KLUB Kildare’s Ruadhan Kane, has retained his place in the Republic of Ireland 20 man U17 Squad which has been announced by Head Coach, Colin O’Brien, ahead of three UEFA Under-17s European Championship Qualifiers that begin in Cork next week. The inclusion of Ruadhan in the squad is a great honour for himself, his family, his club and for soccer in Kildare.
Ireland will take on Andorra on Thursday, 7 October followed by North Macedonia on Sunday, 10 October and Poland on Wednesday, 13 October in the first round of qualification for the U17 EUROS.
All games will be at the home of Cork City, Turner’s Cross, with fans able to back the Boys in Green with tickets priced at €5 for adults and €1 for kids/students/OAPs.
Prosperous lad Kane, who impressed in friendlies against Mexico also in Turners Cross last month which saw around 1,000 fans watch Ireland U17s beat a strong Mexico side 2-1 and Head Coach Colin O’Brien is calling on Ireland fans to come out in numbers to support his exciting young team.
He said: “The players were speaking after the win over Mexico about just how much the crowd encouraged them and got behind them and I think that shows just how vital the supporters can be during a game. They (the players) really felt that fan-to-player connection and having a crowd at Turner’s Cross was huge for us.
These are three big games that set-up our season and I’m sure the Irish fans will be there to get behind this young and exciting Ireland team.”
On his squad O’Brien added: “Having the National League run through the summer gave us a great opportunity to look at a lot of the players and that has helped us in our selection process.
There’s a very good dynamic within the team which I believe transfers onto the pitch. The players get on so well together and you see that on the pitch.
“I feel there are some really good players in this group with high potential and it is exciting to have them together for these upcoming games.”
Republic of Ireland U17 Squad
Goalkeepers: Fintan Doherty (Derry City), Conor Walsh (Sligo Rovers)
Defenders: Luke Browne (Shelbourne), Sam Curtis (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Cathal Heffernan (Cork City), Ruadhan Kane (Klub Kildare), Daniel Kelly (Sligo Rovers), Luke O’Brien (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Midfielders: Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Gavin Hodgkin (Shelbourne), Darius Lipsivc (St. Patrick’s Athletic), James McManus (Bohemians), Rocco Vata (Celtic)
Forwards: Trent Kone Doherty (Derry City), Liam Murray (Cork City), Caden McLoughlin (Villareal), Alex Nolan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Franco Umeh (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan)
UEFA 17 European Championship Qualifying Round – Group 5
Thursday, 7 October | Republic of Ireland U17 v Andorra MU17, Turner’s Cross, KO 7pm
Sunday, 10 October | Republic of Ireland U17 v North Macedonia MU17, Turner’s Cross, KO 7pm
Wednesday, 13 October | Republic of Ireland U17 v Poland MU17, Turner’s Cross, 1pm