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Drogheda vs Cabinteely: Both Sides Look To Return To Winning Ways

Pete Mahon - Drogheda United manager.

Drogheda United host Cabinteely at United Park on Friday evening as both sides look to return to winning ways, with their last victories coming in their opening league games against Waterford United and Athlone Town respectively. Drogheda were unbeaten going into their encounter with Shelbourne last week but the Boynesiders fell to their first league defeat in Tolka Park. Pete …

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Martin O’Neill’s Potential 23-Man Squad For France

Martin O'Neill Unveiled As New Ireland Manager

Martin O’Neill will have learned a few things about his squad from the friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. The victory over Switzerland produced a solid defensive display, but with little creativity going forward, the Slovakia draw was perhaps the opposite, where the likes of Wes Hoolahan and James McClean provided the side with some real attacking thrust. However, the second …

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Republic Of Ireland: Rob Elliot Injury Sours O’Neill’s Night

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 29: Rob Elliot of the Republic of Ireland suffers a suspected serious injury during the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia at Aviva Stadium on March 29, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland shared the spoils with their Slovakian visitors on a night that was overshadowed by what looks like a season-ending injury to Newcastle Untied goalkeeper Rob Elliot and denting his chances of a place in the Irish squad heading to France this summer. The Slovakians kept the hosts busy throughout the game. However, star player Marek Hamšík had a …

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Slovakia Stalemate Highlights Pros And Cons Of Ireland’s Diamond

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Head Coach Martin O'Neill of Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday evening highlighted both the benefits and drawbacks of Martin O’Neill’s preferred 4-3-1-2 formation. After experimenting with a 4-4-2 against Switzerland four days earlier, the Irish manager reverted to the diamond formation that inspired Ireland’s dramatic turnaround in qualification fortunes last year. This tactical switch coincided with the return of the …

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Martin O’Neill Must Use Euro 2016 As A Launchpad For The Future Of Football In Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Head Coach Martin O'Neill of Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

With the countdown to the European Championships well underway the issue of who should go or not go on that plane to France with the Republic of Ireland is an interesting debate. Despite the recent squad announcement for the friendly games against Switzerland and Slovakia that failed to include Damien Delaney, people are still stating the Delaney should go to …

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Republic Of Ireland Recap: Judge Was Misused While Duffy Shined

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 25: Alan Judge (L) of the Republic of Ireland and Fabian Schar (R) of Switzerland during the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

On a night commemorating revolutionary leaders of 100 years ago, the Republic of Ireland football team may have identified a leader of their own as Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy was outstanding during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.  Much of the pre-match focus centred around commemorating the likes of Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, James Connolly …

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Ireland Defeat Swiss With Passable Leicester Impression

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Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland turned in a passable impression of Premier League table-toppers Leicester City to triumph over Switzerland on Saturday evening. Having cited the success of his former employer as cause for Irish hope on the eve of the game, it was not entirely surprising that O’Neill opted to select a 4-4-2 for the first time in his …

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Shelbourne Looking For First League Win As They Host Drogheda United

United Park Drogheda

Kevin Doherty’s Shelbourne will be looking for their first league win of the season as they host Pete Mahon’s Drogheda United, who remain unbeaten after their first three league games. Shelbourne go into this game with just a point to their name following a defeat to Cobh Ramblers and a draw with Cabinteely. They have, however, played a game less than …

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Rugby’s Losing Its Credibility In Continual Comparisons With Football

England's prop Joe Marler (C) clashes with Wales' prop Samson Lee (3rd R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Wales at Twickenham in south west London on March 12, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rugby’s continued comparisons with how football is run and officiated is now doing more damage to the game’s reputation, argues Maurice Brosnan.  A concept that many sports fans have spectacularly failed to grasp in their persistent attempts to draw comparisons between rugby and football is that they are actually two different sports. Two entirely different entities, with different laws, different …

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O’Neill Backs Ireland Striker Robbie Keane For Successful Career In Management

<> on September 4, 2015 in Faro, Portugal.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has backed LA Galaxy striker and Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorer Robbie Keane to have a successful career in management when the Tallaght native finally decides to call it quits on his illustrious playing career. Keane, 35, is in Dublin this weekend as part of an Ireland squad that will take on Switzerland and Slovakia in respective upcoming friendlies at the …

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