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FAI AMATEURS V FA WALES AMATEURS

ROCKMOUNT’S O’CONNELL LEADS FAI AMATEURS IN FIRST MEET AGAINST WALES

BRENDAN O’CONNELL: ROCKMOUNT NETMINDER WILL SKIPPER THE FAI AMATEURS IN TURNER’S CROSS

A FIRST ever meeting at this level is just one of the elements of intrigue as the Republic of Ireland  host Wales in an Amateur International Friendly at Turners Cross, Cork on Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm. 

Manager Gerry Davis has arranged home and away outings against both tomorrow’s opposition and Harry McConkey’s Northern Ireland  with Rockmount FC’s Brendan O’Connell captaining the side having taken over the mantle from the now internationally retired clubmate Ken Hoey. 

By EAMON SCOTT


Davis names a 20-man squad for the outing but is missing a couple of bodies – Malahide’s Glen Daly and Sam Burgess of Killester Donnycarney miss out through injury and while there are experienced players included, this is largely a youthful squad finding its way in international football. 

GERRY DAVIS; LOOKING FORWARD TO A FIRST EVER MEETING WITH THE WELSH AMATEURS

 Covid-19 has curtailed the international programme and this is the first competitive outing against overseas opposition for the squad since May 2019 and their first-ever against Wales at this level. and learning the vagaries of  representing your country will need to happen quickly with Davis having limited access to the squad as clubs head into a busy preseason build-up. 

 FAI Intermediate Cup Champions Rockmount have five included in the squad and will ensure lots of local support as the Leeside club players return to the scene of  their triumph over Bluebell United last May 14.

 Joining O’Connell are  exciting midfield duo Luke Casey and Eoin Murphy while Adam Crowley and Nathan Broderick make up the quintet. 

EOIN HAYES: WILL BE RELIED UPON TO DELIVER UP FRONT FOR THE FAI AMATEURS IN TURNER’S CROSS

Former Junior International Player of the Year and Newmarket Celtic striker Eoin Hayes is named in the squad as well as Jack Parke and Lee McColgan from the Ulster Senior League, playing for Bonagee United and Cockhill Celtic respectively. 

Said Ireland manager Gerry Davis: “I’m delighted to see a number of young players get the opportunity to come and play for Ireland, and it is a credit to their hard work and commitment at their clubs last season,” 

“It’s also great to have our squad truly represent Ireland with players from all parts of the country named in the match-day squad with the likes of Lee McColgan and Jack Parke representing the Ulster Senior League, Gary Cunningham and Mikey Fox from Connacht and a number of players from Munster and Leinster.  

“It’s important to recognise what a momentous day it will be for the players and families of the players. To represent your country at any level is a true honour and I’m sure the players will represent Ireland with pride and passion with a committed performance on Saturday.”

The mid-field sector looks well served with Stephen Chambers, Nathan Broderick, AJ O’Connor and Jimmy Carr all excellent players who have the ability to impose themselves on proceedings and with a solid defence, the FAI Amateurs have a nice blend of talent to call upon.

UEFA BECKONS: THE FAI AMATEURS WILL FACE SAN MARINESE , BULGARIAN AND ROMANIAN OPPOSITION IN OCTOBER

While Saturday is a welcome return for Davis to the international arena, the bigger picture is the lead in to the UEFA Regions Cup qualifier in  October when Davis and his selected squad will travel to Bulgaria for a round-robin qualifier which will also includes teams from San Marino and Romania. 

Interestingly,  UEFA Regions Cup qualifier Wales’ Group – also in October includes Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Sweden and the action from the FAI outings against both Wales and the North will be observed keenly by interested parties. 

The FAI Representatives have been brilliant ambassadors in the competition to date with three final appearances including a gold medal performance in 2015 and Davis who has been a central figure over those campaigns knows exactly what it takes to climb to the UEFA Regions Cup summit. 

Saturday’s game might be overshadowed by the return of the Premier League but for those involved, the game is of massive importance on the journey to that first outing on Monday 24 in Bulgaria against San Marino.

With seats on the flight to Bulgaria still up for grabs as players battle for selection, expect tomorrow’s match to have a real competitive edge to it!

Tickets for the match will be available on the gate at Turners Cross with €10 adults, €5 students and FREE for U12s.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Brendan O’Connell (Rockmount),

Gary Cunningham (Westport United)  


Defenders: Adam Crowley (Rockmount),

Jack McMullen (Home Farm FC),

Chris Smith (St. Michael’s AFC),

Jack Parke (Bonagee United),

Aaron Humphries (Kilbarrack United),

Lee McColgan (Cockhill Celtic).


Midfielders: Adam Murphy (Coachford),

Stephen Chambers (Killester Donnycarney),

Jimmy Carr (St. Michael’s AFC),

Eoin Murphy (Rockmount),

Luke Casey (Rockmount),

Nathan Broderick (Rockmount),

Mikey Fox (Salthill Devon),

AJ O’Connor (Fairview Rangers).


Forwards: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic),

Gary Gannon (Usher Celtic),

Derek Hyland (Kilbarrack United),

Simon Falvey (Avondale United).

Fixture – Amateur International Friendly 

06/08 – Republic of Ireland v Wales, Turners Cross, 2.30pm

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