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Yesterday’s News

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Friday 23 October, 2020

Marcus Rashford is a hero the Premier League scarcely deserves

The Manchester United striker has led an enormous community effort to feed children in poverty, after the UK government refused to extend meal vouchers through to next year.

'That’s who we are doing it for - not just for my little sister but for all the young girls looking up to us'

Captain Katie McCabe leads Ireland into a potentially historic qualifier in Ukraine this evening.

Thursday 22 October, 2020

Giovagnoli feels 'guilty' over substitute decisions in Molde defeat

Gary Rogers, meanwhile, bemoaned the disallowing of Pat Hoban’s first-half goal.

Brave Dundalk effort comes to nothing in Molde defeat

The Lilywhites led at half-time, but were beaten 2-1 in their opening Europa League group game.

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'Filippo who?' - Profiling the unheralded academy coach taking Dundalk into the Europa League

Filippo Giovagnoli has followed Stephen Kenny in leading the Lilywhites into the competition, beginning against Molde at Tallaght Stadium this evening.

Molde's defensive issues give Dundalk glimmer of hope as unlikely European campaign begins

The Lilyhwites are back in the big time, in arguably their most improbable Europa League run yet.

Wednesday 21 October, 2020

'Sometimes when you start a mission it is a kamikaze, but then the dream becomes the normality'

Rookie boss Filippo Giovagnoli has silenced critics and takes Dundalk into the Europa League group stages tomorrow night.

'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'

Melissa Reddy, author of a new book about Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Idah creates late winner for Norwich while Hughton's Forest rescue point

Reading, meanwhile, went top of the league with victory over Wycombe.

As it happened: PSG vs Manchester United, Champions League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face a daunting trip to last season’s beaten finalists as the group stages kick off.

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Friday 16 October, 2020

FAI postpone all elite underage leagues with immediate effect

The decision has been made ahead of a Cabinet meeting on whether to send the country to level five.

GPA call for stricter Covid protocols to allow inter-county season to go ahead

Almost a quarter of surveyed players, meanwhile, said they didn’t want the season to proceed.

Is the Premier League's Project Big Picture really such a bad idea?

It s a naked power grab by the biggest clubs, but with the lower leagues fighting for their lives after decades of Premier League greed, it may be worth accepting.

Thursday 15 October, 2020

Slovakia collapse gives Ireland World Cup seeding boost

Although the rankings will be determined after next month’s games, Ireland have snuck into pot two.

Keane sceptical of hype around 'English Messiah' Grealish

The former United captain also expressed his sympathy for the out-of-form Harry Maguire.

Ignore the culture wars - Kenny is making progress but improvements are needed

Ireland have shown plenty of encouraging signs over the last week, but the bare stats show there is still as serious problem in front of goal.

Wednesday 14 October, 2020

'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'

On the latest edition of Behind the Lines, Caitlin Thompson assess the legacy left by Maria Sharapova.

'It's hard to believe we didn't score' - Ireland didn't deserve Finland defeat, says Kenny

The Irish manager stood by Darren Randolph and cursed his side’s luck as they were beaten again.

Goal-shy Ireland fall to another defeat to Finland

Fredrik Jensen was the match winner again as Kenny’s Ireland drew yet another blank in front of goal.

Connolly returns and O'Shea makes his debut for Ireland against Finland

Stephen Kenny has made four changes to the Irish side that drew with Wales on Sunday.

Uefa reject Dundalk's request to stage Europa League games at Windsor Park

Chairman Bill Hulsizer wanted to take the games north after they were forced to move next week’s tie with Molde because of an Irish rugby kicking session.

Kenny's kids looking to end turbulent week with win in Finland

After a week like no other, a much-changed Irish squad featuring seven players under the age of 22 seek a first win under the new manager.

Tuesday 13 October, 2020

'Obviously, it's very disruptive but we just have to get on with it'

Enda Stevens admits the Irish camp’s Covid-19 drama has caused difficulty.

Kenny optimistic international football will continue as Covid hits players across Europe

‘People need something to look forward to’, said Kenny, and he described the Irish team as ‘the pinnacle of sporting life in Ireland.’

'Maybe it will hit someone on the arse and go in' - Horgan hopeful Ireland will end goalscoring woes

Ireland have yet to score a goal from open play under Kenny, and have scored just 16 competitive goals since March 2017.

Monday 12 October, 2020

Explainer: What is still at stake in Ireland's Nations League campaign

The remaining games will have a major role in deciding Ireland’s path to the 2022 World Cup.

Aaron Connolly rejoins Ireland squad for Finland game

He and Adam Idah initially left the squad over Covid rules, but the revelation of a false positive test has allowed the pair to return.

Sunday 11 October, 2020

Kenny and FAI to review flight plans ahead of Helsinki trip

The Irish boss lost five players over a single Covid positive test last night, with four players identified as close contacts because of seating on the plane.

Wales hold Ireland to another goalless draw

An understrength Irish side, weakened by Covid-19, showed more signs of encouragement but again failed to score.

Molumby starts as Kenny forced to make significant changes for Wales clash

Jack Byrne is among just five outfield players on the bench.

Five players withdrawn from Ireland squad for Wales clash due to positive Covid case

Meanwhile, the Covid test that led to Connolly and Idah missing play-off may have been a false positive.

Plane saga dominates build-up as Kenny searches for important win against Wales

With the Euros dream dead, Ireland need to start getting results to improve their seeding for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers draw.

Saturday 10 October, 2020

David McGoldrick ruled out of Wales and Finland games

James McCarthy is also doubtful for tomorrow’s home clash with Ryan Giggs’ side.

Connolly and Idah missed Euro play-off as they sat in wrong seats on plane

Another two Irish players also sat in the wrong seats, but none were told to move.

League of Ireland season extended in response to Covid outbreaks

The Premier Division will now finish up on 8 November, as outbreaks left the calendar too squeezed.

Daire O'Connor 'baffled' by surprise exit in week of upheaval at Cork City

The winger left Cork in mysterious circumstances at the start of a difficult week for the club.

Friday 9 October, 2020

Italy hopeful of fulfilling Irish U21 fixture following Covid quarantine in Iceland

The Irish squad left Dublin today for a game now shrouded in uncertainty.

Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan

Kenny showed last night the progress he has made with his players, but it’s too little too late for Ireland’s Euros hopes.

Connolly and Idah to miss Nations League games with Wales and Finland

The pair had to pull out of last night’s game in Slovakia as they were identified as close contacts of a Covid-positive member of the FAI staff.

Kenny: Slovakia performance proves quality of Irish players

The Irish boss heralded his players for showing ‘tremendous qualities as Irishmen.’

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