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Under-15 squad loaded with domestic-based players


Fifteen youngsters from seven different clubs make the cut

FOR TWO international friendly games in Czech Republic next week, Republic of Ireland Under-15 Head Coach Jason Donohue has placed his trust largely in players attached to SSE Airtricity League clubs.

Fifteen of the 18-player squad ply their trade for home-based clubs with Bohemians, Bray Wanderers, Finn Harps, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, and Wexford all represented.

With the SSE Airtricity Under-15 League having gotten underway in recent weeks, the double-header for will act as a test for Donohoe’s group who have already played five games so far this year, including two friendlies against Cyprus earlier this month.

Speaking ahead of the trip to the Czech Republic, Donohue said he is looking forward to working with the players for the final time, before they move to the Under-16s next year.

“This group has done really well this season. We got got wins against Poland and Hungary and good draws with Spain and the Netherlands. The maturity of this group and the style of football they have played has been a credit to their clubs,” said Donohue.

“This is it for the lads at Under-15s. We made some changes to this squad, as we have done for every camp. We’re looking forward to the two games, before the lads move onto Paul Osam’s Under-16s.”

The team play their first match against Czech Republic on April 2.

Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad
Goalkeepers: Aaron Maguire (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Ross (Bray Wanderers)
Defenders: Tommy Fogarty (Birmingham City), Aaron O’Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic), John Ryan, Ben Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Grehan (Bohemians), Darragh Reilly (Sligo Rovers)
Midfielders: Sean Fitzpatrick (Wexford), Luke McGlynn (Finn Harps), Glory Nzingo (St Patrick’s Athletic), Edwin Agabje (Shamrock Rovers), Jamie Mullins, Cian Kelly (Bohemians), Conor Barrett (Birmingham City)
Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Michael Leddy (Shamrock Rovers), Ben Quinn (St Patrick’s Athletic)

International Friendlies
April 2: Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland, Stadium Prestice, KO 16:00 (15:00 Irish Time)
April 4: Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland, Stadium Dobrany, KO 11:00 (10:00 Irish Time)

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