Three Former Belvo Stars In Ireland U19 Squad For Euro Qualifiers

(28 Sep 2017)

By Jamie Moore










Former Belvedere players Daniel McKenna (Wolves), John Martin (Waterford FC) and Neil Farrugia (UCD) have all been named in the Republic of Ireland Under 19 squad for the UEFA Under 19 Championships Qualifying Round mini-tournament which takes place in Waterford next month.

Dan has been in every Ireland squad since U15 and is a regular in the Wolves U18s this seaosn as well as playing for their U23 team and has also been on the bench for the first team having spent his whole schoolboy career at Belvo.

John was a part of the Waterford FC first team squad that won the SSE Airtricity League First Division title last weekend while Neil played a key role for the UCD U19s are they beat Modle from Sweden in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday night.

Neil has also been a regular in the UCD first team this season.


Pic: Ireland U19 Head Coach Tom Mohan

The Irish squad will meet Azerbaijan on Wednesday, October 4 (3.00pm) at the RSC then meet Greece in the same venue on Saturday, October 7(7.00pm) before the RSC hosts the meeting of the Irish and Serbia on Tuesday, October 10 (1.00pm).

The top two teams from each group progresses to the Elite Round, played in spring 2018, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals. Finland will host the final tournament from July 16 to 29 next summer.

Mohan will not be looking too far down the line as he recognises that this is a tough Qualifying Round grouping and the primary goal is to make the Elite Round.

"There'll be three tough games but really our only focus is on Azerbaijan as they're our first challenge. We've looked at a lot of their games and their squad is technically good and they have quick players. They've beaten Scotland and drew with Belgium in the past while so it'll be very competitive," he said.

"You're main focus is qualifying but you just can't look beyond first game.

"This is a good group of players and these lads were together for two games against the Czech Republic recently and did very well but we know there is still room for improvement.

"A lot of the players are around first team level with their clubs so their individual confidence is high. We're also pleased that we have six home-based players plus six players that could still play U18 level this season so there's a good mix in the squad."

Waterford FC season ticket holders and Waterford IT students will be permitted free entry to the three games, along with FAI Season Ticket holders.
















Republic of Ireland U19 Squad

Goalkeepers: Mark Travers (Bournemouth - On Loan at Weymouth), Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Defenders: Tyreke Wilson (Manchester City), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion - On loan at Hereford Utd), Canice Carroll (Oxford United), Warren O’Hora (Bohemians), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Daniel McKenna (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rian O’Sullivan (Brighton & Hove Albion - On loan at Worthing), Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion), Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Thomas O’Connor (Southampton), Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Anthony Scully (West Ham United)

Forwards: Michael Obafemi (Southampton), John Martin (Waterford), Thomas Byrne (Drogheda United), Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton), Neil Farrugia (UCD)

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