Fanad United’s Ollie Horgan will be pitting his wits on the international stage tomorrow in his role as manager of the FAI Schools U-18 side, who take on Australia at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock.
The match will be a pre-cursor to Ireland’s Centenary Shield campaign, which commences on March 16 with a home game against Northern Ireland in Limerick. The Irish will also face Scotland in the RSC, Waterford, on March 30, Wales on April 12 and England a fortnight later. The conclusion of Ireland’s Shield campaign will be televised live from Brighton on Sky Sports.
“This game will prove to be highly competitive and a valuable exercise for the team’s preparation in the Centenary Shield,” Horgan said. The Irish management have yet to finalise the panel of 18 players to represent the country in the Centenary Shield series and will be using this friendly as part of the selection process. There are no Donegal players on the provisional 20-man squad, although Mickey McGlynn from Milford United and Finn Harps, is physio.
Meanwhile, Stephen O’Donnell of Finn Harps was on the scoresheet for the Irish Defence Forces in their 4-1 friendly rivalry against the Royal Air Force at Terryland Park on Tuesday. The Manorcunningham native scored a 46th minute penalty and Athlone Town frontman Noel McGee scored a hat-trick.
Also on Tuesday, Letterkenny Institute of Technology warmed up for their Colleges and Universities’ Football League quarter-final at Waterford Institute of Technology with a 2-1 win against Drogheda Institute in CFAI Cup last 16 in Monasterboice, Co Louth. Niall McGonagle’s team were one down at half-time but Oisin McMenamin of Kildrum Tigers scored twice, one a wonderful free-kick, while central defenders John Mailey and Mark Harkin were outstanding.