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Join John O'Shea on his quest to bring excitement back to Irish football
Started on 4 April 2021 by Justice
Latest Reply on 5 August 2021 by TheLFCFan

November 2020 Internationals

John O'Shea named a strong 23-man squad for the Republic of Ireland's fixtures in November. There were two changes from the previous squad, with Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark and Norwich City striker Adam Idah coming into the squad to replace Darragh Lenihan and Connor Ronan (injured). The remainder of the squad remained unchanged, with the manager showing faith in those who had joined him in the previous two international windows.
Ciaran Clark's inclusion comes after the defender returned from recurring sprained ligament injuries, while Connor Ronan was removed from the squad missed out with a knee ligament injury of his own.

Ciaran Clark was included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time in John O'Shea's tenure, having played 34 times for previous managers.

Shane Long's goals in October brought him to 20 international goals, ranking him as the joint-third top scorer ever for the Republic of Ireland. One more goal would see Shane Long become the joint-second top scorer.

The 23-man squad called up had scored a combined 45 goals between them in previous international games - a stark improvement from John O'Shea's first ever squad (September 2020) which had just 12 goals between them.

Connor Ronan's injury will see him out of action for club and country until 2021. Ronan is expected to be available for the March 2021 international fixtures, however.

Republic of Ireland vs Slovakia
UEFA European Championship Qualifying Playoff Final
Callum Robinson 98'

7' Ondrej Duda
Ciaran Clark 100'

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; N Collins, S Coleman, C Clark; M Doherty (94'), J Knight (77'), C Hourihane (69'), R Brady (52'); D Crowley (85'); A Connolly , D McGoldrick (69')
Subs Used: E Stevens (52'), J Cullen (69'), S Long (69'), J Molumby (77') , C Robinson (85'), K Long (94')
Manager: John O'Shea

Slovakia (4-2-3-1): M Rodák; P Pekarik, M Skriniar, M Skrtel (90+5'), D Hancko (90+5'); S Lobotka (90+5'), M Hamsik; R Mak (7'), O Duda , V Weiss (45+4') ; J Kucka
Subs Used: A Rusnak (7', 90+1') , N Spalek (45+4'), S Mráz (90+1'), D Vavro (90+5'), B Sekulic (90+5'), R Bozenik (90+5')
Manager: Stefan Tarkovic

Aviva Stadium had become a circus for this important European Championship qualification fixture, with the Irish fans parading Dublin for the entire day prior to the fixture. The home fans had a new-found belief in their side, following a strong spell of results under rookie manager John O'Shea. The singing and the roaring from Dublin could be heard all the way from London, as the home fans showed their passion and enthusiasm for the game.

The game swung in Ireland's favour from early on as Slovakia star Andrej Duda was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Robbie Brady, putting the away side on the back foot from the off. However, despite the extra man advantage, Ireland couldn't find a breakthrough in the ninety minutes of the game. Aaron Connolly and substitute Shane Long had come close late on, but Slovakia held on to force extra time in the playoff final.

The Republic of Ireland looked envigorated and, bouyed by the support of their fans, scored the breakthrough goal just before the 100 minute mark. Skillful attacker Callum Robinson made and scored the opening goal as he ran with the ball from his own half and into the box before finishing calmly to send the home fans into absolute raptures. A second Irish goal followed shortly after, with Ciaran Clark heading home a corner to secure Ireland's passage to next summer's European Championship finals.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"Its a brilliant moment for this country and I am absolutely thrilled that we get to play in another major competition! This will be our third consecutive European Championship tournament which is an incredible achievement and I'm sure its something every Irish person will enjoy tremendously. We have great memories of the tournaments in Poland in 2012 and in France in 2016 and now we'll get to play in another one. It's a brilliant achievement for this group of players that they'll never forget, particularly the young lads who didn't play in the last two.

Ireland are one of the host nations for the tournament so there's a chance we'll get to play some games here in Dublin. That would be a fantastic opportunity for us and I'm sure the fans would play an incredible role for us, as they have done over the years. Even if we don't get to play any of the games in Dublin next summer, I know the fans will be incredible as they always are. Hopefully we can give them something to celebrate next year!"

Wales vs Republic of Ireland
UEFA Nations League B Group 4
Joe Morrell 8'

1' Jayson Molumby
Gareth Bale 16'

41' Shane Long
Tyler Roberts 48'

59' Shane Long
Aaron Ramsey 71'

69' Shane Long

Wales (4-2-3-1): D Ward; C Roberts, E Ampadu (76'), J Rodon, B Davies ; A Ramsey, J Morrell (64'); H Wilson (59'), D Brooks (69'), G Bale; T Roberts (76')
Subs Used: T Lawrence (59'), A King (69'), C Mepham (76'), L Evans (76') , K Moore (76')
Manager: Ryan Misogynist Giggs

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; N Collins , J Egan, K Long ; M Doherty (69'), J Molumby (71'), C Hourihane (48'), E Stevens (56'); D Crowley (48'); S Long, A Connolly
Subs Used: A Power (48'), J Knight (48'), R Brady (56'), S Coleman (69'), J Cullen (71')
Manager: John O'Shea

Following a thrilling game in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland participated in another spectacle in Cardiff. The rival game in the penultimate round of Nations League fixtures ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw as both teams fired on all cylinders. Ireland's Shane Long was the star man of the game, as he scored a superb hat trick to earn a share of the spoils for the visitors.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"The game was probably a little too exciting for my liking but there were plenty of positives today! Scoring goals is difficult, particularly in international football, to score four goals away from home is an incredible achievement. We still have thinks to work on, particularly from a defensive point of view, but I think we can be happy with most of what we are doing right now."

Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria
UEFA Nations League B Group 4
John Egan 30'

9' Kiril Despodov
Adam Idah 54'

Republic of Ireland (4-2-3-1): G Bazunu; S Coleman (51') , J Egan, C Clark (86') , E Stevens (66'); J Cullen , A Power; C Robinson (54'), D McGoldrick (74'), R Brady; A Idah
Subs Used: M Doherty (51'), D Crowley (54'), S Long (66'), J Knight (74'), S Duffy (86')
Manager: John O'Shea

Bulgaria (4-2-3-1): P Iliev; Cicinho (77'), K Dimitrov (85') , P Zanev, A Nedyalkov; K Malinov (81'), I Chochev; T Nedelev, B Tsonev (66') , K Despedov; A Galabinov (85')
Subs Used: B Kraev (66'), S Popov (77'), G Milanov (81'), S Velkov (85'), I Isa (85')
Manager: Yasen Petrov

Following two high-octane fixtures, John O'Shea switched up his lineup and tactical approach for Ireland's final game of the November international window. Republic of Ireland returned to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with youngsters Gavin Bazunu and Adam Idah among those drafted into the starting eleven. The drastic change in personnel possibly worked in Bulgaria's favour, and the away side scored within the opening ten minutes through Despedov. An exhausted Ireland side had to dig dep to get a result - and they got the win they wanted in the end. John Egan scored on the half-hour mark with his first goal for Ireland, before young striker Adam Idah scored the winner in the second half with his first goal for Ireland.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"I couldn't be more proud of my players with how they finished our Nations League campaign. We had to make a number of changes after the games against Slovakia and Wales, which is why we have a 23-man squad, and the lads who came in did incredibly well. It was a good way for us to end our Nations League campaign, and a brilliant way to end 2020. It's been a tough year for everybody for obvious reasons but we can now look forward to 2021 with a lot of positivity."

UEFA Nations League B Group 4

Following a shakey start to the campaign, the Republic of Ireland pulled back to top the group with a smashing run to finish the campaign. The group win means the Republic of Ireland are promoted to the UEFA Nations League Division A for the next Nations League fixtures.

Some high scoring and entertaining games, that's for sure. You definitely appear to have the ability to unlock opposition defences, but it's your own defence that seems to be the issue atm. Pleased to see Kelleher and Bazanu getting opportunities to stake their claim, and it'll be interesting to see how ruthless you can make Adam Idah. Physically: he's bonkers!

Good luck mate.
The perfect update from an Irish point of view. Qualification into next summer's European Championships and promotion in the Nations League. O'Shea is off to an excellent start.
UEFA European Championship 2021 Group Stage Draw

Group Stage

Group A
Group B
Group C
Czech Republic
Group D
Group E
Group F
Republic of Ireland

02/12/2021 The Republic of Ireland were handed a very challenging UEFA European Championship group ahead of next summer's tournament. The Irish side were drawn with three-time winners Spain, high-flying Croatia and a familiar foe in Wales. Bookies have not been too kind to Ireland's chances, with John O'Shea's side expected to finish the group in fourth position.

Irish fans will be looking forward to the opportunity for revenge against Spain and Croatia, who both defeated the Republic of Ireland in the European Championship group stage in 2012. The Irish supporters will also be excited about the opportunity to play against Wales once more - a side that has been involved in many fiery contests with the Irish recently, with the most recent result between the two being a 4-4 draw in the Nations League at Cardiff.

On paper, the Irish are the weakest side of the four in the group. Their FIFA World Ranking of 29th is lower than that of the other three - with Spain ranked 7th, Croatia 10th and Wales 22nd. Ireland will be hoping to climb a few places in March's internationals, but will undoubtedly be up against the odds next summer.

The Republic of Ireland will first travel to Bilbao in Spain to face the much-fancied Spanish side before returning to Dublin for games against Croatia and Wales, where the Irish will have an important home advantage at the Aviva Stadium. Republic of Ireland will be hoping their home advantage will play a key role in two important fixtures, and potentially help them to a place in the knockout rounds.

The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify to the Last Sixteen of the competition next summer. They will be joined by the four best performing third placed teams among the six groups. For Ireland to get among the top three in their group, and be in with a chance of progressing to the next round, they will likely need to win at least one of their group games.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"It's an exciting group. We'll be up against three incredible teams that each have world class players in their ranks. These are the games we want to be involved in and we'll head into the tournament next summer knowing we have the opportunity to make history. Hopefully we can make the supporters proud.

I played against Spain and Croatia in 2012 in the Euros then and we lost both games. They've both changed quite a bit since then but we know just how good they are. Croatia were World Cup finalists in 2018, and Spain are bringing through some incredible young talent into their senior squad. Obviously, playing Wales is always an exciting game for us."

14/06/2021 | UEFA European Championship Group E | Spain | San Mamés (Bilbao, Spain)
19/06/2021 | UEFA European Championship Group E | Croatia | Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)
23/06/2021 | UEFA European Championship Group E | Wales | Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)

J_ames, thank you!
ScottT, it was brilliant for us to get in the Euros, hopefully we can do ourselves okay!
You're going to be fighting an uphill battle in the group stage imo, but a victory against Wales in very possible. Spain and Croatia might be a bit too much this early into a save, although SI/FM have definitely underrated Croatia quite a lot imo. They always seem to fall apart after a few years, even though football in Croatia has never been stronger irl.

Good luck :D
A tricky group for the Irish. I can't see them making it through but the beauty of football is that it isn't played on paper! The game against Wales is bound to be entertaining whereas the pressure will be firmly on Spain and Croatia in the other two games. That could severely benefit Ireland and O'Shea's team.
FIFA World Cup 2022 UEFA Qualifiers Draw
Qualifying Groups
Group A
Group B
Group C
Republic of Ireland
Group D
Group E
Group F
Northern Ireland

North Macedonia

Group G
Group H
Group I
Bosnia & Herz
Faroe Islands
San Marino
Group J

Czech Republic


The Republic of Ireland were handed a very favorable draw in the UEFA's FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Irish were drawn into Group A with Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan and Poland. Only Poland (16th) are ranked higher than the Irish in the FIFA World Rankings.

The qualifiers will begin in March with a triple-header, with Ireland travelling to Kazakhstan and Israel either side of a home game against Poland. Ireland will be looking to walk away with at least six points from these fixtures in order to lay down a marker, with the games also providing an opportunity for players in the squad to show why they should start in next summer's European Championship finals.

Top place in each of the qualification groups will guarantee automatic qualification to next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while a second place finish would allow for a spot in the qualification playoffs for a second chance to qualify. Ireland will be aiming for top spot, but will have stern competition in the form of Poland and Iceland.

24/03/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Kazakhstan (A)
27/03/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Poland (H)
30/03/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Israel (A)
08/09/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Kazakhstan (H)
09/10/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Iceland (H)
13/10/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Poland (A)
10/11/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Israel (H)
13/11/2021 | FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Group A | Iceland (A)

J_ames, it's a tough draw but an exciting one. We want to be involved in the big games and we have to enjoy the challenge!
ScottT, we'll need some luck but we just have to give it our best go and see where that gets us!
A few banana skins in that group, but I certainly think a 1st or 2nd place isn't out of the question either. You'll have to be at your best to beat Poland and Iceland, but the other nations are definitely beatable imo. Kazakhstan away is probably the best way to start qualification tbh, as you can get the worst trip out of the way so to speak.

Good luck, I imagine there'll be some Irish fans booking their tickets to Doha after seeing that draw.
Hard group in the Euros. But a perfect group in the World Cup qualifiers. Goodluck.
Well, congratulations are certainly in order for the qualifications! Massive job well done. Shane Long seems to have become a very important piece especially off the bench with the goals he is scoring at key times and I wonder how important that could be when it gets to the tournament. A tough group, but with a bit of luck who knows!

March 2021 Internationals

John O'Shea made two changes to his 23-man squad since last November's internationals. Robbie Brady and Alan Power were left out of the squad, with youngsters Dennis Cirkin and Troy Parrott drafted into replace them. Dennis Cirkin had impressed enormously on loan at Sunderland in the EFL League One, while Troy Parrott's performances at Ipswich Town in the same division had not gone without notice.

Cirkin and Parrott had each played one game for Ireland previously and will be hoping to add to that in Ireland's three competitive fixtures this international window. Question marks remain over who will start in goals for Ireland, with Kelleher and Randolph not playing regularly for their clubs.

Teenagers Dennis Cirkin and Troy Parrott were drafted into John O'Shea's Ireland squad, having each played for Ireland just once previously.

Kazakhstan vs Republic of Ireland
FIFA World Cup UEFA Qualifiers Group A

22' David McGoldrick (pen)

Kazakhstan (4-1-4-1): S Pokatilov; R Bauer (87'), N Alip, T Erlanov (79'), G Sulimbaev (87'); A Abilken; D Miroshnichenko (62'), A Merkel (79'), B Islamkhan, B Zainutdinov; A Aimbetov
Subs Used: A Beisebekov (62'), A Marochkin (79'), R Murtazaev (79'), T Dosmagembetov (87'), W Evseev (87')
Manager: Michal Bilek

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; S Duffy, J Egan, K Long; M Doherty , J Molumby (73'), C Hourihane, E Stevens (58'); J Knight (78'); A Connolly (66'), D McGoldrick (84')
Subs Used: D Cirkin (58'), S Long (66'), D Crowley (73'), C Robinson (78'), T Parrott (84')
Manager: John O'Shea

The Republic of Ireland's first game of the qualification round was a long trip to Kazakhstan. With tired legs from club football, Ireland found it difficult to break down a stury Kazakh team. A David McGoldrick penalty goal split the two teams, giving John O'Shea's team an invaluable three points.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"It was a tough game. We knew that Kazakhstan are historically an incredibly difficult team to play against and they proved to be very composed and sturdy at the back. We had to dig deep but we got the three points that we probably deserved and we can go back home to Dublin now with a bit of a confidence boost."

Republic of Ireland vs Poland
FIFA World Cup UEFA Qualifiers Group A
Enda Stevens 72'

35' Kamil Jozwiak
Aaron Connolly 87'

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; N Collins, J Egan, K Long ; S Coleman , J Cullen, C Hourihane (52'), E Stevens (81'); J Knight (49'); S Long (68'), D McGoldrick (52')
Subs Used: C Robinson (49'), J Molumby (52'), T Parrott (52'), A Connolly (68'), D Cirkin (81')
Manager: John O'Shea

Poland (4-2-3-1): W Szczesny; T Kedziora (90+2'), K Glik, S Walukiewicz (87'), M Rybus; P Zielinski (82'), M Klich (72'); K Grosicki (72'), S Szymanski, K Jozwiak ; R Lewandowski
Subs Used: G Krychowiak (72'), A Mierzejewski (72'), K Linetty (82'), M Kaminski (87'), B Bereszynski (90+2')
Manager: Paulo Sousa

Republic of Ireland's second qualifier was against their toughest opponent - Poland. The away side featured world class talent Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski, and dominated large periods of the first half. A Kamil Jozwiak goal gave the Polish team a half-time lead but it was a goal that fired up the Irish who let rip in the second half. Enda Stevens equalised with a low drive from the left of the box before Aaron Connolly got on the end of a deflected cross to score a very late winner for Ireland, sending the fans at the Aviva Stadium into a euphoric hysteria.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"What a game! We played a truly top team today and we can be proud of our performance and the result. We weren't at our best in the first half but our second half performance was probably our best in the last year and we got two incredible goals to get the win. We've got two wins from two so far. We've still got a long way to go before we can even think about qualifying for the World Cup, so we can't rest on our laurels just yet."

Israel vs Republic of Ireland
FIFA World Cup UEFA Qualifiers Group A
Eden Kartsev (39')

2' Aaron Connolly

14' Kevin Long

33' Aaron Connolly

44' Dan Crowley

50' Shane Long (pen)

54' Shane Long

58' Shane Long

Israel (4-2-3-1): O Marciano; E Dasa (63') , N Bitton , M Bareiro , S Goldberg ; B Natcho, E Kartsev (58'); L Abada (63'), E Zahavi (45+4'), M Solomon; Y Cohen (51')
Subs Used: D Haziza (45+4'), S Weissman (51'), D Peretz (58') , E Almog (63'), D Glazer (63')
Manager: Willi Ruttensteiner

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; S Duffy , J Egan, K Long ; S Coleman, D Crowley (70'), J Cullen (69'), D Cirkin (58') ; C Robinson (70'); A Connolly, S Long (60')
Subs Used: E Stevens (58'), T Parrott (60'), C Hourihane (69'), J Knight (70'), D McGoldrick (70')
Manager: John O'Shea

Following two gruelling fixtures, the Republic of Ireland had an easier time against Israel in Jerusalem. Ireland cut the hosts open on the counter attack regularly, with both strikers firing on all cylinders. An Aaron Connolly brace and a Shane Long hat trick were supplemented by goals from Kevin Long and Dan Crowley as Ireland scored seven goals against Israel. Kartsev's goal for the hosts was forgotten in a truly one-sided game. It was a dominant display from the Republic of Ireland, and their seven goal haul was their biggest since scoring seven against Gibraltar in 2014.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"I couldn't have asked for more from the lads today - it was a brilliant result! I can't remember the last time we scored that many goals and we can be very proud of what we got done today. Our next international fixtures will be in the summer ahead of the Euros, so the lads will be going back to their clubs until then. Hopefully we can carry this form into the summer."

FIFA World Cup 2022 UEFA Qualifying Group A

The Republic of Ireland's nine point tally from their opening three games put them in strong stead following the opening set of fixtures. Poland had two wins to their name, while Iceland also had a win to their name, in a group where there was expectation for a three-horse race for qualification. Ireland will be hoping to add to their points tally in their next qualifier, which will be at home to Kazakhstan in September.

All, thanks for the lovely comments. I've left this on a shelf for a while... I've a few updates written up which I'll post.
UEFA European Championship 2021 Preliminary Squad Announcement


Republic of Ireland manager John O'Shea mamed his 30-man preliminary squad for the European Championship this summer. With the preliminary squad set to be whittled down to a final 23-man squad tomorrow, we take a look at the statistical performance of the preliminary squad this season by position.


Among the four goalkeepers called up, only Gavin Bazunu and Kieran O'Hara played regularly for their club throughout the season. Both plied their trade in the third tier of English football, Bazunu doing so on loan from Manchester City, notching up nearly 50 appearances each in all competitions. Caoimhin Kelleher and Darren Randolph, in comparison, played far less regularly for their Premier League clubs.

Of the four players, O'Hara was perhaps the best performer, but has not played for the Republic of Ireland's senior team under John O'Shea yet. With the goalkeeper position perhaps the most sensitive one in football, O'Hara's performances may not have been enough for him to break into the final squad for this competition, but will surely be considered for future competitions.

Central Defenders

With the Republic of Ireland likely to play in a 3-4-1-2 formation, John O'Shea might be tempted to call up all six central defenders in the preliminary squad. Of the six defenders in the squad currently, only Newcastle's Ciaran Clark has had a notably poor season. Shane Duffy has impressed in Scottish football, while young defender Nathan Collins looks like a shoe-in for a key role in the squad for a long spell.

Wing Backs

The wing back options have been a topic of discussion for a while. Of the six in the squad, only Christie, Cirkin, Doherty and Stevens have played very regularly. Coleman's performances for Everton have been lacking, but will probably earn a call-up due to his leadership role in the squad, while all of Robbie Brady's club appearances this season have come as a substitute.

Ireland's wing backs are required to provide regular attacking threat, which would make Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens the ideal starters for the Irish side this summer, with Cyrus Christie and Dennis Cirkin as backup. Will O'Shea pick his squad based on performances, or will Coleman make the squad based on his importance in the dressing room?


John O'Shea included eight midfielders in his preliminary squad, including the recently unfavoured Jeff Hendrick. Each of Hendrick's appearances for Newcastle this season came as a substitute, and he is unlikely to make the final cut. Each of the others played far more regularly for their clubs, including Connor Ronan and Josh Cullen who played for Anderlecht and Grasshopper Zurich.

If creativity is on the agenda, Hourihane, Knight and Ronan will be shoe-ins to make the final squad. Josh Cullen is likely to make it into the squad due to his brilliant all-round performances, while Jayson Molumby and Dan Crowley could provide talent.


O'Shea included six forwards in his preliminary squad, including legendary striker Shane Long. Shane Long and Troy Parrott enjoyed fine goal scoring seasons in the Championship and League One respectively, while Adam Idah also impressed. Ireland have been short on consistent goal scorers in recent years and will be hoping those called up can produce the goods.

Good results so far in the qualifying for Qatar. And the squad looks good for the Euros'. Goodluck.

UEFA European Championship 2021 Pre-Tournament Friendlies

The Republic of Ireland's preparations for the upcoming Euros began with manager John O'Shea naming his final 23-man squad for the tournament. There were a number of surprise exclusions, with Ciaran Clark, Robbie Brady and Callum Robinson among those who didn't make the final cut. O'Shea showed his faith in youth, naming eleven players under the age of 24, while there was also space for veterans Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Shane Long and David McGoldrick.

The impressive club form of youngsters Dennis Cirkin, Adam Idah and Troy Parrott brought them into their country's squad for this summer's Euro, while Connor Ronan and Dan Crowley also made the cut following club seasons outside of the British Isles.

There was no space in the final squad for Kieran O'Hara, Cyrus Christie, Ciaran Clark, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Alan Power or Callum Robinson, all of whom were left out having made the preliminary 30-man squad. West Brom attacker Callum Robinson let his frustratinos be known on social media following his exclusion.

As part of their preparations for the tournament, the Republic of Ireland played two friendlies in Dublin to warm up - against Argentina and Denmark. The games were to provide an opportunity for players to push for a starting role in the Euro games against Spain, Croatia and Wales.

Republic of Ireland vs Argentina
Enda Stevens 11'

Aaron Connolly 15'

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): G Bazunu; N Collins, J Egan, K Long (59') ; M Doherty (75'), J Molumby (68'), C Hourihane (75') , E Stevens; J Knight (75'); A Connolly, S Long (75')
Subs Used: D Lenihan (59'), D Crowley (68'), S Coleman (75'), J Cullen (75'), D McGoldrick (75'), T Parrott (75')
Manager: John O'Shea

Argentina (4-1-3-2): E Andrada (68'); N Otamendi (56'), G Pezzella (56'), C Romero (68'), N Tagliafico; L Paredes ; R De Paul (45+3'), L Messi, E Palacios; L Martínez (45+3'), S Aguero
Subs Used: G Rodríguez (45+3'), S Ascacíbar (45+3'), J Foyth (56'), G Montiel (56'), J Musso (68'), W Kannemann (68')
Manager: Lionel Scaloni

The Republic of Ireland's first warm-up friendly ahead of the Euros was against a star-studded Argentina team. The visitors boasted the likes of Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez and Sergio Aguero in their starting eleven but, for all their attacking threat, their defence was frail and exposed throughout. A motivated Irish side, in front of a home support looking forward to the upcoming tournament, tormented Argentina's flanks time-and-time again, with Enda Stevens and Aaron Connolly scoring in the first half. Ireland could have scored more than the two goals with a glut of good chances created, but will move on to the next friendly with another win in their bank.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"It was a very professional performance. We had to be very switched-on against some of the best players football has ever seen and we took advantage of attacking situations perfectly in the first half. I thought we managed the game very well through out and the result and performance shows just how much this group of players has learned over the last year."

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark
Adam Idah 64'

Connor Ronan 84'

Republic of Ireland (3-4-1-2): C Kelleher; N Collins (81'), D Lenihan, K Long; S Coleman (81'), J Molumby (51') , C Hourihane (73'), D Cirkin; D Crowley (64'); A Idah, D McGoldrick (61')
Subs Used: J Cullen (51'), T Parrott (61'), C Ronan (64'), J Knight (73'), S Duffy (81'), M Doherty (81')
Manager: John O'Shea

Denmark (4-2-3-1): K Schmeichel; R Nissen Kristensen (80'), S Kjaer, J Andersen (90'), J Maehle; PE Hojbjerg, T Delaney; R Skov (75'), C Eriksen, J Bruun Larsen (80'); K Dolberg (80')
Subs Used: M Braithwaite (75'), D Wass (80'), P Sisto (80'), Y Poulsen (80'), A Christensen (90')
Manager: Kasper Hjulmand

Republic of Ireland faced a familiar foe in Denmark in their second friendly prior to the Euros, and they fought a tough game. There were no goals in the first half in a nervy affair, but the game exploded in the second half. Adam Idah scored the opener clinically and, just a moment after Poulsen had a goal disallowed for offside, Connor Ronan killed off the game with his first ever goal for Ireland.

John O'Shea (ROI Manager):
"We played a very different opponent tonight to the Argentina side we faced a few days ago. We did well and got a great win and a clean sheet. We'll analyse the game and take a lot of lessons from it. Hopefully we can continue to produce these results in our next few games!"

Upcoming Fixtures
UEFA European Championship Group E
14/06/2021 | Spain | San Mamés (Bilbao, Spain)
19/06/2021 | Croatia | Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)
23/06/2021 | Wales | Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)

Nerazurri, thank you!
Impressive wins in the build up to the Euro's, especially against Argentina. And the squad is looking good, nice blend of youngsters in there. Tayo Adaramola looks to be a good prospect for the future as well. Him and Cirkin down the left, future isn't looking too bad for the ROI. Looking forward to the Euros.

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