PREVIEW | Ireland U21 v Montenegro U21
Ireland fans are expected in big numbers as Jim Crawford’s team go in search of a fourth win in a row in the group following Friday’s 3-0 win against Bosnia & Montenegro in Dublin 24 in the first game of the Bank Holiday weekend double header.
Fixture: Republic of Ireland U21 v Montenegro U21
KO time: 5pm
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Ticket news: Individual game tickets are priced at €10* for adults, €5* for children and €20* for a family ticket. *Ticketmaster charges apply
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day at Tallaght Stadium.
Matchday Information: Parking at Tallaght Stadium is closed to the public with patrons encouraged to park in The Square Shopping Centre.
Where to watch: RTÉ2 and RTÉPlayer
Referee: Jan Petrik
Assistant Referee: Petr Caletka
Assistant Referee: Lukas Slavicek
Fourth Official: Marek Radina
Team News: Walsall defender Oisin McEntee is a doubt with a shoulder injury picked up in the win against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
What they said
Republic of Ireland U21 Assistant Manager Alan Reynolds: “Montenegro are a good side with a good smattering of players around the pitch. Their striker was up with the seniors and he's joined them here. They certainly have our respect. I expect changes to our team because of the recovery time. Lads haven't played for a few weeks, it's not like we've come in in the middle of season and also from a health and safety perspective to prevent injuries."
Republic of Ireland U21 Forward Evan Ferguson: “I started the game out in Montenegro and it was a hard game and they played a low block. Now with the game at home and the fans behind us you hope it will be a different game. It's one myself and the lads are really looking forward to."
- Should Conor Coventry make an appearance against Montenegro it will be his 25th U21 caps which will break the all-time record of Irish Under-21 appearances currently held by Graham Barrett (24).
- An appearance from Lee O'Connor would put him on 22 U21 caps. His appearance against Bosnia & Herzegovina saw him go into the top 3 for all-time appearances leap frogging Shane Duffy (20).
Republic of Ireland Under-21s Squad
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (Derry City), Luke McNicholas (Sligo Rovers), David Harrington (Cork City).
Defenders: Tayo Adaramola (Crystal Palace), Joe Bagan (Cardiff City), Eiran Cashin (Derby County), Andy Lyons (Shamrock Rovers), Oisin McEntee (Walsall), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers).
Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemians), Joe Hodge (Wolves), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Conor Noss (Borussia Möchengladbach), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Ross Tierney (Motherwell).
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (QPR), Darragh Burns (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), JJ Kayode (Rotherham United), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Mipo Odubeko (West Ham United), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa).
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers – Group F (all times are Irish time)
Monday, June 6 | Republic of Ireland U21 v Montenegro U21, Tallaght Stadium, 5pm
Tuesday, June 14 | Italy U21 v Republic of Ireland U21, Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca, Ascoli, Italy, 4.30pm