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

Martin O’Neill says  he is happy to see Aiden McGeady looking as though he is going to be a regular starter at Sunderland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Uncertainty about starting roles for James McCarthy, Shane Long and Jon Walters

Scott Hogan of Aston Villa in action against Cardiff. The striker could be added to the Republic of Ireland squad.  Photograph:  Neville Williams/Getty Images

Striker could be added to Ireland squad for qualifiers once his Irish passport is sorted

Cork’s Karl Sheppard and Kevin O’Connor celebrate with the FAI Cup following last year’s victory over Dundalk. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Crumlin face Dundalk while second-round draw pits Shels against Shamrock Rovers

  Burnley’s Stephen Ward celebrates his goal at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Ireland defender: 'It was just a spur of the moment thing . . . thankfully it went in.'

To celebrate 25 years of the English league, Emmet Malone picks his Irish standouts

Brian Kerr plays football with touring children from the Al-Helal academy in Gaza. Photograph: Niall Carosn/PA

18 children from Al-Helal football academy in Gaza are currently on a tour of Ireland

James McClean: scans revealed his knee injury to be just a bruised bone in the knee. Photograph: Victor Fraile/Getty Images

West Brom winger could be back in action by the weekend

 West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between against Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Sligo Rovers add three players to their squad as Derry sign goalkeeper from Tottenham

Ciarán Kilduff has left Dundalk to join Jacksonville Armada. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lilywhites European hero says their season is far from over as he makes move stateside

Mahli Akinade celebrates after the game. Photograph: Inpho

Dinny Corcoran earns his side a sweet win against their great rivals at Tallaght Stadium

Alan Bennett:  could return for Cork City against Galway at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway United the only team to dent leaders’ otherwise faultless league record this season

Carlisle Grounds, home of Bray Wanderers:  The club chairman wants to see the ground rezoned and the proceeds given to the club to fund a new stadium/academy.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Chris Fox rejects idea that club would net proceeds from a rezoned Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers chairman Gerry Mulvey has issued a statement saying the club are financially stable for ‘the forseeable future.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gerry Mulvey promises a people’s ‘revolt’ in the form of new ‘world class’ academy

Chelsea academy graduate Nathaniel Chalobah has been sold on to Watford. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images

While clubs like Chelsea and Man City invest in their youth, they don’t actually use them

Galway United are in talks with an overseas investor about a possible takeover of the club or sale of a major stake. Photo: Inpho

Investor is interested in bringing foreign players in with a view to selling them on

Leigh Griffiths ties a Celtic scarf to a goalpost after the Champions League qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Scottish side came out with an easy win at a half-empty and uneasy Windsor Park

Athlone Town have released a scathing statement on the FAI investigation into match-fixing at the club. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Club claims that there is no evidence for charges to be brought, just ‘expert opinion’

Jon Walters: “I did well for Stoke and they did well for me.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Republic of Ireland striker secured move from Stoke to ensure more game time

Mlada Boleslav’s Golgol Mebrahtu celebrates scoring their second goal of the game against Shamrock Rovers in their Europa League second qualifying round first leg. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Tallaght side conceded three away goals but know they can score against Czechs

 Aiden McGeady has completed his move to Sunderland. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The Ireland winger has made the switch after Grayson left his post at Preston North End

Shamrock Rovers’ players celebrate after going through against Stjarnan. The will need to improve if they are to progress past  Mlada Boleslav. Photograph: Bryan Keane/inpho

Stephen McPhail hopes his young side can spring a Europa League surprise against Czech visitors

Dundalk’s David McMillan celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during their Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg at Oriel Park. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dave McMillan’s opener for the home side was cancelled out

Cork City’s Sean Maguire in action for Cork City against  Levadia  in the Europa League. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sean Maguire’s performance will be crucial in his last home appearance for the Leesiders

Irish teams have been improving in Europe, but can that continue? Photograph: Inpho

Europe exposed how weak Irish clubs were compared to the continent’s better sides

 Patrick McEleney of Dundalk with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for June 2017. Photograph: Inpho

‘I’ve no regrets, I was young when at Sunderland and it just wasn’t for me at the time’

Stephen Kenny: “We’ve faced some great European clubs so that’s not really anything new to us . . . We trust ourselves, trust the players.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Experienced Rosenborg represent huge test for Stephen Kenny’s team

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney celebrates scoring against Bray last month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dundalk midfielder beats Cork City striker and Bohemians’ Keith Ward to June award

Club ‘disappointed’ at decision and ‘awaits the production of all the evidence related to the allegation’

The outside of Broadhurts Park, the home of FC United. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Getty

The rebels who built their own ground have steadied the ship after a difficult year

 Shamrock Rovers’ players celebrate after the game. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper forced into some timely interventions against Stjarnan

Jon Walters is set to join Burnley from Stoke City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forward will add to strong Irish contingent at TurfMoor in a deal with €3.5 million

Chairman Denis O’Connor has said Bray Wanderers’ financial problems are resolved for the time being. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Chairman Denis O’Connor says no players will be leaving and wages will be paid

Ronan Finn: “I’m sure tomorrow night will be a great night for them and that emotion will spread onto the pitch to us.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Derry already as good as out but Cork and Rovers have plenty to play for

 Ireland’s Harriet Scott: ”I love . . . if it was a choice between scoring or making a block in the six yard box that stops a goal, l would probably choose the block; it’s much more satisfying.”

Irish defender making the most of second chance and relishing Friday night’s match in Scotland

Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former Wanderers player believes the league has been dragged through the mud again

There have been conflicting messages over the future of the Carlisle Grounds, the home of Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Chairman O’Connor baffled improved efforts haven’t seen fans flood to Carlisle Grounds

FAI’s high performance director Ruud Dokter:  St Kevin’s “have signed a formal agreement with Bohemians to enter a process towards creating a partnership that will allow St Kevin’s to join the existing pathway in the national leagues”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI decision to admit St Kevin’s Boys to national Under-15s league prompts anger

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson celebrates scoring his second goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Bray Wanderers at the  Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Robbie Benson grabs two goals as Stephen Kenny’s side continue preparations for Rosenborg tie

  Cork City’s Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor  will both join Preston at the end of July. Photo: Mailiis Ollino/Inpho

Cork City defender will join Daryl Horgan, Sean Maguire, Andy Boyle and Alan Browne at Deepdale

Bray Wanderers’ Dylan Connolly in action against Drogheda. The highly-rated winger has agreed terms with Dundalk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Winger will sit out game between the sides as champions seek to avenge earlier defeat

 Simon Grayson: poised to take over the reins at relegated Sunderland in the  Championship. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Manager’s move could have big implications for Irish contingent at his former club

Sunerland have been given permission to speak to Preston boss Simon Grayson over the vacant managerial role at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty

Manager replaces David Moyes and signs three-year deal with Black Cats

FAI chief executive John Delaney and  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. The FAI’s turnover rose to €50.4 million kast year. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Delaney adamant association can pay off €39m stadium-related debt by 2020

The findings of the FAI’s report into alleged match-fixing at Athlone Town are due for release soon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Two months on, club preparing itself for what probe into alleged match-fixing will find

Robbie Benson of Dundalk in action against Alex Byrne of Galway United during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match  at Oriel Park in Dundalk. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Dane Massey and Pat McEleney supply the goals as champions continue improved form

Shamrock Rovers Manager Stephen Bradley: “We’ll have a look at them tomorrow afternoon and see where they are strong and see where they are weak.” Photo: Tom Beary/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers manager considering starting with two strikers

 Shamrock Rovers’ James Doona celebrates at the end of the game. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Hoops warm up for their trip to Iceland with impressive win over Drogheda

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