Davis names 20-man squad for Wales friendly


Davis names 20-man squad for Wales friendly

Republic of Ireland are set to host Wales in a UEFA Regions Cup Amateur International Friendly at Turners Cross, Cork on Saturday.
4th Aug 2022

Manager Gerry Davis has named a 20-man squad for their first Amateur international match since May 2019 and their first-ever against Wales at this level.

Davis has named five players from the FAI Intermediate Cup Champions Rockmount including skipper and goalkeeper Brendan O'Connell, and exciting midfield duo Luke Casey & Eoin Murphy, who both starred in the FAI Intermediate Cup final victory over Bluebell United.

Former Junior International Player of the Year and Newmarket Celtic striker Eoin Hayes is named in the squad as well as Jack Parke and Lee McColgan from the Ulster Senior League, playing for Bonagee United and Cockhill Celtic respectively.

"I'm delighted to see a number of young players get the opportunity to come and play for Ireland, and it is a credit to their hard work and commitment at their clubs last season," said Ireland manager Gerry Davis.

"It's also great to have our squad truly represent Ireland with players from all parts of the country named in the match-day squad with the likes of Lee McColgan and Jack Parke representing the Ulster Senior League, Gary Cunningham and Mikey Fox from Connacht and a number of players from Munster and Leinster.

"It's important to recognise what a momentous day it will be for the players and families of the players. To represent your country at any level is a true honour and I'm sure the players will represent Ireland with pride and passion with a committed performance on Saturday."

Tickets for the match will be available on the gate at Turners Cross with €10 adults, €5 students and FREE for U12s.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Brendan O'Connell (Rockmount), Gary Cunningham (Westport United).
Defenders: Adam Crowley (Rockmount), Jack McMullen (Home Farm), Chris Smith (St. Michael's AFC), Jack Parke (Bonagee United), Aaron Humphries (Kilbarrack United), Lee McColgan (Cockhill Celtic).
Midfielders: Adam Murphy (Coachford), Stephen Chambers (Killester Donnycarney), Jimmy Carr (St. Michael's AFC), Eoin Murphy (Rockmount), Luke Casey (Rockmount), Nathan Broderick (Rockmount), Mikey Fox (Salthill Devon), AJ O'Connor (Fairview Rangers).
Forwards: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), Gary Gannon (Usher Celtic), Derek Hyland (Kilbarrack United), Simon Falvey (Avondale United).

Fixture - Amateur International Friendly

06/08 - Republic of Ireland v Wales, Turners Cross, 2.30pm