhat of a revival with John Sheridan’s side having joined on loan from Wigan Athletic. …

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Opinion: Ireland’s Neglect of Available Technical Ability Cannot Continue

Tbilisi , Georgia - 2 September 2017; Republic of Ireland players from left, Daryl Murphy, Shane Duffy, Darren Randolph and Stephen Ward at the end of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Georgia proved yet again that Martin O’Neill must consider adding creativity to his side as they look to finish strongly in World Cup qualifying. Georgia played Ireland off the park on Saturday, with midfielders Nika Kvekveskiri and in particular Jano Ananidze controlling procedures. Although the Georgians dominated, they only had one shot on target (in which …

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Watch: Jack Byrne Nets 20 Yarder On Oldham Debut

UEFA Under 21 EURO 2017 Qualifier, RSC, Waterford 7/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Serbia Ireland's Jack Byrne Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Jack Byrne got off to a scoring start at Oldham as his new side went 4-3 down to Charlton Athletic. The 21-year-old joined one Latics side for another as he departed Wigan Athletic on a six month loan. Oldham, who are managed by ex-Ireland international John Sheridan, also saw Dubliner Eoin Doyle net for them as they lost to a Charlton side …

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Ireland V Georgia Countdown: Five Talking Points Ahead Of Huge Qualifier

Ireland take on Georgia in their crucial World Cup qualifier that will have a massive bearing on Ireland’s potential involvement in next summer’s football showcase. We take a look at some of the major talking points ahead of the Tbilisi showdown in which Ireland will hope to maintain their unbeaten run and continue their winning run against the Georgians. _____ …

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Assessing Four Possible Ireland XIs That Could Tame Georgia in Tbilisi

Robbie Brady of Ireland and Valerian Gvilia of Georgia fight for the ball during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on October 6, 2016 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With Ireland’s crunch tie with Georgia fast approaching, we look at four possible lineups Martin O’Neill could deploy in Tbilisi. O’Neill seems to favour certain personnel but not a particular system. He has alternated between 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, a midfield diamond and, more recently, a 4-5-1 formation. Ireland beat Georgia 1-0 last October with a 4-3-3 formation deployed, Seamus Coleman …

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Irish Prospect Jack Byrne Leaves Wigan Athletic On Loan

UEFA Under 21 EURO 2017 Qualifier, RSC, Waterford 7/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Serbia Ireland's Jack Byrne

Republic of Ireland prospect Jack Byrne has joined Oldham Athletic on a six-month loan from Wigan Athletic. The 21-year-old has experienced an unfortunate fall from grace since returning to England from  a loan spell with Dutch side Cambuur. The Dubliner who is still arguably one of Ireland’s best young talents thrived in Holland after being sent out for experience by …

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