Morling finalises U17 squad for Serbia double-header

Morling finalises U17 squad for Serbia double-header

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Head coach John Morling has confirmed his 20-player squad for this week's double-header friendly against Serbia to be played at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford...
12th Sep 2011

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Head coach John Morling has confirmed his 20-player squad for this week's double-header friendly against Serbia to be played at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford.

 

The first game between the nations is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 (7.30pm) before they meet again on Thursday, September 15 (12 noon).

 

These will be first games of the campaign for Morling's Ireland squad and will serve as preparation for the first phase qualifiers of the UEFA Under-17 Championship to be played in Kazakhstan from October 18-24.

 

Ireland will face Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in the round-robin mini-group aiming to clinch one of two automatic berths into next spring's elite qualifying stage.

 

Morling believes these matches will provide the ideal warm-up for the squad.

 

"Serbia will likely be the best team our lads have played against since they began their international careers," he said.

 

"Their record of qualification for UEFA finals at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 is impressive and their teams are always technically gifted and physically strong.

 

"With the football and logistical challenges our players can expect to face in Kazakhstan, these games will be a great learning experience for them.

 

"The facility at Wexford Youths FC is top-class and the pitch is in excellent condition too. I know we'll have a good turnout at the two matches and I'm sure the supporters will see top talent in action."

 

Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad:
Eric Grimes - Leeds United FC
Shane Fagan - Coventry City FC
Sean Long - Cherry Orchard FC
Conor Whittle - De la Salle FC
Kyle McFadden - Norwich City FC
Evan Finnegan - Doncaster Rovers FC
Ryan O'Reilly - Stoke City FC
Dan O'Reilly - Fulham FC
Sean Coyne - Cherry Orchard FC
Ryan McConnell - Glencar FC
Tom Mulroney - Crumlin United FC
Gary O'Neill - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Dylan Hayes - Derby County FC
Kevin O'Connor - St. Patrick's Athletic FC
Jonathan Leddy - Ipswich Town FC
Dylan McGlade - Middlesbrough FC
Jack Grealish - Aston Villa FC
Adam Wixted - Derby County FC
Sam Byrne - Manchester United FC
Conor Wilkinson - Millwall FC.

Republic of Ireland Under-17 internationals:

Tuesday 13th September 2011
Republic of Ireland v Serbia
Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford
19.30hrs

Thursday 15th September 2011
Republic of Ireland v Serbia
Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford
12.00hrs