Rovers’ Daniel Mandroiu celebrates scoring the first goal of the game. Photograph: Inpho

Goals from Danny Mandroiu and Dylan Watts decide the contest in Tallaght

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley says Dundalk “are spending, it’s the biggest I have ever seen in this country so I imagine they’d expect to win everything that’s in their path.” File photograph: Inpho

Dundalk in slightly greater need of a result in Friday night’s clash at Tallaght Stadium

Roberto Lopes in action for Shamrock Rovers against Dundalk in the FAI Cup final last year. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Defender played in Cape Verde’s African Cup of Nations qualifying win over Cameroon

Ireland players celebrate after taking the lead against Qatar on Tuesday. Photo: Peter Kohalmi/AFP via Getty Images

Games will take place during a nine-day training camp in Spain

 Stephen Kenny:  things should  improve defensively ahead of the campaign’s resumption but it is no clearer now than it was before the recent  window of games where the goals are going to come from.   Photograph:  Trenka Attila/PA

Integration of young players will continue but lack of natural goalscorer remains concern

Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu makes a save during the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Emmet Malone looks back on the performances of Stephen Kenny’s men over the past week

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny shortly after Qatar equalised during the friendly international in Debrecen. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland manager strikes defiant tone against critics after draw against Qatar

Ireland’s James McClean celebrates scoring the opening  goal with Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady during the friendly international against Qatar at the Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Josh Cullen misses chance late on in Hungary as friendly ends in a draw

Robbie Brady at Republic of Ireland Squad Training in Debrecen, Hungary on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kenny needs a miracle for World Cup qualification, but right now a win will do

Jason Knight in action for Ireland in the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

20-year-old Derby County skipper backs manager after nightmare start to campaign

Stephen Kenny will hold a nine-day training camp in Spain in June that will include friendly games against hungary and Andorra. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/AFP via Getty Images

Stephen Kenny wants to use time to integrate new players and work on system of play

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny gestures on the touchline during the  World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Chairman and president both back manager despite home loss to side ranked 98th in the world

 Gerson Rodrigues turns away to celebrate scoring Luxembourg’s winner in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup qualification hopes already look slim as Kenny’s winless run continues

Luxembourg goalkeeper  Anthony Moris celebrates at the final whistle of the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Previous Ireland managers have failed to recover from seismic setbacks

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny dejected at the end of the World Cup qualifier  against Luxembourg on Saturday night. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘Last night was a setback on what is a difficult journey, but it is a setback’

The Aviva Stadium scoreboard reads Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Leadership to convene on Sunday following World Cup qualifier defeat to Luxembourg

Ireland’s James Collins directs a shot at goal which is saved by Luxembourg’s Anthony Moris. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland striker could have put the hosts ahead from close range in the first half

Republic of Ireland’s Séamus Coleman after Luxembourg’s Gerson Rodrigues scored the winner. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Captain was at a loss to explain what had happened in defeat to Luxembourg

The result is a devastating blow for Ireland manager Stephen Kenny who has now gone 10 games without a win. Photograph: PA

Shock defeat means Stephen Kenny has now gone 10 games without a first win

Stephen Kenny will take charge of his 10th Ireland match on Saturday. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

Republic boss has decisions to make in goal and up front for second World Cup qualifier

Stephen Kenny: “It’s important that we win the game. We want to win the game. What does ‘must-win’ mean? We want to do well and we’re going to be very determined to try and win the game.” Photograph: Pedja Milosavljevic/AFP via Getty Images

Failure to beat Luxembourg would deal body blow to Republic’s qualification hopes

Republic of Ireland’s Josh Cullen jumps for the ball with Dusan Vlahovic of Serbia during Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying match in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Wednesday’s defeat to Serbia makes Saturday’s clash with Luxembourg a must-win

Dundalk welcome Finn Harps to Oriel Park on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former South Korean youth international goes into squad for clash with Finn Harps

Alan McLoughlin celebrates after  scoring the goal against Northern Ireland which got the Republic of Ireland to the 1994 World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Ireland player suffered fractured neck after tumour caused vertebrae to crumble

Ireland’s Alan Browne reacts after Serbia’s second goal during the World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Photo: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Preston man takes little solace from goal and says Connolly should have had penalty

Ciara Grant: “When I last played with the Irish senior team, back in 2015 or 2016, the ratio of the girls who were playing with professional teams was probably only around a quarter in a panel of 20 whereas now, if you look at it, it has completely reversed.” File photograph: Inpho

A qualified doctor, she is targeting another league title and playing professionally

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers dives in vain as Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (not pictured) scores their second goal during the  World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Photograph:  Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

Fulham striker comes off the bench to decide World Cup qualifier in Belgrade

 Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has named his side for the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Photograph: Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

Ciaran Clark and Dara O’Shea named in central defence for game in Belgrade

Ireland manager Vera Pauw has named a strong provisional squad of 32 for the games against Denmark and Belgium. File photograph: Inpho

Clare Shine returns to what is a strong provisional squad of 32 named by Vera Pauw

Dragan Stojkovic has already put his stamp on Serbia by dropping some experienced players ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Former star player has moved on some older players as he looks to young Serbian talent

The Republic of Ireland squad train at the Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade ahead of Wednesday night’s opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

Stephen Kenny has a number of big selection calls to make ahead of Serbia encounter

Stephen Kennys has said Brighton attacker Aaron Connolly is fit to feature in Ireland’s opening game of the new World Cup qualifying campaign. File photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny defends Shane Duffy and says team will not be setting up defensively

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman returns after missing 10 games and looks to be in a strong position to start on Wednesday night. Photograph: Inpho

Irish captain insists team’s morale and expectations are high heading into qualifiers

Ciaran Clark in action during the friendly international against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in November 2019. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Newcastle defender’s string of injuries have prevented him from having a run in the team

Ireland international Áine O’Gorman of Peamount United  and Rebecca Egan from Knocklyon United FC’s Football For All programme during the launch of the 2021 Aviva Soccer Sisters Virtual Skills Hub at Knocklyon FC in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forward preparing for start of Women’s National League with champions Peamount

 Slavisa Kokeza has stepped down as president of the Serbian FA. Photograph:  Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Slavisa Kokeza denies involvement with group of Partizan Belgrade ultras accused of kidnap and murder

Callum Robinson last featured for West Brom at the start of last month, and has only managed three goals this season. File photograph: Getty Images

West Brom attacker: ‘The goals need to come but I think we’re going in the right direction’

Preston midfielder Alan Browne is hoping his experience and goal threat will help the Ireland squad in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. File photograph: PA

Preston midfielder believes it’s up to the entire team to end Ireland’s wait for a goal

 Ireland manager Stephen Kenny says a draw away to Serbia would be a good result, but he is aiming for a win in the first match of their World Cup qualification campaign. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland boss without Kelleher, Hourihane, O’Dowda and Long for World Cup qualifier

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will miss Ireland’s trip to Serbia. File photograph: Inpho

Kevin Long, Conor Hourihane and Callum O’Dowda all ruled out ahead of qualifiers

Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron Greene heads home the equaliser in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match  against St Patrick’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

St Patrick’s Athletic took the lead late on through a Roberto Lopes own goal

  Dragan Stojkovic: “There are indications that some of them (players) might miss our opening three games.”

Coach wary players could miss next week’s game against Ireland

Getafe’s John Joe Finn, whose father was born in Ballyhaunis, has a number of international options. File photograph: Getty Images

The Madrid born teenager has featured in midfield for Getafe despite being just 17

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny believes Aaron Connolly will be fit enough to feature in the Serbia game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connolly expected to play some part but Randolph, McCarthy and Egan all out of action

 Shamrock Rovers’ Sean Hoare felt he had no option but to leave Oriel Park after being offered just a one-year extension. Photograph: Inpho

Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick’s Athletic - Tallaght stadium, 7.45pm on RTÉ 2

Aaron Connolly may not be fit to face Serbia next week. Photo: Kalle Parkkinen/Inpho

Kenny names 29-man selection but Kelleher, McClean and Connolly all carry knocks

Greg Bolger in action for  Shamrock Rovers against Dundalk in thr FAI Cup Final last  December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tough-tackling midfielder links up again with Liam Buckley at the Showgrounds

Derry City manager Declan Devine. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Manager keen to develop a more ‘home-grown feel’ at the Brandywell

Graham Burke has agreed a new three-year deal with Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland international forward has been on loan at the club from Preston North End

 The Showgrounds, home of Sligo Rovers:  the club will report a surplus of €134,362 for 2020 to its members at its AGM on Monday, February 22nd. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Financial returns filed for Sligo and St Pat’s more positive than might have been expected

Ipswich’s Troy Parrott scores against Plymouth Argyle at Portman Road. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Hourihane and Callum O’Dowda both score ahead of international break

Dundalk celebrate with goalkeeper Alessio Abibi after their penalty shootout win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New ’keeper Abibi makes the key saves as Shamrock Rovers are beaten in Tallaght

Nottingham Forest are one of the English clubs sponsored by Football Index. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Hundreds in Ireland suffer substantial losses amid accusations of unethical dealing by firm

Ronan Finn in action against Cameron Dummigan of Dundalk in the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dundalk’s new signings in line to play part in President’s Cup clash in Tallaght

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been riled out of Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Stephen Kenny hoping Caoimhín Kelleher can make successful return from injury

Bohemians manager Keith Long with DCU sport chief executive  Ken Robinson at the signing of an 18-year lease at the Dublin City University training facilities in Glasnevin. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Club say money from Matt Doherty’s transfer from Wolves to Spurs helped move the deal forward

  Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers team will host Dundalk in Friday night’s President’s Cup game. Photograph: Inpho

Shamrock Rovers boss interested in how new players from overseas settle in

 The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy and jerseys from the participating clubs during the launch of the 2021 season at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Teams will have to concede games if they can’t put out 14 fit players

Shane Keegan and Filippo Giovagnoli at a press conference ahead of the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna in Austria last November. Photograph:  Philipp Brem/Inpho/GEPA Pictures

Club working on getting Filippo Giovagnoli on to a Pro Licence course

Amber Barrett in action during the recent European Championship qualifier against Germany. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Striker didn’t feature as much as she wanted to recently but has no issues with Vera Pauw

Jack Byrne in action for Apoel in February. Photograph: George M Michael/Inpho

Apoel midfielder is recovering from back surgery but is adjusting to life post-Rovers

Matt Doherty and Gareth Bale celebrate with Harry Kane after he scored Tottenham’s third against Crystal Palace. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Ireland right back had a slow start at Spurs but is building a relationship with Gareth Bale

Stephen Kenny’s side will face Qatar after playing Serbia and Luxembourg in World Cup qualifiers. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Associations agreed on a switch of fixtures due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

 Drogheda United’s home ground will be named    Head In The Game Park for the coming season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Head In The Game Park selected as new name by winner of club-run lottery

Lansdowne Road is due to host four Euro 2020 ties this summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘No other plans being pursued’ say tournament organisers over attendance at matches

St Patrick’s Athletic have taken Liverpool’s teenage goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros on a season-long loan. Photograph: Phil Noble/Pool/Getty Images

19-year-old Czech player has moved to Dublin on a season-long loan

An application by John Delaney’s legal representative to have aspects of the High Court proceedings between the ODCE and the FAI held in camera so as to prevent the contents of emails he is claiming privilege over becoming public is to be held later this month. File photograph: Inpho

The court ruled on Monday that just one more person should be allocated to the task

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney has claimed privilege over documents in the case taken by the ODCE. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Issues surrounding in camera aspect to be heard by High Court on March 23rd

Proposed bid would see the World Cup hosted in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales

Ireland international winger Callum O’Dowda has returned to training with Bristol City. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Boost for Stephen Kenny ahead of World Cup qualification campaign

Stoke City’s James McClean is facing a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. Photograhp: Nigel French/PA

Stoke City winger likely to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks with a foot injury

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny with assistant coaches Keith Andrews and Damien Duff during squad training at  FAI HQ in Abbotstown  in August 2020. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chelsea coach Anthony Barry to take the job after Duff quit over ‘a whole range of issues’

Jonathan Hill: “As to whether Uefa would be happy if 9, 10, 15,000 fans were all Irish, I think they’d be very, very happy with that, so they can have Dublin as one of the 12 cities.”

CEO Hill confident Dublin will successfully host its four-game share of the finals

Anthony Barry has joined Stephen Kenny’s Ireland coaching set-up. Photograph: Getty

34-year-old to retain role with Thomas Tuchel and link up with Republic in March

The FAI is continuing to look for a sponsor for the men’s national team. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

CEO said national team still without a sponsor and deal with Paddy Power was opted against

RTÉ  will broadcast Shamrock Rovers against St Patrick’s Athletic on the opening night of the new League of Ireland season. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

RTÉ to broadcast Shamrock Rovers against St Pat’s on March 19th’s opening evening

Ireland under-21s manager Jim Crawford. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager will have a chance to weigh up his options for 2023 Euros campaign

Vera Pauw: hoping to guide the Republic of Ireland women’s squad to the finals of a major tournament for the first time.  Photograph: Filip Filipovic/Inpho

Republic of Ireland women’s coach signs deal extension until end of the 2023 tournament

Dublin County claim Morton stadium’s management had agreed a deal to allow the club play at the ground for the coming season. File photograph: Inpho

They claim stadium’s management reneged on a deal at the very last minute

Ireland women’s manager Vera Pauw has signed a contract extension. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 58-year-old Dutch native has had a positive impact since arriving in 2019

Tommy Barrett’s Treaty United play against Bray Wanderers on March 26th. File photograph: Inpho

Tommy Barrett working on assembling a team to face Bray Wanderers on March 26th

Tony Dunne: he suffered with dementia over the last 12 to 18 months of his life. Photograph: Getty Images

Experts want more funding for independent medical research into contact sports

Ireland defender and  Sheffield United player   John Egan during the Premier League match  against West Ham   at London Stadium on Monday. Photograph:  Charlotte Wilson/via Getty Images

Difficult to know whether defender will be missed more by Ireland or Sheffield United

Shelbourne have appointed Alan Caffrey. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meanwhile, Will Clarke has left St Joseph’s Boys to return to the FAI

Stoke City’s James McClean before Tuesday night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Ireland winger’s wife says she fears for his safety following years of ‘relentless hatred’

Niall Quinn believes the focus must turn to the grassroots football in Ireland because of the challenges of Brexit. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘We’ve got to think differently now about how players are produced’

Sheffield United’s Irish defender John Egan suffered an injury during this challenge on West Ham’s Jesse Lingard during the Premier League game at  London stadium. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Sheffield United centre-back stretchered off in the late stages of 3-0 defeat to West Ham

Norwich City’s Kenny McLean (left) and Stoke City’s James McClean in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Racist Instagram message was followed by threat to burn down Stoke City player’s house

Ireland under-21 international Conor Masterson could miss the rest of the season with Swindon Town after picking up a hamstring injury. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Ireland U21 defender has been on loan with Swindon Town from QPR

Bohemians and Shelbourne will both play at Dalymount Park after redevelopment. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

€35m redevelopment would see Bohemians and Shelbourne share the Phibsborough

Niall Quinn believes Jon Walters would be a good choice as chief executive of the PFA. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Quinn believes former striker could connect with players at all levels of the league ladder

Cyris Christiw in action for Nottingham Forest in December. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

Ireland defender says abuse of footballers in the lower divisions often goes ignored

Most League of Ireland clubs returned to pre-season training last week. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Questions do remain over the Women’s National League due to its amateur status

Derry City have taken Ireland underage midfielder Joe Hodge on a six-month loan from Manchester City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder has played for Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 European Championships

Leicester City’s Shane Flynn tackles Jack Clarke of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match  at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre. photograph: James Chance/Getty Images

Left-sided wing back has impressed at the club since move from St Joseph’s

Tommy Barrett is to take charge of Treaty City after having managed Limerick FC. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI leave options open should clubs be granted a licence

Tommy Barrett was Limerick FC’s manager during its final season of senior football in 2019. File photograph: Inpho

Diarmuid O’Carroll is new manager of Northern Ireland Under-17 and Under-19s

James O’Callaghan: “It’s great for those players that they are getting to play professionally, but it’s not great for the league to be losing them.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Peamount United manager says women’s game could progress faster than men’s

The FAI announced Bank of Ireland as a sponsor of its senior leagues and cups. Photograph: Inpho

Bosses outline challenges facing association as Covid effects continue to be felt

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