Two changes in Ireland U19 squad

Two changes in Ireland U19 squad

Chris Lyons and Luke Byrne in for elite qualifiers...
24 May 2012

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s are currently in the Algarve, Portugal, preparing for their UEFA 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 before heading to Parchal where they face Ukraine on Monday, May 28. They complete the group on May 31st by playing Israel in Ferreira.

Paul Doolin's squad shows two 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 against the hosts, 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."

In reference to the changes in personnel, 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 respectively, they are both keen to get going. I am sure that they will acquit themselves well."

Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad:

Michael Barker Bohemian FC

Niall Burdon Stade Renne

Neil Byrne Rochdale FC

Samir Carruthers Aston Villa FC

Chris Lyons UCD

Anthony Forde Wolverhampton Wanderers

Bradley Garmston West Bromwich Albion

Thomas Hoban Watford

Sean Kavanagh Fulham

Sean Mc Dermott Arsenal

Conor Morrissey Trieste

Sean Murray Watford

Aiden O'Brien Millwall

John O'Sullivan Blackburn Rovers

Luke Byrne Bohemians

George Smith Southend United

Frankie Sutherland Queens Park Rangers

Derrick Williams Aston Villa

Ireland's fixtures:

Portugal v Republic of Ireland

May 26 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 31 19:00 Estadio de Nora, Ferreira.