King names home-based U21 squad for Training game
Amateur international team manager Gerry Smith will utilise members of his Eastern Region squad which is preparing for the UEFA Regions Cup this summer while King’s U21s will start their own UEFA Championships qualifiers at home to Andorra next month.
“This is the third time we’ve played a game against Gerry’s sides and they are always excellent matches for our players to make an impression. The Amateurs are all men and are a very well-organised outfit with a manager who has been one of the most successful of all the international teams in the Association,” said King.
“For us, we are always looking for players capable of stepping up to U21 level so this game gives us an opportunity to work with many of the players we’ve seen with their clubs in the SSE Airtricity League.
“Sean Hoare and Lee Desmond were with us last season while Mikey Drennan we also know well. In the past players such as Paddy Madden and Daniel Kearns have played in these games.
“We have a tough campaign ahead and there will be a lot of players who will be used over the course of the next two years so these players all have an opportunity to stake a claim for inclusion.”
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND HOME-BASED U21 SQUAD:
Conor O Donnell (Limerick)
Stephen McGuinness (Bray Wanderers)
Colm Horgan (Galway United)
John Kavanagh (Cork City)
Robert Lehane (Cork City)
Darren Murphy (Cork City)
Sean Hoare (St Patrick's Athletic)
Lee Desmond (St Patrick's Athletic)
Ruairi Keating (Sligo Rovers)
Jake Dykes (Sligo Rovers)
Gary Armstrong (Sligo Rovers)
Dylan McGlade (Shelbourne)
Ryan Robinson (Shelbourne)
Mark Timlin (Derry City)
Ayman Ben Mohamed (Longford Town)
Luke Gallagher (Bray Wanderers)
Rob Cornwall (Shamrock Rovers)
Brandon Miele (Shamrock Rovers)
Mikey Drennan (Shamrock Rovers)
Saturday, February 21
Amateur International XI v Republic of Ireland Home-based U21, AUL Complex (1.00pm).