Changes to U21 squad
Paddy Madden (Bohemians), Seamus Conneely (Galway United) and Karl Sheppard (Galway United) have all been drafted into the squad to replace Alan Judge (groin), Gavin Gunning (groin), Anthony Stokes (suspended), Eddie Nolan (suspended) and Shane O’Connor (hamstring).
Judge and Gunning both picked-up injuries during Friday night’s match against Switzerland in Lugano, which Ireland were unlucky to lose 1-0. Stokes and Nolan both received yellow cards during the match, ruling them out of Tuesday’s final UEFA European Championship qualifying match. O’Connor, who himself was a late replacement for the injured Owen Garvan, injured himself in training on Thursday and could play no part in Friday’s match.
Temporary Under-21 manager Wim Koevermans was disappointed to lose against Switzerland considering the number of goal scoring chances the team created. Having created eight chances in the first half, Koevermans felt his team should have wrapped-up the match in the first period.
“It was a strange game,” he said. “In the first half we played very well and created some great chances, but it’s not enough to create chances you also have to score them. If we had scored two or three of them then it probably would have been game over, but the Swiss made a change to their midfield at half time and after two minutes of the second half they scored. The game turned a little bit in the second half. We brought on an extra striker to try to get the equaliser but it wasn’t to be. We deserved to get a goal but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad v Turkey