Under-18 Centenary Shield
England v Republic of Ireland, Brighton (Thursday, 7.35pm)
The Republic of Ireland will take on England in Brighton & Hove FC tonight (Thursday) in the conclusion of the Under-18 Centenary Shield campaign (KO 7:35pm).
Irish Manager Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny) will be hoping Col√°iste √Činde skipper Colm Horgan can rally his troops to victory for the second time this season following two consecutive draws.
The squad are strengthened by the return of Cork student John Kavanagh and Col√°iste Phadraig pupil Sean Russell for the away tie. The pair have been passed fit to play following their absence from the last game against Wales, when the Irish battled back to gain a 2-2 draw.
England enjoyed an extensive training programme in preparation for the Centenary Shield this year.
The English Schools team held friendly matches against the Royal Navy U-25s, the Royal Air Force Development Squad, Australia and Poland before venturing on a Spanish tour to play Benidorm and CF Valencia.
The Republic - on the other hand - held a limited number of friendly fixtures themselves against opposition such as UCD and Salthill Devon as well as their annual game against Australia in January.
Spirits have been high in the Irish camp following the late fightback against Wales a fortnight ago.
The Welsh spurned the chance of claiming the five-nation trophy last week when they let a lead slip in the 2-1 defeat to Northern Ireland.
That result means that the victor from tonight's game in Brighton will lift the trophy.
REP OF IRELAND: Evan COMERFORD (CBS High School, Clonmel), John KAVANAGH (Oatlands College), Anthony O'DONNELL (Carrigaline Community School), Pierce SWEENEY (Colaiste Raithin, Bray), Ryan MATTHEWS (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), Paul MOFFAT (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), Colm HORGAN (Colaiste Einde, Galway), Brian LENIHAN (Presentation Brothers College, Cork), Barry SHEEDY (Colaiste Iosaef, Kilmallock), Sean MAGUIRE (CBS Kilkenny), Daniel MORRISSEY (Midleton CBS), Sean RUSSELL (Col√°iste Phadraig, Lucan), Jack DOHERTY (Comeragh College), Rob LEHANE (Douglas Community School), Timmy MOLLOY (Colaiste Iognaid, Galway), Niall CORBETT (Clonaslee Vocational School, Laois), Fearghal McMAHON (St. Macartan's College, Monaghan), Joe O'BRIEN (Yeat's College, Galway)MANAGEMENT: Ollie Horgan, Manager (St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny), Dave Archbold, Assistant Manager (Palmerstown Community School), Hugh Colhoun, Coach (St. Laurence College, Loughlinstown), Richard Fitzgibbon (GK Coach), Mickey McGlynn (Physiotherapist), Dr. Aidan Colmain (Doctor)
ENGLAND: Betts, Axford, Newton, Mobbs, Harrington, Pounce, Jones, Glen-Ravenhill, Bunney, Sweet, Fouhy, Davies, Artwell, Downey, Sidley-Adams (GK), Golby, Venning, Mooney.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND FIXTURES & RESULTS
27.01.12 FAI Schools (Boys) 2-3 Australia (FR) in Dublin (L)
16.03.12 FAI Schools (Boys) 1-0 Northern Ireland (CS) in Pike Rovers FC, Limerick (W)
30.03.12 FAI Schools (Boys) 1-1 Scotland (CS) in RSC, Waterford (D)
12.04.12 FAI Schools (Boys) 2-2 Wales (CS) in Carmarthern (D)
26.04.12 FAI Schools (Boys) v England (CS) in Brighton & Hove FC.
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