Now there’s a sentence you don’t hear every day. Roy O’Donovan and Joe Gamble helped Brunei DPMM to pick up the first silverware of the Singapore season today, beating Tanjong Pagar United in the final of the League Cup.
It’s been a busy summer transfer window for Irish players moving to, from and between foreign lands. Andy Keogh, Selcuk Tidim, Damien Duff, Jonny Steele and Stephanie Roche, to name but a few, have made moves to Australia, Germany and France. Here’s the full low-down.
Major League Soccer returns this weekend after a brief World Cup hiatus but attentions are starting to turn to August’s MLS All Star game against Bayern Munich, with three Irish stars vying for a place in the 23 man panel.
Having left Bundesliga 2 side Union Berlin last month after six years at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, one time Republic of Ireland Under 21 defender Patrick Kohlmann has signed for 3 Liga’s Holstein Kiel.
Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff has signed for A League side Melbourne City on a one-year-deal, where he will play alongside Spanish striker David Villa for the first ten games of the 2014/15 season.
In Germany, Fiona O’Sullivan scored a hat-trick as SC Freiburg trounced Cloppenburg 7-2 on the Frauen Bundesliga’s final day while in Norway, in-form Ruesha Littlejohn’s five goals in ten games has helped keep Sandviken at the top of Norway’s second tier.
At the halfway point of his and Ottawa Fury’s debut NASL campaign, Tipperary native Richie Ryan can reflect on a move to Canada that has seen the former Sligo Rovers midfielder assume the captaincy at his new club and lead them comfortably into mid-table.
Former Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder James O’Connor will take his first steps into management with new USL Pro franchise Louisville City, who will launch in 2015. They will be an affiliate club of Orlando City, who are joining the MLS expansion for next season.
Noel King has called up Karlsruher goalkeeper Justin Merz for this Saturday’s Republic of Ireland Under 21 friendly with Qatar in Germany while Anderlecht’s Liam Bossin will be hoping to feature for Paul Doolin’s Under 19s in next week’s UEFA Elite qualifying round in Dublin.
After shooting to prominence last month, injury has curtailed Megan Campbell’s involvement in the Republic of Ireland WNT’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The defender told The Emerald Exiles about missing out, life in Florida and that throw-in.
After experiencing ecstasy and agony in quick succession against Germany, Louise Quinn has seen her Eskilstuna United team adapt seamlessly to life in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan. Now back on World Cup duty, she spoke to The Emerald Exiles about bouncing back and exceeding expectations.
Patrick O’Shaughnessy, the Finnish-Irish defender who competed in the FIFPro tournament for out-of-contract players in January, has signed for Ykkönen side PK-35 after a prolonged trial period.
After seven years in Britain he describes as a “let down”, Roy O’Donovan has rediscovered his fitness and form with Brunei DPMM in Singapore’s S League. He tells The Emerald Exiles about life in Asia, Steve Kean and Cork City’s League of Ireland renaissance.