Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at St Mary’s, Southampton. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

As Mauricio Pellegrino allowed himself a sigh of relief at the full-time whistle, his embrace with his former mentor Rafael Benítez said it all. A har(...)

Ireland’s Harry Arter in action against Wales during their World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Harry Arter has saluted his Republic of Ireland team-mates for getting it right on the night once again to preserve their World Cup dream. Just as th(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long reacts after a missed chance in the World Cup qualifying win over Moldova. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shane Long will miss Ireland’s make-or-break World Cup qualifier with Wales after suffering a hip injury. After netting a brace in the 2-0 win over M(...)

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

Shane Long’s admission to Martin O’Neill after Friday’s game that he “can’t buy a goal” just now is a fair reflection of the striker’s struggles aroun(...)

Republic of Ireland captain  David Meyler in action during the World Cup qualifier against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

David Meyler has promised that the Republic of Ireland will give it “a hell of a go” as they attempt to leapfrog Wales and keep their World Cup hopes(...)

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

Martin O’Neill, it seems, will not be going anywhere when this qualifying campaign is over. We still don’t know about his team but John Delaney, the m(...)

Moldova manager  Igor Dobrovolski: “We want the team to play as confidently and as aggressively as possible.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Group D’s basement side Moldova have picked up just two points so far during this qualification campaign – but a third on Friday night would surely c(...)

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

Martin O’Neill has given the strongest indication yet that he intends to stay on for the next European Championship qualifying campaign regardless of (...)

Ireland’s Daryl Murphy during training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

At 34-years-old, Daryl Murphy is one of the senior statesmen in the Ireland squad for this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. (...)

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

Their recent record at club level may not mark them out as the panacea for Ireland’s problems but Roy Keane is hoping that strikers Scott Hogan, Sean (...)