Republic of Ireland schoolboys’ manager Ollie Horgan has named his squad for next week’s Centenary Shield showdown away to Wales.
The Finn Harps boss, who teaches at St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny has included Donegal players in the form of Christopher Flanagan, also St Eunan’s, Aidan McCauley from Moville Community School, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana’s Georgie Kelly and Darragh Black of Loreto Community School, Milford.
Ireland came very close to victory last year and had to settle for joint second spot with England as Northern Ireland snatched the podium finish. It’s all to play for this season as a rule change introduced by the International body, SAFIB, means the players are a year younger this season.
The Shield campaign kicks off with a double header as Wales play host to the Republic of Ireland at the Rock Cefn Druids FC on Thursday, March 6.
The Scots will entertain Northern Ireland at the same time in East Fife FC in what should prove to be two very competitive fixtures.
There is a quick turnaround as the Republic of Ireland will host current holders, Northern Ireland in the second game of their Shield campaign on St Patrick’s Day in Sligo.
This will be followed by a trip to Ashton Gate, Bristol as England play host on March 28.
Horgan will have time to contemplate his performance as the Republic will take on Scotland in Tallaght Stadium on April 24 for the concluding fixture in the Shield