One of Shane Duffy’s first thoughts after emerging “knackered” but alright from the 90 minutes in Tbilisi was to pay tribute to Brighton for not standing in the way of his international commitments despite their initial fears that his calf injury would be of a much longer duration.
Mon, 14 Oct, 2019
When, after just six minutes of the second leg of the World Cup play-off against Denmark in 2017, Shane Duffy used his height and his head to put Ireland a goal to the good, the eruption of joy on the pitch and in the stands of the Aviva Stadium suggested that what we’d just witnessed was one of those defining moments which the Derryman might find hard to top for the rest of his career.
Thu, 06 Jun, 2019
Damien Duff and Ronnie Whelan may have found fault with the tennis balls served up in protest against John Delaney at the Aviva Stadium, but Mick McCarthy could see the funny side after a performance and result that sets Ireland up nicely in Group D.
Wed, 27 Mar, 2019
When the FAI — or rather John Delaney, since they remain one and the same thing, at least for now — declared on Saturday night that they were creating a new position for him, it transformed a mere theory we had last November into an obvious truth.
Mon, 25 Mar, 2019
Displaying levels of confidence and self-belief that — in the aftermath of a deflating 1-0 home defeat to Wales which took a winless run of competitive games to five — will be variously interpreted as defiant, determined, or delusional, Martin O’Neill has unequivocally expressed the conviction that he is the manager who will lead Ireland to the finals of Euro 2020.
Thu, 18 Oct, 2018
Shane Duffy is probably the only Irish player entitled to have mixed feelings about the last time the Danes were in town and only then if the definition of the word ‘mixed’ can be stretched to accommodate one spasm of ecstasy giving way to prolonged agony.
Fri, 12 Oct, 2018
John Delaney has insisted Martin O’Neill is “100% committed” to the Ireland job but he doesn’t expect speculation about the manager’s position to end when he signs a new contract next week.
Thu, 18 Jan, 2018
The Football Association of Ireland could be about to lose Martin O’Neill from their grasp after the Ireland manager last night held what was understood to be a productive meeting with Stoke City about their managerial vacancy.
Thu, 11 Jan, 2018
Tottenham, who seem to be playing the Premier League in the shadow of their own Champions League excitement, needed a fortunate goal from defender Serge Aurier and a late deflected Heung-min Son effort to beat Brighton and keep their top-four challenge alive.
Thu, 14 Dec, 2017
It’s not often that the great minds of the Irish management team and the Irish media think alike but such was the case this week when we asked Roy Keane for his thoughts on how Shane Duffy has progressed to the point where he is now widely regarded as the rock of the Irish defence and one of the most consistent centre-halves in the Premier League.
Fri, 10 Nov, 2017