MU16 | Osam names squad for Victory Shield in Waterford

MU16 | Osam names squad for Victory Shield in Waterford

Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-16s Head Coach Paul Osam has named his squad for the Victory Shield in Waterford this week.

Ireland face Wales this Sunday at the Regional Sports Centre, followed by Northern Ireland in Tramore AFC on Tuesday, November 1 before returning to the RSC to take on Scotland on Friday, November 4.

All games will be shown live on LOITV for free.

Osam has named a 22-man squad with 18 players from the EA Sports National League of Ireland. There are first Ireland call-ups for Bohemians defenders Luca Cailloce and Taylor McCarthy as well as for Celtic’s Marcus Gill, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ronnie Gorman and Klub Kildare’s Egor Vassenin.

Included in the squad are St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Mason Melia, Shamrock Rovers’ Ike Orazi and Bray Wanderers' Joe Collins, who are currently part of the Ireland MU17 squad in Norway that are looking to qualify for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round.

Ireland will be looking to replicate their success in 2016 and 2017 when they won back-to-back Victory Shield titles. Four players from those squads have since gone on to represent Ireland at senior level; Adam Idah, Nathan Collins, Jason Knight and Troy Parrott.

Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-16s Squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Collins (Bray Wanderers), Marcus Gill (Celtic)

Defenders: Luca Cailloce (Bohemians), Fiachra Coffey (Bohemians), Ivan Graminschii (Shelbourne), Kaylem Harnett (Wexford), Luke Mulligan (Dundalk), Taylor McCarthy (Bohemians), James Roche (Shamrock Rovers), Egor Vassenin (Klub Kildare)

Midfielders: Ronnie Gorman (Brighton & Hove Albion), Niall McAndrews (Derby County), Matthew Moore (Cork City), Sean Moore (Bohemians), Luke O’Donnell (Derry City), Richard Vodo (Shamrock Rovers)

Forwards: Afi Adebayo (Ipswich Town), Kyle Fitzgerald (Galway United), Darragh Marshall (Shamrock Rovers), Mason Melia (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Matt Murray (Cork City), Ike Orazi (Shamrock Rovers)

2022 Victory Shield Fixtures/Match information

Sunday, October 30

  • Republic of Ireland MU16 v Wales MU16, RSC, Waterford, KO 5pm
    Tickets are available at the turnstiles and priced €5 for adults with entry for U16s free
  • Northern Ireland MU16 v Scotland MU16, Tramore AFC, Tramore, KO 2pm

Tuesday, November 1

  • Republic of Ireland MU6 v Northern Ireland MU16, Tramore AFC, Tramore, KO 7pm
    Tickets are available from Tramore AFC and priced €5 for adults with entry for U16s free
  • Scotland MU16 v Wales MU16, RSC, Waterford, KO 2pm

Friday, November 4

  • Republic of Ireland MU16 v Scotland MU16, RSC, Waterford, KO 2pm
    Tickets are available at the turnstiles and priced €5 for adults with entry for U16s free
  • Wales MU16 v Northern Ireland MU16, Tramore AFC, Tramore, KO 11am
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