THE Republic of Ireland U19 side begin preparations for the UEFA Championship qualifiers when they host the Clarion Hotels U19 Four Nations Tournament.
Sean McCaffrey’s side kick-off the tournament when they face the Netherlands at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, today (5pm) and the Irish boss has called up four new players following the withdrawal of Aaron Doran (injury), Gavin Gunning (called up to Irish U21 squad), Mark O’ Brien (injury) and Conor Henderson (injury).
Coming into the fold is Cork’s John Egan (Greenwood), Darren McAuley (Derry City), Callum O’Connor (Blackburn Rovers) and former Irish schools U18 international, Andrew Boyle (UCD).
The Republic of Ireland will compete against Turkey, Holland and Portugal, with matches being played at the Carlisle Grounds, Richmond Park, Tallaght Stadium and the UCD Bowl. Tickets are priced at €5 for adults and €1 for Under-16s, with all proceeds from the Under-16 tickets going to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Republic of Ireland squad — Boyle (UCD), O’Connor (Blackburn Rovers), Gallagher (Finn Harps), Clifford (Chelsea), Hourihane (Sunderland), McCauley (Derry City), Morrissey (Blackburn Rovers), Hanley (Galway United), Cunningham (Man City), Adam (Barnsley), Egan (Greenwood), Mason (Plymouth), McEleney (Sunderland), Towell (Celtic), Brady (Man Utd), Kiernan (Watford), Murray (Ipswich Town), McDonnell (Celtic), McEleney (Derry City)
Today: Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, Carlisle Grounds, 5pm; Portugal v Turkey, 5pm, Richmond Park.
Sunday: Netherlands v Portugal, UCD Bowl, 5pm; Republic of Ireland v Turkey, Richmond Park, 7.30pm
Sept 8: Turkey v Netherlands, Carlisle Grounds, 1pm; Republic of Ireland v Portugal, Tallaght Stadium, 3pm.
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