Richardson names 18-man squad for United clash

Damien Richardson has named an 18-man Airtricity League squad for the match against Manchester United at Aviva Stadium on August 4.

The Airtricity Challenge, which sees an Airtricity League XI take on one of the biggest clubs in world football, will be the first football match at the new Aviva Stadium. Richardson has named an 18-man squad for the match and has put seven players on the stand-by list.

Announcing his squad, Richardson said he was looking forward to playing his part in the historic opening of the new home of Irish football.

He said: "August 4 is a big day for Irish football. The opening of the new stadium is hugely important for the development of the game and I am delighted that the Airtricity League will be central to such an historic occasion.

"I have selected a strong squad for the match against Manchester United. There is plenty of talent in the Airtricity League and I faced a difficult decision in reducing the numbers down to 18. I am very much looking forward to getting out on the training ground with the players as we prepare to represent the Airtricity League against such a big club as Manchester United."

Tickets for the Airtricity Challenge are on sale through fai.ie and are priced €45 and €60.

Airtricity League squad: <\b>

Gary Rogers - St Patrick’s Athletic

Gerard Doherty - Derry City

Brian Shelley - Bohemians

Ger O’Brien - Sporting Fingal

Ken Oman - Bohemians

Gavin Peers - Sligo Rovers

Conor Powell - Bohemians

Conor Kenna - St. Patrick’s Athletic

Paul Keegan - Bohemians

Shaun Williams - Sporting Fingal

Alan Kirby - Sporting Fingal

Joseph Ndo-Sligo Rovers

Richie Ryan - Sligo Rovers

Stephen O’Donnell - Galway United

Killian Brennan - Bohemians

Paddy Madden - Bohemians

Karl Sheppard - Galway United

Ryan Guy - St Patrick’s Athletic

Stand-by list:<\b>

Peter Cherrie - Dundalk

Alan Keane - Sligo Rovers

Patrick McEleney - Derry City

Dave Mulcahy - St Patrick’s Athletic

Ciaran Kilduff - UCD

Padraig Amond - Sligo Rovers

Fahrudin Kudozovic - Dundalk

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