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# play-off - Saturday 20 May, 2017

As it happened: Northampton Saints v Connacht, Champions Cup play-off semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Connacht tried to extend their season and hope of playing in the Champions Cup next season.

# play-off - Friday 19 May, 2017

Adeolokun, Healy and Dillane back in Connacht 23 for Saints play-off

Adeolokun, Healy and Dillane back in Connacht 23 for Saints play-off

Pat Lam’s side have been boosted by the return of the Ireland internationals.

# play-off - Thursday 18 May, 2017

Connacht plotting to save season by bringing play-off final to Galway

The western province need to beat Northampton away this weekend to do so.

# play-off - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Ultan Dillane back in Connacht training and may yet feature on Ireland tour

The 23-year-old lock has been sidelined for the past 10 weeks with a shoulder injury.

# play-off - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Blow for Connacht as Bundee Aki will definitely miss Champions Cup play-off semi-final

The powerful midfielder’s appeal fails to reduce his punishment.

# play-off - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Clare kick on to Munster MFC semi-final following gutsy win over Tipperary

Limerick stand between the Banner and a Munster final spot.

# play-off - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Watch hurling star Lee Chin score a cracking volley for Wexford Youths Multi-talented This post contains videos

Watch hurling star Lee Chin score a cracking volley for Wexford Youths

He’s a bit of an all-rounder.

# play-off - Saturday 22 October, 2016

From winning trophies at Wembley and Old Trafford to League of Ireland coaching at 31

Darren Murphy has helped Stephen Henderson to bring Cobh Ramblers to the brink of the Premier Division.

# play-off - Monday 16 May, 2016

Westwood stars as Wednesday advance to Championship play-off final

The Irish goalkeeper made a number of vital saves to help Carlos Carvalhal’s side advance.

# play-off - Thursday 28 April, 2016

O'Donnell predicts bright future if Munster can attack huge Edinburgh tie

The Ireland international feels tomorrow’s Pro12 meeting is like a European Cup fixture.

# play-off - Monday 18 April, 2016

'I've got massive respect for Munster' - Edinburgh target crucial Cork clash

Former Ulster coach Alan Solomons brings his side to Musgrave Park in a fortnight.

# play-off - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

‘Obviously I want to stay on for the Euros’ – Keane to meet O’Neill and discuss Ireland future

The Corkman is loving his time with the international set-up but still plans to return to club football in the future.

'It’s the nights that you live for' - O'Neill thrilled for 'fantastic bunch of players' and 'exceptional' Walters

Ireland’s manager also singled out right-hand man Roy Keane for his contribution throughout the campaign.

# play-off - Monday 16 November, 2015

As it happened: Ireland v Bosnia, Euro 2016 play-off

Ireland took on Bosnia, with a place in France next summer up for grabs

# play-off - Saturday 14 November, 2015

Coleman and Clark staying positive despite the disappointment of conceding a late goal

The defensive duo are focused on getting themselves ready for Monday’s second leg against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

# play-off - Friday 13 November, 2015

Murphy and Ward get the nod as O’Neill picks his starting XI for Euro 2016 play-off

Bosnia-Herzegovina are Ireland’s opponents tonight.

# play-off - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Bosnia’s big names included for Euro 2016 play-off with Ireland

Manager Mehmed Bazdarevic has announced a 28-man squad for the two-legged tie against the Boys in Green.

# play-off - Sunday 18 October, 2015

Martin O'Neill on Ireland's 'slight advantage' against Bosnia

Crystal Palace’s Irish defender Damien Delaney has also given his thoughts ahead of the game.

Here what you need to know about Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off opponents Fyi

Here what you need to know about Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off opponents

The Boys in Green discovered their qualification fate this morning.

# play-off - Friday 16 October, 2015

All the details you need to know ahead of Sunday's Euro 2016 play-off draw

Where can I watch proceedings unfold, when do the games take place and does the away goals rule come into play?

# play-off - Wednesday 14 October, 2015

'I’m not going to spend the days leading up hoping for one team over another' - O'Neill

The Derryman is confident that Ireland can qualify regardless of which seeded team they are drawn with.

# play-off - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

'This one hurts the most' - Pienaar on Ulster's latest play-off upset

The South Africa international admits to some bitterness at the late penalty decision in the defeat to Glasgow.

# play-off - Friday 22 May, 2015

Stormer of a semi-final ends in heartbreak for Ulster

Finn Russell’s nerveless late conversion sent Glasgow into a second consecutive final.

Missing grunt and more talking points before Ulster's Pro12 semi in Glasgow

This has the makings to be the best Pro12 play-off ever.

# play-off - Sunday 17 May, 2015

Champions Cup dream alive as Connacht turn focus to Gloucester

Head coach Pat Lam was ‘really proud’ of his side’s effort against the Ospreys yesterday.

# play-off - Saturday 9 May, 2015

There was a fair bit of Irish interest in this afternoon's Championship play-off

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich drew 1-1 with Norwich in their semi-final first leg, with Daryl Murphy, Wes Hoolahan and Jay Tabb all involved.

# play-off - Monday 27 October, 2014

Galway FC hope to achieve next phase of revival and follow in Dundalk's footsteps

Tommy Dunne’s side face UCD in the first leg of their relegation/promotion play-off this evening.

# play-off - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Ireland squeezed out by French power in World Cup third place play-off

Despite tries for Niamh Briggs and Grace Davitt, Ireland were out-muscled by les Bleues in Paris.

# play-off - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Ruddock changes five as Ireland U20s prepare for New Zealand clash

After defeat to England in the semi-finals, the Irish side aim to finish third in the Junior World Championships.

# play-off - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Unfortunate Kuszczak OG leaves Derby with Championship play-off advantage

The ex-Manchester United ‘keeper could do little to stop himself diverting the ball into his own net.

# play-off - Friday 1 November, 2013

Brilliant Kevin O'Connor strike secures top flight status for Bray

The Seagulls’ 3- 2 win over Longford Town gave them a 5 – 4 aggregate win in the promotion/relegation play-off.

# play-off - Sunday 24 June, 2012

Danny Willett takes the BMW International Open

Dubliner Paul McGinley finished joint-third in Cologne.

# play-off - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Play-off semi-final report: Collison puts West Ham in driving seat

A place in the final beckons for Sam Allardyce’s side, following a comprehensive first-leg win.

# play-off - Friday 27 April, 2012

VIDEO: Nasty clash of heads leaves Panthers player with pulped nose Face Smash This post contains videos

VIDEO: Nasty clash of heads leaves Panthers player with pulped nose

The last thing John Madden expected when he chased a loose puck was a face-full of his teammates’ helmet.

# play-off - Sunday 1 April, 2012

Play-off Fever: Sid the Kid is back and just in time too

Pittsburgh Penguins talisman returns from lengthy concussion injury to ignite his team’s Stanley Cup chase

# play-off - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Saving face: how the Estonian media reported Ireland's qualification

Ireland’s opponents’ journalists were impressed by their side’s performance and horrified by the price of Irish beer.

# play-off - Saturday 12 November, 2011

Manager reaction: Emotional Trapattoni praises high point of a long evolution

Having gone close to tears himself, Giovanni Trapattoni insisted that the manner in which his team uncharacteristically went for the jugular last night was indicative of a side that now believes in itself

Estonia coach refuses to blame referee… sort of

While clearly annoyed at the referee, Estonia coach Tarmo Ruutli admitted he had to look at his team’s own errors. He also declared that the tie is effectively over

# play-off - Friday 11 November, 2011

Who we're up against: Quick guide to the Estonian National Team Know Your Enemy This post contains videos

Who we're up against: Quick guide to the Estonian National Team

Some dogged performances as Group C came to a close left Estonia as improbable group runners-up. Here’s the lowdown on their key personnel and the team’s journey to the play-offs.

# play-off - Friday 4 November, 2011

On the rise: Monaghan earn promotion to Airtricity League Premier Division

The presence of Michael D Higgins could not inspire Galway, as they were relegated to the First Division following a 5-1 aggregate loss in tonight’s play-off.

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