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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Byrne Calls on Pat's to Grasp Europa League Chance

Conan Byrne has called on his St. Patrick's Athletic teammates to forget about their indifferent Premier Division season by throwing themselves into their two-legged Europa League first qualifying round tie against Jeunesse Esch.

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Euro 2016 Report: Germany 3 - 0 Slovakia

Germany booked their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with minimum fuss thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Slovakia in Lille.

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Euro 2016 Report: Croatia 0 - 1 Portugal (AET)

In a tense affair seemingly destined to head towards penalties, Portugal came alive with just three minutes left in extra-time to claim a 1-0 win over Croatia in Lens.

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League Report: Longford Town 0 - 2 Finn Harps

Finn Harps picked up their first away win of the season, and took another giant step towards Premier Division safety in the process, with a 2-0 win over bottom of the table Longford Town at City Calling Stadium on Friday ...

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League Report: Sligo Rovers 0 - 0 Bray Wanderers

This will go down as a missed opportunity for both sides as Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers played out a 0-0 draw at the Showgrounds.

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Euro 2016 Report: Wales 1 - 0 Northern Ireland

Wales edged a scrappy game in Paris as a Gareth McAuley own goal saw the Dragons win 1-0 and end the Northern Ireland fairytale at the last-16 stage.

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Euro 2016 Report: Switzerland 1 - 1 Poland (Poland win 5-4 on penalties)

Poland defeated Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Saint-Etienne – with Granit Xhaka blazing his side's second spot-kick well wide of the target.

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League Report: Shelbourne 0 - 2 Waterford United

First-half goals from Philly Gorman and Aaron O'Connor gave Waterford United a 2-0 win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park on Friday night.

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Euro 2016 Report: Hungary 3 -3 Portugal

Both Hungary and Portugal progressed to the last-16 after an incredible six-goal thriller.

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Euro 2016 Report: Iceland 2 - 1 Austria

Iceland make history to win for the first time at a major tournament and to progress to the last-16.

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Euro 2016 Report: Sweden 0 - 1 Belgium

A trio of Swedes, including Ibrahimovic, retire from international football after Euro 2016 exit.

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Euro 2016 Report: Croatia 2 - 1 Spain

A last gasp Ivan Perisic goal gifts Croatia top spot in Group D, condemning Spain to the most difficult path to regaining their title.

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Euro 2016 Report: Czech Republic 0 - 2 Turkey

Both the Czech Republic and Turkey bow out of Euro 2016.

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Euro 2016 Report: Slovakia 0 - 0 England

England pay the price for poor finishing against Slovakia.

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League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Waterford United

League of Ireland action returns this Friday and Tolka Park will play host to two sides looking to fight their way back into the First Division promotion play-off hunt, with Shelbourne hosting Waterford United (kick off 7:15pm).

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Euro 2016 Report: Ukraine 0 - 1 Poland

Poland secure last-16 place against Switzerland as Ukraine bow out.

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Euro 2016 Report: Russia 0 - 3 Wales

Wales secured top spot in Group A with an emphatic victory over a poor Russian side.

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Euro 2016 Report: Switzerland 0 - 0 France

A draw was enough to ensure both sides progressed to the last-16, with France as group winners.

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A refresher on Jeunesse Esch

Luxembourg side Jeunesse Esch faced League of Ireland opposition not so long ago.

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Euro 2016 Report: Romania 0 - 1 Albania

On a historic night for Albania, they won for the first time at a major international tournament to give themselves a chance of reaching the last-16.

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Mathews' position as Athlone boss "untenable"

Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound, Alan Mathews has spoken about his decision to leave Athlone Town

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Euro 2016 Report: Portugal 0 - 0 Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo misses a penalty as Austria earn a valuable point.

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Euro 2016 Report: Iceland 1 - 1 Hungary

Hungary all but secure a last-16 spot at Euro 2016 as Iceland concede at the death.

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Euro 2016 Report: Czech Republic 2 - 2 Croatia

Croatia saw a two-goal lead slip against the Czechs after Croatian fans forced a stoppage in play.

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LOI mid-season friendly games list

A number of LOI clubs are in action this weekend for those who can't wait for the action to return next week.

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