Ireland U19: Mohan's side to play ETB FAI Select XI this week
Managers Tom Mohan (pictured above) and Tommy Dunne will use the match as preparation for upcoming matches including the UEFA Under-19 Championships Elite Round and the Bobby Smith Cup.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's game, Under-19 manager Tom Mohan said the game will act as preparation for the upcoming months, including March's Elite Round in Portugal.
"We've got a double-header of friendlies against Romania in La Manga next month so this game gives us an opportunity to have a look at the players, ahead of those games and the Elite Round."
Players like Brighton's Warren O'Hora have played under Mohan this season, when he was a student in Cabra's ETB. Mohan admitted tomorrow's game will also give him the chance to look at potential Under-19 internationals of the future.
"It's a great opportunity to see the ETB players. It widens my scope in identifying players. The ETB side will be a very strong one. Some have played across the water and in the League of Ireland."
Tommy Dunne (pictured below) is an ETB Coordinator in Cork and will take charge of the ETB FAI Select XI in Thursday's match. He is expecting a competitive game.
"It's a great opportunity for our players, playing against the best players in the country. We have players coming from different ETB Courses throughout the country. We're looking forward to playing Tom's side. Some of our players could even play their way into Tom's thoughts."
Dunne admitted that his team will only come together for the first time before the game, but he has spoken to ETB Coordinators around the country to find out the strengths of the players involved.
"I spoken to the other Coordinators ahead of the game. We will set the players up, and hopefully the challenge of playing the national team will get them through the 90 minutes. Our players will get the opportunity to further themselves in the game."
Republic of Ireland Under-19 Squad: Aodh Dervan, Brian Maher, Cieran Dunne, Edward McGinty, Owen Wal, Jack Keaney, Jack O’ Keefe, James McSweeney, Jamie Hamilton, Liam Walsh, Luke Mc Nally, Neil Farugia, Paul Fox, Sean Mc Donald, Cian Murphy, Gavin Smyth.
ETB FAI Select XI Squad: James Fitzgerald, Sean O’Driscoll, Nathan Coleman, Brian Cabraley, Jordan McGuire, Michael Cregan, James Tierney, Jason Cross, Dylan O’Neill, Joe Manley, Shay Doherty, Mark Birrane, Eric Donnelly, Liam Brady, Dean Williams, Sean Traynor, Brandon Payne, Andrew Farrell, Cody Mulhall, Conor Young.