PREVIEW | Ireland Amateurs vs Ireland C&U
In what is a first outing for either of the affiliate sides since 2019, the game, to be hosted at Home Farm FC in Whitehall, will serve as a test for both teams as they look ahead to more matches in 2022.
Speaking ahead of the friendly, Ireland Amateurs manager Gerry Davis said: “It’s great to get back. The amateur game is huge in this country and the standard is very high and it’s an opportunity for the players to put on the green jersey and play.
“I expect a mix of League of Ireland and amateur players from Greg’s team and I expect a tight game as we’re both bringing in new groups of players. We still want to go out and get a good result.
“The qualifiers for the UEFA Regions' Cup are later next year and this is the first step towards building towards that.”
Greg Yelverton, manager of Ireland C&U added: “It may be a friendly but it will be competitive. Gerry (Davis) will have their side very well organised and I expect a tough game. It’s an opportunity for players playing at third level to represent their country and so I anticipate players from both sides will be going out there looking to impress.”
Ireland Amateur squad
Goalkeepers: Gary Cunningham (Westport United), Brendan O’Connell (Rockmount AFC)
Defenders: Adam Crowley (Rockmount AFC), Glen Daly (Malahide United), John Gerard McLoughlin (Glengad United), Shane Maloney (Lucan United), Oisin McColgan (Cockhill Celtic), Chris Smith (St. Michael’s AFC)
Midfielders: Stephen Bradley (Fairview Rangers), Liam Brady (St. Mochta’s), Nathan Broderick (Rockmount AFC), Sam Burgess (Killester Donnycarney FC), Jimmy Carr (St. Michael’s AFC, Stephen Chambers (Killester Donnycarney FC), Shane Ryan (St. Michael’s AFC)
Forwards: Luke Casey (Rockmount AFC), John Hannifin (Mervue United), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), Jimmy McHugh (Oliver Bond Celtic), Eoin Murphy (Rockmount AFC), Shane Stritch (Edenderry Town)
Ireland Colleges & Universities squad
Goalkeepers: Jimmy Corcoran (IT Carlow), Colin McCabe (TU Dublin)
Defenders: Naythan Coleman (IT Carlow), Daniel Dobbin (TU Dublin), Peter Maguire (IT Sligo), John Tamen (Waterford Institute of Technology), Darryl Walsh (Waterford Institute of Technology) Evan Weir (Maynooth University)
Midfielders: James Clarke (Maynooth University), Conor Coughlan (TU Midwest), Darragh Crowley (University College Cork), Anto Dolan (IT Carlow), Daniel McKenna (TU Dublin)
Forwards: William Armshaw (TU Midwest), Aaron Dobbs (TU Dublin), Conor Drinan (Munster Technological University), Gary Gannon (IT Sligo), Cillian Heaney (IT Sligo)
Friendly fixture details
Wednesday, December 7 | Ireland Amateurs v Ireland College & Universities, Home Farm FC, Whitehall, Dublin, Kick-Off 7pm