Republic of Ireland Amateur international team manager Gerry Davis has named his squad for the forthcoming UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Turkey which includes Boyle Celtic’s Niall Brennan.
Niall has been part of the Boyle squad that’s been very successful this year where they reached the FAI Junior Cup semi final for the very first time.
The Connacht Munster region will face Russia representatives South Region on Saturday, July 1, then meet Spanish representatives Castilla y Leon on Monday, July 3, before the group concludes against Czech side Olomouc on Thursday, July 6. The group winners will progress to the final.
Ireland are the current holders of the UEFA Regions Cup following their success with the Leinster Munster selection in Dublin two years ago.
Davis’s extended squad came together for two friendly games against Jersey at the weekend. They won 5-2 at Jackman Park, Limerick, on Saturday and then 2-1 in Frank Cooke Park, Tipperary, on Sunday.
Brennan scored twice that day along with goals from Westport’s David Hoban, Calry Bohs’ Conor Griffin and Jimmy Carr of St Michael’s while Cobh Wanderers striker Ian Stapleton and Newmarket Celtic’s Eoin Hayes scored in the second fixture.
The Irish boss believes those games ensured all of the squad got the opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the final 20 travelling to Istanbul.
16 of the squad have been with the set up since the qualifying group in Italy. Only Brendan O’Connell, Ken Hoey, Chris Higgins and Jimmy Carr have finals experience from the past so it’s a new group and the attitude and determination we’ve got from players who weren’t on the radar before has been great.
UEFA Regions Cup Finals squad
Goalkeepers: Brendan O’Connell (Rockmount), Mark Power (College Corinthians)
Defenders: Ken Hoey (Rockmount), Chris Higgins (St Michael’s), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Mark Horgan (Avondale United), Conor Griffin (Calry Bohs), Chris Smith ( Abbeyfeale United), Danny O’Neill (Janesboro)
Midfielders: Hughie O’Donovan (Avondale United), Jimmy Carr (St Michael’s), Brian Murphy (Avondale United), David Joyce (Clonmel Celtic), Andy Gannon (Avondale United), David Stack (Cobh Wanderers), Shane Daly Butz (UCC)
Forwards: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), David Hoban (Westport), Niall Brennan (Boyle Celtic), Kevin O’Connell (Mayfield United)