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Peamount United Trounce Cork City WFC In 9-Goal Thriller

Cork City lost in Greenogue, Dublin yesterday to a committed Peamount United side in a nine-goal thriller. The Leesiders, who are on a poor run stretching back to November, started the game extremely brightly and tested opposing keeper Brooke Dunne a number of times before making the breakthrough, as captain Katie McCarthy scored after 14 minutes. This prompted a response from …

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An Irish Fan On The Atmosphere That Surrounded Irl vs Pol

David Cullinane relives the thoughts, sights and sounds from Ireland’s spirited come-back against Poland.  There was a sense from early yesterday upon arriving in Dublin that this was more than a normal game. This was huge, this was massive; it was essentially do or die trying. As is ritual, a stroll into town to check out the atmosphere uncovered the surreal …

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McCarthy & Whelan Must Not Hide In Hoolahan’s Shadow

Wes Hoolahan’s performance last night was at times majestic and he constructed most of what was positive about Ireland’s play in the second half, however James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan mustn’t be allowed to hide in his shadow.  Hoolahan, this morning, will be waking up to a plethora of column inches surrounding his outstanding display last night and how he helped Ireland valiantly came back …

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5 Talking Points From The Premier Division’s First 5 Games

After five full rounds of Premier Division fixtures, we take a look back at five talking points from the opening month of the League of Ireland. Bohemians began the season as early pacesetters, however a heavy defeat at the hands of Dundalk and a draw against Shamrock Rovers has put them back down the pecking order. As always, many eyes were pointed …

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Offence Will Be Ireland’s Best Defence Against Poland

To paraphrase Liam Harrison and the Goal Celebrities’ famous Italia ’90 song, this writer very much hopes Martin O’Neill gives ‘it a lash’ against Poland on Sunday night. This will have to be tempered of course against a side which boast names such as prolific striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish talisman is what the focus will be on from the off for Ireland’s …

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The Case For Ireland’s No.1 Jersey: Will Fortune Favour The Brave?

Tonight sees Ireland take on Poland in a crunch Euro qualifier game with all their goalkeepers in contention for a place.   The Polish management have already declared that Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski has ousted his former Arsenal teammate Wojciech Szczesny to start in goal, despite the latter’s previous excellence between the sticks against  Germany. Fabianski’s promotion was something of a …

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Losing To Poland Would Leave A ‘Big Dent’ – Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has admitted that defeat to Poland in tomorrow night’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium would leave a ‘big dent’ in Ireland’s goal of automatic qualification for next summer’s tournament in France. Speaking to media today in Malahide, O’Neill said that defeat tomorrow night ‘will be a big dent in proceedings’ in group D …

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Cork Football Has Found Its Feet After 91 Years Of Heartache

Cork’s 91-year League of Ireland presence has been a history laden with rebirths, renaissances and rivalries but very few clubs have managed to last from one generation to the next. This long, and in equal measures, heartbreaking and joyous history began with Fordsons 91 years ago, and from there the death and resurrection of Cork’s representation on the national stage has …

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The Starting XI Martin O’Neill Should Pick Against Poland

With Ireland needing a draw at the very least to keep hopes of qualification alive, there is much debate surrounding what team Martin O’Neill will select for Sunday night. Here, Brian Barry offers the XI he would start with to beat Poland. Formation 4-4-2. _____ Goalkeeper: Kieren Westwood In what has traditionally been an easy call for Ireland managers, O’Neill finds …

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Athlone Beat Shelbourne In Tolka For First Time In 35 Years

It was third versus first in this top of the table clash in the First Division and it was the visitors who came away with all three points, making it Athlone’s first victory against Shelbourne at Tolka Park since 1980. The first half was all about Athlone Town. The midlands side dominated their hosts with slicker movement and passing. The home …

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