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

Celtic fans will not be able to get tickets for the potential meeting of Linfield and the Scottish champions  at Windsor Park.

‘Safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is paramount’

English game’s wealth means there is plenty to play for but youngsters still getting a raw deal

Joey Barton:  was suspended for 18 months after having been found to have placed some 1,260 bets between 2006 and 2013. Photograph: Martin  Rickett/PA

No sign of the Football Association of Ireland intending to follow counterpart’s lead

James McClean during the World Cup qualifier against Austria at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

McClean described the referee as the Austrians’ ‘12th man’ after Aviva qualifier draw

Cork’s Johnny Dunleavy leaves the field injured against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Ryan Delaney is Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland player of the month

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates after beating BATE Borisov last year. Photo: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Once considered a jolly-up, League of Ireland clubs’ seasons now often hinge on the draw

Irish clubs enjoyed mixed fortunes in the draws for the Champions League and Europa League at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Clubs have agreed the game could proceed on July 11th at 5pm

Stephen Kenny: “It’s not going to be easy but it won’t be easy for them either.” Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

‘They are a strong club and we’ll be very wary of them but we won’t be frightened at all’

Nicklas Bendtner in action for Rosenborg in the Norwegian Cup last month. Photograph: Getty Images

Derry play Midtjylland, who beat Manchester United last season

Wes Hoolahan came off the bench during Ireland’s 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Austria. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Wes Hoolahan has been far from peripheral but remains a passenger in long-ball game

Martin O’Neill: “We’ve four games left and we have to get points on the board. But we think we can do it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss says qualification battle will go down to last round of games

Ireland’s Shane Duffy reacts during the World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Austria in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Irish players relieved to salvage point and sanguine about referee’s performance

 Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring his goal late on in the World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Austria at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters/Livepic

Shane Duffy denied late winner in frantic end to World Cup qualifier against Austria

Ireland’s Jonathan Walters during training in Abbotstown on Friday. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Martin O’Neill is aware that Austria’s back up players are well able to step up to the mark

The Republic of Ireland squad training on Friday for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Austria are missing key players, but Marcel Koller’s side arrive under big pressure to win

Roy Keane at a press conference in the  FAI national training centre on Friday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Assistant manager warns Austria will be dangerous as he puts Ireland on war footing

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at training in Abbotstown. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Keane said that, if he was in the Austria camp, he’d be looking forward to playing Ireland

Guido Burgstaller: the striker’s career stalled at Cardiff City but has been revived  in the Bundesliga. Photograph: Getty

Forward on comeback trail after reviving career with Nürnberg and Schalke in Germany

Seamus Coleman with his family at a reception in Lifford to mark his receipt of the Freedom of the County from  Donegal County Council. Photograph: Clive Wasson

Captain will lend his support to O’Neill’s side in the run-up to Austria showdown

Eunan O’Kane: admits he is unlikely to start the Austria game but hopes he has done enough after coming on against Iceland and Mexico to get another look in.  Photograph:Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland midfielder hopes to feature in World Cup qualifer as well as having marriage recognised

Richard Keogh trains with the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Walters, Ward and Duffy look good for Sunday, while Keogh is hopeful of start

Jonathan Walters sat out Republic of Ireland training on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Stephen Ward trained with his knee heavily strapped but is also expected to be available

Republic of Ireland’s  Shane Duffy:  “Next year in the Premier League will help me a lot.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

More than seven years have passed since Duffy made his senior debut for Everton

 Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick in action against Uruguay’s Jonathan Urretaviscaya at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Inclusion of Burnley midfielder in O’Neill’s side may confine Wes Hoolahan to the bench

Sean Maguire is the latest Irish player to join Preston North End. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sean Maguire the latest to arrive at Deepdale but boss has been linked with Sunderland

Ireland’s David McGoldrick during last week’s friendly against Mexico. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ipswich striker struggling with a knee injury ahead of vital World Cup qualifier

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph: will Martin O’Neill consider him a keeper for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Austria? Photograph: Ashley Cahill/Action Plus via Getty Images

After Darren Randolph’s error against Uruguay, Martin O’Neill has to decide on ‘keeper

Tuesday night’s friendly at Stradbrook will be “a celebration for the club, but when it comes to the match itself the lads will want to make it competitive,” said Cabo manager Pat Devlin

Players will get a chance to test themselves against international side, says manager

The Republic of Ireland’s Harry Arter takes on  Uruguay’s Jonathan Urretaviscaya at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland midfielder: ‘There is no bigger game for me at the moment than this one tonight’

 Cyrus Christie celebrates scoring the Republic of Ireland’s  second goal with Jonathan Walters, Jonny Hayes, Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick during the friendly international against Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cyrus Christie impresses at right back with second international goal at the Aviva Stadium

John Egan and Aiden McGeady share a joke during Republic of Ireland training on Saturday morning. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Martin O’Neill to make plenty of changes against Uruguay after defeat to Mexico

Cork City strikes Sean Maguire is to join Preston North End. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Friday night’s hat-trick hero set to follow Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle to Deepdale

Martin O’Neill: “In terms of confidence, or a knock to confidence, I’m really not too bothered.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Starting line-up for clash against Uruguay at the Aviva should bear a more familiar look

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaks to the media after the game at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager tried some new partnerships and systems in defeat to Mexico

Martin O’Neill: “I don’t really want to have a history of players with one or two caps who have fallen by the wayside.”   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

More established players take centre stage as manager focuses on upcoming Austria test

Mexico’s Raul Jimenez slots a penalty past Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph in their friendly win at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, USA. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

Martin O’Neill experimented but will also be a little worried with certain performances

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle receives some light-hearted attention from his team-mates. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Likes of Shane Duffy, Cyrus Christie and Daryl Murphy can avail of much-needed game time

James McClean at Republic of Ireland squad training at  the New York Red Bulls training facility. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Proud West Brom winger will captain the side on his 50th international appearance

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during Ireland training at New York Red Bulls Training Facility, New York, USA. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bournemouth player hasn’t travelled to New York where Martin O’Neill will experiment

Pele in action for the New York Cosmos in 1975. Photograph: George Tiedemann /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

In their heyday, they attracted big crowds and the occasional 80,000 sell out

Eunan O’Kane will travel with the Republic of Ireland squad to the US despite being involved in a traffic incident.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kevin Long enjoying Ireland set up despite missing brother’s wedding

Roy Keane: “I know it has been quoted over the years that football is more important that life and death. That’s ridiculous.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland's assistant manager confirms James McClean keen to play Mexico

Ireland assistant manager  Roy Keane. “I missed my sister’s wedding. She was getting married and I had a friendly with Manchester United.”  Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Kevin Long missing wedding of his brother to be with Ireland squad

Cork City’s Kevin O’Connor scores the winning goal against Sligo Rovers recently. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork City boss John Caulfield talks of ‘massive challenge’ for his players

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is interview during squad training at Fota Island in Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

West Brom’s James McClean will join the squad ahead of trip to US to play Mexico

Declan Rice made his debut for West Ham in the Premier League game against Burnley at Turf Moor. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Teenage West Ham defender made Premier League debut against Burnley

West Ham United’s Declan Rice making his debut against Burnley on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Young West Ham defender Declan Rice received his first senior call-up on Tuesday

John O’Shea is an Irish player who won’t be playing in the top flight next season after his relegation with Sunderland. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Barely 20 players available to national team featured in English top flight this season

Gary Pallister: “I think he [ Mourinho] will be active in the transfer market. He’s had a year to look at players and decide what he needs in his squad.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former defender recalls 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup as a major step for his side

Former Sampdoria player Liam Brady at the announcement of the friendly game between Manchester United and the Italian club at the Aviva Stadium on August 2nd. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cork-born midfielder joins panel for games against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria

Gary Shaw celebrates with his Shamrock Rovers teammates after scoring the opening goal. Photograph: Inpho

Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele score either side of half-time to give Rovers home win

Manchester United have announced they will face Sampdoria in a friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

The meeting of Jose Mourinho’s men with the Serie A side will take place on August 2nd

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said James McCarthy will not link up with the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Everton manager says midfielder will stay at club to recover while FAI haven’t confirmed

Dundalk’s Ciaran Kilduff: side hopes to reschedule Champion’s League qualifying game as it may clash with the international friendly at the Aviva on August 2nd. Photograph Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Match between high-profile sides to be announced by FAI on Monday

Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty: side who have yet to be beaten this season welcome Drogheda United to Turner’s Cross on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League leaders Cork City seek to extend unbeaten run to 14 as they host Drogheda

51-year-old set to be in the dugout for Friday night’s clash with champions Dundalk

Burnley defender Kevin Long was handed a first senior Republic of Ireland call-up after Ciaran Clark was ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photo Tim Goode/PA Wire

The Burnley defender will have to miss his brother’s big day after call-up to the squad

Everton and Ireland duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been out of action with contrasting injuries. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton have most absentees in the Premier League - including James McCarthy

Martin O’Neill is hopeful that James McCarthy will be fit to at least face Austria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier next month. Photo: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Ireland midfielder’s fitness uncertain ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Austria

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said Antonio Conte has “done splendidly”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘He’s younger. He’s a passionate guy. He does remind me of a younger me’

Kevin Long of Burnley has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Ireland name squad to play Mexico (June 1st), Uruguay (June 4th) and Austria (June 11th)

 Roddy Collins will attend Athlone Town’s game against Shelbourne ahead of his appointment as the club’s manager. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager’s second stint to begin next week while Airtricity League leaders near Bohemians’ mark

Conor McCormack of Cork City FC with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI player of the month Award for April. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Midfielder has excelled in a holding midfield role with league leaders

Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny lifts the Premier Division trophy following another highly successful season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Airtricity League champions’ outgoings rose from €904,468 to €2,091,081

Uefa have contacted the FAI regarding allegations of betting fraud involving Athlone Town.

FC Academica Clinceni, owned by Chinese agent, became embroiled in scandal

Chelsea’s John Terry prepares to be subbed on at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Photograph: PA

Life in the lower leagues can still be tough for those trying to be professional footballers

Ahtlone Town are being investigated for three of their games this season.

Fans say betting investigation by FAI on behalf of Uefa is the final straw

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with, from left, Brayden Adeboye (8) Emma Sherrard 8)  and Charlie Dunwoody (9) as he launched the  FAI’s Summer Schools Programme.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland boss wants Brighton defender back in the frame for Austria clash

Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk players get involved in an altercation late in the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last season’s champions now sit 15 points behind leaders Cork City after just 12 games

Cork’s Sean Maguire celebrates scoring tagainst Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill: ‘I’m not so sure in the lead up to these games that it’s the ideal time’

Rival  companies offer a bewildering array of bets on sports fixtures in the  hugely competitive age of modern mobile gambling.

Sportradar aiding football authorities since the German refereeing scandal of 2005

Uefa satisfied there is 'clear and overwhelming' evidence of betting irregularities

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Uefa contacted the FAI in relation to bets placed on recent game with Longford Town

Republic of Ireland assistant manager, Roy Keane pictured with Chantelle Doyle (11), Huiming Wang (12), Andrem Tran (10) and Laya Susan-Sabu (11) all of St Mary’s Primary School, Dorset St. at the  Show Racism the Red Card awards   at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ireland assistant coach believes Chelsea and Cork City set to win respective leagues

Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers have made a slow start to the season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager made bold claims ahead of new season but progress has been slow so far

Limerick’s Chiedozie Ogbene with Simon Madden of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side sit sixth in the league as they continue to struggle to find form

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wanderers have won four straight to join Dundalk in second spot

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman has returned to Everton to continue his rehab from a double leg fracture. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland captain to continue his rehab from double leg fracture at club following month at home

The Ireland women’s team will face a tough task in qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. Photo: Inpho

Colin Bell’s side will also face the Netherlands, Norway and Slovakia ahead of 2019

Scott Brown and James Forrest of Celtic celebrate after beating Rangers in their Scottish Cup semi-final. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Lack of competition in Scotland harming it both domestically and on the European stage

Cork’s Gary Buckley celebrates scoring his side’s third goal. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

League leaders eased past Pat’s at Richmond Park to maintain 100% record

John Caulfield: his Cork City side will be seeking a tenth straight league win at St Patrick’s Athletic’s expense.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Airtricity League leaders bring their unbeaten run to struggling St Patrick’s Ath

Cork’s Colin Healy has retired from football. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland international midfielder finished career at home town club Cork City

Wolves have a sponsorship deal with The Money Shop which charges up to 729 per cent APR. Photo: Getty Images

Betting organisations and money-lending companies are becoming more common

Stephanie Roche scored Ireland women’s solitary goal as they beat Slovakia at Tallaght on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland men’s team should have shown solidarity with their female counterparts

Ireland’ players defend a free kick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Just over 1,000 fans turn out for Slovakia friendly after dramatic week

Republic of Ireland manager Colin Bell. “This has all put focus on the women’s team which is a good thing but the girls have to know that it is ultimately about playing football.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager hoping his side can make a big impact in the World Cup qualifiers

Republic of Ireland women team at Tuesday’s press conference at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

PFAI confident dispute resolved and issues will be addressed in the future

Uefa made €847 profit from Euro 2016, which was won by Portugal. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Getty

Euros generated a revenue of more than €1.92 billion - a €500m increase from 2012

John Delaney and Emma English. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Notion that women’s team issue would harm FAI boss always seemed fanciful

Sligo Rovers have parted company with manager Dave Robertson. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Declan McIntyre takes temporary charge with club languishing second from bottom

A view of yesterday’s press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Team boycott training but will attend FAI meeting along with their representatives at 6pm

  John Delaney finished ahead of several of the European game’s most influential players in the poll. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief executive can expect to earn well in excess of €100,000 in his new role

Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s team hold a press conference at  Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI have paid lip service and little else to the women’s game in Ireland

Republic of Ireland captain Emma Byrne addressing the press conference yesterday at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland squad’s grievances a grave embarrassment for the association

 FAI chief executive  John Delaney: The association’s leading administrator is in Helsinki where he is up for election on Wednesday to the Executive Committee of Uefa. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

FAI chief would add €100,000 to €360,000 salary if elected to executive committee

Stephanie Roche, Aine O’Gorman and Emma Byrne with members of the women’s national soccer  team. Photograph: NPHO/Donall Farmer

Players from the senior international team have voiced their grievances at the FAI

Jose Mourinho speaks to Conor McNamara of the BBC after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Emmet Malone: Like anyone who has done a lot of them, I’ve dropped my share of clangers

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