PREVIEW | Ireland U21 v Italy U21
It is the first of two exciting games coming up for the U21s in Tallaght Stadium with Sweden coming to town on Tuesday, November 16.
Fixture: Ireland U21 v Italy U21
KO Time: 5.30pm, Friday, November 12
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Ticket news: Italy & Sweden duo ticket | Fans can purchase a duo ticket that gives access to both the Italy game and Sweden game (Tuesday, November 16). They are priced at €15 for adults, €8 for children or €30 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) - Ticketmaster service charges apply. Available here
Italy ticket | €10 for adults, €5 for children and €20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) they are available here or can be purchased at the stadium on the night of the game.
Matchday information: Supporters are encouraged to arrive to the stadium early with gates open from 4pm. Car parking at Tallaght Stadium will be closed to the public with patrons encouraged to park in The Square Shopping Centre.
Where to watch: RTÉ2
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Assistant referee: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant referee: Mihai Marica (ROU)
Fourth official: Iulian Călin (ROU)
Team News: Barnsley’s William Hondermarck was a late call-up to the squad, replacing Ryan Johansson. There are no injury doubts with Jim Crawford able to select from a full squad.
Manager Jim Crawford said: “We’ll be going out for the six points in this window. I won’t set-up a team to go out for anything other than a win. The fans will be huge for us in this game. They were great against Luxembourg and I’ve no doubt we’ll see the same support against Italy. It’s a great opportunity for fans to come out and see two talented footballing teams.”
Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), David Odumosu (Drogheda United), Luke McNicholas (Cliftonville, on loan from Sligo Rovers)
Defenders: Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Festy Ebosele (Derby County), Andy Lyons (Bohemians) Oisin McEntee (Greenock Morton, on loan from Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic)
Midfielders: Conor Coventry (Peterborough United, on loan from West Ham United) Dawson Devoy (Bohemians), William Hondermarck (Barnsley), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Conor Noss (Borussia Möchengladbach), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Ross Tierney (Bohemians)
Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Ferry (Crawley Town, on loan from Southampton), Joshua ‘JJ’ Kayode (Rotherham United), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Armstrong Oko-Flex (West Ham United), Colm Whelan (UCD), Tyreik Wright (Salford City, on loan from Aston Villa)