We look back on the top ten most-followed minute-by-minute updates from around the grounds in 2019.
First Division – 22 February – Updates by Pete Kelly
When you sign Ciaran Kilduff and Karl Moore in the off-season everyone knows you mean business and that is exactly what Shelbourne did mean as they beat off Galway United in this five goal thriller in February.
President Higgins, who was in attendance, will have been expecting his Galway side to hold on after they stormed into a 2-0 half time lead. However, Shels would go on to score three times in a ten minute spell late in the second half to allow them to dart back down the M6 with all three points in the bag.
President Higgins will take part in today's “Reclaiming the Dyke” walk.— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) February 22, 2019
The march up the Dyke Road to @GalwayUnitedFC's Eamonn Deacy Park celebrates the tradition in the early days of League of Ireland football in Galway when soccer fans walked up the Dyke Road together.
Premier Division – 14 June – Updates by Andy Harte
In a victory for Bohs that would make it eight undefeated games for the Gypsies against the Hoops it was clear that this was the Danny Mandroiu show. The Bohs star started off by missing a penalty but would more than make up for it as he went on to score his teams two goals, catapulting them towards the mid-season break on a high.
Premier Division – 20 May – Updates by Tom O’Connor
Another game in which a red card had a major impact in. When Ryan Graydon was sent off in the 54th minute, Keith Long’s men were leading 1-0. Fast forward to the 96th minute and Pat Hoban smashed home a penalty that would see Dundalk win all three points.
League Cup Second Round – 1 April – Updates by Macdara Ferris
Shamrock Rovers fans will of course have been glad to have lost this peno shoot out if it was a choice between this one and the one in which the Hoops won in the Aviva Stadium in November, however, on a blustery April evening Macadara Ferris was on hand to capture 120 minutes and 0 goals of action.
Aaron Greene and Brandon Kavanagh failed to convert from the spot for Rovers as Bray scored all of their attempts to advance to the next round.
Premier Division - 25 February - Updates by Sam McKeever
Back in February 2019, Bohemians took an outright lead at the top of the Premier Division table with a typically feisty Dublin Derby against their near neighbours.
Aaron Greene was shown a straight red card in this one for a hard challenge on Keith Ward. Ward was also the man who was upended by Ronan Finn to win the decisive penalty that Dinny Corcoran smashed home.
FAI Cup First Round - 9 August - Updates by Andrew Dempsey
Penalties is always an attractive part of the FAI Cup and when Cabinteely welcomed Cork City to Stradbrook, few would have imagined that the First Division side would come agonisingly close to upsetting the 2018 finalists.
What would make this game all the more remarkable is that it would take a last minute strike in injury time from Cork’s Ronan Hurley to give the half a thousand or so spectators a penalty shoot out.
Nearly there - 15 minutes to kick-off pic.twitter.com/ZR8z3sLpWD— Cabinteely FC (@Cabinteely_FC) August 9, 2019
Premier Division 23 April – Updates by Brendan Graham
A disastrous eleven minute first half spell saw Shamrock Rovers have two players sent off, give away a penalty and concede a goal. Not exactly the mountain Stephen Bradley would have hoped for in this home Dublin Derby played out in front of 6,414 in Tallaght Stadium.
The back and forth between these two would last all season and it is quite simply true in what they say that there is few derbies similar in terms of pure passion from the players and the fans in all of Irish football.
Bohs would of course fall slightly off the pace as the season would go on but at this point in the campaign it was looking like Keith Long’s men would go on to mount a serious title challenge.
U21 Euro Qualifier – 10 October – Updates by Dave Donnelly
“A very entertaining game, Ireland will rue the fact they didn't create enough clear-cut opportunities while the Italians will be happy to get this away trip out of the way.”
That’s how Dave Donnelly called it. As to how he decided to classify a scoreless draw as entertaining we’re not too sure but the contest did yield two red cards including one for Ireland’s Troy Parrott!
64: RED CARD!— eir Sport (@eirSport) October 10, 2019
Ireland U21s 0-0 Italy U21s.
Italy's Moise Kean is shown a straight red card for pushing Troy Parrott, but the Tottenham forward is then shown a second yellow card for his own role in the incident.#IRLU21 #U21EURO pic.twitter.com/gEVRYkyKSA
Euro 2021 Qualifier – 8 October – Updates by Andrew Dempsey
It’s not just men’s football we cover here on extratime.ie and in October, Andrew Dempsey was our man in the press box in Tallaght Stadium as Vera Pauw got her tenure as Ireland boss off to the best possible start.
Four goals had hit the back of the net by the half leaving the spectators wondering what could possibly be in store for them after the break. In the end all that separated them was an own goal as the Girls in Green hung on for an impressive 3-2 victory.
Play-off Final - 1 November - Updates by Gerard Grimes
Here in ET HQ we love extra-time…..and that was exactly what happened in Ballybofey at the start of November.
Such was the importance of this game, our commentary team of Oisin Langan and Conan Byrne even made the trip to watch Ollie Horgan’s men overturn a one goal deficit heading into this second leg thanks to an early goal from Mark Russell and a 107th Harry Ascroft goal.