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  • Hosts England will kick start their title defence in a fortnight’s time when the Republic of Ireland travel to Luton Town to take on the three lions on Friday, March 16 (KO 7pm).

    This will be William O’Connor’s second away fixture on the bounce and he’ll be hoping to start the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with a valuable win away from home in Kenilworth Stadium to make it two wins from two.

    The visitors toppled the Welsh in The Rock two weeks ago to open the 2018 Centenary Shield schedule. A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish Captain Cian MURPHY came eight minutes in. This was cancelled out on the quarter hour mark by Welsh forward Alaric Jones. However the Irish lead was regained a few minutes later through last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl WALSH. A solid second half performance from the Irish was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC to ensure a top of the table appearance for the short term.

    O’Connor will make one change to the Irish set up with Balbriggan pupil Lido Lofeta making way for Grennan College player Colm Whelan for this encounter.

    The English will be relishing this game having demolished the Republic in Dublin twelve months previous with a comprehensive second half display to come from 2-0 down to win out 5-2. The victory ensured a share of the spoils with Northern Ireland last season and the English will be hoping to replicate such success again. Home advantage will prove important for England’s first game of the season and they will be bolstered by the return of forward Jack Butler (King Edward VI High School) who had an impressive campaign for them last year.

    England’s preparations for the Centenary Shield have gone exceptional well. The crew travelled to Valencia for their warm weather training a fortnight ago. A full week of training with two friendly games in the mix proved very productive.  England overcame Valencia and Levante 2-1 on both outings.

    Confidence in the camp will be high heading into this game and it always proves a pulsating tie with the Irish. A number of the Republic of Ireland outfit will be looking to improve their record against their opponents asJames CARROLL (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Darryl WALSH (St. Declan’s Community College) who captained the Irish that evening, Ronan MANNING (formerly of Calasanctius College, Oranmore and currently of Yeats College) and Jack RYAN (Templeogue College) all featured that evening in a frustrating night for Paddy O’Reilly’s charges.

    Following the England encounter, O’Connor’s side will be out again on March 29 in Monaghan United FC as they take on their Northern counterparts in their penultimate fixture. The Irish will then entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall. Both home games have a 2pm kick off.

    England Schools have taken things up a notch by managing to secure live television coverage this season of their two home fixtures, thanks to their partners at 247 .TV and FreeSports

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SELECT | Daniel Houghton& Kieran Farren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), James Carroll (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Ronan Manning & Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School), Peter Adigun(Riversdale Community College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin) Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Cian Murphy (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford)

     

    MANAGEMENT | Head Coach William O’Connor (Balbriggan Community College), Coach John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray),  GK Coach Conor Foley (Athlone Community College), Performance Analyst Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Kit Manager Paul Masterson, Physio Mickey McGlynn Doctor Aiden O’Colmain

    ENGLAND | Daniel Gould, Callum Coulter, Ethan Brookes, Adam Crowther, Fraser Colling, Alex Doyle, Sam McCallum, Cormac Pike, Noah Smerdon, Kyle O’Connor-Ajayi,Ryan Penny,Emmanuel Ogunrinde,Robert Deda,Cieran Jackson, Jack Butler, David Neligwa, Harvey Howell, King Baidoo

    2018 Centenary Shield Results & Fixtures

    February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                       The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)

    March 9                Scotland vs Northern Ireland                       Greenock Morton FC (7pm)

    March 15              Northern Ireland vs Wales                             Newry City AFC (3pm)

    March 16              England vs Republic of Ireland                   Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

    March 23              England vs Scotland                                        Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

    March 29             Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland  Monaghan United FC (2pm)

    March 29             Wales vs England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

    April 6                   Northern Ireland vs England                        Belfast (7pm)

    April 12                  Republic of Ireland vs Scotland                  Home Farm FC (2pm)

     

    April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)

  • Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19 Head Coach Dave Connell has confirmed a 20-player squad for a mini tournament in England. 

    The WU19s are set to face Northern Ireland on Saturday, July 14th with kick-off at 6pm before they face England on Wednesday, July 18th with kick-off at 12.30pm at Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate, Yorkshire. 

    Connell has named a number of players who've recently been selected for the senior squad, including Peamount United winger Heather Payne and Sion Swifts midfielder Amy Boyle-Carr. 

    Doireann Fahey, who recently moved to Wexford Youths from Peamount United, has also been called up as well as Isibeal Atkinson who made her senior debut in the 0-0 draw against Norway in June.

    Republic of Ireland WU19 Head Coach Dave Connell said: "We're looking forward to the tournament as it should provide the perfect challenge for us. We've got to look forward and the next challenge for us is the 2019 European Championship qualifiers so we're constantly assessing in preparation for that. 

    "We've got some great experience in the squad as well with the likes of Heather Payne and Isibeal Atkinson who've recently done so well for the senior squad. There are a number of players making the step-up to the level as well from the WU17s so it's a good mix. 

    "Of course, they will be two difficult games for us but a lot of our players are currently in season with their clubs so hopefully they'll be able to bring their club form into the two games."

    Republic of Ireland WU19 Squad

    Goalkeepers: Erica Turner (UCD Waves), Rachel Kelly (Shelbourne)

    Defenders: Aoife Slattery (Wexford Youths), Sadhbh Doyle (Galway Women's), Roisin McGovern (UCD Waves), Leah Brady (Galway Women's), Doireann Fahey (Wexford Youths), Rachel Baynes (Galway Women's).

    Midfielders: Megan Mackey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Lucia Lobato (Galway Women's), Heather Payne (Peamount United), Amy Boyle Carr (Sion Swifts), Orla Casey (Wexford Youths), Chloe Singleton (Galway Women's), Isibeal Atkinson (Shelbourne), Sinead Donavan (Galway Women's).

    Forwards: Carla McManus (Kilkenny United), Louise Masterson (Peamount United), Alannah McEvoy (Shelbourne), Aoife Thompson (Galway Women's).

    Fixtures

    Saturday, July 14 - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland, KO 6pm, Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate
    Wednesday, July 18 - England v Republic of Ireland, KO 12.30pm, Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate

  • Former Westport Utd player Conor O’Malley has been included in the final Republic of Ireland Senior squad for the matches against France on Monday night in Saint-Denis and USA on Saturday 2nd June in the Aviva Stadium. Conor has just reported to the Republic of Ireland team base in Dublin where he will meet up with the rest of the squad prior to the two international matches.

    Westport United has congratulated Conor on making the final squad and wishes him the best of luck.

     

  • HEAD COACH Richard BERKELEY has named his final squad for this season’s International series which will see the U15 Girls’ face Northern Ireland and England in two friendly games before heading to Belfast to compete in the prestigious Bob Docherty Cup.

    The final selection stems from months of assessment days and monitoring of players since the conclusion of the annual Interprovincial Tournament last November. The three day event saw 68 of the best player’s line out for their Province. This was the first step in a comprehensive review period for the management team which saw in effect of over 40 players screened.

    As well as the on the pitch activity, Berkeley has concentrated his efforts on performance analysis, team building, communications and team dynamic. The Republic of Ireland’s extended panel featured in a friendly last weekend against the U17 Western Region Development squad and performed exceptionally well. A hat-trick of goals were created in this lively affair which will definitely instill a new found confidence when they take on their opposition in a fortnight’s time | All three goals can be viewed on https://www.facebook.com/faischools/  |

    Berkeley who teaches in Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh has a wealth of talent at his disposal this season with FOUR players returning to the fore in 2018.  The experienced St. Paul’s Secondary School scholar Anna FAHEY of Oughterard will be an immeasurable addition to this squad and has the striking boots on all season for the Schools select. She has footballing credentials as she follows in her Aunt Niamh’s footsteps. Fahey will be joined by Connacht colleague Muireann DEVANEY who hails from Manorhamilton. The youngster attends St. Clare’s Comprehensive School in the town and will be another hot-shot going forward. The classy and modest Aoibheann CLANCY helped her School, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles into this year’s Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Senior Girls National Cup Final and her ability on the ball is immense.  The quartet of returnees will also include Kate O’DOWD. The St. Nathy’s College student was given the honour of leading her team out last week in Castlebar and the Ballaghaderreen native relished the occasion with a starring role. The quartet will play a pivotal role in the success of this venture having shown enormous resolve and composure last season for such youngster. The experienced gained over the past twelve months should stand them in good stead.      

    Although Carndonagh Community College pupil Erin McLAUGHLINnarrowly missed out on selection last year, her hard work has finally been rewarded with a place in the squad in 2018. The Ulster gem has been exceptional for her School this season with appearances in the Junior & Senior Ulster Cup campaign in recent times. However Moville Community College starlet Kerry BROWN has had the bragging rights with some of those local derbies. The Donegal duo are certain to impress with their recent run of form which was phenomenal last Saturday in Castlebar.

    Indeed Brown who makes the cut, is a cousin of former Schools’ International Roma McLaughlin so she should have a certain degree of pedigree in her armour. Interestingly, Kerry will come face to face with Aoibheann Clancy when the two schools meet in this year’s Senior Cup decider in Home Farm later this month! Roma who also attended the Moville educational institute in her academic career has appeared in two such heavy weight contests. McLaughlin lost out to Christ the King Girls’ SS, Cork in the 2012 Cup outing but secured the title the following year against the same opponents. Can Brown & Co. replicate such a success story on February 21 or will Thurles turn on the style and claim their second Senior title in three years? For now, both Brown and Clancy are content on concentrating on their International stardom.

    Galway native’s Theresa KINNEVEY also of St. Paul’s SS, Oughterard will be joined by Claregalway College (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) gruesome twosome Kate SLEVIN and Shauna BRENNAN.The Galway girls are named alongside Kiltimagh’s Emer O’NEILL who is flying the flag for St. Louis Community School, Mayo. These four dynamos were instrumental in Connacht securing the Interprovincial title last November following a 25 year hiatus.

    Goalkeeper Rugile ASKAINTYE has had limited playing time since picking up a knock at Christmas but the St. Mary’s Holy Faith, Glasnevin powerhouse will be returning from injury to get some much needed game time under her belt before the International clash in Belfast. Kilkenny’s Ellen MOLLOY will be one to note for future. The Presentation Secondary School teenager is savouring her International experience at the moment as is Donnybrook’s Abbie CLARKE who hails from Muckross Park College. Her Leinster sidekicks Jessica STAPLETON (Palmerstown Community School) and Della DOHERTY (Coláiste Íosagain, Portarlington) were cleaning up on the POTM accolades at the Interpro series last year. The pair will be hoping to continue this formidable partnership in the Bob Docherty Cup campaign.  

    Munster’s mighty trio will see Leah HAYES COEN in the mix. The netminder is at school in Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West while Aoife HORGAN resides in Ballybunion and attends St. Joseph’s Secondary School. Emma O’DONOGHUE of Coláiste Muire, Ennis will be delighted with her efforts this season. All three had an exceptional display for their Province in the AUL over the three day contest and they’ll delight in the opportunity of another big performance in the same venue when they host a Northern Ireland select.  In fact Horgan picked up a POTM accolade herself in the final day of Interpro proceedings.

    MANAGEMENT STAFF

    With the departure of long-serving Head Coach Lorraine Counihan (Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant) and associate Maureen O’Donnell (Deele College, Raphoe), Berkeley has drafted in the services of the experienced trouper Karen DEANS of St. Ultan’s Navan and Mulroy College stalwart Karen HENRY. Dave ROONEY will maintain his position as Goalkeeping Coach while Football Facilitator in IT Sligo Emma MULLIN will assume the role of Performance Analysis.

    The Republic of Ireland will welcome Alfie Wylie’s side to the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh on Saturday, February 17. The two teams met twelve months previous with the Republic coming through that test with slight ease.

    Although Erin McLaughlin didn’t make the cut last season, the young Carndonagh Community School scholar was in the extended squad that afternoon. The Donegal livewire didn’t let the big stage faze her as she netted a superb goal on her debut. Also on the score-sheet that afternoon was Oughterard’s Anna Fahey who secured a brace as well as Thurles tornado Aoibheann Clancy assisting Jessica Ziu to slot home. An obviously bigger test will await the Schools select in a fortnight’s time and one that Berkeley will hope will be more beneficial as he studies the capabilities of his players.

    Following this, the U15 Girls will be invited to take on Sharon Boyle’s U16 contingency in a closed session in early March before departing a week later for Stafford as they take on England in the annual John Read Cup. Lorraine Counihan’s charges defeated the English in a surprise tale in 2017 to claim the title for the first time in the competition’s short history. In fact, Aoibheann Clancy picked up the POTM award that afternoon following a dazzling performance. Can the travelling Irish retain the title or will England avenge last year’s surprise defeat. All to play for on March 10.

    With the final preparations then complete, the focus will shift to the International stage as Berkeley’s squad make the short trip to Belfast. The Welsh Dragons won the event in 2017 and were in remarkable form which has carried through to this season so they’re still the hot favourities. The strength and depth of that panel can’t be underestimated as the draw for the tournament has yet to be finalized. Berkeley will be hoping to avoid them in the group stages.   The three day tournament will commence on Saturday, March 24.

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | Theresa Kinnevey& Anna Fahey (St. Paul’s Secondary School, Ougherard), Kate Slevin& Shauna Brennan (Claregalway College/Coláiste Bhaile Chláir), Kate O’Dowd (St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen), Emer O’Neill (St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh), Muireann Devaney (St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton), Ellen Molloy (Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny), Abbie Clarke (Muckross Park College, Donnybrook), Della Doherty (Coláiste Iosagain, Portarlington), Leah Hayes Coen (Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastlewest), Aoife Horgan (St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion), Emma O’Donoghue (Coláiste Muire, Ennis), Aoibheann Clancy (Presentation Secondary School, Thurles), Kerry Brown (Moville Community College), Erin McLaughlin (Carndonagh Community School), Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School), Rugile AskaInyte (St. Mary’s Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin)

    MANAGEMENT | Head CoachRichard Berkeley (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh) Coach Karen Byrne (St. Ultan’s, Navan) GK CoachDave Rooney, Performance AnalystEmma Mullin (IT Sligo),  Kit Person Karen Henry (Mulroy College, Milford), PhysioAoife Burke.

     

    U15 Girls’ International Schedule

     

    U15 Girl’s International Friendly

    Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland

    AUL Complex, Clonshaugh

    Saturday, February 17, KO 12 noon

    Training Camp

    U15 Schools v U16 FAI (closed session)

    Early March

     

    John Read Cup | U15 Girls’ International Friendly

    England vs Republic of Ireland

    Strafford Town FC

    Saturday, March 10, KO 3pm

     

    Bob Docherty Cup | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Saturday, March 24, to Monday, March 26