Under 19's prepare for Portuguese challenge

Under 19's prepare for Portuguese  challenge

Paul Doolin and his Under 19 squad are currently in the Algarve, Portugal, preparing for their Under 19 Championship Elite Phase Qualification Group 4.

Their first match will be a tough assignment against group hosts, Portugal, on Saturday at 19:00 in Olhao, they will then travel to Parchal where they face Ukraine on May 28th and they complete the group on May 31st when they play Israel in Ferreira.

Paul Doolin’s squad shows some late changes with Chris Lyons (UCD) replacing the injured Michael Drennan (Aston Villa) and Luke Byrne (Bohemian FC) coming in for James Kavanagh (UCD) who also picked up an injury.

Speaking about their group opener Doolin said ‘Obviously it is going to be a difficult match facing the hosts in their own back yard but I know that the lads are up for the challenge and I’m sure that they will put it up to Portugal, the first game is important but there are two more tough matches to follow so we will be taking it one game at a time.’

Talking about the changes to the squad Doolin said ‘It is unfortunate that we lost Michael and James, especially as they both dropped out very late in the day but Chris and Luke are two very good players with UCD and Bohs, they are both keen to get going and I am sure that they will acquit themselves well,’

The 18 man squad is:

Michael Barker                  Bohemian FC

Niall Burdon                      Stade Renne

Neil Byrne                        Rochdale FC

Samir Carruthers             Aston Villa FC

Chris Lyons                      UCD

Anthony Forde                 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Bradley Garmston            West Bromwich Albion

Thomas Hoban                 Watford FC

Sean Kavanagh                Fulham FC

Sean Mc Dermott              Arsenal FC

Conor Morrissey               Trieste

Sean Murray                      Watford FC

Aiden O’Brien                    Millwall FC

John O’Sullivan                  Blackburn Rovers FC

Luke Byrne                         Bohemian FC

George Smith                     Southend United FC

Frankie Sutherland           Queens Park Rangers FC

Derrick Williams                 Aston Villa FC


Portugal v Republic of Ireland

May 26th

19:00 Stadium Jose Arcanjo, Olhao


Republic of Ireland v Ukraine

May 28th

17:00 Stadium Municipal Bela Vista, Parchal


Israel v Republic of Ireland

May 31st

Estadio de Nora, Ferreira

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