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 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(...)

 Daryl Murphy celebrates scoring  with Ciaran Clarke. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. Form guide Daryl Murphy came into this fixture as Ireland’s most prolific striker, and his six goals in 11 games for Nottingham Forest meant his s(...)

The crowd in the Aviva Stadium was in general on the small side, physically if not in numbers. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It must have been the smallest group of travelling supporters to attend a World Cup qualifier in Dublin, at least since the end of the communist era, (...)

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(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill agreed a new deal to stay on as manager until the 2020 European Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been many cases in Irish sport of managers getting new contracts just before things went wrong at a major tournament in a way that made it (...)

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 (...)

Shane Long’s wait for a goal goes on. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Long was the only Republic of Ireland international to start a game in the Premier League on Saturday. The Tipperary native played all 90-plus(...)

Cardiff’s  Kenneth Zahore celebrates after scoring their opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Kenneth Zohore fired Cardiff back to the top of the Championship table as leaders Leeds capitulated in South Wales. Zohore, who had not scored since (...)

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