St Patrick’s manager Liam Buckley says he is unconcerned about what team Cork City put out on Friday night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Three games in the Premier Division will have a significant bearing on relegation fight

 Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen:  manager Age Hareide has tailored his tactics to suit the 25-year-old. Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

With eight goals in 10 qualifying games, the great Dane has been key to side’s success

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at Fifa headquarters, in Zurich, Switzerland, for the play-off draw. Photograph:  Andy Mueller/Inpho

Managers’ interesting history makes their World Cup playoff clash all the more exciting

Seán Maguire’s goals helped Cork City to claim the Airtricity League Premier Division title despite the striker leaving to join Preston North End. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Scoreless draw with Derry finally gets the job done for John Caulfield’s side

The results of the Fifa football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw is displayed on the big screen in Zurich. Photograph:	Getty Images

Northern Ireland drawn against Switzerland with first leg in Belfast

Hurricane Ophelia winds damaged the roof of a stand at Cork City’s Turner’s Cross ground. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Potential league decider gets go-ahead despite damage to stand from Hurricane Ophelia

The teams line up for the anthem ahead of the Wales v Republic of Ireland qualifier at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup playoff draw: Seeded teams won’t be daunted by trip to Dublin but they would be wary

Brighton’s Shane Duffy grimaces as he receives treatment on the pitch before being substituted during the Premier League match against Everton. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shane Duffy has undergone a scan for a groin injury suffered on Saturday

Cork will have to wait a further 24 hours to get yet another chance to wrap up the league title. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Measure has been taken to ensure safety ahead of predicted worst storm in 50 years

John Caulfied saw his Cork City side miss out on another chance to be crowned  champions after a 0-0 draw at Bohemians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goalless draw at a filthy Dalymount Park not enough after Dundalk sink Bray at the death

Brandon Miele of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for September.   Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Bohemians boss Keith Long says his team has ‘nothing to fear’ from John Caulfield’s side

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate victory after the group D World Cup qualifying football match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Advance sales of tickets for the home game will open for season ticket and premium seat holders next Wednesday

 Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill and Shane Duffy celebrate after the win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

McClean and Duffy lead those who have handsomely repaid the manager’s faith

Republic of Ireland captain David Meyler challenges Wales’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during the World Cup qualifier at  Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish skipper praises collective effort in claiming World Cup playoff slot

 James McClean (second from right) celebrates scoring his goal with his Republic of Ireland  team-mates  during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

West Brom ace comes up with goal that breaks Welsh hearts and keeps World Cup dream alive

 Shane Long rues a missed chance against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The striker has not found the net for club or country since last scoring in February

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during training ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Recent form suggests Chris Coleman and Wales have the greater cause for confidence

Ireland’s Daryl Murphy celebrates scoring his first goal. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s side now head to Cardiff and a Group D showdown with Wales

John Caulfield celebrates Cork’s win over Limerick in the FAI Cup semi-final.   The City manager  could be celebrating a thoroughly deserved title win this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Anything less than a victory for champions will see Cork City finally clinch the title

 Dundalk’s Conor Clifford  will not be available to play again until April 2nd. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk mildfielder admitted 112 breaches while in England

Ireland arrive for training on Friday ahead of their crucial double header against Moldova and Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s contract extended for two years, but focus is on crucial Moldova match

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is still confident Ireland can qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

O’Neill gave impression that a deal will be done regardless of World Cup qualification

Daryl Horgan: “The manager  has done it before, put in players who hadn’t played, and I will be ready to play if it comes.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

But Martin O’Neill may look to rejuvenated McGeady to unlock Moldovan defence

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  watches over training in Abbotstown ahead of the final two World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side can only focus on Moldova and Wales but the permutations are myriad

Daryl Horgan shares a joke with  Aiden McGeady during Ireland training at Abbotstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Winger admits limited opportunities at Preston could hinder Irish chances

Wales manager Chris Coleman watches on during a training session at the Vale Resort, Hensol. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Real Madrid star’s injury causes concern in Wales but Roy Keane plays down significance

Sean Maguire and Scott Hogan during Ireland training on Tuesday ahead of the final two World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Wales. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Meanwhile, Roy Keane took yet another swipe at Everton and their team of ‘scientists’

Roy Keane says that Ireland are focused only on Friday’s match against Moldova. Photograph: Inpho

Wales will be without their talisman for their final two qualifiers including Ireland game

Republic of Ireland manager with Everton midfielder James McCarthy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager does not rule out calling upon James McCarthy’s services for vital qualifiers

 David Meyler of Hull City scores from the penalty spot against Birmingham City.  Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Hull midfielder has 250,000 people following him on YouTube to watch Fifa 18 exploits

 James McCarthy took a full part in training on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both midfielders remain in contention for World Cup qualifiers

Dundalk defender Niclas Vemmelund and Shamrock Rovers’s Gary Shaw in action during last night’s FAI Cup semi-final at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Rovers show true determination to end their 30-year run without an FAI Cup success

Dundalk’s Niclas Vemmelund and Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in action in Sunday’s semi-final. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s side had better of first half but Rovers steadily fought their way back

 Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring with Irish teammate Stephen Ward. Photograph: Reuters

James McCarthy’s availability looks unlikely as David McGoldrick is another injury doubt

Stephen Bradley: “The last one was a close game until Aaron Bolger’s sending-off.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite EA Sports defeat, Rovers manager is adamant his side can triumph this weekend

Shamrock Rovers Trevor Clarke has also been included in the squad. Photo: Inpho

The pair have been included in the Ireland under-21 squad to take on Norway and Israel

Harry Arter has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Bournemouth midfielder has been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Leicester

Karl Sheppard challenges Dundalk’s Dylan Connolly in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Turner’s Cross where he say they produced a ‘typical Cork City performance’. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Karl Sheppard says performance against Dundalk was good preparation for Limerick

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shakes hands with Gareth Bale after he was substituted off in their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The winger is having tests after limping off in Real Madrid’s win over Borussia Dortmund

 FAI Chief Executive John Delaney says that Ireland 140 million people will be watching the 2020 European Championships draw live. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dublin to host draw for qualifying stages of 2020 European Championships in December

A crowd of 7,000 packed Turner’s Cross for Monday night’s Premier Division clash between  Cork City  and Dundalk. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Uefa flash the cash to sugar-coat changes to Champions League and Europa League competitions

Jonathan Walters is out of Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers due to injury. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Scott Hogan among Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad for meetings with Moldova and Wales

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the squad announcement at Aviva HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jon Walters set to miss games against Moldova and Wales due to knee injury

Dundalk’s Seán Hoare celebrates Robbie Benson’s late goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Caulfield’s side need two points from their final four games after draw

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan could be named in the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photograph:  Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Aston Villa striker missed out on September’s games as he had yet to obtain Irish passport

Members of the Denver Broncos kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Photograph:  Mark Konezny/USA Today

US president touched a raw nerve with his attacks on NFL and popular basketball stars

John Caulfield: “You have to go the whole way, get over the line and get your hands on the trophy.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Victory over the reigning champions Dundalk would be enough to clinch title

John Caulfield: Cork City manager will be hoping his side take a giant step towards the title – and perhaps win it – by defeating Limerick. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Crucial night at both ends of the table in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League

Club issued scathing response to bans handed out for alleged match fixing

Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane has played a key role in Leeds United’s fine start to the season in the Championship. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Young defender Conor Shaughnessy another to impress at Elland Road

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is unlikely to be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s  final two World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says midfielder still ‘struggling with his fitness’

Athlone Town forward Jason Lyons has been handed  a seven-match ban   after being found guilty of betting offences. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Offences unrelated to game that saw two players banned for a year

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho

It remains to be seen if the FAI chief executive can be a real force for change

Stephanie Roche returns from injury for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colin Bell’s side seek strong start to campaign in group featuring European champions the Netherlands

Dundalk’s Chris Shields celebrating with the EA Sports Cup at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goals from McMillan, McEleney and Stewart give Dundalk victory over Shamrock Rovers

Dundalk’s Chris Shields lifts The EA Sports Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rovers cause not helped by Aaron Bolger red card at Tallaght Stadium

Stephen Bradley: “I’ve made no secret that our next thing was to win something as a group.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In-form Dundalk eager to add to their large haul of silverware in recent seasons

Limerick’s Chiedozie Ogbene scores his side’s equaliser in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Btay Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Home side put aside off-field distractions but Limerick remain in real trouble

Galway United’s Ronan Murray was voted Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month  for August.

Victory at home to Derry City would be a major boost for Shane Keegan’s side

Timing of match-fixing allegations surrounding Bray Wanderers are a hammer blow

Bray Wanderers and Waterford FC played a friendly at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday September 8th. Photograph: Inpho

Garda questions players at training session on Tuesday after defeat to Waterford in friendly

 Dearaibhle Beirne of UCD and Darragh Markey of Maynooth University in attendance during the Rustlers FAI Colleges and Universities launch at the FAI HQ in Abbotstown. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Waterford director of football believes young players must have a fall-back plan in football

Igor Labuts: Athlone Town’s Latvian goalkeeper has been banned by the FAI  from playing football for a year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Players’ body say they will fight the case all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

 Lissywollen Stadium, the home of Athlone Town. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan found guilty of breaking gambling and matchfixing rules

Shane Long on the floor during Ireland’s qualifier defeat to Serbia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Two wins from their final two games might not be enough to secure a place in playoffs

A dejected Robbie Brady and Shane Long following the defeat to Serbia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager would be reluctant to throw Aston Villa striker in against Moldova or Wales

Ireland’s David Meyler in action against Serbia’s  Aleksandar Mitrovic during the World cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Irish midfielder has not given up hope of World Cup qualification

Ireland’s Robbie Brady reacts after  Serbian players celebrate  celebrate Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal puts 10-man Serbia in pole position for Russia qualification

 Nemanja Matic: “They are second, two points behind us, but the most important thing is who will be in Russia.” Photograph:  John Peters/Getty Images

‘They play long balls and this works’ says midfielder of the Republic’s ‘style’

Manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane with Seamus Coleman  at training. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager looks set to stick with much the same team and tactics for crunch tie

Jeff Hendrick underwent a scan on Monday ahead of Ireland’s clash with Serbia in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martin O’Neill hoping Ireland’s ‘great, great spirit’ will be enough against group leaders

 Republic of Ireland  coach Martin O’Neill says his side will have to improve in order to beat Serbia. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Manager calls for bigger performance as pressure mounts on side after Georgia draw

 Shane Duffy puts Ireland in front in the fourth  minute of the game with a header against Georgia.  Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Quick transformation needed within side if Martin O’Neill’s men are to outshine Serbia

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters  after Georgia midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili scores their first goal. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Striker is confident he will be fit for crucial World Cup qualifier against Serbia

Georgia’s Jambul Jighauri in action with Republic of Ireland’s Harry Arter. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Midfielder says that Georgia - 112th-ranked team - are ‘technical, very good players’

Ireland’s James McClean disputes a booking with the referee as Shane Long and Jon Walters  look on. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McClean: ‘It’s been a disappointing night, just not good enough on the night to be honest’

Ireland’s Shane Duffy  heads home  past Georgia’s goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze  during the   World Cup group D qualifying  match  in Tbilisi. Photograph:  Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Early Shane Duffy goal again seems to shock Martin O’Neill’s side into inaction

The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. It staged the Uefa Super Cup in 2015   between  Barcelona and Sevilla. Photograph: Getty Images

Money is scarce in Georgian soccer but things may be improving after decades of decline

Martin O’Neill believes Ireland face a very tricky assignment in Georgia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup qualification can’t be secured but Georgia defeat would be a bump in the road

Scotland’s goalie Craig Gordon misses the ball during the  Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on  October 17th, 2007, which Georgia won 2-0. Photograph:   AFP

Seven games that suggest a slip-up by Martin O’Neill’s men is entirely possible

Ireland v Georgia: Darren Randolph knows the return of Rob Elliot (right) has added to manager Martin O’Neill’s goalkeeping options. Photograph: Garry Carr/Inpho

Ireland No 1 knows victory, and his place, over Georgia can’t be taken for granted

Harry Arter is a likely starter as Ireland travel to Georgia on Saturday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder possesses blend of silk and steel Ireland have been lacking

Jonny Hayes (L) is looking forward to Celtic’s Champions League campaign. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Celtic winger admits it will be difficult to break into O’Neill’s starting XI for Georgia

Ciaran Clark at the Republic of Ireland press conference in the  FAI National Training Centre in  Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Defensive partnership of Clark and Shane Duffy looks likely to be renewed in Tbilisi

Mind-boggling: Van Nistelrooy would be worth a billion now, says Roy Keane. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland assistant coach says midfielder Glen Whelan among underappreciated players

Ireland’s Aiden McGeady celebrates scoring a late winner against Georgia during Euro 2016 qualifying. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Georgians are the only team Ireland have played eight times and beaten eight times

Ireland's Conor Hourihane in training ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Serbia. Photo: Inpho

Aston Villa midfielder admits ‘maybe my nerves took over a little bit’ in first match against Iceland

Shane Long, Rob Elliott, Daryl Horgan and John O’Shea in good spirits during the Republic of Ireland squad training session  in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Newcastle’s Rob Elliott the only goalkeeper in the squad currently playing top flight football

“Think I’m lucky I ride the challenge,” Westwood tweeted. “Would hate to think what might have happened. Pls god it’s just bruising and no ligament damage.”

Westwood was injured in a challenge by Marvin Sordell and could miss crucial qualifiers

Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele celebrates scoring the first goal of the game in the FAI Cup second-round match against Shelbourne at Tolka Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Three second-half goals at Tolka Park secures quarter--final spot for Hoops

Jonathan Walters picked up an ankle injury in the  Carabao Cup second round match against  Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Photograph:   Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Forward will miss Burnley’s trip to play Spurs at Wembley because of ankle injury

Shelbourne board members have met with potential investors in the last few weeks. Photo: Inpho

Club has finally come out the other side of crippling debt left after the era of Ollie Byrne

Stephen Bradley: “We know Shelbourne are going to be really up for it.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Place in FAI Cup quarter-finals at stake as old rivals clash in Tolka Park

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo  and Netherlands’ midfielder Lieke Martens after winning their Uefa Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of the  Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch player Lieke Martens won the women’s award

The Uefa Youth League features 64 teams from around Europe. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Club will learn opponents on Tuesday after qualifying thanks to favourable results

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Wembley. Photograph: Steve Paston/PA

Spurs yet to make Wembley a fortress while Daniel Levy’s purse strings remain tight

St Patrick’s Athletic’s Graham Kelly celebrates scoring the first goal against Finn Harps  with Billy Dennehy during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Richmond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Home subs hit three late goals to leave visitors in the relegation zone

Cork City’s Kieran Saldier with Ryan Brennan of Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

City can clinch title in Ballybofey on Monday if they defeat Sligo at Turner’s Cross

Prof Phil Scraton:  ‘The word that was used was corralled and then we were penned. What do you corral? You corral animals. What do you pen? You pen animals. That was the mindset that underpinned crowd control at that time.’

Prof who was key in uncovering truth highlights ‘remarkable’ link to Grenfell

Sean Maguire in action for his new club Preston North End. Photograph: Getty Images

Seanie Maguire, like Brian Lenihan and others, gets his Ireland call-up after transfer

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