Fran Reilly

Reporter / Editor

Fran Reilly Info

Role: Reporter / Editor

Start Date: Feb. 1, 2015, 10:21 a.m.


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Fran Reilly joined in February 2015 having previously written for the Drogheda/Fingal Independents, and the Cork City matchday programme. Though only part of the ET family for a relatively short time, the Donaghmede native has already had the opportunity to cover League of Ireland clubs both domestically and in Europe, as well as Republic of Ireland internationals. He can count Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane and Dutch footballing legend Ruud Gullit amongst those he has come face-to-face with during his line of ET work. He still hopes to someday meet Henrik Larsson.

Fran was once sent to watch Lionel Messi play in the Aviva Stadium for Barcelona but left feeling underwhelmed as his performance fell some way short of replicating Wes Hoolahan's against Deportivo la Coruna in August 2004. That famous night was enough to make Fran a Shels fan and he even pulled on the red shirt himself once for Owen Heary's tribute match in November 2013. Hilariously, he saw a penalty saved by unforgiving goalkeeper Lee Murphy, then at Bohemians.

His one day spell as a member of the Extratime media six-a-side panel fared no better, his status as a reporter coming under threat following a string of less than inspirational performances. However, he convinced the ET hierarchy to persevere with him so he lingers on, covering whatever clubs he can reach by public transport. You can follow Fran on Twitter (@FranTomReilly) where he spends most of his time retweeting other people's LOI views and news and claiming them as his own.

Fran Reilly's Articles

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Book Review: Gods Vs Mortals by Paul Keane

In light of Dundalk's recent European adventure, a review of a book chronicling the greatest exploits of all League of Ireland clubs in continental competition seemed appropriate. Paul Keane does an excellent job documenting ten such memorable occasions in his ...

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League Preview: Cork City -v- Longford Town

Having met in the FAI Cup just six days ago at the City Calling Stadium, Cork City and Longford Town face off once again with the Midlanders seeking to avenge that 4-1 defeat when they travel to Turner's Cross for ...

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FAI Cup Preview: Bohemians -v- Derry City

Bohemians' last outing in this competition saw them end a seven game goalless streak as they defeated Galway United 2-0 at Dalymount Park. They picked up just one point in their six league games during that terrible run, as well ...

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Book Review: A Life Too Short - The Tragedy of Robert Enke

The importance of Ronald Reng's biography of German goalkeeper Robert Enke is not in how it captures him on the field, but in how it chronicles his life and his battle with depression off it.

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League Report: Shelbourne 1 - 2 UCD

Second-half goals from Gary O'Neill and Jason McClelland secured UCD a 2-1 win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park which sees the Students overtake second-placed Drogheda United in the First Division table.

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Cormac Raftery leaves Galway United

Raftery signed for Galway from Salthill Devon mid-way through the 2014 campaign and became part of the squad which won promotion from the First Division at the end of that season via a two-legged play-off victory over UCD.

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O'Connell keeping feet on the ground

Eoghan O'Connell has gone from lining out against Dayrl Horgan at Turner's Cross to facing off against Lionel Messi at the Aviva Stadium in the space of five months – and the Cork native admits he just wants to enjoy ...

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International Champions Cup Report: Celtic 1 - 3 Barcelona

Celtic suffered defeat in their second International Champions Cup match as Barcelona ran out 3-1 winners in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with all the goals coming in the first-half.

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Grimes joins Cork City

Cork City boss John Caulfield has signed his second goalkeeper of the July transfer window in the form of Eric Grimes, who has put pen to paper on a short-term deal until the end of the season at Turner's Cross.

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O'Reilly released as Makouta arrives at City Calling Stadium

Longford Town boss Tony Cousins has made two more changes to his squad on the eve of Saturday's Premier Division clash with Galway United – French midfielder Gaius Makouta joins from Crétil-Lusitanos FC while Danny O'Reilly has departed the City ...

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League Preview: Cabinteely -v- Waterford United

Cabinteely are looking to beat Waterford United for the first time since the only time they managed it, which was back in March 2015.

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Sean Boyd on celebration: "I'd do it again."

Sean Boyd celebrated in front of Bohemians fans after netting the all-important third goal in Shamrock Rovers' 3-1 win at Tallaght Stadium, enraging the travelling Gypsies support – and then said after the game, “I'd do it again.”

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League Report: Bray Wanderers 1 - 0 Finn Harps

Bray Wanderers extended their recent unbeaten run to six games with a 1-0 win over Finn Harps at the Carlisle Grounds.

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Four Shamrock Rovers U19s sign pro terms

Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that four of its U19 team have signed professional terms, with Sean Boyd, Aaron Dobbs, James Doona and Shane Hanney all putting pen to paper at Tallaght Stadium.

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League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Shelbourne

Athlone Town host Shelbourne on Friday night in Lissywollen seeking just their second league win of the season (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Flabbergasted Keegan rues Cherrie save

Wexford Youths boss Shane Keegan admitted he was “flabbergasted” to see his side lose 3-0 to Bray Wanderers – and he was left ruing an incredible Peter Cherrie save which took place 60 seconds before the Seagulls netted their third.

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Joe Doyle's on fire

Joe Doyle made history when he scored four goals during Cabinteely's 5-1 victory over Athlone Town in Stradbrook on Friday night – and he said he would be straight onto teammate Ben Hanrahan after the game.

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League Report: Cabinteely 5-1 Athlone Town

Cabinteely ran riot as they recorded their largest ever win in the League of Ireland, defeating Athlone Town 5-1 in Stradbrook on Friday night.

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Disappointed Fenlon wants Rovers to have a go

Shamrock Rovers boss Pat Fenlon was disappointed with his side's 2-0 defeat to RoPS Rovaniemi in Thursday night's Europa League first qualifying round match – and admitted ahead of the return leg in Finland, “We've got to go and have ...

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Europa League Report: Shamrock Rovers 0 - 2 RoPS Rovaniemi

Shamrock Rovers have given themselves a mountain to climb in Finland next week after suffering a 2-0 defeat to RoPS Rovaniemi in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night.

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Buckley wants Better Saints Performance in Luxembourg

St. Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley was pleased with the 1-0 win over Jeunesse Esch in Richmond Park on Tuesday night – but he believes the Saints will need to improve on their second-half performance to finish off the tie ...

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Fagan Smashes Saints' Euro Goalscoring Record

Christy Fagan netted the only goal in St. Patrick's Athletic's 1-0 win over Jeunesse Esch at Richmond Park on Tuesday night to become the Saints' all-time leading goalscorer in Europe.

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Corral injury a blow says Esch manager

Jeunesse Esch boss Carlo Weis believes losing Ken Corral to injury early in the first-half disrupted his side during their 1-0 defeat to St. Patrick's Athletic in Richmond Park on Tuesday.

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Campbell sheds some light on Jeunesse Esch

St. Patrick's Athletic's opposition analyst Dave Campbell has shed some light on Tuesday night's Europa League opponents, Jeunesse Esch.

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Buckley Believes League Form is Irrelevant to Europa Tie

St. Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley doesn't believe his side's inconsistent form in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division will have any bearing on their Europa League first qualifying round tie with Jeunesse Esch.

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