FOOTBALL: Gareth McAuley returns to Northern Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers

West Brom's Gareth McAuley is back in Northern Ireland's squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Germany and Norway next month.

Paul Heatley scored a sensational goal as Crusaders saw off Linfield

OPINION: Crusaders have struck a psychological blow to Blues

Crusaders’ impressive victory in the battle of the ‘heavyweights’ at Seaview on Tuesday night will have struck a significant psychological blow to reigning champions Linfield.

Jordan Forsythe celebrates after scoring Crusaders opening goal against Linfield.

IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders condemn Linfield to first defeat in eight months

First half goals from Jordan Forsythe and Paul Heatley sent Linfield crashing to their first league defeat in eight months.

Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill  celebrates with his Steve Davis and Jonny Evans after the win over Czech Republic

COMMENT: NI’s World Cup dream is alive and kicking

I was only a lad when Northern Ireland made Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86.

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scoring against the Czech Republic

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland take a step closer to World Cup qualifying play-offs



WATCH: Jonny Evans scores to give Northern Ireland the lead against Czech Republic

Jonny Evans heads Northern Ireland ahead against the Czech Republic on Monday night.

BetMcLean League Cup.

LEAGUE CUP DRAW: Crusaders to host Coleraine again

Coleraine’s trip to Crusaders is the tie of the round in the last sixteen of the BetMcLean League Cup.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during a training session at Windsor Park on Sunday.

Michael O’Neill says Northern Ireland can out-psych Czechs

Seven points currently separate the second-placed Northern Irish and the Czechs with three games to go, meaning Karel Jarolim’s side have to win or their hosts will be guaranteed at least a runners-up berth.

Linfield's Matthew Clarke scores against Distillery

FOOTBALL: Bet McLean League Cup review

Linfield new boy Louis Rooney had a debut to remember after scoring a quickfire hat-trick in the 6-0 hammering of Lisburn Distillery in the League Cup.

Ballymena's Joe McKinney makes it 2-0  at the cup holders progressed to the third round

FOOTBALL: Tuesday night’s Bet McLean Cup results

BET McLean Cup Second Round results

Paul Smyth pictured after Linfield's win over Ballymena

Healy: Paul Smyth’s first goal should be to break into QPR first team

Linfield’s Paul Smyth will make his move to Queens Park Rangers later today.

New Linfield striker Louis Rooney.

IRISH LEAGUE: Blues bolster front line with new striker

Irish League champions Linfield have further bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Northern Ireland Under 21 international striker, Louis Rooney, on a one year deal from Plymouth Argyle.

Louis Rooney (left) on duty for Northern Ireland under 21s. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Linfield secure striker signing

Linfield have confirmed the capture of Northern Ireland under 21s’ striker Louis Rooney.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

O'Neill names NI squad for San Marino and Czech Republic double-header

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has named his panel for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and the Czech Republic.
Linfield, holders of the Toals County Antrim Shield

FOOTBALL: Co Antrim Shield draw pairs Linfield away to Ballyclare Comrades

County Antrim Shield holders Linfield will travel to Ballyclare Comrades in the first round of this seasons competition after the draw was made last night

Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt.

FOOTBALL: Jonny Evans deserves interest from other clubs, insists Chris Brunt

Chris Brunt thinks it is only natural West Brom and Northern Ireland colleague Jonny Evans is attracting interest given his quality and experience.

Linfield Mark Haughey  celebrates scoring  against  Dungannon Swifts

IRISH LEAGUE: Spotlight still on Paul Smyth as Linfield score four against Dungannon Swifts


Linfield boss David Healy. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Linfield: Healy goes in pursuit of more silverware

Linfield manager David Healy is looking forward to the Blues getting their league campaign up and running as they host Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park tomorrow.

Pictured at the launch of the Danske Bank Premiership at the National Stadium with Nicola McCleery, Head of Marketing, Danske Bank and Stephen Bell, Chairman of the Premiership Management Committee are Josh Carson, Coleraine; Jonny Tuffey, Glenavon; Kyle Owens, Ballymena; Craig McMillan, Ards; Seanan Clucas, Dungannon; Mark Surgeonor, Carrick; Ryan Catney, Cliftonville; Curtis Allen, Glentoran; Ryan Curran, Ballinamallard; Sean O'Neill, Crusaders; Andy Mitchell, Linfield and Seanna Foster, Warrenpoint.

‘Let’s get down to the real business’

The talking is done, excitement is building and preparations are almost complete ahead of the new Danske Bank Premiership season.

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