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Two Meath players in Republic u-16 panel

Story by Conall Collier

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 6:15pm

Two Meath players in Republic u-16 panel

Paddy Moore included in Republic of Ireland u-16 panel.

Two Meath players have been included in the Republic of Ireland under-16 panel by head coach Paul Osam for two friendly internationals against Romania next week.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran from Kells and forward Paddy Moore from Wilkinstown have been named in the 18 strong sqaud that will travel to Bucharest to face the Romanians on Tuesday 19th September and Thursday 21st September.

Corcoran played for Kells / Blackwater in the NECSL and is now with Cherry Orchard while Moore played for Torro Utd and is now with St Kevin's Boys.

"These are the first internationals for this age group this season so it's our first time to work with them around a match situation," said Osam. 

"I obviously saw these players at u-15 international level with Jason Donohue last year and there are a few new players at this level. 

"It gives me an opportunity to see these players play and see how they gel with the group.

"Like any Eastern European nation, Romania will be a different challenge for our players. These games are all part of their education and we want them to be able to cope with different styles. 

"We've had two assessment games against SSE Airtricity League opposition and a three-day camp with this squad for two days at Johnstown House in August working on the principles of play followed by a friendly game against SSE Airtricity League level opposition.

"The Victory Shield is in Northern Ireland in October so this group going to Romania will be in a position to make that squad while others who may not be involved this time for one reason or another will also come into consideration," he concluded.

Gavin Bazuna (Shamrock Rovers)
Jimmy Corcoran (Cherry Orchard)
Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), 
Cian Kelly (St Joseph's/Bray Wanderers), 
Timmy Sobowale (Villa FC), Conor Power (St Patrick's Athletic), 
Tega Agberhiere (Waterford), 
James Furlong (St Joseph's/Bray Wanderers)
 Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), 
Joe Hodge (Manchester City), 
Ronan McKinley (Derry City), 
Seamus Keogh (Sligo Rovers), 
Matt Healy (College Corinthians), 
Kian Leavy (St Patrick's Athletic)
Festy Obsele (St Joseph's/Bray Wanderers), 
Conor Carty (St Francis), 
Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), 
Patrick Moore (St Kevin's Boys)

Tuesday 19th September
Romania v Republic of Ireland, Bucharest (3pm Irish time)
Thursday 21st September
Romania v Republic of Ireland, National Training Centre, Buftea, Bucharest (9am Irish time)

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