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Ireland U15s face Poland in double header…14/10/2021


Our U15 international side under the guidance of Head Coach Jason Donohue took on their counterparts from Poland in two friendly internationals played in Richmond Park this week.
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The second contest took place on Thursday afternoon with the visitors securing a one nil success with the only goal coming just before the half-time break.

Team: Jack Ellis; Daniel Mare, James Roche, Luke Mulligan, Olaf Boruc,  Luke O’Donnell, Marven Chan, Matthew Moore, Bez Agbontaen, Denzel Obgene, Mason Malia
Substitutes:
Kaylem Harnett for Mare 41′
Cathal O’Sullivan for Moore 55′
Darragh Marshall for Melia 55′
Richard Vodo for Obgene 60′
Ivan Gramminschil for Chan 60′
Luke O’Donnell for Moore 75′
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The first encounter took place on Tuesday afternoon and saw the visitors emerge victorious by two goals to nil, both if which came in the opening 15 minutes. An already uphill task was rendered insurmountable with the dismissal of Christian Donlon towards the end of the first half following two yellow cards.

Team: Joe Collins; Kaylem Harnett, Luke O’Donnell, Sean Moore, Christian Donlon,  Richard Vodo, Darragh Marshall, Cathal O’Sullivan, Ike OraziIvan Gramminschil, Luke Mulligan
Substitutes:
Marven Chan for Moore ht
Bez Agbontaen for Orazi ht
Daniel Mare for Harnett 65′
James Roche for Vodo 65′
Mason Melia for Marshall 65′
Olaf Boruc for O’Sullivan 67′
Matthew Moore for O’Donnell 83′
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Squad:
Goalkeepers: Joe Collins (Bray Wanderers), Jack Ellis (Shamrock Rovers)
Defenders: Olaf Boruc (Shamrock Rovers), Ivan Gramminschil (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kaylem Harnett (Wexford), Daniel Mare (Shamrock Rovers), James Roche (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Marven Chan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Matthew Moore (Cork City), Sean Moore (Bohemian), Luke Mulligan (Dundalk), Luke O’Donnell (Derry City), Cathal O’Sullivan (Cork City), Richard Vodo (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Forwards: Bez Agbontaen (St Patrick’s Athletic), Christian Donlan (Mayo SL), Darragh Marshall (Shamrock Rovers), Mason Melia (Bray Wanderers), Ike Orazi (Shamrock Rovers), Denzel Obenge (Cork City)

U17s top qualifying group…13/10/2021

Our U17 side, under the guidance of Head Coach Colin O’Brien, recovered from a two goal deficit to secure a two all draw with Poland in Turner’s Cross this Wednesday afternoon to top the qualifying group and progress to the next stage of the 2022 European Championships.

A 12th minute penalty conceded by captain Cathal Heffernan was followed by a second Polish goal eight minutes later to shock all in Turner’s Cross. Local striker Mark O’Mahony diffused some of the tension with a goal on 27 minutes to reduce the deficit. Half-time substitute Justin Ferizaj levelled matters just after the hour mark and so the score remained to the end.

RISSC (London) Club member James McManus was a mainstay for Ireland in central midfield throughout the mini-tournament.

Team: Conor Walsh; Luke Browne, Sam Curtis, Cathal Heffernan (c), Luke O’Brien; Darius Lipsivc,  James McManus, Rocco Vata; Franco Umeh, Mark O’Mahony, Kevin Zefi

Substitutes:
Justin Ferizaj for Lipsivc 46′
Trent Kone Doherty for Umeh 77′

In the other contest, North Macedonia defeated Andorra by six goals to nil in the Mardyke at the same time.

                             P  W   D   L   F   A  g/d   Pts
Ireland               3   2    1   0    9   2    7      7
Poland                3   1    2   0   3    2    1      5
N Macedonia    3   1    1    1   6    2    4      4
Andorra             3   0    0   3    0  12  -12    0

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Our U17 team continued their 2022 Group 5 European Championship qualifying campaign with a two nil victory over North Macedonia on Sunday evening in Turner’s Cross which ensures their progress to the next stage of the qualification campaign. This was a tougher challenge than Thursday’s victory over Andorra but Rocco Vata‘s goal on 31 minutes eased any anxiety and local lad Mark O’Mahony added  the second on 73 minutes to ensure victory.

Team: Conor Walsh; Luke Browne, Sam Curtis, Cathal Heffernan (c), Luke O’Brien; Justin Ferizaj, James McManus, Rocco Vata; Kone Doherty, Mark O’Mahony, Kevin Zefi

Substitutes:
Franco Umeh for Doherty 71′
Caden McLoughlin for Vata 80′

Alex Nolan for Zefi 89′

In the other contest, Poland defeated Andorra by one goal to nil in the Mardyke on Sunday afternoon.

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Our U17 team guided by Head Coach Colin O’Brien commenced their 2022 Group 5 European Championship qualifying campaign with a comprehensive five nil victory over Andorra on Thursday evening in Turner’s Cross, Cork. Justin Ferizaj gave Ireland the lead on 13 minutes with a fine individual goal and that was the only goal of the first half. The second half saw Ireland take complete command and a goal on 59 minutes from Mark O’Mahony, who had been introduced  from the substitute bench just two minutes earlier, was the forerunner for further strikes from Kevin Zefi (69′), Sam Curtis (74′) and Rocco Vata (76′). RISSC (London) member James McManus, son of long standing member Pat McManus, completed the full 90 minutes in midfield.

Team: Conor Walsh; Luke Browne, Sam Curtis, Cathal Heffernan (c), Luke O’Brien; Justin Ferizaj, James McManus, Rocco Vata; Franco Umeh, Caden McLoughlin, Kevin Zefi

Substitutes:
Mark O’Mahony for McLoughlin 57′
Alex Nolan for Umeh 70′
Darius Lipsivc for Ferizaj 80′
Liam Murray for Vata 80′

North Macedonia and Poland, kicked-off the qualifying process at 2pm in The Mardyke, Cork where they played out a scoreless draw.

Sunday 10 October: Poland v Andorra – The Mardyke – 2pm. RoI v North Macedonia – Turner’s Cross – 7pm

Wednesday 13 October: Andorra v North Macedonia – The Mardyke – 1pm. RoI v Poland – Turner’s Cross – 1pm

Squad

Goalkeepers: Fintan Doherty (Derry City), Conor Walsh (Sligo Rovers)

Defenders: Luke Browne (Shelbourne), Sam Curtis (St Patrick’s Athletic), Cathal Heffernan (Cork City), Ruadhan Kane (Klub Kildare), Daniel Kelly (Sligo Rovers), Luke O’Brien (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Midfielders: Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Gavin Hodgkin (Shelbourne), Darius Lipsivc (St Patrick’s Athletic), James McManus (Bohemian), Liam Murray (Cork City), Franco Umeh (Cork City), Rocco Vata (Glasgow Celtic)

Forwards: Trent Kone Doherty (Derry City), Caden McLoughlin (Villareal), Alex Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City),  Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan)

 

Ireland cruise to victory over Qatar…12/10/2021


Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny and his squad built on their competitive victory in Baku on Saturday when they cruised to a comprehensive four nil victory over Qatar in a friendly international this Tuesday evening in the Aviva Stadium.

Saturday’s two goal striker Callum Robinson went one better tonight scoring a hat-trick in another excellent performance. There were positive performances across the board from Ireland but one must temper too much euphoria with the knowledge that Qatar, despite being ranked several places above Ireland by FIFA, were arguably the poorest side seen in the Aviva Stadium in some time.

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, starting his first senior international, had absolutely nothing to do all evening. The back three of Andrew Omobamidele, Shane Duffy and John Egan were solid with Omobamidele making one particularly impressive penalty area tackle. There were fine midfield performances from Matt Doherty, who picked up an injury and was replaced  at half-time by Cyrus Christie who maintained the positive level of performance, and also from Conor Hourihane, Jamie McGrath and the returning Enda Stevens.

While the ‘man of the match’ accolade will inevitably go to a three goal striker and did, the performance of Jeff Hendrick in midfield was hugely impressive. Up front the irrepressible Robinson was supported by Chiedoze Ogbene who, while not quite making the same impact as he did on Saturday, still provided a goal threat and was unlucky with a head/shoulder effort which cannoned back off the crossbar.

Debutant substitute Nathan Collins looked totally assured in central defence while both Harry Arter and James Collins, who were introduced for the last four minutes of the match, displayed an eagerness to be immediately involved which was a credit to themselves and our management team.

Callum Robinson opened the scoring after 4 minutes and added the second 9 minutes later from the penalty spot after Jamie McGrath had been felled in the box. The hat-trick goal came eight minutes into the second half with a fine finish following a defence splitting pass from Jeff Hendrick. The fourth goal came on 59 minutes from Shane Duffy with a trademark header from a corner kick delivered by Conor Hourihane.

Team; Caoimhin Kelleher, Andrew Omobamidele, Shane Duffy (c), John Egan ; Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie McGrath, Conor Hourihane, Enda Stevens; Callum Robinson,  Chiedoze Ogbene

Substitutes:
Cyrus Christie for Doherty 46′
Jason Knight for Ogbene 69′
Nathan Collins for Duffy 77′
Troy Parrott for Robinson 77′
Harry Arter for Hourihane 88′
James Collins for McGrath 88′

Squad

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City-on loan at Portsmouth), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), 

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United),  Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Liam Scales (Glasgow Celtic)

Midfielders: Harry Arter (Charlton Athletic), Josh Cullen (RSC Anderlecht),  Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa-on loan at Sheffield United), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jamie McGrath (St Mirren)  

Forwards: James Collins (Cardiff City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Chiedoze Ogbene (Rotherham United), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur-on loan at MK Dons), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion)

U21s suffer defeat in Montenegro…12/10/2021


Our U21 side suffered  a bitterly disappointing two one defeat by Montenegro in Podgorica this afternoon. After a calamitous start, conceding both goals in the opening nine minutes, Ireland stabilised and offered  a number of threats on the hosts goal but without success. The breakthrough arrived on 74 minutes with an O’G’ following a Will Ferry corner.  The opportunity to level matters arose in the 84th minutes with the award of a penalty kick but on this occasion captain Conor Coventry saw his spot-kick saved.  Ireland now find themselves three points adrift of second place Italy and four behind leaders Sweden who have played one game more. With both those sides set to visit Tallaght Stadium next month the pressure will be on Jim Crawford  and his charges to produce winning results. The challenge is of course made more intimidating with the knowledge that we must travel to face both in their home venues.

Team: Brian Maher; Lee O’Connor, Jake O’Brien, Mark McGuinness, Joel Bagan; Gavin Kilkenny, Conor Coventry(c), Ross Tierney; Alex Gilbert, Evan Ferguson, Will Ferry

Substitutes:
Colm Whelan for Ferguson 60′
Oliver O’Neill for Gilbert 60′
Joshua Kayode for Tierney 80′
Dawson Devoy for Kilkenny 80′

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Our U21 squad departed Dublin Airport at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon with an expanded compliment of 29 players following approval from the various English, Welsh and German clubs for the retention of their players, the majority of whom played in the victory over Luxembourg.

Five members of the original squad have returned to their clubs – Sam Blair, Kameron Ledwidge, Oisin McEntee, Louie Watson and Tyreik Wright

Squad for Montenegro

Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), David Odumosu (Drogheda United),    Luke McNicholas (Sligo Rovers on loan at Cliftonville)

Defenders:
Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Ronan Boyce (Derry City),  Andy Lyons (Bohemian), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Glasgow Celtic-on loan at Tranmere Rovers).
     Josh Honohan (Cork City), Andrew Quinn (Dundalk-on loan at Bray Wanderers),  Luke Turner (Aberdeen on loan at Cliftonville)

Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United-on loan at Peterborough United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemian), Alex Gilbert (Brentford-on loan at Swindon Town), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Andrew Moran (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Noss (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ross Tierney (Bohemian),
Niall Morahan (Sligo Rovers), Killian Phillips (Drogheda United)  

Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Ferry (Southampton-on loan at Crawley Town), Joshua Kayode (Rotherham United), Oliver O’Neill (Fulham), Colm Whelan (UCD),
Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers-on loan at Bray Wanderers),  Johnny Kenny (Sligo Rovers),

 

Our Republic of Ireland U21 side guided by Head Coach Jim Crawford continued their European U21 Championship qualifying campaign with a two nil victory over visitors Luxembourg in Tallaght Stadium this Friday afternoon. Ireland dominated much of the proceedings and should perhaps have added  to their goal tally. The visitors did offer the occasional threat but goalkeeper Brian Murphy dealt competently with the little that came his way. Captain Conor Coventry controlled midfield and was named ‘man of the match’ whilst also converting the penalty for Ireland’s second goal. The left side duo of Joel Bagan and Tyreik Wright were particularly impressive while Liam Kerrigan, something of an unexpected starter, more than justified his inclusion and it was he who was brought down for the penalty.  The first goal came on 18 minutes and was finished  by Joshua Kayode after excellent build up play from Wright

Team: Brian Maher; Lee O’Connor, Jake O’Brien, Mark McGuinness, Joel Bagan; Gavin Kilkenny, Conor Coventry(c), Ross Tierney; Liam Kerrigan, Joshua Kayode, Tyreik Wright

Substitutes:
Evan Ferguson for Kayode 69′
Conor Noss for Tierney 69′
Alex Gilbert for Kerrigan 86′
Dawson Devoy for Kilkenny 86′

We are set to face Montenegro in Podgorica on Tuesday next at 4.30pm but because there removal from the UK red list does not become effective until Monday morning while we fly to Podgorica at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon we may be obliged to select a home based squad. With this in mind, Crawford has selected an extended squad of home based players for the match while still hoping for a dispensation which would allow him to retain the UK based players. There has been a positive response from AFC Bournemouth and Rotherham United who have given approval for Gavin Kilkenny and Joshua Kayode to travel. Oisin McEntee has been denied permission to travel by his loan club Greenock Morton. 

Squad (v Luxembourg)

Goalkeepers: Sam Blair (Norwich City-on loan at Bury Town), Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), David Odumosu (Drogheda United)

Defenders:
Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Ronan Boyce (Derry City),  Kameron Ledwidge (Shelbourne), Andy Lyons (Bohemian), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United-on loan at Greenock Morton), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Glasgow Celtic-on loan at Tranmere Rovers)

Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United-on loan at Peterborough United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemian), Alex Gilbert (Brentford-on loan at Swindon Town), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Andrew Moran (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Noss (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ross Tierney (Bohemian), Louie Watson (Derby County)

Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Ferry (Southampton-on loan at Crawley Town), Joshua Kayode (Rotherham United), Oliver O’Neill (Fulham), Colm Whelan (UCD), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa-on loan at Salford City)

Provisional Squad (v Montenegro)

Goalkeepers: Sam Blair (Norwich City-on loan at Bury Town), Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), David Odumosu (Drogheda United),    Luke McNicholas (Sligo Rovers on loan at Cliftonville)

Defenders:
Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Ronan Boyce (Derry City), Kameron Ledwidge (Shelbourne),  Andy Lyons (Bohemian), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United-on loan at Greenock Morton), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Glasgow Celtic-on loan at Tranmere Rovers).
     Josh Honohan (Cork City), Alex Murphy (Galway United), Niall O’Keefe (Waterford), Andrew Quinn (Dundalk-on loan at Bray Wanderers), Evan Weir (UCD), Luke Turner (Aberdeen on loan at Cliftonville)

Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United-on loan at Peterborough United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemian), Alex Gilbert (Brentford-on loan at Swindon Town), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Andrew Moran (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Noss (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ross Tierney (Bohemian), Louie Watson (Derby County).        Evan McLaughlin (Derry City), Niall Morahan (Sligo Rovers), Darragh Nugent (Shamrock Rovers-on loan at Longford Town), Killian Phillips (Drogheda United)  

Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Ferry (Southampton-on loan at Crawley Town), Joshua Kayode (Rotherham United), Oliver O’Neill (Fulham), Colm Whelan (UCD), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa-on loan at Salford City)
Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers-on loan at Bray Wanderers), Cian Kavanagh (Waterford), Johnny Kenny (Sligo Rovers), Dean Williams (Shamrock Rovers-on loan at Longford Town)  

 

 

U17 Women face Bulgaria…12/10/2021

 

Our U17 Women continued their qualification challenge with a three nil victory over  Bulgaria in Sandnes early this Tuesday afternoon. Orlaith O’Mahony gave Ireland the lead on 26 minutes and Ellie Long added a second on 38 minutes in a dominant performance. The score was further embellished in first half added time with a penalty converted by captain Abbie Larkin

Team: Claudia Keenan; Meabh Russell, Aoibhe Fleming, Heidi Macken, Tara O’Hanlon; Ellie O’Brien, Orlaith O’Mahony, Michaela Lawrence; Ellie Long, Abbie Larkin (c), Lia O’Leary

Substitutes:
Jodi Loughrey for O’Hanlon 46′
Heidi O’Sullivan for Larkin 46′
Aoife Kelly for O’Mahony 61′
Katie McCarn for O’Leary 61′
Joy Ralph for Lawrence 81′

 

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Our Republic of Ireland U17 Women under the guidance of Head Coach James Scott commenced their European Championship Group 1 qualification campaign at 1pm on Saturday afternoon when they faced Hungary in Sandnes, Norway and secured  a three one victory. Ireland got off to a flying start with Abbie Larkin scoring after just 3 minutes. Jodie Loughrey added  a second on 23 minutes and captain Larkin scored her second on 70 minutes. Hungary scored a late consolation in the 90th minute.  Our other Group 1 opponents Bulgaria and mini-tournament hosts Norway face each other at 4.30pm in the same venue.

Team: Summer Lawless; Kate Thompson, Eve Dossen, Aoibhe Fleming, Tara O’Hanlon, Aoife Kelly, Orlaith O’Mahony; Keri Loughrey, Jodie Loughrey, Lia O’Leary; Abbie Larkin (c)

Substitutes:

Meabh Russell for K Loughrey 71′
Ellie O’Brien for O’Hanlon 71′
Joy Ralph for Larkin 77′
Ellie Long for J Loughrey 77′
Heidi Macken for O’Mahony 83′

Squad

Goalkeepers: Claudia Keenan, Summer Lawless

Defenders: Eve Dossen, Aoibhe Fleming, Heidi Macken, Tara O’Hanlon, Meabh Russell, Kate Thompson

Midfielders: Aoife Kelly, Michaela Lawrence, Jodie Loughrey, Keri Loughrey,  Ellie O’Brien, Orlaith O’Mahony

Forwards: Abbie Larkin, Ellie Long, Katie McCarn, Lia O’Leary, Heidi O’Sullivan, Joy Ralph

 

U19s draw again with Sweden…11/10/2021

Republic of Ireland U19 Head Coach Tom Mohan used 19 players in this morning’s  friendly international against Sweden in Marbella which ended in a one all draw. Mohan made ten changes to his starting eleven from the side which drew 2 each on Friday afternoon, with Oisin Gallagher of Lincoln City the one survivor. In another very tight contest, Sweden took the lead on 24 minutes but Ireland equalised  through Aidomo Emakhu six minutes later. These two tough contests should prove beneficial to Ireland as we prepare for the European Championship qualifiers in Bulgaria next month with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro completing the Group. An injury to Ben McCormack provided the only real dampener on this Marbella venture.

Team: Arlo Doherty; Oisin Gallagher, Jevon Mills(c), James Abankwah, Val Adedokun; Kian Corbally, Ed McJannett, Harry Vaughan; Ben McCormack, Cian Hayes, Aidomo Emakhu

Substitutes:
Josh Seary for Gallagher 57′
Luke Pearce for Emakhu 63′
John Joe Benoa for McCormack 71′
Tayo Adaramola for Adedokun 84′
Bosun Lawal for McJannett 84′
Anselmo McNulty for Abankwah 84′
Christiano Fitzgerald for Hayes 84′
Jamie Mullins for Vaughan 84′

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Our Republic of Ireland U19 side under the guidance of Head Coach Tom Mohan played out a two all draw with Sweden in a friendly international played in Marbella early this Friday afternoon. Ireland took a ninth minute lead through Evan Caffrey and fifteen minutes later Zak Gilsenan added  a second. Sweden responded shortly before the half-time break from the penalty spot and scored the equaliser on 62 minutes. The sides will meet again at 11am on Monday morning in the same venue.

The matches form part of the preparation for the 2021/22 European Championship qualifying Group 6 in Bulgaria between the 10th and 16th November 2021 where Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro complete the four nation Group.

Team: Dan Rose; Josh Seary,  Bosun Lawal, Anselmo McNulty, Tayo Adaramola; Oisin Gallagher, Christiano Fitzgerald, John Joe Benoa; Zak Gilsenan, Evan Caffrey, Jamie Mullins

Substitutes:
Luke Pearce for Gilsenan 49′
James Abankwah for Seary 62′
Val Adedokun for Fitzgerald 62′
Harry Vaughan for Mullins 62′
Ed McJannet for Benoa 70′
Ben McCormack for Caffrey 70′
Jevon Mills for Gallagher 76′

Squad

Goalkeepers: Arlo Doherty (Leicester City), Dan Rose (Schalke 04)

Defenders: James Abankwah (St Patrick’s Athletic), Tayo Adaramola (Crystal Palace), Val Adedokun (Brentford), Bosun Lawal (Glasgow Celtic), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Wolfsburg), Jevon Mills (Hull City), Josh Seary (Preston North End)

Midfielders: John Joe Finn-Benoa (Getafe), Evan Caffrey (UCD), Kian Corbally (St Patrick’s Athletic), Oisin Gallagher (Lincoln City), Ben McCormack (St Patrick’s Athletic), Ed McJannett (Luton Town), Harry Vaughan (Oldham Athletic)

Forwards: Aidomo Emakhu* (Shamrock Rovers), Cristiano Fitzgerald (Boavista), Zak Gilsenan (Blackburn Rovers), Cian Hayes (Fleetwood Town), Johnny Kenny** (Sligo Rovers), Jamie Mullins (Bohemian), Luke Pearce (Southampton)
* Match 2 Only **  Match 2 if not with U21s

 

U17s continue qualification campaign…10/10/2021

 

Our U17 team continued their 2022 Group 5 European Championship qualifying campaign with a two nil victory over North Macedonia on Sunday evening in Turner’s Cross which ensures their progress to the next stage of the qualification campaign. This was a tougher challenge than Thursday’s victory over Andorra but Rocco Vata‘s goal on 31 minutes eased any anxiety and local lad Mark O’Mahony added  the second on 73 minutes to ensure victory.

Team: Conor Walsh; Luke Browne, Sam Curtis, Cathal Heffernan (c), Luke O’Brien; Justin Ferizaj, James McManus, Rocco Vata; Kone Doherty, Mark O’Mahony, Kevin Zefi

Substitutes:
Franco Umeh for Doherty 71′
Caden McLoughlin for Vata 80′

Alex Nolan for Zefi 89′

In the other contest, Poland defeated Andorra by one goal to nil in the Mardyke on Sunday afternoon.

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Our U17 team guided by Head Coach Colin O’Brien commenced their 2022 Group 5 European Championship qualifying campaign with a comprehensive five nil victory over Andorra on Thursday evening in Turner’s Cross, Cork. Justin Ferizaj gave Ireland the lead on 13 minutes with a fine individual goal and that was the only goal of the first half. The second half saw Ireland take complete command and a goal on 59 minutes from Mark O’Mahony, who had been introduced  from the substitute bench just two minutes earlier, was the forerunner for further strikes from Kevin Zefi (69′), Sam Curtis (74′) and Rocco Vata (76′). RISSC (London) member James McManus, son of long standing member Pat McManus, completed the full 90 minutes in midfield.

Team: Conor Walsh; Luke Browne, Sam Curtis, Cathal Heffernan (c), Luke O’Brien; Justin Ferizaj, James McManus, Rocco Vata; Franco Umeh, Caden McLoughlin, Kevin Zefi

Substitutes:
Mark O’Mahony for McLoughlin 57′
Alex Nolan for Umeh 70′
Darius Lipsivc for Ferizaj 80′
Liam Murray for Vata 80′

North Macedonia and Poland, kicked-off the qualifying process at 2pm in The Mardyke, Cork where they played out a scoreless draw.

Sunday 10 October: Poland v Andorra – The Mardyke – 2pm. RoI v North Macedonia – Turner’s Cross – 7pm

Wednesday 13 October: Andorra v North Macedonia – The Mardyke – 1pm. RoI v Poland – Turner’s Cross – 1pm

Squad

Goalkeepers: Fintan Doherty (Derry City), Conor Walsh (Sligo Rovers)

Defenders: Luke Browne (Shelbourne), Sam Curtis (St Patrick’s Athletic), Cathal Heffernan (Cork City), Ruadhan Kane (Klub Kildare), Daniel Kelly (Sligo Rovers), Luke O’Brien (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Midfielders: Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Gavin Hodgkin (Shelbourne), Darius Lipsivc (St Patrick’s Athletic), James McManus (Bohemian), Liam Murray (Cork City), Franco Umeh (Cork City), Rocco Vata (Glasgow Celtic)

Forwards: Trent Kone Doherty (Derry City), Caden McLoughlin (Villareal), Alex Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City),  Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan)