Dundalk pair receive Ireland call-ups

DundalkCrest2010Two Dundalk FC players have been called into the Irish underage setup.

Forward Sean Maguire, a recent recruit to Stephen Kenny’s side, has been named in Noel King’s Ireland U-21 squad ahead of a friendly against Qatar U-23s in Bury on Friday night and the UEFA U-21 Championships Qualifying Round Group 2 fixture away to Andorra on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, George Poynton has been named in Paul Doolin’s Ireland U-19 panel for Monday’s friendly away to Italy in Cava de’ Tirreni.

Dundalk take huge step towards the title with victory over Shamrock Rovers

Dundalk FC took a massive step towards the title with a 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park last night.

The victory leaves them eight points clear of Cork City in second place while Rovers are all but out of the equation as they now trail Stephen Kenny’s side by 15 points.

The Lilywhites took the lead on 15 minutes when Ronan Finn rifled home from the edge of the area (see video above).

Sean Gannon then completed the victory in the 68th minute with a cool finish from the right to the bottom left hand corner. That goal can be viewed here.

Dundalk are next in action at home to Sligo Rovers on Saturday at 7pm.

Meanwhile, former Dundalk loanee Michael Hector – who made 15 appearances for the club in 2011 – completed his move from Reading to Chelsea yesterday for a fee of £4.5m. The 6ft 4in centre half will be loaned back to Reading until the end of the season having signed a five year contract at Stamford Bridge.

RTÉ to broadcast Dundalk v Sligo Rovers FAI Cup clash

fai cupRTÉ are set to broadcast Dundalk FC’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final tie with Sligo Rovers from Oriel Park on Friday September 11th.

The game will now have an earlier kick-off time of 7.25pm, with coverage commencing on RTÉ Two at 7pm.

Setanta Sports are also broadcasting tomorrow night’s league clash with Shamrock Rovers at 8pm.

Dundalk manager Kenny picks up brand new Renault Fluence from Blackstone Motors

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny receiving the new car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny receiving the new car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny recently picked up his brand new 152 Renault Fluence Limited edition car from Blackstone Motors in Drogheda.

This is Stephen’s second car this year as a Blackstone Motors brand ambassador.

Blackstone said: “The Renault Fluence is one of Ireland’s best-selling family cars, with a range of custom features to help find the perfect design for you. We are delighted for Stephen to be a brand ambassador for Blackstone Motors. Congratulations on all his hard work managing Dundalk FC and we would like to wish him best of luck for the rest of his campaign.”

The Lilywhites are in action away to Bohemians in Dalymount Park tonight.

Dundalk FC need your support to clinch a FIFA treble

Dundalk FC are going for a treble and need your support.

Not on the field obviously but the search is on for the next Irish cover stars of the FIFA 16 game from EA Sports.

In the last two season Patrick Hoban and Richie Towell have adorned the Irish cover and given the Lilywhites’ superb form this season here’s hoping they can make it a hat-trick.

Dundalk's Richie Towell appeared on last year's FIFA 15 cover along with Barca's Lionel Messi and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy

Dundalk’s Richie Towell appeared on last year’s FIFA 15 cover along with Barca’s Lionel Messi and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy

This year the process is slightly different as you can vote for any player at any club. Each club’s most popular player will then go forward as the representative for the final 12 to decide who the two lucky players are that will join Lionel Messi on the cover of the iconic video game.

The two winning players will be unveiled on Wednesday September 23rd, with the exclusive cover available to download for free via easports.com/fifa from Thursday 24th of September. Once you’ve printed out your preferred sleeve, you can simply replace the existing cover in your FIFA 16 pack and start playing with your very own League of Ireland cover stars.

For the past eight years, FIFA has exclusively featured the League of Ireland, giving local fans the chance to play out their ultimate footy fantasies.

FIFA 16 will be available nationwide from Thursday 24th September.

So what are you waiting for? Get voting at extratime.ie/fifa16

Na Piarsaigh unveil next three guests for Night of Sport event this coming weekend

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Local GAA club Na Piarsaigh have revealed the next three names on the panel for its ‘A Night of Sport’ event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday

The event is a fundraiser for the club’s underage teams with Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer, ex-Armagh All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville and Mayo’s Conor Mortimer the latest names added to the billing.

Ryan O'Dwyer, Oisin McConville and Conor Mortimer are the latest names to be added to the billing

Ryan O’Dwyer, Oisin McConville and Conor Mortimer are the latest names to be added to the billing

The night will feature famous faces from GAA, soccer, rugby and boxing all of whom will speak about their careers and preview the likes of the Rugby World Cup and the All Ireland Football and Hurling Championship Finals.

The BBC’s Jerome Quinn was recently unveiled as the MC of the event with the former Leinster, Ireland and Lions rugby star Shane Byrne, WBC Bantamweight Champion boxer Christina McMahon and Dundalk FC captain Stephen O’Donnell the first speakers to be announced last week.

The night will also feature an auction of some very interesting items from each of the sports.

Tickets, priced €20, are on sale now with details from 087 9841621.

Dundalk to face Sligo Rovers in FAI Cup quarter-finals

fai cupDundalk will host Sligo Rovers in the quarter-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.

The Bit O Red will travel to Oriel Park on Friday September 11th for a repeat of last season’s first round clash, which Stephen Kenny’s side won 3-0 courtesy of goals from David McMillan, Daryl Horgan and Brian Gartland.

The draw will see Dundalk face Sligo twice in the space of six days with Micky Adams’ side also set to visit Oriel Park in the league on Saturday September 5th.

The home draw means that Dundalk will have four home matches in-a-row after Friday’s trip to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians with Shamrock Rovers, Sligo (twice) and Drogheda Utd all due to visit Oriel Park between September 1st and September 18th.

The other FAI Cup fixtures will see Derry City host Cork City, Longford Town play either Athlone Town or Sheriff YC and Bray Wanderers face Killester Utd.

Dundalk come from behind to book place in FAI Cup quarter-finals

FAI Ford Senior Cup Showcases New TrophyDundalk came from behind against Galway Utd at Eamonn Deacy Park last night to book their place in the last eight of the FAI Cup courtesy of a 4-1 win.

Jake Keegan gave the home side a shock lead after 11 minutes but Stephen Kenny’s side responded in style with Brian Gartland equalising with a 23rd minute header.

Richie Towell then fired the side in front with an exquisite lob before a Paddy Barrett header just before half-time gave the visitors a 3-1 lead at the break.

Sean Gannon then made sure of the win with a thunderbolt strike in the second half. Dundalk now look forward to the draw for the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.

First three names on panel for Na Piarsaigh’s Night of Sport revealed

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Local GAA club Na Piarsaigh recently revealed the first three names on the panel for its ‘A Night of Sport’ event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel later this month.

The event on Saturday August 29th is a fundraiser for the club’s underage teams.

The night will feature famous faces from GAA, soccer, rugby and boxing all of whom will speak about their careers and preview the likes of the Rugby World Cup and the All Ireland Football and Hurling Championship Finals.

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The BBC’s Jerome Quinn was recently unveiled as the MC of the event with the former Leinster, Ireland and Lions rugby star Shane Byrne, WBC Bantamweight Champion boxer Christina McMahon and Dundalk FC captain Stephen O’Donnell set to speak at the event.

More names will be announced soon.

The night will also feature an auction of some very interesting items from each of the sports.

Tickets, priced €20, are on sale now with details from 087 9841621.

Towell apologies to McGrath over kick

Dundalk FC midfielder Richie Towell has apologised to Jamie McGrath after the St Patrick’s Athletic man suffered a suspected broken nose following a wayward kick in the second half of their clash at Oriel Park on Monday night.

Towell caught McGrath in the face with his foot during Dundalk’s 4-1 victory in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, but has since been in contact with the Pat’s man to apologise.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny told the Irish Sun: “Richie rang Jamie McGrath to apologise. It was a careless kick by Richie really but there is no way he meant to hurt the lad.

“Jamie is a fine young player and Richie is probably the most kicked player in the league so he knows what it is like. He has to deal with a lot of treatment most weeks.

“It was careless from Richie, we were 4-1 up at the time, we’d played really well. I hope an incident like that doesn’t overshadow the whole game.”

Saints boss Liam Buckley insisted it was a red card: “It’s a red card all day long. Either it’s nothing or a red card. But look, that didn’t change the game.”